Sherman (4-1, 5-4) built a big lead and then held off a late charge to post a 50-36 victory over West Mesquite on Friday at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.

The Wranglers complete their first season under head coach Frank Sandoval with a 1-9 overall record, including a 1-5 mark in district play.

West Mesquite drew first blood, putting together an impressive drive, capped by a 9-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cipriano to Tre Cunningham to take an early 7-0 lead.

The Bearcats would come right back, as Andrew Nehrbass had a 6-yard touchdown run and Tate Bethel threw a 39-yard scoring strike to Benji Omayebu to take a 15-7 lead.

Sherman kept it going, as Nehrbass had a 13-yard touchdown run and Behtel scored from four yards out to push the advantage to 29-7.

The Wranglers tried to stem the tide, as Craig Dale connected with Devin Duncan on a 33-yard score, but the Bearcats were able to strike once more before halftime when Bethel found Jacoby Hunt for a 1-yard touchdown pass to make it 36-14 at the break.

Sherman controlled much of the third quarter, a Nehrbass caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Bethel and then tacked on his third rushing score the night to extend the lead to 50-14.

West Mesquite refused to give up, as Gabriel Corona had a 11-yard touchdown run, Tre Cunningham broke free for a 57-yard scoring run and Cipriano hit Jhi’Ron Randall on a 20-yard touchdown pass to close to within 50-36, but that was as close as it would get.

Highland Park (6-0, 8-0) completed an undefeated run to the district championship with a 51-0 rout of Wylie East (0-6, 1-7) on Friday.

Quarterback Brayden Schager hooked up with Will Pettijohn on touchdown passes of 7, 36 and 70 yards, Anthony Ghobriel rushed for a pair of scores and Brooks Bond and Jack Jackson added rushing touchdowns for the Scots.

The playoff field was already set prior to the final slate of games.

District champion Highland Park will host New Caney (5-5) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Highlander Stadium and second-seeded Longview (7-2) will also be at home against old rival Lufkin (6-4) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lobo Stadium.

Sherman travels to face College Station (9-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cougar Stadium, while McKinney North (3-6) plays at Magnolia (9-1) at 7 p.m. Friday at Bulldog Stadium.

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