MESQUITE — Waxahachie suited up against an opponent for the first time Friday and head coach David Ream was pleased with the results.
West Mesquite won the live half 14-0 while the Indians scored the only touchdown of the controlled portion of the scrimmage.
“The speed of the game changed when we stepped on the field against someone else,” Ream said. “I was pleased with the effort. We tried to be basic in what we did, not wanting to show everything, but we’ll be loaded and ready to go next week.”
The Indians’ first offense moved the length of the field on its only two possessions in the live half.
Both drives, however, ended with an interception inside the 5-yard line.
“We’ve got to eliminate mistakes in the red zone,” Ream said. “We haven’t worked on our red zone offense a lot, but we will this week.”
After the Indians’ first drive ended with an interception in the end zone, West Mesquite did not waste much time getting on the board.
The Wranglers needed just one play as they converted a 70-yard pass into seven points.
That was the only time West Mesquite crossed mid-field until its final drive, which started at the 45-yard line.
“After that first play, I thought our defense played pretty well,” Ream said. “Obviously we want to take away big plays, but I was proud of the way the defense responded.”
West Mesquite scored its second touchdown with 24 seconds left in the scrimmage.
The Wranglers executed a screen play that enabled them to score from 20 yards away.
Waxahachie was able to open up its offense quite a bit against the Wranglers’ defense.
Collins completed passes to several receivers, including Drew Harrison, Gary Mason, Ryan Wilson, Sam Gagliano and Roderick Jefferson.
The Indian quarterbacks also threw a combined six interceptions in the scrimmage.
“We were able to spread the ball around and we still think they’re as good a group of receivers as we’ve had here,” Ream said. “We’re going try to get them the ball and let them make plays.”
The Indians’ season begins Sept. 1 at Texas Stadium against Highland Park.