Friday, September 16, 2011
Plano West ruins North Mesquite's perfect start
By Travis L. Brown
MESQUITE, Texas -- Homecoming mums lay ruined by rain in the stands of Mesquite Memorial Stadium on Friday, right next to the field where North Mesquite’s record was also tarnished.
Plano West (2-1) allowed North Mesquite (3-1) just 121 yards and dominated in a 27-10 rain-soaked win.
Plano West QB Carson Smith had 61 yards rushing, including a 12-yard score.
The rain changed Plano West’s offensive game plan, head coach Mike Hughes said, but didn’t affect its ability to beat up on North Mesquite’s offensive line.
“We have to play the run to beat the teams in our district and that’s our focus -- to make them throw the ball,” Hughes said. “Then, we feel like we have a chance to be successful.”
The West defense followed the game plan exactly as Hughes said, allowing North Mesquite only 62 yards rushing and five first downs.
Running back Carlos Wiggins was Plano West’s main scoring threat on the night. He found the end zone twice -- his first score came in the first quarter on a 51-yard run and his second in the fourth on a 2-yard run that sealed the win.
Plano West quarterback Carson Smith was key in moving the ball down the field, keeping the ball on a read option for 61 yards rushing, including a 12-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Both teams' punters got plenty of practice. North Mesquite was forced to punt nine times and Plano West six.
Kicker Zakk Myer booted in two field-goal attempts, one from 22-yards in the first and another from 31-yards in the third, to complete Plano’s scoring on the night.
Hughes said his players came out with more intensity looking to end North Mesquite’s 3-0 start and gain confidence before district play begins next week against Lewisville.
“Our backs were a little more against the wall then theirs,” Hughes said. “We just want to get better every game. We played well and beat a good team tonight.”