Final-week byes have a few high school teams sitting pretty before playoffs

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by TED MADDEN

WFAA Sports

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 8:42 PM

It's week 10 of the high school football season, when district titles are on the line and teams either make the playoffs or go home.

But in the case of a few teams in North Texas, the last week of the regular season is also their bye week.

"I was kind of confused," said Mesquite High cornerback Anthony Canady when asked what he thought when he first saw the schedule. "I was like, 'Huh? What happened to the 10th game?' I was confused at first, then coach explained it to us."

Mesquite and South Garland are the only 5A teams in the area with a week 10 bye. Both already have made the playoffs, turning their unique schedule into an advantage.

"Yeah, I'm glad it's here," said South Garland running back Marquel McNac, the leading rusher in Class 5A going into this weekend's games. "I got a little injured last week and really need this week to heal and get my legs better and get my strength back, so I can break tackles and score touchdowns."

South Garland finished 6-4 overall. Mesquite is 10-0.

A bye week isn't the same thing as a week off, so Mesquite coach Robbie Robinson isn't sitting at his desk with his feet up. It's a different kind of work week, but it's still work.

"When you have a game, you're getting ready for an opponent," Robinson said. "Right now, we're trying to stress fundamentals, get back to some of the basics, [and] at the same time, let some bumps and bruises heal up."

"We just been being able to work on our own techniques, working on little things, getting better off our read keys," said Mesquite safety Marlin Simmons.

"Playing 10 games in a row is tough," said South Garland offensive coordinator Mikey Thompson. "It's tough for any football team. You see it now these days -- the majority of football teams don't do that anymore, especially at the higher levels."

After 10 games in a row, then this bye week, both South Garland and Mesquite are in better position to play a few playoff games in a row.

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