Written by Jon Machota
Last-second FG clinches playoffs for Mesquite Horn in 34-31 win over North Mesquite
Sideline catch sets up game-winning field goal
MESQUITE — With under a minute to play at E.H. Hanby Stadium and the ball at its 27, Mesquite Horn needed 40 yards to get in Taylor Lewis’ field-goal range.
Horn gained 56 yards, with 44 of it coming on a spectacular sideline catch by senior wide receiver Del’Michael High in the final seconds. Lewis then came on and split the uprights with a 34-yard field goal as time expired, giving Horn the 34-31 win and ending North Mesquite’s playoff hopes.
Horn (8-2, 4-2 District 12-5A) clinched its sixth consecutive playoff berth with the victory. Horn will open the playoffs by facing Garland at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Garland’s Williams Stadium.
“You want to win going into the playoffs,” Horn coach Mike Overton said. “You want to have some momentum. A game like this builds that momentum and excitement.”
Horn looked as if it would play for overtime, but a hook-and-ladder play gained 12 yards with eight seconds remaining, setting up Destri White’s lob to the 6-2 High, who out-jumped two defenders and got out of bounds with two seconds left on the clock.
“He makes circus catches,” Overton said. “That’s what he does, and he did it again.”
Horn grabbed its first lead of the game, 21-14, on the final play before halftime. Junior linebacker Malik Thomas stripped North quarterback Cody Williams and returned it 31 yards for the score.
North (6-4, 2-4) scored 10 unanswered in the third quarter, but White connected with High, who finished with four catches for 122 yards, for his second touchdown of the night early in the fourth to regain the lead, 28-24.
Williams scored on a one-yard run a little over two minutes later, but North wouldn’t score again during the final eight minutes.