To Luckas Scott, it was an ugly pass, but to Gilbert Mesquite, it was a heads-up play that highlighted the Wildcats 21-10 home opener win over Scottsdale Desert Mountain.
Scott, a running back for Mesquite (1-0), scooped up a bad snap and as he began running for the line of scrimmage, he discovered teammate Damian Crawford open for a 20-yard touchdown pass with 49 seconds left in the first half to give the Wildcats a lead they would not relinquish.
“I just kind of threw the ball up in his direction,” Scott said. “I can’t really throw the ball, but it got there.”
Crawford admitted he didn’t realize what had happened when the ball came in his direction.
“I didn’t even know they fumbled the ball,” Crawford said. “All I saw was the ball coming to me.”
Scott finished the night with 148 yards rushing on top of the unexpected 20 yards passing, plus a rushing touchdown in the first quarter that gave Mesquite the initial lead.
Mesquite coach Mike Reardon was pleased with Scott’s “heady play,” but not as pleased with his team’s errors Friday.
The Wildcats had nine fumbles, including one recovered by Desert Mountain, and also got hit with 11 penalties for 105 yards. They had four 15-yard penalties in the third quarter.
“We shot ourselves in the foot too many times,” Reardon said. “I expect us to be a bit more polished next week.”
Reardon was pleased, however with the overall performance.
“The kids are responding to the coaching,” Reardon said. “They’ve come a long way since the scrimmage.”
Mesquite went with a two-quarterback set on Friday, using Steve Hansen and Beau Delis in alternating series, and Reardon said that set-up will remain at least through next week.
“They complement each other very well, and we will keep it that way until one passes the other up,” Reardon said.
For the most part, Desert Mountain (0-1) did not get much on offense except on three big plays, one of which was a 65-yard pass from Corey Campbell to Brett Patrick that tied the game early in the second quarter.