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Lancaster stops Mesquite Poteet 4 yards shy of end zone on last play, advances to 4A-II state semis
ALLEN — The best season in Lancaster history continues to get better.
Lancaster survived a defensive battle against Mesquite Poteet to win 21-13 Friday in a Class 4A Division II Region II final at Allen’s Eagle Stadium.
The victory advances Lancaster to the state semifinals, where it will face the winner between Wolfforth Frenship and Wichita Falls Rider.
Lancaster (13-1) hadn’t won 10 games in a season since 1941 — a mark it eclipsed two weeks ago — and its deepest playoff run had been a third-round appearance in 2000.
The two big offenses of Poteet and Lancaster — which combined for 88 points in their respective wins last week — were overshadowed by strong defensive performances. Both teams have big-play potential, but neither had a touchdown of more than 14 yards.
Poteet had a chance to tie the score on its final drive after Lancaster took an eight-point lead with 1:17 remaining.
Wide receiver Nathaniel Gaines caught a 20-yard pass at the 4-yard line and was gang-tackled as time expired. He remained on the ground with his head in his hands as Lancaster players celebrated around him.
Poteet quarterback Tanner Ramsey, who orchestrated a game-winning field goal drive in last week’s semifinal against Wylie East, ran 10 plays during the final drive. He converted two fourth downs with long passes to Gaines before the final play.
Lancaster could have actually ended the game during its previous possession. Nick Harvey ran for a 12-yard touchdown run with a little more than a minute remaining. If he’d gone to the ground after getting the first down, Lancaster could have taken a knee to run out the clock.
Poteet’s season ends at 11-3, one win shy of a second trip to the state semifinals in coach Randy Jackson’s three seasons.
Harvey scored both of Lancaster’s second-half touchdowns. He finished the game with 80 rushing yards on 10 carries. Lancaster quarterback Demarcus Ayers had a game-high 107 rushing yards.
Ramsey, who was SportsDay’s offensive player of the week after last week’s victory, threw for 232 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also led Poteet with 58 rushing yards.
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