Poteet and West Mesquite each did some good things in their respective season openers, but it did not translate into the win column, as the Pirates and Wranglers will enter their Week 2 head-to-head match-up looking for their first victories.
The Pirates fell behind early and made a charge only to watch Lake Highlands regain control and pull away for a 49-20 victory at Wildcat-Ram Stadium.
Poteet quarterback Jaylond Police threw for 301 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but the Wildcats had too much offense of their own.
Lake Highlands wasted little time getting started, as Mitch Coulson threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Shamar Donaldson less than two minutes in and then found Noelle Whitehead for a 40-yard scoring strike to give them a 14-0 first-quarter lead.
The Pirates responded early in the second quarter when Police scrambled in from nine yards out to cut the deficit in half, but Coulson tossed his third touchdown of the opening half, this time going to Will Hutton to take a 21-7 lead into halftime.
Poteet came out of the locker room strong, as Police hooked up with Marcel Jackson for a 65-yard scoring pass, and after forcing a quick punt, he hit Charles Bradley on a 40-yard touchdown strike to close to within 21-20.
Unfortunately for the Pirates, that would be as close as it would get, as Coulson added a pair of touchdown runs to his night and the Wildcats tacked on a couple of late rushing scores to provide the final margin.
Up next for Poteet is a familiar foe as it takes on crosstown rival West Mesquite in the rivalry’s 31st installment.
The Wranglers had their chances to win on Friday in the first game under head coach Frank Sandoval, but Waco was able to rally in the fourth quarter for a 32-23 victory.