WAXAHACHIE â" Thanks to a heavy dose of old-fashioned defense, Waxahachie took down the areaâs No. 3-ranked team in Class 4A.
West Mesquiteâs potent offense, averaging 38.5 points a game in two starts, was short circuited by Waxahachie, 42-0, Friday night at Lumpkins Stadium.
Here and there West Mesquite (2-1), No. 3 in SportsDayâs 4A area rankings, made some big gains on pass plays, but every time it moved into scoring range, the Waxahachie defense had other ideas.
âOur defense has a short memory,â said Waxahachie linebacker Nathan Roberson, who recovered two fumbles. âIf they make a big play, we forget about it and go to the next one.â
In the second quarter, defensive lineman Sammy Overton intercepted a screen pass to end West Mesquiteâs best threat of the night.
West Mesquite turned the ball over four times and finished with only 134 total yards.
It was quite an improvement for Waxahachie, who suffered a 42-7 loss at Midlothian in the opener.
âWe had two weeks to work on getting stronger after our first game,â saidÂ Overton. âI knew if we could stop their passing we had them because they werenât going to run on us.â
Said Waxahachie coach David Ream: âWeâve been playing West Mesquite for a long time, and Iâve never seen them drop passes like tonight. Those misfires definitely helped us.â
Unranked Waxahachie (1-1) was led on offense by junior running back Treyvon Hughesâ three touchdowns, including a 35-yard punt return to open the scoring in the first quarter. Hughes rushed for 95 of Waxahachieâs 274 yards.
Hughes made it 14-0 in the early moments of the second quarter when he capped a 68-yard drive with a scoring run from the 5-yard line. All the yards on the scoring drive came on running plays â" the big one for 35 yards on a counter by Isiah Parrish.
Waxahachie put it away with two scores within 1:18 for a 28-0 lead.
This is the seventh time the teams have met in the last six seasons with Waxahachie winning all but one. The winner has scored more than 40 points in all seven contests.