Texas High has few answers against Mesquite Poteet

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By Johnny Green
MESQUITE, Texas—Answers were hard to come by in all three phases of the game for Texas High at Memorial Stadium Friday against Mesquite Poteet.

The end result was a 55-10 loss to Poteet, dropping the Tigers to 0-3 in District 7-5A, Division I play and 3-4 overall.
Offensively, the Tigers never got anything going against Poteet, while defensively they couldn’t corral Pirates running back Seth McGowan (10 carries, 185 yards, 3 touchdowns) for the second straight year.
The kicking game was perhaps more futile. The Tigers missed one field goal and had another blocked and returned for a touchdown. And short punts in the first half set Poteet up with short fields resulting in touchdowns.
On the positive side, senior running back Tracy Cooper cracked the 1,000-yard rushing barrier with 124 yards on 23 carries, and junior quarterback Zane Dodson performed well in a backup role, completing 6 of 14 passes for 81 yards, including a 29-yard scoring strike to Kobe Webster for the team’s lone touchdown in the third quarter.


Poteet played error-free football

Except for two first-half turnovers and the punting problems for Texas High, the final statistics were similar. Poteet outgained the visitors 321-239, but the Tigers had the edge in first downs 15-14. But the Pirates played error-free football in improving to 2-0 in league play and 3-3 overall.
As in last week’s first-half debacle against McKinney North, most of the damage by Poteet was inflicted in the second quarter, the Pirates scoring four touchdowns for a 42-3 halftime advantage.
But they had plenty of help. For instance, McGowan’s second of three first-half TDs was set up by a 7-yard punt, and his 43-yard run on 4th-and-2. His third score came with 1:05 left on the first play after a 23-yard punt out of the end zone to the Tiger 32.
In between those two touchdowns the Pirates got a 68-yard return of a blocked field goal attempt by Diego Mata-Chavez after a Tiger drive stalled at the MP 18, and a 6-yard pass from Jaylond Police to Tristian Golightly with 2:20 remaining. That came on the sixth play after Bryce Hamilton recovered a fumble at the THS 36.

Host team never trails in beating Tigers

Poteet scored twice in the first quarter, Golightly grabbing a 7-yarder after Police nailed T. J. McCollum for a 47-yard gain on the first play from scrimmage, and McGowan bolting 13 yards after Stephen Kirk’s 43-yard pass interception return.
The Tigers’ only points came on Oscar Hernandez’s personal-long 44-yard field goal with 2:23 left in the quarter. The Tigers drove 48 yards in seven plays before being stopped.
Poteet’s two second-half touchdowns came on McGowan’s 62-yard burst through the middle in the third quarter and a 30-yard pass from McCullom, who moved to quarterback, to Raymond Austin with 11:17 left in the game.
Other than Webster’s touchdown catch, the only other Tiger threat in the second half ended on a 40-yard field goal attempt that fell short.
Texas High 3 0 7 0 0 — 10
Mesquite Poteet 14 28 7 6 — 55
MP-Tristian Golightly 7 pass from Jaylond Police (Matthew Duarte kick), 10:35
MP-Seth McGowan 13 run (Duarte kick), 6:00
TH-Oscar Hernandez 44 FG, 2:23
MP-McGowan 3 run (Duarte kick), 8:39
MP-Jeremiah Anukem 68 return of blocked field goal (Duarte kick), 4:11
MP-Golightly 6 pass from Police (Duarte kick), 2:20
MP-McGowan 32 run (Duarte kick), 1:05
MP-McGowan 62 run (Duarte kick), 5:42
TH-Kobe Webster 29 pass from Zane Dodson (Diego Mata-Chavez kick), 2:27
MP-Raymond Austin 30 pass from T. J. McCollum (kick fails), 11:17