Written by Michael Florek
Mesquite explodes for 600-plus yards of total offense, outlasts rival Mesquite Horn
Mesquite QB Alex Cooper throws for 429 yards, leads offense to 8 TDs
MESQUITE — It took a while, but the game between Mesquite and Mesquite Horn lived up to its billing.
The teams combined for 49 points in a back-and-forth eight-minute stretch of the third quarter as Mesquite, No. 5 in SportsDay’s 5A area rankings, went on to beat Mesquite Horn, 56-41, at Memorial Stadium.
Horn (4-3, 2-1 in District 12-5A) was held to 142 yards in the first half. It finished with 358 to Mesquite’s 604.
Horn, trailing 21-7 to start the second half, opened the third quarter with a 17-yard touchdown reception by Brian O’Bannon after recovering a Mesquite fumble. On the first play of its next possession, Horn running back Treyvon Marsh tied the score with a 77-yard touchdown run. Marsh would finish with four touchdowns.
Quarterback Alex Cooper helped Mesquite (7-0, 3-0) retake the lead with a 27-yard scramble for a touchdown. Horn scored 18 seconds later.
“Our defense was tired,” Mesquite coach Robbie Robinson said. “They’ve got some big, big offensive lineman and they’re a good football team. I’ll take my hat off to our offense this second half. They’re the ones that kept matching scores with them.”
After another Mesquite score and a defensive stop, Cooper lofted a pass that landed in receiver Dezmon Jackson’s fingertips. Jackson never broke stride for an 83-yard touchdown that would turn out to be the game-clinching score.
“We came out of the half slow,” Cooper said. “We had no intensity. We had to step it up on offense, had to score every possession. We did what we had to do.”
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