Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Highland Park takes control in 10-4A with solid win over West Mesquite
MESQUITE — Highland Park coach Randy Allen breathed a sigh of relief Thursday night at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.
In back-to-back weeks, his team has come away with wins against the top teams in 10-4A and remains on pace for a district title.
Thanks to do-it-all quarterback Brooks Burgin and a strong defensive effort, Highland Park kept its district lead in tact with a 35-14 victory against West Mesquite.
Burgin accounted for all five Highland Park (6-1, 4-0) touchdowns, passing for two with 220 yards through the air and rushing for three with 101 yards on the ground. The Highland Park defense held West Mesquite (3-4, 3-1) to less than 30 yards rushing and forced two turnovers.
“I think we’ve played two fine football teams in Poteet and West Mesquite,” Allen said. “We’ve still got three more games, but we probably played two of the better teams in our district.”
West Mesquite went 15 plays for 79 yards on its first offensive possession. Quarterback Chason Virgil connected with wide receiver William Stanley on a third-down, 4-yard touchdown pass for an early lead. Highland Park marched down the field with a 71-yard scoring drive on the following possession, when Burgin found wide receiver William Stowe for a 7-yard passing touchdown to tie it.
That’s when things got sloppy. Neither team recorded a first down not aided by penalty on the next five drives. Take away West Mesquite’s first scoring drive and it gained 1 yard of total offense before the break. Highland Park finished the half with -2 rushing yards. But with 18 seconds left, Highland Park broke through the slump. Burgin threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Andrew Frost for the go-ahead score at halftime.
“(Burgin) is a real competitor and he does whatever it takes to win,” Allen said. “He just understands football and he’s got a strong desire to be successful.”
West Mesquite had two early scoring chances out of the gate in the second half, but fumbled the ball away after reaching the red zone on consecutive drives. Those miscues gave Burgin the opportunity to extend the lead. In the first half, he used his arm. In the second, his legs. Burgin rushed for touchdown scores of 22, 13 and 8 yards.
Virgil scored on a 2-yard rush early in the third quarter.