I’m going to be running through the district races that are sure to pique my interest in 2015. Here are my first two installments (Part One and Part Two).
My qualifications on what makes a good district race are as follows:
The final phase of the 2015 7-on-7 season went off without a hitch Friday and Saturday with the playing of the Division I State 7-on-7 Tournament.
Played from Veterans Park and Athletic Complex in College Station, 64 teams vied for a state championship over the course of two days in the summer heat.
High school football is not a perfect economy.
On the college and professional levels, players are brought in to fill specific roles. You need a run-plugging defensive tackle? Go recruit a handful, or sign a few on the free agent market.
High school coaches, however, aren’t so lucky. Often, they’re just trying to put the best 11 players on the field – regardless of position. Sure, they’ll need some big kids in the interior, but everything else is fluid. For example, a team blessed in talented defensive backs, but light elsewhere, can turn its biggest safeties into linebackers. It might not be ideal, given that those players might not have the size to take on blocks from offensive linemen, but it’s the best the coaches have to work with.
The 64 teams that have qualified for the Division I State 7-on-7 Tournament now know what awaits upon arrival in College Station in a couple weeks.
The pools for the latest installment of the Divison I state tournament were announced on Monday, with the 64 qualifiers divided into 16 pools. According to the Texas 7-on-7 Association, teams were split into four geographic regions and drawn at random.
If you start making a list of all-time great coaches in the state of Texas, you won’t get too many names in before Tom Kimbrough comes up in the discussion.
What’s remarkable is the relative brevity of his head coaching career. Unlike other all-time greats like Gordon Wood or G.A. Moore (who both coached for 44 seasons), Kimbrough had only 16 years as a head coach, all at Plano: 1976 to 1991. During that span, there were few programs that matched the Wildcats’ success.
The Plano West 7-on-7 football team is starting to find its groove.
In back-to-back weekends, the Wolves have competed at the Nike The Opening 7-on-7 team challenge and the Arlington Bowie state qualifying tournament, the latter more of a state tournament tune-up with West already qualified.
The number of opportunities to qualify for next month's Texas State 7-on-7 Tournament are dwindling, and 16 schools hope to join those festivities with a productive showing this weekend in Arlington.
Of course, only two are assured that opportunity, as local teams will convene at Arlington Bowie on Saturday to participate in a state qualifying tournament.
Plano West was disappointed in its opening 7-on-7 state qualifier performance of the year, a 1-2 showing at the Frisco Liberty SQT.
The Wolves righted the ship in a big way on Saturday at their own SQT, going 3-0 in pool play action before downing Mesquite Poteet, 46-33, in the tournament semifinals to earn an automatic berth in the state tournament.
For the second consecutive year, the Plano West 7-on-7 state qualifying tournament belonged to Plano ISD.
Particularly the SQT host Wolves and fellow rival Plano Senior, as both punched their tickets to the Division I State 7-on-7 Tournament on Saturday.
Plano West will host a 7-on-7 state qualifying tournament this weekend, scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
In what's been an annual stop in the 7-on-7 SQT tour, the Wolves will welcome 15 schools from around the Metroplex vying for two more spots in the Division I State 7-on-7 Tournament.
Plano West was one of 16 teams at the Frisco Liberty 7-on-7 state qualifying tournament over the weekend, but the Wolves didn’t manage to make it out of pool play in their first action of the summer.
It’s all part of the process for the squad, though, which ended things on a high note with a 40-point victory over Grapevine in their final appearance of the event.
Even before former head coach Mike Hughes announced his retirement and former offensive coordinator Kelly Mercer headed east, the Plano West football team was going to enter the 2015 season with a new outlook.
The Wolves will be tasked with replacing their starting quarterback, a number of defensive standouts and one of the consensus top-five running back prospects in the nation, but first-year head coach Scott Smith is pleased with his team’s progress now that spring practice is in the books.
With spring football winding down, several programs are already transitioning their respective offseason regiments toward 7-on-7 competition throughout the summer.
For a handful of area football teams, that'll mean descending on Frisco Liberty on Saturday morning for the first batch of Division I State Qualifying Tournaments.
