Justin White and Mesquite will look to rebound after suffering a hard-fought 20-16 loss to Grand Prairie on Friday at E.H. Hanby Stadium.

Poteet was supposed to open its 6-5A Division II season on Thursday, but a positive COVID-19 case at Thomas Jefferson the prior day forced that game to be postponed.

Like many teams, the Pirates were left to scramble at the last minute, but they were able to find an opponent in Midlothian Heritage.

Poteet did some positive things, most notably simply having the chance to get a game in, but it was not enough to get into the win column as the Jaguars earned a 49-33 victory.

The Pirates got an early touchdown run from Jaylond Police, but Midlothian Heritage countered with scoring runs from Cullen Stone, Daelin Rader and Latray Miller to take a 20-7 halftime lead.

Police, who was 16-of-25 for 244 yards began to heat up after the break, as he threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Marcel Jackson and a 48-yard scoring strike to Charles Bradley to give them a 21-20 advantage.

The Jaguars countered with a run by Miller, but Poteet again had an answer, as Police hooked up with D’shaud Turner on a 63-yard score to pull to within 28-27.

Midlothian Heritage, who rushed for 271 yards in the game, kept pounding away on the ground,, as Stone had a pair of touchdown runs sandwiched around a score from Rader to open a 49-27 lead.

The Pirates found the end zone on a 4-yard touchdown run by Xzaveon Jeans, but that was as close as it would get.

Grand Prairie edges Mesquite

It has been a hard-luck start to the season for the Skeeters, who lost their second consecutive close game on Friday as Grand Prairie pulled out a 20-16 win at E.H. Hanby Stadium.

The four-point loss comes just one week after Mesquite suffered a 28-26 setback to South Grand Prairie.

The Skeeters missed out on a couple of golden opportunities early on, but did get on the scoreboard first on a safety and a short time later, Anthony Roberts scored on a 3-yard run to open a 9-0 lead.

Grand Prairie quarterback Michael Stallworth threw for 100 yards and rushed for 121 and he began to leave his imprint on the game with a 3-yard touchdown run to close to within 9-6 at halftime.

Stallworth opened the second half strong, as well, throwing a 25-yard scoring strike to Corey Jackson to take a 14-9 advantage.

That lead did not last long, as Hunter Nucci threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Boger to make it 16-14.

It remained that way until the fourth quarter, when Savion Red rushed for a touchdown and that would prove to be the game-winner.

Stallions fall to Keller

North Mesquite dug itself an early hole and could not climb out of it as Keller posted a 48-14 victory on Friday at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.

Jackson Kraatz rushed for three touchdowns in the first half on runs of 11, 1 and 37 yards, Conner Lisenbee kicked a field goal and the Indians recorded a safety to open a 26-0 lead.

The Stallions finally got on the scoreboard just before halftime when Liam Thornton threw a 8-yard touchdown pass to Christian Perales.

Keller went to the air in the third quarter, as Hayden Anderson threw touchdown passes of 20 and 7 yards to Adam Campbell to open a 40-7 lead.

North Mesquite did tack on one more score when Thornton threw a 6-yard scoring pass to Dalen Hicks, but that was as close as it would get.

Jaguars unable to keep pace with Arlington Bowie

Horn got off to a solid start, but once Arlington Bowie got going, the Jaguars were unable to keep pace in a 31-3 loss on Friday at Wilemon Stadium.

The Jaguars struck first when Antonio Mercado booted a 22-yard field goal, but little did they know, that would be their last points of the game.

Bowie was held off the scoreboard for the first 16 minutes, but they exploded later in the second quarter.

Kameron Sanders had touchdown runs of 45 and 19 yards and Drevonn Ponder added a 1-yard score as they took a 21-3 lead into halftime.

The Volunteers added a 61-yard touchdown pass from Ponder to Trint Scott and a field goal by Richard Ortiz and while the Jaguars moved the ball well at times, they were unable to add any more points.

Wranglers unable to notch first win

West Mesquite had its first victory in its sights on Friday, but Saginaw Chisholm Trail was able to provide the final answer to pull out a 22-15 victory.

The Wranglers drew first blood when Craig Dale threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to TJ Turner, but the extra point was no good, leaving the score at 6-0.

The Rangers responded in the second quarter, taking advantage of a safety and a touchdown pass from Garrison Haskell to DJ Howard to take a 9-6 lead at the half.

The teams traded scores early in the third quarter, as Dale hooked up with Turner on a 69-yard scoring strike for West Mesquite only to have Chisholm Trail come right back with a 65-yard touchdown pass from Haskell to Bryce Hollingsworth to regain the lead at 16-13.

The Wranglers used a safety to get back to within a point, but the Rangers had the final say, as Haskell’s third touchdown pass of the night, this one to Isaiah Ortega, put the finishing touches on the win.

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