MESQUITE FOOTBALL

The 10-6A race is only two weeks old, but it is already shaping up to be a tough road to the playoffs for the three Mesquite ISD teams.

Horn and Mesquite each fell to 0-2 with district losses on Friday, while 1-0 North Mesquite was idle.

The Jaguars were involved in one of the more exciting games of the weekend, but fell short in a 69-51 shootouts loss to Rockwall-Heath.

The Hawks needed less than a minute to set the tone for the night, as Josh Hoover hooked up with Jay Fair for a 29-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead just 43 seconds in.

Horn came right back, as Darrius White, who accounted for 459 total yards on the night, found Chris Dawn on a 41-yard scoring strike to tie it at 7-7.

Rockwall-Heath took control for the remainder of the quarter, as Hoover threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Corban Cleveland and a 13-yarder to Fair, and Zach Evans added a short scoring run to take a 28-7 lead.

The deficit swelled to four touchdowns when Evans found the end zone on a 19-yard run, but the Jaguars refused to give up.

White had touchdown runs of 5 and 8 yards and Anthony Mercado kicked a 24-yard field goal as they closed to within 35-24 at halftime.

The gap shrunk more to start the third quarter when Camden Tyler scored on a 18-yard run.

Rockwall-Heath countered with a short touchdown run by Preston Landis and the defense then turned in a huge play when Grady Brewer had a 19-yard pick-6 to push it back to 49-31.

Horn struck with a big play when White threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Tyler, but the Hawks continued to roll, getting scoring runs from Landis and Evans to take a 62-38 lead to the fourth quarter.

The Jaguars made one final push when White threw touchdown passes of 6 yards to Eddryk Ruff and 32 yards to Dawn to make it 62-51, but that was as close as it would get.

Over in Mesquite, the Skeeters had a night to forget with a 57-0 loss to Rockwall.

Nothing went right for Mesquite from the start, as the Yellowjackets scored on their first four possessions and added a punt return for a score as they raced to a 36-0 advantage and the defense put the clamps on from there.

The Skeeters and Jaguars will meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mesquite Memorial Stadium in what could serve as a playoffs-elimination game, as a 0-3 start would be tough to overcome.

The Stallions get their chance to try to slow down the Hawks this week, prior to a potentially huge showdown with rival Mesquite on Nov. 13.

Rockwall (2-0) is joined atop the standings by Skyline, which made a strong statement with a 30-24 victory over Tyler Legacy, who was playing its first district game.

For continued coverage on the local sports scene, follow Devin Hasson on Twitter: @DevinHasson

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