Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Lancaster outlasts Mesquite Poteet, 20-19, moves above the fray in 15-4A
LANCASTER — That peculiar feeling seemed to hover over Poteet again, the one anybody who watched the team last year got. No matter what happened in the game, no matter the difficulty, it looked like Poteet would finish on top, often because of unexpected circumstances.
It was there on a circus catch by Steven Hicks. It was there when Poteet earned a safety on a bad Lancaster snap and took a five-point lead. But it wasn’t there at the end. Lancaster defeated Mesquite Poteet 20-19 on Friday night at Tiger Stadium.
Poteet (5-3, 3-3) had the breaks it needed. It just didn’t capitalize. And now the Pirates have lost three games in a row.
Poteet led 19-14 midway through the fourth, had the ball deep in Lancaster (6-1, 4-1) territory and failed to score. On its next possession, still up 5, Poteet fumbled at its own 19, and Lancaster recovered.
Unlike Poteet, Lancaster took advantage of the mishap. Quarterback Nick Harvey ran for a 19-yard touchdown.
Lancaster’s defense stopped Poteet’s next two drives. The end came when Travion Williams sacked quarterback Tanner Ramsey on a fourth-and-20, sending Poteet to the middle of 15-4A.
The middle of the district is a tangled mess of Texas high school football, with teams competing for a final playoff spot and all wishing something could have gone the other way. Lancaster is above the fray for now and in position to stay there.
Poteet will have to claw its way up, and it won’t be easy.