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Senior's sack helps Mesquite Poteet hold off Bastrop, 42-35
WACO - Paul Kamanda explained that he made the game-saving sack in Mesquite Poteet's 42-35 victory against Bastrop because he is a senior. It was something he had to do.
As a leader and captain, he had to inject some sort of reason, natural order, sanity, or anything a defense could be proud of in a second half that featured fewer stops than Interstate 35 just up the street.
"I had to get it done," he said.
Three times in the second half Saturday, Josiah Monroe and Bastrop had toyed with and then tortured the Mesquite Poteet defense. They had faced fourth downs. They had converted. The three conversions led to 14 points.
The fourth time came with under two minutes left. And wow, could the game have been any different from the one that began three hours earlier?
That game was a defensive battle. Poteet (12-2) led at halftime 14-0 largely because of key turnovers. In the second, the teams gained 681 combined yards. Bastrop's second-half fourth-down proficiency helped it pull within seven at 42-35.
On the final fourth-down attempt, from fourth-and-long, Monroe dropped back to pass and started to scramble as he had all game, and then Kamanda caught him behind the line of scrimmage. The game was effectively over. The dream run could continue.
Discussion always steers toward last year in conversations of that dream run. Last year Poteet didn't win a game. Last year Poteet could never have considered a trip to the semifinals.
Last year, as well, Kamanda sat out with an injury. This year he preserved the season, one that doesn't feel like a dream at all.
"It's real life," he said.