For the second straight week, Cowboys Stadium holds a rematch of two teams that played earlier in the season in a game that was decided by a kicker.
Last week, Denton Guyer exacted their revenge from Cedar Hill for the early-season game that was won by an extra point in overtime. At 4 p.m. Friday, the 4A Division I playoff bracket gives Wylie a holiday gift in the form of a rematch with West Mesquite, which beat the Pirates in the second week of the season on a field goal, 24-22.
The first edition of the game featured two very evenly matched teams. Wylie led compiled 371 yards of offense and 17 first downs, while West Mesquite totaled 326 yards and 15 first downs.
“Last time we played it went down to the final seconds,” West Mesquite head coach Mike Overton said. “I suspect this game is going to go down to the wire as well. It’s going to be a great challenge for both teams, because they pose some problems for us and I would think we pose a few problems to them as well.”
The enormous problem Wylie head coach Bill Howard has is finding some way to control West Mesquite quarterback Trevone Boykin.
“You can’t stop Trevone, but we’re going to try and control him,” Howard said. “We have to be smart and stay in our lanes and make sure we have all our gaps filled.”
Boykin , a TCU commit, leads the Wranglers in both passing yards with 2,688 and rushing yards with 1,606. He has accounted for a combined 39 touchdowns on the year and scored two out of West Mesquite’s three touchdowns in the first matchup of these teams.
“He’s a special athlete,” Overton said. “He’s taken this team and put them on his shoulders because he has the ability to throw the football extremely well and he can also run it. He’s a very gifted quarterback. That’s a big advantage for us.”
Up to the task of controlling Boykin is that Wylie defense that has allowed an average of only 10 points over its last four games. In the first game of the Wylie-West Mesquite matchup, Wylie held Boykin to 50 yards rushing on 15 carries.
“Our defense has been playing at a very high level,” Howard said. “Our defense is pretty fast and can run. It’s going to make for an interesting matchup.”
West Mesquite also has the advantage of having already played a game in the big house of Cowboys Stadium. Howard said he hopes his players don’t get caught up in atmosphere.
“The only thing I’m worried about is the wide eyes, looking around, overwhelmed by the stage they’re on,” Howard said. “Our kids are very mature and usually handle situations like that very well. There’s nothing better than playing in the bright lights of Cowboys Stadium.”