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Loss of starting RB can't slow Plano West in 44-21 win over Mesquite
Colmery, Anderson pick up slack after starting RB sidelined
MESQUITE — With a vital Plano West offensive cog sidelined by injury, quarterback Robert Colmery shouldered a little more of the load Friday night, throwing for two touchdowns and running for two in a 44-21 victory over Mesquite at Hanby Stadium.
The Wolves (3-1) played all but the opening minutes without running back Sotonye Jamabo, who left the game on their first series after taking a hard hit.
But without missing a beat, Colmery hit Will Baldridge on touchdown passes of 23 and 55 yards in the first half to help his team open a 24-14 lead at the break.
Operating behind a dominating offensive line, Colmery capped touchdown drives with scoring runs of 3 and 22 yards. He completed nine of 11 passes for 171 yards and added 112 on the ground.
“We all came together and did our thing,” Colmery said. “Our O-line played their hearts out.”
Running back Auston Anderson filled in nicely for Jamabo with ball-carrying duties, rushing for 239 yards and a score.
Mesquite (2-2) stayed close until the game’s final six minutes thanks to a couple of big touchdown plays by running back Shadavian Reed — a 72-yard run on a draw play and a 48-yard gallop with a swing pass.
Reed finished with 162 rushing yards and had another touchdown nullified by a penalty.
Colby Callaway came off the bench to throw a pair of touchdowns for the Skeeters, and receiver Octayvius Miles had seven catches for 93 yards and a score.
Corey Barnes’ interception with 3:26 remaining clinched victory for the Wolves. Plano West was turnover free.
Though Jamabo did not return to the game, he was moving around without difficulty on the sideline.