Plano Senior escaped John Clark Stadium Friday with an ugly, much-needed win over Plano West. The Wildcat defense held West’s offense in check, and Plano took advantage of enough West errors to capitalize on offense en route to a 31-6 Wildcat victory.
Down to the penultimate week of the regular season and this week features a number of matchups rife with playoff and district title ramifications.
Give the Panthers this much: They haven’t let their district loss to Denton Guyer linger. East enters Friday’s showdown sizzling on offense, averaging 62.7 points and 559.7 yards over its last three games.
As a showdown with Allen approaches, the Plano East football team made sure to take care of business Friday against an injury-depleted Plano West squad.
The Eagles enter this matchup beaming with confidence after their 42-7 demolition of Denton Guyer last week and catch a McKinney squad trying to claw its way into the playoff conversation in 6-6A.
The Pirates definitely have momentum on their side, riding a two-game winning streak built on blowouts of Plano West and McKinney Boyd. In fact, since trailing Plano East at the half of its district opener, 29-0, Wylie has outscored its opponents, 115-45.
Wylie quarterback Emilio Ames put on an efficiency clinic Friday, while West fell victim to penalties and the injury bug. Ames threw touchdown passes to three different receivers, and Pirate linebacker Chris Shaw wrecked havoc on the West running game in a 42-18 win at Kimbrough Stadium.
A mere 14 seconds into Friday’s District 6-6A contest at Allen, the Plano West football team’s fate was sealed. Allen junior Taj Bickham carved through the Wolves for a 90-yard return touchdown on the game’s opening kickoff and set the wheels in motion...
The Wolves got a much-needed 38-21 victory over a surging McKinney squad to kick off district play. After a winless non-district campaign, West needed to see some modicum of forward progress on offense and did so behind 475 yards and 38 points – the latter figure more than the Wolves’ combined non-district scoring output.
The Plano West squad that took the field Thursday against McKinney was, in every facet of a football team, a completely different unit than the one that lost its first three non-district games of 2016. The defense was suffocating. Special teams was mistake-free and directly contributed to a touchdown. And the offense was unstoppable.
West has wiped the proverbial slate clean from its 0-3 start in non-district, with head coach Scott Smith focusing only on McKinney and “the new season,” as he called it.
Now the fun part begins. Over the past three weeks, District 6-6A football has plied its craft and given spectators an early gauge on just how this eight-team behemoth will play out in the coming weeks.
A 0-3 start by Plano West could be cause for concern as District 6-6A play begins this week, but head coach Scott Smith is taking a “day-by-day” approach as the Wolves prepare for the games that count toward postseason seeding. The bye week, then, can be a perfect time for re-evaluation.
For the third consecutive week, the Plano West offense struggled against a non-district opponent. Hebron, on the other hand, seems to be hitting its stride at the perfect time. After averaging only 16.5 points per game in the first two outings of the season, the Wolves were stymied by Hebron in Week 3...
Hebron rebounded from a season-opening defeat to Plano, where the Hawks lost by more than 30 points, to defeat Wylie in Week Two. Quarterback Clayton Tune threw for three touchdowns and no interceptions, and seems to have developed a rapport with top receiver Trejan Bridges (six catches, 125 yards, two touchdowns).