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Mesquite Poteet outlasts Whitehouse in wild 65-60 regional semifinal
ALLEN – The Mesquite Poteet defense waited all afternoon for a big play, and Malachi Cobb made it just in time.
The senior outside linebacker intercepted Whitehouse quarterback Patrick Mahomes with 34 seconds left, lifting Poteet to a wild 65-60 victory in a Class 4A Division II Region II semifinal at Eagle Stadium.
The game featured 1,279 yards of total offense, 18 touchdowns, 50 first downs and 30 penalties for 246 yards.
But it was Cobb’s defensive play that ultimately decided the nearly four-hour thriller.
“Lo and behold, they threw it my way and I had to make a play,” Cobb said. “And I did.”
Poteet (12-1) advances to face the winner between Ennis and Frisco in the Region II final at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Eagle Stadium. The loss was the first of the season for Whitehouse (12-1).
Mahomes led Whitehouse to touchdowns on four consecutive possessions when he and the offense took over, trailing 65-60, with 1 minute, 39 seconds remaining in the game.
Mahomes converted on fourth and 1 to give Whitehouse a first down near midfield. His next pass tipped off the hands of Dominique Hollie, and Cobb stayed with the ball and hauled it in at the 40-yard line.
“All year long that kid has made those plays,” Poteet coach Kody Groves said of Cobb. “And he’s been overshadowed the whole year by Malik (Jefferson). He’s played great all year, so to have him make that play is just priceless to me. He’s been such an important kid to this team.”
Whitehouse finished with 710 yards of total offense to Poteet’s 569. Mahomes racked up 597 passing yards and five touchdowns, and Poteet quarterback Lane Novy threw for 433 yards and six scores.
Poteet held a 41-33 lead at halftime, and the two teams had already combined for 681 yards.
The lead only changed hands once. Poteet scored three unanswered touchdowns to turn a 20-14 deficit into a 28-20 lead with 9:29 remaining in the second quarter. It never trailed again.
Whitehouse wide receiver Jake Parker caught 10 passes for 283 yards and four touchdowns. He scored twice in the first quarter to put Whitehouse in front, then scored twice in the fourth quarter to close the gap.
His Poteet counterpart, senior Kody Edwards, caught seven passes for 161 yards and two scores.
Novy connected with seven different receivers and had no interceptions.
“Lane was a stud,” Groves said. “He’s played well all year long, and he had that championship-type game today. No matter what happened, he got the job done and he stepped up.”
Poteet’s 65 points scored and 60 points allowed were both season-highs.
Cobb, despite making the game-clinching play, said the defense has work to do before next weekend.
“We got exposed a little bit on defense,” Cobb said. “We got to go back to the film and watch some stuff to give us a confidence boost. We feel like we can shut out big teams like this that score a lot.”
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