Mesquite entered Saturday’s season finale date against rival North Mesquite focused on the task at hand.
Though the final playoff spot out of 10-6A was still yet to be determined, the Skeeters could only worry about themselves.
Mesquite did just that, racing to a big first-half lead and cruising to a 35-0 victory over the Stallions in the 51st meeting between the teams at E.H. Hanby Stadium.
Shortly after the final seconds ticked off the clock, the attention turned toward East Texas, where Horn made a frantic comeback in the fourth quarter, but fell short in a 42-35 loss to Tyler Legacy, which allowed the Red Raiders punch the district’s fourth and final ticket to the playoffs.
Mesquite (2-4 in 10-6A, 2-7 overall) came out on a mission on both sides of the ball.
The Skeeter defense was stifling early on, holding the Stallions (1-5, 2-8) 39 yards in the first half, including minus-15 on the ground.
The Mesquite offense, meanwhile, was a model of efficiency during the first two quarters.
After forcing a quick three-and-out, the Skeeters quickly marched 56 yards in six plays, with Jacob Fields scoring on a 2-yard touchdown to take a 7-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.
Later in the first quarter, Chance Edwards, who was 16-of 32 for 222 yards, hooked up with Gervin McCarthy for a 43-yard gain and that set up another short scoring run from Fields to make it 14-0.
Mesquite kept the pressure on, as a 31-yard punt return by Jaylin Broadus led to a 14-yard touchdown pass from Edwards to Jamarion Woods to push the advantage to 21-0.
The Stallions’ struggles were amplified on the next drive when quarterback Liam Thornton was injured on a run. Thornton would be taken off the field and not return, with freshman Luke Seder taking over.
Despite his inexperience and the pressure the Mesquite defense was putting on, Seder was solid, completing 12-of-24 passes for 98 yards.
North Mesquite was unable to take advantage of a Skeeter fumble, as they were stopped on fourth down and Mesquite capitalized.
Edwards hit Jacolby Thomas for 27 yards and then hooked up with K.B. Frazier on a 16-yard scoring strike to give them a 28-0 advantage going into halftime.
The Skeeters picked up where they left off coming out of the locker room, moving 78 yards in six plays, with Edwards throwing his third touchdown pass of the game, this one a 17-yarder to Cameron Boger to make it 35-0.
That would do it for the scoring, as Mesquite was able to celebrate the win, but it also marked the end of its 2020 campaign.