Written by Jon Machota
Efficient QB Alex Cooper leads Mesquite past Sachse, 50-28, in 5A bidistrict playoffs
A matchup between two of the area’s top Class 5A quarterbacks wasn’t much of a battle when Friday’s bi-district playoff game at Wildcat-Ram Stadium was being decided.
Mesquite’s Alex Cooper was so effective during the opening half that he didn’t take a snap in the final quarter, already having done enough to help Mesquite remain undefeated with a 50-28 win over Sachse.
Mesquite (11-0), ranked No. 5 in the final area 5A poll, advances to face Allen, No. 3 in the area, Friday at John Clark Stadium in Plano.
Despite the stat sheet showing an impressive rushing effort for Sachse quarterback Kent Myers, who finished with 263 yards and four touchdowns, the majority of his damage was done after Cooper had exited and Mesquite was ahead 43-7.
Cooper was 18-of-25 passing for 248 yards and one touchdown in the first half as Mesquite built a 29-0 lead.
Mesquite outgained Sachse, 298-65, in the first half, and it would probably have been much worse had the Skeeters not fumbled four times, losing three. During that stretch, Cooper spread the ball around to six different receivers with seniors Dameon Gamblin, Jordan Bracy and Rashard Higgins each catching four passes.
Bracy recovered a fumble in the end zone, Gamblin caught a 6-yard scoring strike and Tyson Reed ran for his first of two TDs as Mesquite led, 21-0.
Junior Session then scored on a short run, and Bracy caught a short pass across the middle to put Mesquite ahead 36-0 with under five minutes left in the third quarter.
Myers had rushing TDs of 70, 47 and 76 in the final nine minutes for Sachse (8-3).