West Mesquite fights back to stay in 15-4A race

West Mesquite’s 22-21 come-from-behind victory over Mesquite Poteet on Friday is a prime example of why it is a mistake to count out a Wranglers program riding a streak of five straight playoff appearances.

After an 0-4 start to 2011, including 0-2 in District 15-4A, the Wranglers have won their last two to move into a tie for fifth place in the district standings.

It looked bleak for West Mesquite when it trailed rival Poteet 21-3 midway through the third period.

The Wranglers were already without their starting quarterback. Freshman Chason Virgil suffered a season-ending broken passing arm the prior week, in a 19-16 victory over Ennis.

Against Poteet, sophomore backup quarterback Shateek Nasir rallied the Wranglers with three touchdown passes in a 13-minute stretch of the second half. Nasir threw a 15-yard scoring pass to William Stanley late in the third period and two in the fourth quarter to Eldridge Massington to tie it with 3:17 remaining. An extra point by Miguel Garza gave West Mesquite its margin of victory.

The winning touchdown was set up by Cody Morris’ interception.

Massington, a junior, finished with eight catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns.

“I’m proud of the way our kids have kept fighting,’’ said West Mesquite coach Mike Overton. “We’ve got a young team this year and we played a tough schedule, but these guys have hung in there.’’

West Mesquite controls its playoff destiny. Wins in its final four games can assure a sixth straight postseason trip. Help will be needed if it loses down the stretch.

The Wranglers (2-4, 2-2) host 15-4A leader Waxahachie (5-1, 4-0) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.

“Waxahachie might be the best 4A team in the state right now,’’ Overton said.

West Mesquite closes its season with road games at Terrell and Forney sandwiched around a home game against playoff contender Red Oak.