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Mesquite Poteet's 5 fumble recoveries pave way in 50-14 rout of Little Elm in 4A bidistrict playoffs
CARROLLTON — When the breaks came, Mesquite Poteet pounced.
Poteet recovered five fumbles, including two in the opening minute, to build a quick lead and coast to a 50-14 defeat of Little Elm in a Class 4A Division II Region II bi-district playoff at Standridge Stadium.
Poteet (9-2), No. 8 in the SportsDayHS Class 4A area rankings, advances to face Lincoln in an area playoff scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.
“It helped a lot to turn those fumbles into early points,” said Poteet quarterback Tanner Ramsey, who threw for three touchdowns and ran for two. “We were ready to strike.”
Ramsey threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Buck Rodges on Poteet’s first offensive play, coming after James Swindle’s recovery of a Little Elm fumble on the opening kickoff.
The lead went 14-0 with less than four minutes gone when Jamie Tolliver recovered a fumble on Little Elm’s first play from scrimmage. That set up a 35-yard touchdown drive capped by a 1-yard sneak by Ramsey.
After a 69-yard Little Elm drive made it 14-7, a third Lobos fumble set up another scoring run by Ramsey to make it 21-7.
Little Elm coach Donald Stowers could see it slipping away.
“If we could have just played in front.” said Stowers. “We were able to get four or five yards a pop on the ground.”
Little Elm (5-6) did get a 79-yard touchdown run from its star, Ke’aun Kinner, to pull within 31-14 midway through the third period. But a chance to get even closer ended on quarterback Devante’ Pullum’s fumble at the Poteet 13.
“Defense got us here, and it is what will keep us playing,” said Poteet coach Randy Jackson.
Kinner, a 5-10, 182-pound senior, ended his Little Elm career with 34 carries for 237 yards and two touchdowns for a season total of 2,929 yards.
“He’s the best back I’ve ever watched,” said Ramsey, one of several Pirates to seek out Kinner afterward. “He never gave up. He ran hard every single play.”
Said Jackson of Kinner: “He’s the best back we’ve seen this year.”