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Mesquite 35, Poston Butte 12 Paul Perry, defense again keep Mesquite rolling

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Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013 11:25 pm | Updated: 1:18 pm, Sat Oct 19, 2013.

Mesquite spoiled Poston Butte’s homecoming with a seemingly routine, 35-12 victory on Friday night behind relentless defense and an aggressive offense.

Mesquite (7-1) controlled the game the entire way, thanks in large part to the steady running of Paul Perry. Perry had 176 yards on 28 carries and scored four touchdowns in the game, three on the ground and one on a 4-yard swing pass that he took to the end zone.

Even Wildcats coach Jim Jones was surprised his running game seemed to cripple Poston Butte’s defense the way that it did.

“I thought they’d give us a little more up front, but our line is doing a good job,” Jones said.

Broncos coach Mike De La Torre had similar thoughts regarding the play of his team’s defensive line.

“The name of the game in general is the line of scrimmage,” he said. “Clearly they won the line of scrimmage tonight.”

The game never looked in danger for Mesquite as they had very little trouble moving the ball offensively. The Wildcats picked up at 14 first downs in the first half, while Poston Butte (3-5) only managed one. Quarterback Payton Haslam went 24 for 31 with two touchdowns and an interception, the latter of which came on an errant throw and was the lone blemish for Mesquite’s passing attack. By the end of the third quarter, the Wildcats opened up a 35-0 lead.

The other side of the ball was similarly dominated by Mesquite, who held the Broncos to just 151 yards of total offense.

“That’s the best defense we played (against) since we played Queen Creek opening week,” said De La Torre.

Despite falling two games under .500, De La Torre still says his team has something to play for.

“We set out with a lot of goals and even though we’re falling short on some of those goals we owe it to each other to keep working and try to accomplish whatever is left to accomplish,” he said after addressing his team.

Mesquite travels into Tempe next week to take on Marcos de Niza (6-2), which could be an even tougher test with postseason and sectional implications at stake.

“(Poston Butte is) having a touch of bad luck right now,” Jones admitted. “It doesn’t get any easier. We have what we thought was the toughest part of our schedule these last three games. We’ve got to get ready for the big boys next week.”

Mesquite 35, Poston Butte 12

First Downs: Mesquite 21, Poston Butte 8

Rushing: Mesquite 43-232, Poston Butte 17-44

Passing (comp.-att.-TD-INT): Mesquite 24-31-2-1, Poston Butte 10-19-1-1

Fumbles-lost: Mesquite 2-1, Poston Butte 2-0

Penalties-yards: Mesquite 7-64, Poston Butte 3-45

Mesquite        7 14 14 0 -- 35

Poston Butte  0  0   6  6 -- 12

Mesquite: Perry 3 run (James kick)

Mesquite: James 7 pass from Haslam (James kick)

Mesquite: Perry 14 pass from Haslam (James kick)

Mesquite: Perry 1 run (James kick)

Mesquite: Perry 3 run (James kick)

Poston Butte: Romero 18 run (PAT no good)

Poston Butte: Lineberry 25 pass from Whomble (2 point no good)

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