New Plano West head football coach Scott Smith has seen his share of snaps under the lights at Clark Stadium. A former assistant at Plano Senior, Smith is plenty familiar with the tradition and memories that the facility stands on.
Spring practice and scrimmages have given Smith the opportunity to experience the game at the stadium in a brand new light, and admitted Friday after the Wolves’ final spring scrimmage of the year being back at Clark has been emotional in the infancy of his new tenure.
The head football coaching vacancy of the state's second-largest high school has been filled.
Longtime Lake Highlands head coach Scott Smith has been named the new head coach at Plano West. Plano ISD athletic director Gerald Brence confirmed Smith's hiring on Tuesday.
Plano West alum Jordan Pugh didn’t officially announce the 2014 recipient of his Pushing Upward. Going Higher. Award until the Wolves’ annual football banquet in January.
However, the NFL veteran had a good idea well in advance which West student-athlete embodied the criteria he looks for each year when deciding the beneficiary of his annual award and scholarship. That would be senior Dalvin Billingslea, who received a $2,000 scholarship and plaque that commended the Wolves’ running back for his work both on and off the field.
As Wednesday morning’s National Signing Day ceremony began at Plano West, many felt senior running back Soso Jamabo was down to the wire between Texas and UCLA.
Jamabo left no doubt to his decision during the ESPNU broadcast of the ceremony, pulling out two hats – one powder blue and one white – that both had the UCLA moniker embroidered across the front of them.
In today’s college football recruiting universe, it’s not uncommon for athletes to advertise themselves and their thought process when it comes to selecting a collegiate program to attend.
Not so with Plano West senior running back Soso Jamabo, who has taken a more reserved approach to his recruitment, even in the final two weeks before the deadline of National Signing Day arrives.
The Plano West football team’s postseason run didn’t begin the way it envisioned, surrendering an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage in a bi-district contest against Keller at AT&T Stadium.
But that’s about all that went wrong early in a 66-41 rout of the Indians.
The brunt of District 6-6A wasn’t enough to shackle Plano ISD from the playoff picture, as Plano Senior and Plano West will represent the city when postseason action kicks off tonight.
Making their third consecutive playoff appearance, the Wolves take the field at AT&T Stadium at 6 p.m. tonight when they meet Keller. Two days later, Plano will serve as the first leg of a quadruple-header at AT&T Stadium when it squares off with District 5-6A champion Denton Guyer at 11 a.m. Saturday. Plano looks to nab its first playoff win since 2009.
The Plano West offensive line came into the season as an area of the program the coaching staff was paying close attention to.
After losing perennial starters and alums Zach White, Cody Arledge and Chase Woods to graduation – and college programs – the Wolves had to regroup with the next-man-up philosophy.
Despite playing its backups for much of the game, Plano West held Flower Mound scoreless for nearly three quarters in a 44-9 victory Friday at Neal Wilson Stadium.
Wolves’ senior quarterback Robert Colmery scored the game’s first three touchdowns on runs of 6, 3 and 35 yards, and Flower Mound didn’t get on the board until junior Richard Kelly hit a 41-yard field goal at 2:18 of the third quarter, with the outcome already decided.
With one week to go in the high school football regular season, there's a startling lack of suspense entering the final week of District 6-6A and 10-5A play.
The four playoff teams from the two districts have been decided, although there are instances where the outcomes of Friday's games could alter seeding.
Much like last season’s encounter between the two, the Allen and Plano West football teams began Friday night trading decisive touchdown drives on their respective first possessions.
Allen senior Kyler Murray found senior Jalen Guyton for a 56-yard touchdown and 90 seconds later, West senior Soso Jamabo returned the favor with a 49-touchdown run.
Plano West senior kicker Parker Davidson had a banner week for the Wolves against Hebron on Oct. 24 in a 50-7 win.
In addition to a perfect 6-of-6 point-after-touchdown conversions and six touchbacks on kickoffs, Davidson hit two field goals against the Hawks, including a school record 53-yarder in the third quarter.
For weeks, the Allen and Plano West football teams have been on a crash course to a Halloween showdown that will likely decide the District 6-6A champion.
And here we are. The undefeated Eagles – winners of 35 consecutive games and holders of the state’s top ranking – against the one-loss Wolves, perhaps the most compelling challenge to Allen’s district throne in years.
