MESQUITE, Texas – Sachse quarterback Trent White stood expressionless on the the field of Mesquite Memorial Stadium after the Mustangs' 49-42 Class 5A Division II win over Dallas Jesuit on Friday.
Looking at him, you would never think he'd just led his team to the first playoff win in the school’s nine-year history.
“Nothing excites Trent,” Sachse coach Mark Behrens said. “He’s one of those poised young men and you wouldn’t know it if we were battling to come back or up by 40. He’s just so relaxed.”
And it’s that relaxed nature that helped him create the game-winning play. After being flushed out of the pocket, White hit receiver Brandon Durr on a short dump pass, and Durr took the near-sack 42 yards for the deciding score with 43 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
“I don’t know. I guess it’s a lot of instinct, but our receivers know how to get open whenever they see me get open, and I just try to get them the ball and let them do what they can do,” White said.
Christian Minies officially put the game away on an interception with just seconds left on the clock.
“I wanted to take it to the house, but I thought, ‘Just seal it up and don’t fumble,’” Minies said, with much more enthusiasm than is pass-throwing teammate.
Sachse (8-3) jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead on its first two possessions and carried that momentum to a 35-21 halftime lead.
Jesuit’s defense came on strong in the third, blanking Sachse in the frame.
The Rangers (8-3) tied the score at 35 in the fourth and then again at 42 with three minutes left.
Sachse keyed in on its run game, utilizing power running back Billy Cole instead of relying on the pass. The change in pace got Jesuit’s defense to bite on the run, opening up several deep post routes throughout the game.
The strategy also chewed up the clock and kept the ball away from Jesuit’s high-powered offense.
“We needed to keep them off the field as much as possible," Behrens said. "You see what they do when they have the ball. And they’ve scored points on everyone, except Skyline. That was a quality football team we beat tonight.”
White accounted for five of his team’s touchdowns, four passing and one rushing, and crossed the 3,000-yard passing mark for the season.
Sachse advances to the area round to face the winner of Saturday's Longview-Temple game.
Behrens said White understands the team's accomplishment and what it means for the community of Sachse. The quarterback just acknowledges it as quickly as he escapes a tackle to make a big play.
“You probably missed it, but he probably gave you a little smile,” Behrens said.