Written by Matt Wixon
Wixon: Backup QB directs Mesquite Poteet to win vs. Lancaster
MESQUITE - Courtland Crumby lost a pair of fumbles, nearly lost another, and got sacked a half dozen times Friday night. But for Mesquite Poteet, the senior quarterback was darn near spectacular as Poteet knocked off Lancaster, 28-25, at Hanby Stadium.
"For what he did tonight," Poteet coach Randy Jackson said, "I think it should go down in the annals of Poteet football."
What Crumby did might seem modest to some, especially with the way high-octane offenses dominate the football landscape right now. Crumby rushed 28 times for 45 yards and a touchdown and he completed 14 of 18 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown.
But he did it in his first start at quarterback this season, filling in for Beau Nowell, who missed the game with an undisclosed injury. And Crumby did it in just his third game back from a torn ACL he suffered during spring practice.
"The doctors told me I wasn't going to play this year," Crumby said, "but I said, 'I'm coming back.' "
Crumby came back in time for Poteet (6-2, 4-2 in District 15-4A), which had lost two straight. Poteet, No. 12 in the 4A area rankings, ended the winning streak of No. 3 Lancaster (6-1, 4-1) and launched itself back into the playoff race in one of the state's toughest 4A districts.
The Poteet defense also played a huge part by holding Lancaster to 334 total yards. Star quarterback Nick Harvey rushed for 103 yards on 22 carries, but he wasn't able to bust any big runs. And after Lancaster tied the score at 14 on its first drive of the second half, Poteet kept it out of the end zone until 26 seconds remained and Poteet had built enough cushion.
Crumby helped build the cushion against a Lancaster defense that had been allowing 11 points per game. Midway through the third quarter, Crumby converted a key third down with a 6-yard pass to Paul Kamanda. The drive stayed alive, and Poteet scored on a 1-yard run by Steven Hicks to give Poteet a 21-14 lead.
Lancaster cut the lead to 21-17 with a field goal, but Crumby again came up with a big play with six minutes left in the game. On a fourth-and-7 at the Lancaster 28, Crumby - who before Friday had not attempted a pass this season - rolled right and connected with Justin Velasquez for an 11-yard completion. Four plays later, Hicks got in the end zone again on an 8-yard run.
That was enough for Poteet, which is in the middle of a magical turnaround. Poteet was a combined 1-19 the last two seasons before Jackson was hired, and now it has a great chance to make the playoffs in a district loaded with strong teams.
Poteet is one of those strong teams. Who would've thought that could happen so quickly?
"Sometimes when you take over a program that's been losing, it's hard to win the close games," Jackson said. "But we've been winning those games, and I just couldn't be more proud of these guys."