It took Plano West just 16 seconds to take a 7-0 lead over Hebron Friday night at Hawk Stadium, courtesy senior running back Soso Jamabo.
The Allen-Plano West football showdown could have a major hand in crowning the District 6-6A champion.
Fox Sports Southwest took notice and will be sending its “DQ Big Game of the Week” crew to Clark Stadium in Plano next Friday for the contest.
ESPN has updated the latest edition of its top 300 national football player rankings for the Class of 2015, and a slew of local names are represented.
Surprise, surprise – Allen and Plano West are the top of the District 6-6A football standings.
The Eagles and Wolves continue their march towards next week’s potential de facto 6-6A championship bout with the top two records in the district. Excluding that Oct. 31 showdown, the Eagles’ (5-0 in 6-6A) and Wolves’ (4-1) remaining two district games are against teams that are a combined 1-10 in 6-6A play. Allen has already technically clinched a playoff spot and from a big-picture standpoint, barring something unforeseen, I’m going to go out on a limb and pencil in West as well.
Lewisville (3-4, 2-3 in District 6-6A) entered Friday’s matchup against Plano West (6-1, 4-1) ranking among the better run defenses in the Class 6A Metroplex.
However, good defense doesn’t seem to matter much in slowing the Wolves as of late.
Much was made during the offseason about the competitiveness of District 6-6A entering the 2014-15 season, and as the 6-6A schedule approaches its midpoint, that’s certainly been the case.
Even the district’s current top seed, Allen, hasn’t carved out its unbeaten mark without a dash of adversity, while programs like Hebron and Flower Mound each have three-point losses on their district docket.
Halfway through the second quarter, it looked as if a Marcus run defense that surrendered just 125 yards total over the last two games was up to the task of slowing Plano West senior Soso Jamabo.
Two-and-a-half quarters later, Jamabo was over 300 yards on the ground with four touchdowns.
The snap-hold-kick operation is, in theory, an easy one.
When ready, a long snapper puts both hands on the ball, awaiting the signal from the holder just 7 yards back. The kicker nods his head, the ball is snapped to the holder and put down on the turf, with a slight spin, to make sure the laces are facing the goal post.
It’s maybe the most overused line by coaches and media personalities alike when leading into a rivalry game.
Throw out the record books.
Given what the first five weeks of the season have produced, there wasn’t much normalcy to the latest installment of the Plano Senior-Plano West football rivalry on Friday.
Thirty-three total penalties for 252 yards.
Heading into their game versus one another, the Plano East and Plano West football teams couldn’t help but notice the similarities that persist.
A lot of that has to do with coaching, as Panthers head coach Joey McCullough brought an offensive philosophy from his time with the Wolves as his new basis for success at East.
Mark your calendars, Plano- and Allen-area football fans, because for all intents and purposes, the District 6-6A Championship will be decided on Halloween night.
Not only will that evening feature a matchup between the two lone programs who are yet to lose a 6-6A game thus far, but a game that short of DeSoto vs. Cedar Hill or Southlake Carroll vs. Euless Trinity, might be the most compelling one left on the Metroplex’s regular-season football docket.
Slowly but surely, Plano West has chipped away at the lead Plano East once built in the all-time football series between the two.
West (1-0 in District 6-6A) built a 35-0 lead at halftime and cruised to a 42-7 win over East (1-1) behind 185 yards and three touchdowns from senior running back Soso Jamabo Friday night at Clark Stadium.
There’s generally no love lost between rivals.
While that age-old adage works well in the context of most high school football games in Texas, it might not be true after Plano East and Plano West complete their 15th all-time battle Friday night at Clark Stadium.
Plano West drew the first bye of the 2014 District 6-6A football schedule and stayed home Friday night while the other eight programs tried to draw first blood.
“If I had my preference I’d rather have it during the middle of the season,” said Mike Hughes, West head coach, “but it’s the luck of the draw, and we’re going to make the most of it.”
Ninety-six minutes of game time is all the nine teams in District 6-6A have been granted in preparation for Friday night, when district play officially gets underway.
As has been the case for nearly a decade, all crosshairs are squared on two-time reigning state champion Allen, who will be vying for its ninth consecutive district title.
