MESQUITE — It’s been a long time since North Mesquite has been in the playoffs, even longer since the Stallions won in the playoffs.
They’ve used an old-school approach to get back to the good-old-days.
“Still to this day, with all the spread offenses, you have to run the ball and play great defense,” said Steve Bragg, Mesquite ISD’s athletic director.
“Our motto this year has been fast and physical,” said Mike Robinson, North Mesquite’s head coach. “And we’ve tried to play fast and physical on both sides of the ball.”
North averaged more than 330 rushing yards per game and had almost 500 against Irving MacArthur last weekend. That was the program’s first playoff win since 2000; it was also their first playoff appearance since 2007.
“You gotta have that aggression,” said center Jason Hewitt. “We all have that aggression, we have that mean streak. That’s what makes us so great.”
The defense is also won of the best in the area, allowing fewer than 15 points per game.
“I know we used to be a big power house back in the day,” said linebacker Dillon Owens. “We’re trying to bring that back and put North Mesquite back on the map.”
The players on this team were literally just babies the last time North Mesquite won a playoff game in 2000. But they used to be in the mix every year – nine straight playoff years from 1994 to 2002.”
“The history has indicated that North has traditionally been a winner and everybody’s been waiting for us to get back to that point,” said Robinson.
Current athletic director Steve Bragg was North Mesquite’s head coach for six years in the early 2000’s.
“You were going to make the playoffs,” said Bragg of the time when he first went to North Mesquite. “We had athletes, and you had a chance to play deep every year.”
Run the ball well and play good defense. That formula has worked forever, and it has North Mesquite back in the playoffs for the first time in what feels like forever.