Written by Michael Florek
Shadavian Reed's 203 rushing yards, 3 TDs help Mesquite hold off Horn, 31-17
MESQUITE — The game lasted the full 48 minutes, but Mesquite needed just nine of them to upset Mesquite Horn, 31-17, on Friday night.
Horn, which entered the game ranked No. 5 in the Class 5A SportsDayHS area rankings, trailed Mesquite 21-0 before the clock could hit 3:00 in the first quarter. The reason? Turnovers and Mesquite running back Shadavian Reed, who finished with a game-high 203 yards.
On the first play from scrimmage, Reed jetted through a hole on the left side for a 75-yard score, the first of his three first-quarter touchdowns.
“It’s something to remember, something to take to heart, something to build on for next week,” Reed said. “We did exactly what we wanted to do.”
Horn (6-1, 2-1 in District 12-5A) fumbled on the second play of its first possession and then, after forcing a Mesquite punt, threw an interception on its next drive.
Reed scored his second touchdown shortly afterward, and Horn fumbled the ensuing kickoff back to Mesquite. Five plays later, Reed’s third touchdown had Mesquite up 21-0.
Horn closed the gap to 21-9 in the third quarter, but got no closer.
Down 14 with four minutes left, Horn threw four straight passes from the Mesquite 24-yard line. Two bounced off Horn receivers in the end zone, but all four fell incomplete, giving Mesquite (3-3, 2-1) the upset win.
Destri White rushed for 115 yards and tossed two touchdown passes for Horn.
“It’s such a thrill,” Mesquite coach Robbie Robinson said. “For our kids to come out and play this way, I can’t even tell you how proud I am of them. Man, they did MHS right tonight.”