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Tuesday, November 1, 2011
W. Mesquite holds edge over Poteet for last spot

By Randy Jennings

West Mesquite and Mesquite Poteet each made an impressive playoff run a year ago, but only one will have a chance to duplicate that success this time around.

The two rivals own identical 4-3 records in District 15-4A, but the advantage in gaining the only remaining playoff berth clearly rests with the Wranglers of West Mesquite.

By virtue of a 22-21 win over Poteet in Week 7, West Mesquite owns the head-to-head advantage should the teams finish tied in the standings. In that watershed win over Poteet, West Mesquite rallied from a 21-3 deficit by scoring the game’s final 19 points in the last 16 minutes.

The Week 10 schedule favors West Mesquite. The Wranglers (4-5) play at Forney (2-7, 1-6) while Poteet (6-3) goes on the road to face 15-4A leader Waxahachie (8-1, 7-0), No. 4 in ESPNDallas.com Class 4A area rankings.

The Wranglers can clinch a playoff berth with either a win or a Poteet loss. The Pirates need the combination of a win over Waxahachie and a Forney upset of the Wranglers.

West Mesquite, bidding for its sixth straight playoff appearance, went three rounds deep a year ago.

Poteet made the most of only its second playoff appearance in nine seasons last year by going to the Class 4A Division II state semifinals, losing to Johnathan Gray and eventual state champion Aledo.

Waxahachie, Corsicana and Lancaster have already secured the top three playoff spots in 15-4A.