If Mesquite qualifies for the playoffs this season, they might look back at the fourth quarter against Tyler Lee as the moment that made it possible.
After being bottled up for most of the night, the Skeeters scored 15 unanswered points in the final frame, capped by a touchdown with seven seconds left, to lift them to a 18-14 victory on Friday at E.H. Hanby Stadium.
Mesquite (7-1, 3-1) takes a huge step toward returning to the playoffs as they move into a tie for second place in 11-6A, while the Red Raiders (5-2, 2-1) suffer their first district loss.
Tyler Lee did not need long to get on the scoreboard, with Bryson Donnell scoring on a 1-yard run to take a quick 7-0 lead.
The Skeeters got a 28-yard field goal from Danny Castaneda later in the first quarter, but that was all the Red Raiders would allow for some time.
Tyler Lee pushed its lead to 14-3 late in the second quarter on Jamarion Miller’s 3-yard run and it would remain the same through halftime.
The Mesquite defense put the clamps on the Red Raiders during the final two quarters, giving the offense time to come around.
They struck early in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard scoring run by LaDarius Turner. The Skeeters opted to go for two and they got it when Dylan Hillard-McGill hooked up with K.B. Frazier to close to within 14-11.
Mesquite got the ball back with about a minute left and it made the most of its final chance. Hillard-McGill and Frazier again combined for a huge play with a long pass to get down to the Tyler Lee 4 and with time running out, Hillard-McGill hit Ja’Travion Rudd for the game-winning score.