Plano West boys basketball alum Avery Johnson Jr.’s commitment to Texas A&M University opened the door for future Wolves to join the program on the hardcourt.
Senior D.J. Hogg was the latest to sign up to play in Reed Arena in his post-high school state, doing so after an official visit to the campus over the weekend.
Plano West senior Soso Jamabo posted one of the state's all-time best rushing performances in the Wolves' 63-49 win over Sachse on Friday.
On Wednesday, Ford recognized the five-star running back for his efforts on the gridiron by honoring Jamabo as the Week Two recipient of the 2014 Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week in Class 6A.
For those who haven’t heard, Plano West senior Soso Jamabo orchestrated maybe the greatest single-game rushing performance in Plano ISD football history on Friday against Sachse.
Amid plenty of debate among media members on the exact tally of Jamabo’s final yardage total, the Wolves’ coaching staff penned their five-star rusher at 27 carries for 469 yards and six touchdowns, plus two catches for 17 yards.
There was an assortment of star power on the field for Friday's clash between Plano West and Sachse and those players lived up their billing in a game that featured more than 1,300 yards of total offense.
But this night belonged to one player--Plano West running back Soso Jamabo.
One week after being cut by the Seattle Seahawks, Plano West alum Jackson Jeffcoat has resurfaced as a member of the Washington Redskins.
The NFC East club signed Jeffcoat to the team's practice squad on Tuesday. The move will mark Jeffcoat's latest attempt at gaining a foothold in the NFL, which hasn't been easy in the early going.
Senior running back Soso Jamabo paced Plano West to an easy 44-7 victory over Mesquite on Friday night at Clark Stadium in Plano.
The five-star recruit ran for 120 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries, gaining all but six of his yards in the first half. He took a screen pass 54 yards for another score and is already halfway to his touchdown total from a year ago.
This 6,600-pound gorilla figures to garner plenty of attention over these next two years.
Not only does District 6-6A house a total of 14 football state championships, it features nine schools with enrollments of more than 3,000 students. The largest of the schools doubles as the one best suited to tack on title No. 15 for 6-6A, as Allen sets its sights on a rare chance to win three consecutive championships in the state’s highest classification.
A ninth consecutive district title wouldn’t be a bad addendum for Allen either. There projects to be no shortage of competition keen of knocking the Eagles from their perch, including presumptive contenders Plano Senior, McKinney Boyd and Hebron.
West was looking to take a step forward in 2013 after making the deepest postseason run in school history a year prior, but instead posted a 6-5 campaign that culminated with a bi-district loss to Jesuit.
Even with one of the state’s top rushing duos in alum Auston Anderson and senior Soso Jamabo, the Wolves didn’t have enough offense to account for their shortcomings on defense and lack of consistent quarterback play.
Senior Robert Colmery and junior Logan Williams split the job last season, but out of the spring and through the summer in 7-on-7 action, West looked to Colmery to grasp the role once and for all.
This is the last of an 11-part installment previewing District 6-6A.
Plano West’s football team showed flashes of being a district contender last season.
With two weeks of practice and a scrimmage in the books, this year’s team has turned its focus into accomplishing that goal this time around. A quick glance at the roster, with a strong number of returners and up-and-coming talent, begs pause to the notion that the Wolves can get there.
But District 6-6A will be no walk in the park. West, like the other eight teams in the grouping, knows consistency and discipline will be key in breaking the talent tie on the field.
All three Plano ISD schools will hit the gridiron for their first action of the 2014 season Friday night.
Plano Senior will head to E.H. Hanby Stadium at 7 p.m. for a scrimmage with Mesquite.
Plano East will host Arlington Bowie at 8:30 p.m. at Kimbrough Stadium, while Plano West will inhabit Clark Stadium for a matchup with Highland Park.
This is the 10th of an 11-part installment previewing District 6-6A.
Coming off the deepest postseason run in program history this time last year, the Plano West football team entered its season hyped as one of the best teams in Class 5A. Several preseason polls ranked the squad behind only defending state champion Allen in district.
Courtesy of an underwhelming season that culminated in a bi-district loss to Jesuit, coupled with a move to District 6-6A, that’s no longer an issue for this year’s set of Wolves.
