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Horn falls to Coppell
By Phil Hausmann, Special to the News
COPPELL -- Coppell relied on a run-heavy attack to open up the season with a home win, defeating Mesquite Horn, 13-0.
Coppell’s weapon of choice for the night was senior running back Cam McDaniel, who rushed for 218 yards on 48 rushes with two touchdowns.
“They’re a gigantic offensive line and he’s a great running back,” said Rodney Webb, Horn head coach. “You just gotta try and weather the storm.”
The strong running attack led by McDaniel allowed Coppell to control the clock for a total time of 29:53 and kept Horn’s offense from getting more scoring opportunities.
“Cam’s a guy you can put the ball on his shoulders,” said Joe McBride, Coppell head coach. “He’s got a lot of passion, a lot of desire and that’s just typical of what he’s going to do.”
Mesquite had two opportunities in the red zone, but came up scoreless on both chances. One chance included a missed field goal and the other was an incomplete pass from Horn quarterback Collin Strahan on fourth down.
“Coppell played a great game tonight, but we did a lot of it to ourselves,” Webb said. “We got down to the red zone and we would just shoot ourselves in the foot, and it’s one of those zero week deals. You want to think you’re gonna come out the first game of the year and be on top of your game and you’re not always there.”
Mesquite was held to 256 yards of total offense on 37 plays by the Coppell defense.
“They are a very good defense,” Webb said, “but how many times were we in the red zone and we didn’t convert one time.”
Both Coppell’s and Horn’s offenses looked rusty with the game still scoreless toward the end of the half. That is until Coppell senior quarterback Joe Minden rushed on 4th-and-1 to convert for the first down with 2:59 left.
Two plays later Minden completed a pass to senior wide receiver Kyle Echerd to put Coppell on Horn’s 10-yard line. Minden then handed off the ball to McDaniel, who punched it into the end zone for the game’s first touchdown.
“You just tip your hat to them,” Webb said. “Their coaching staff has done a great job of utilizing their talent to the best. What they did against us tonight is what they should be doing to everybody.”
Horn got the ball back with 1:38 left in the half, but Jaguars senior quarterback Collin Strahan was sacked once by Coppell senior Tanner Rice, and then Strahan was sacked again on the following play by the Cowboys defense. Strahan broke out of the pocket and scrambled right on the next play to run out the clock in the first half.
Horn received the ball in the second half and got into Coppell territory on a 75-yard run by Jaguars senior receiver Jakeem Grant, but came up scoreless after a missed field goal.
“We can’t give big plays up like that,” McBride said, “so I’m anxious to get back in the video.”
Horn got into the red zone once more on a 46-yard bomb from Strahan to Grant, but again came up scoreless on a fourth-down incompletion that was tipped at the back of the end zone.
Coppell was able to run out the remainder of the clock by doing what had given them the lead and that was to hand the ball off to McDaniel and secure the 13-0 win.
“We told our kids after the game that the troubles we had tonight we can fix,” Webb said. “That’s what’s good.”