Mesquite Poteet quarterback Dalton Dale scored on a 12-yard with 4:51 to go in the fourth quarter then added a 2-point conversion pass to Tristan Golightly as the Pirates rallied for a 24-21 victory against Mansfield Summit on Thursday night in a nondistrict game at Newsom Stadium.
Summit (0-2) cornerback William Jones, a TCU commit, returned the opening kickoff of the second half 99 yards for a touchdown to give the Jaguars a 21-7 lead.
But Poteet (2-1), behind the rushing of junior running back Seth McGowan, stormed back to score the game’s final 17 points. McGowan, who did not have a carry in the first half due to a coach’s decision, finished with 21 carries for 152 yards.
His physical rushing got Poteet in the red zone three times in the second half, with all three of those possessions leading to points. Three straight McGowan runs set up the Pirates with a first-and-goal at the Summit 5. Two plays later, Cam Lampkin scored on a 4-yard run to cut the Jaguars’ lead to 21-13.
Following a short punt by Summit, McGowan carried five times for 27 yards, setting up a 31-yard field goal by Dylan Brown with 1:20 left in the third quarter.
The game-winning drive in the fourth quarter started with a fumble recovery at the Summit 48. Four straight McGowan runs got the Pirates to the 14. And two plays later, Dale ran around left end for the go-ahead touchdown.
“We didn’t totally abandon the run, but we decided to lean on our power-running game,” Poteet coach Kody Groves said. “We’ve relied on #7 [McGowan] before, and he’s come through for us.”
Bershard Glaspie sacked Summit quarterback Brysen McKinney on third-and-16, forcing the Jaguars to punt on their final series of the night.
Summit took a 7-0 lead in the first half on a 46-yard drive set up by the Jaguars’ defense. Senior cornerback Jones, a TCU commit, picked off a Poteet pass on the first play of the Pirates’ second drive of the night.
Summit drove to the Poteet 24, where it faced fourth-and-3. McKinney, a Texas State commit, stepped up in the pocket and fired to Jaelon Travis deep in the end zone for the touchdown.
Summit extended the lead to 14-0 late in the first quarter on a six-yard scamper by McKinney.
But the Pirates’ offense found a rhythm in the second quarter. Lampkin pulled in a difficult over-the-should grab for a 24-yard Poteet touchdown in the first minute of the quarter.
The Pirates looked poised to tie the score at the end of the half. Dale, who threw for 142 yards, heaved a 50-yard bomb on the final play of the second quarter. Jones, who set up Summit’s first scoring drive, outmuscled a Poteet receiver to pick off the pass at the 2-yard line, preserving the Jaguars’ 14-7 lead.
Game was over when: McKinney, the Summit quarterback, was sacked on third-and-long with three minutes left in the game. Poteet ran out the final three minutes to clinch the victory.
Play of the game: Going into the play of the game, Poteet had just fumbled with 8:33 remaining in the fourth quarter, at the end of a 20-yard McGowan run. Summit took over with the lead and favorable field position, but the Pirates defense recovered a fumble on the very next play. That Poteet fumble recovery set up the game-winning 48-yard drive.
Offensive player of the game: McGowan, despite not getting in the end zone, gets the nod. His bruising runs changed the Poteet offense and set the table for Lampkin and Dale to carry the ball with success.
Defensive player of the game: Jones set up a Summit touchdown and prevented a Poteet touchdown with his two interceptions.
Unsung hero of the game: Travis, the Summit receiver, caught six passes for 79 yards and a score and was a big reason the Jaguars built their early lead.
What’s next? Poteet travels east to take on Tyler Lee in a nondistrict game at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Summit opens 7-6A play against Mansfield on 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Newsom Stadium.