In the coming months, the annual slate of Under Armour All-America games will be held in football and baseball, and the Metroplex figures to be represented in both.
On Aug. 16, 36 of the country's top baseball prospects will take to the diamond at Wrigley Field for the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game. Already on tap to participate is Plano Senior senior Mitchell Hansen, whose offseason has already included an appearance in the 2014 Tournament of Stars in June and an upcoming tryout for the U18 national team on Aug. 23-29.
A 39-21 loss in Plano West’s Division I State 7-on-7 Tournament opener versus Hutto had the gusto to cast a dark cloud over the Wolves’ fifth straight appearance at the event.
But back-to-back victories in Pool K action turned things around quickly for West, which recorded wins over Cypress Woods and Byron Nelson in succession to reach the championship bracket.
This is the third of an 11-part installment previewing District 6-6A.
This is the second of an 11-part installment previewing District 6-6A.
The Allen and Plano West athletics program were among the most consistent in Class 5A and the final UIL Lone Star Cup standings reflect just that.
Both cracked the top 10 for the annual UIL honor, with the Eagles finishing third overall (74 points) and the Wolves tallying sixth (63).
The Lone Star Cup is annually awarded to one school in each UIL classification through a point system based on team performance in district and postseason success.
In February, one of the biggest storylines to emerge from the UIL’s biennial realignment was the creation of District 6-6A featuring Plano ISD, Lewisville ISD, Allen and McKinney Boyd.
It didn’t take long for floodgates of hyperbole to open surrounding the new district.
That’s not to say folks are wrong. During the 2013-14 school year alone, five team UIL Class 5A State Championships were captured by schools that will occupy 6-6A next season and at least one 6-6A program has won a state title each of the past 10 years.
Plano West will host its annual 7-on-7 state qualifying tournament on Saturday.
The event is one of five SQTs that are taking place across the state over the weekend, the others being in Belton, Southlake, College Station and Lufkin.
A number of local teams will vie for a spot at the state tournament in College Station by virtue of a top-two finish. Frisco Heritage, which qualified at the Frisco Liberty SQT, already locked up a spot in College Station.
The Plano West football team advanced to the semifinals of the Frisco Liberty 7-on-7 state qualifying tournament over the weekend, falling short against Frisco Heritage with a spot in this year’s state tournament in College Station on the line.
The Wolves jumped out to a quick lead against the Coyotes, but fell victim to three straight unsuccessful drives before halftime that tipped the scales in Heritage’s favor. West kept things close in the second half, but lost, 36-25.
According to West quarterbacks coach Kelly Mercer, though, it was a successful first appearance in a 7-on-7 SQT for the Wolves.
Plano West’s quest for a third consecutive playoff appearance will officially begin in the fall.
Friday at Clark Stadium, though, the Wolves completed a necessary step toward that goal – their fourth and final scrimmage of the spring.
According to head coach Mike Hughes, West got the necessary amount of time together both on and off the field to feel confident heading into the summer months leading into the Wolves joining District 6-6A next season.
Plano West alum Jackson Jeffcoat, like the rest of the University of Texas prospects this year, went undrafted over the weekend in the 2014 NFL Draft.
It didn't take him long to find a home.
Shortly after the conclusion of the seventh and final round on Saturday, Jeffcoat tweeted that he signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent.
Plano West alum Jackson Jeffcoat had to beg and plead for his parents to let him play football in the sixth grade.
Sixteen years and a truckload of on- and off-field accolades later, the University of Texas senior will likely take the next – and most profound – step of his football career by week’s end, as the 2014 NFL Draft runs Thursday-Saturday.
On Wednesday, Joey McCullough was introduced as the next head coach of Plano East football.
Although that day marked the Panthers’ first glimpse of their new leader, the seeds for McCullough’s ascension to his first-ever head coaching gig were planted well before any of his players at East were even born.
A longtime staple in the Plano ISD football scene, Joey McCullough has been named the new head coach at Plano East.
An East alum who has logged 22 years on the coaching circuit, all but one of which have come within PISD. McCullough served as an assistant coach with the Panthers from 1994-2002 before taking the same job across town at Plano West. In those 12 years, he served as the Wolves’ offensive line coach and running game coordinator, which annually boasts one of the top rushing attacks in the Metroplex.
