Mesquite ISD shines at Wylie SQT

All three Mesquite ISD schools that entered in the Wylie SQT won their pools, and Mesquite High won the whole tournament in convincing fashion. Lakeview Centennial, a team that qualified literally by the skin of their teeth - winning the pool 5 minutes after the horn blew and qualifying in triple overtime, showed the heart and grit of a champion in their qualifying.

WYLIE -- The Mesquite Skeeters capped off a crazy week by finally reaching their goal of making it to the state championship in 7 on 7. On Wednesday night, several questionable calls and a last second jump ball cost the Skeeters their chance at the state tournament. They would not be denied this week. The Skeeters won both league games on Tuesday, went 3-1 on the Wednesday night Bowie tournament and then capped off the week at 5-0 in their first ever season of state tournament qualifying play.

Kelly Page, a 6'5 senior out of Mesquite, has had injury problems the last couple of seasons. He was wearing a brace, but rebounded remarkably. Mesquite coaches remarked about Kelly's senior leadership. Last year, when Kelly went down, Luke Halpin and Jeremy Hernandez stepped in admirably. Jeremy is also a standout in 7 on 7 - especially defensively. Terrence Baker was a standout in the secondary, and Adrian Richards excelled as a wide receiver. Although lanky, Richards runs great routes and has great vertical leap.

Mesquite's pool, as customary in SQT play, was the Pool D pool of Death. Mesquite had to get by talented Lake Highlands, the high scoring attack of Plano West and fellow Bowie semifinalist Lake Dallas. Mesquite was able to win convincingly in all of their games and then blew out little Brother West Mesquite to qualify for the state championship. Lakeview used the finals for comedy and stress relief letting receivers play QB and quarterbacks play receiver in a 39-6 loss to Mesquite.

Other Mesquite ISD schools shined, as all three entered Mesquite ISD schools won their pool. In Pool B, North Mesquite outlasted Rockwall, Granbury and Forney in pool play. West Mesquite was an upset winner in pool C - outlasting South Garland, Gunter and Allen. Allen's second team was playing, as their first team was at an Arkansas 7 on 7 tournament.

Pool A literally came down to the buzzer and then some. Lakeview had to win by 6 or more over Wylie and hope that Naaman Forest beat The Colony, and had to hope that Naaman Forest didn't score 4 or more in their win over The Colony than Lakeview Centennial did in their hypothetical win over Wylie. In the last minute of play, Naaman finally took the lead over The Colony for the first time in the game. On the last play of the game, as the horn sounded, Lakeview Centennial scored a touchdown to break a tie against Wylie.

For Lakeview, this gave the Patriots the 6 points to force a tie. Unfortunately for Lakeview, the third tie breaker (first being head to head, second being overall points scored) would have gone to Wylie, as points allowed was the third tiebreaker. The Wylie Coaches did the right thing in letting Lakeview Centennial go for the extra point after points were figured. The extra point was the biggest extra point in Wylie SQT history. If Centennial converted, they made the semifinals. If Wylie could hold, Wylie would advance out of the pool play. 3.94 seconds into the play, Lakeview hit the extra point to win.

The semifinal game was an instant classic as Lakeview rode the momentum of winning their pool into a triple overtime thriller against North Mesquite. Both teams were evenly matched with athletes, but in the end, it was Lakeview which had that much more to pull out the victory.

Other notables, Terrence Bullitt and Levi Keefer were solid for Naaman Forest. Chris Givens was easily the best player on the field anytime Wylie was on the field. Jerod Monk is a developing young QB and looked good at times for wylie. Corrigan Powell shined for Lakeview Centennial.

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