Written by Corbett Smith
Jaylon Smith's fourth quarter touchdown preserves Mesquite Poteet's 51-36 win over Wylie
MESQUITE –Wylie’s defense gathered en masse, needing a stop in order to get back in the game. Poteet junior running back Jaylon Smith would have none of it.
Smith broke free on a 3 and 1, turning a simple dive into a 27-yard touchdown run with 3:25 remaining, the final score in Poteet’s 51-36 shootout win at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.
The teams – which combined for 965 yards total offense – scored on seven consecutive possessions in the third and fourth quarters, until Wylie (1-2) turned the ball over on downs in the final minutes.
Smith scored three times for Poteet (3-0), twice in the fourth quarter.
The game, however, turned on a blocked punt just after halftime by Poteet junior standout Malik Jefferson.
As Jefferson lined up on the punt block team early in the third quarter, one of his teammates shouted a sage bit of advice from the sidelines.
“We need you to be that game changer, boy,” senior Anthony Martin yelled.
As if by response, Jefferson plowed through the line, partially blocking the Wylie punt.
Poteet quarterback Lane Novy – who finished with 346 passing yards and four touchdowns – found Deandre McNeal for a three-yard touchdown three plays later. The block was the catalyst in a 10-point run by Poteet on its next three possessions.
Poteet stretched the lead to 30-14 before Wylie quarterback Kameron Kelly and his offense got hot. Kelly led Wylie to three straight touchdowns, pulling to 44-36 with 5:21 remaining. He finished with 272 yards passing, 135 yards rushing and accounting for four scores
On the final drive of the first half, Kelly completed a 23-yard pass to Dylan Riley, putting the ball inside the Poteet 10-yard line. Wylie, however, had no timeouts, and couldn’t get the snap off before time expired.
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