Written by Jon Machota
Poteet starts slow then finds rhythm to breeze past Woodrow
ARLINGTON — The Mesquite Poteet offense struggled early Friday night, turning the ball over twice on its first three possessions.
But any thoughts of an off night began to be erased midway through the second quarter at AT&T Stadium.
Up 7-0, Poteet scored touchdowns on its fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth possessions en route to a 42-7 victory over Woodrow Wilson in the area round of the Class 4A Division II playoffs.
“I still think we’re far from playing our best game,” first-year Poteet head coach Kody Groves said.
Poteet (11-1) advances to play Whitehouse at 1 p.m. Friday at Allen’s Eagle Stadium.
“The best thing about it, the thing I’ll never forget is that I got 70 kids and I got them all in the game at Cowboys Stadium,” Groves said. “They’ll remember that the rest of their lives.”
Poteet, No. 4 in the final 4-A area rankings, controlled the game on the ground, rushing 30 times for 293 of its 540 total yards. Woodrow Wilson (10-2) finished with 292 total yards of offense.
Poteet junior running back Jaylon Smith, who had 12 carries for 52 yards, capped three drives with scoring runs of two, four and 15 yards. Junior wide receiver Deandre McNeal was Poteet’s leading rusher with five carries for 104 yards.
Ahead 21-0, Poteet went for the knockout punch to open the second half, attempting an onside kick. But Woodrow Wilson recovered and went on a seven-play scoring drive. Poteet answered on its next possession by marching 85 yards on four plays with 71 of it coming on a reverse to McNeal.
After posting such a convincing win, Groves said he believes this team is good enough to win a state championship.
“I believe in all my heart that we are,” he said. “It’s going to take a little luck, it always does in the playoffs. I think we have a good team and we’re going to have to get the right bounce somewhere along the way.”