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Poised QB Alex Cooper lifts Mesquite to victory with 270-yard showing
MESQUITE — Alex Cooper showed that he can make the difference in a tight game.
The Mesquite quarterback remained poised when things got tense Friday night, leading the Skeeters to a 34-20 victory over Arlington Bowie at Hanby Stadium.
Instead of panicking when Bowie cut the deficit to seven with 5:23 left, Cooper rolled right to avoid getting sacked. Throwing on the run, he lobbed the ball over a defender and into the hands of Dameon Gamblin, who streaked down the sideline for a 51-yard touchdown.
In two games, Cooper has completed 41 of 48 passes for 601 yards and six touchdowns.
After his 20-of-22 performance against Lake Highlands, Cooper completed 21 of 26 for 270 yards against the Volunteers (1-1).
Gamblin finished with nine receptions for 143 yards. He also hauled in a 20-yard pass from Cooper in the fourth quarter.
Bowie lost quarterback Keaton Perry to what appeared to be a leg injury near the end of the first half. He did not return.
Although Tony James played well in Perry’s place, Bowie could never get closer than seven points.
Mesquite’s Junior Session rushed for 64 yards on 11 carries.
His second touchdown with 2:50 left in the second quarter put the Skeeters (2-0) seemingly in control with a 20-6 lead.
But Perry led the Volunteers on a remarkable drive. On fourth-and-14, he lined up for the pooch punt and instead threw to Edwin Freeman for a 24-yard gain. He then ran for 16 yards and completed two passes for 10 yards.
With 58 seconds left in the half, running back Brican Crossley took the shotgun snap and ran eight yards around left end, then went up the middle for an 11-yard score.