Mesquite Horn offensive fireworks make for heavy lifting for Cat Corps

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by TED MADDEN

WFAA Sports

Posted on October 10, 2013 at 8:15 PM

MESQUITE -- Halfway through the season, Mesquite Horn appears to be at full speed.

The Jaguars are 6-0, and are scoring more than 46 points per game.

"We know, we have some explosive kids on offense," said first-year coach Mike Overton, who spent the last few years at West Mesquite. "Our goal all along this year was to be able to score, put points on the board, and our kids have responded well."

Destri White is the quarterback; he's already thrown 15 touchdown passes and run for another four.

"Everybody does their job," said White, a senior who is committed to play at Rice next year. "Score a lot of points -- that's what our offense is made to do."

Wide receivers Jarrison Stewart and Del'Michael High are producing from the outside with nearly identical statistics -- Stewart has 25 catches for 425 yards, and High has 28 catches for 464 yards. In class 5A, both rank in the top 10 in the area in receiving yards.

"We think we can do better," said High, who is being recruited by Texas A&M and TCU. "We had a lot of mistakes. It can be a lot better, probably more points than that."

As entertaining as the Jaguars' offense has been this year, the real fun starts after they score. That's when the Cat Corps gets involved.

They're a group of students who work with the cheerleaders and perform end zone celebrations.

"When they score a TD, we already have a plan a set of what we're going to do," said Aric Lopez, a member of the Cat Corps.

And they do a number of things, including the Superman (where one member is tossed in the air into the arms of the others), fish (where it looks like they're reeling in a Corps member). And everyone's favorite is the Casey-Copter (a twisting-turning human tilt-a-whirl that is hard to do justice in text).

But sometimes it's too much of a good thing. The Cat Corps has a hard time keeping up with all the scoring.

"Oh yeah, it's unbelievable," said Stephen Taylor, a senior member of the Cat Corps. "I kinda hate it a little sometimes. When it's a high-scoring game in the fourth quarter, you just want to sit down and do nothing. They score another touchdown and we have to get up off our butts and do something."

But as long as Horn keeps scoring, the Cat Corps will keep performing.

E-mail tmadden@wfaa.com

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