Waxahachie rallies, controls destiny in 15-4A


MESQUITE, Texas -- The District 15-4A title race was looking to get even more confusing just before halftime of Waxahachie's win over West Mesquite on Thursday night.

That's when Waxahachie decided to rally with a spectacularly confusing play. With the ball on its 29 and about a half a minute left to play in the second quarter, quarterback Don King III hit Michael Veail on a short curl. If the play stops there, the clock probably runs out and the Indians head into the locker room down 23-13.

But the play continued with a pitch to running back Robert Lowe Jr., who ran the ball to the West Mesquite 5 before he was brought down. The play set up a touchdown on a slant to Terrance Hawkins, bringing Waxahachie to within three at the break.

“That play is a trick play but we knew we could execute it,” Lowe said. “I wish I would have scored, but we got down there and scored at that’s all that mattered.”

The trickeration sparked Waxahachie’s offense and drove the Indians to take the lead in the second half in a 40-33 victory.

Waxahachie coach David Ream said the trick play was one his team practices every week and has ready to use in rare situations.

“We do it in our two-minute offense every week and they have a good time with it,” Ream said. “It was just a well-executed play.”

Lowe carried the load for the Indians for the second straight week, scoring four touchdowns on the night and rushing for over 200 yards.

“He’s a great back," Ream said. "He’s got great balance. When the game’s on the line we can get it in his hands and he’ll make the first downs for us.”

Two of the touchdowns came on 17- and 3-yard runs in the second half. King added a 9-yard scamper as Waxahachie outscored West Mesquite in the period, 20-10.

The win keeps a hot West Mesquite (2-5, 2-3) team from getting involved in the District 15-4A championship race and allows Waxahachie (6-1, 5-0) to control its destiny through the last three weeks of district play.

While no one in Waxahachie green would elaborate too much on it, the Indians have to have the season finale against Mesquite Poteet circled. That meeting could end in a celebration of Waxahachie's first district championship won in the school’s renovated stadium.

“We worried about our next game, but [Poteet’s] got it coming. But we’re worried about our next game,” Lowe said.