What: Plano West Quarterback Club Kick Off Meeting
When: Monday, April 14, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Where: Plano West SAC (indoor practice facility)
Hello Wolfpack! Please make sure you attend the Kick Off Meeting for the Plano West Quarterback Club. It is mandatory attendance for all parents of Plano West Varsity and Junior Varsity players in 2014 and a great opportunity to find out what is going on for all the future Wolves and their parents! If you are in the Blue Nation, you’re invited!
The Kick Off Meeting is being held in conjunction with the Spring Lift-a-Thon. All our players have been working hard in the offseason to get bigger and stronger and this is their chance to show us what they’ve got!
Here’s the schedule:
5:30 – Pizza available for players ($1.00 per player. Pizza for players only)
6:00 – 6:30 – Parents browse information stations, join the club and purchase items
6:30 – 7:00 – Quarterback Club Kick Off meeting
7:00 – Lift-A-Thon
We need to see you there!
ONE TEAM! ONE DREAM! BLUE NATION!
Rob and Sharon Clark
2014 PWQBC Captains
Just the talent alone is enough to want to sit down and take in a District 10-5A basketball game on a Tuesday or Friday night.
But part of what makes high school basketball such a unique experience is the atmosphere – specifically the section in the stands allotted to the student body. Every game, hundreds of students pour into the stands to show their devotion and support for their respective teams.
Plano West senior running back Auston Anderson had a standout career for the Wolves, one that coincided with the school’s deepest playoff appearance to date when he was a junior.
Over the past three seasons, Anderson has complied over 2,800 rushing yards and scored 30 touchdowns on the gridiron.
He officially committed to Northwestern and head coach Pat Fitzgerald’s football team on Wednesday, the fulfillment of a year-long pledge to the Wildcats and the Big Ten.View full story at Plano Star Courier
Among Plano ISD schools, Plano West will go down as having the largest number of students represented on National Signing Day.
Sixteen Wolves and Lady Wolves took their first official step toward collegiate athletics Wednesday by signing a National Letter of Intent.
Six different sports were represented among the students, but soccer (seven) and football (six) took up most of the list.View full story at Plano Star Courier
While watching Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson hold up the Lombardi Trophy in celebration of winning Super Bowl XLVIII, one steady thought resonated through my mind.
And it has nothing to do with the fact that Wilson, just a second-year pro, has already climbed to the top of the NFL mountain.
“That guy is a member of the Texas Rangers,” I said to myself.View full story at Allen American
The UIL held its biennial realignment Monday morning, announcing the state’s new athletic districts. These will take effect for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years.
District 6-6A will feature nine teams, including Allen, Flower Mound, Hebron, Lewisville, Marcus, McKinney Boyd, Plano East, Plano Senior and Plano West.View full story at Allen American
The UIL held its biennial realignment Monday morning, announcing the state's new athletic districts. These will take effect for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years.View full story at Celina Record
From August through December, the high school football teams within Collin County waged no shortage of high-quality action on the gridiron.
For the last decade, Star Local Media has paid tribute to that action through the All-Collin County Football Team. Another year of football produced another slew of standout players within the county. Below, those student-athletes are commended for their achievements on the football field with the 11th annual All-Collin County Football Team.View full story at Allen American
Plano West senior offensive lineman Zach White verbally committed to Lamar University earlier this month, but reminded us all why verbals mean nothing.
White said Tuesday night that he has decommitted from the Cardinals and has instead pledged his services to the Naval Academy after high school.View full story at Plano Star Courier
Wolfpack members that were honored include the following:
To be nominated for Academic All-State, a student must be:
Congratulations to our senior Wolfpack All-Academic team members! GO WOLFPACK!
Plano West has been home to one of the area’s most dominant rushing attacks over the past two seasons.
Much of the credit lies with two running backs (senior Austin Anderson and junior Soso Jamabo) and a graduated quarterback (Travis Korry) but any coach will tell you the key to successfully running the football is found at the line of scrimmage.
Enter senior offensive lineman Zach White, who verbally committed to Lamar University last week after three years as a stalwart along the Wolves’ offensive line.
National Signing Day is less than a month away for the Class of 2014, but Plano West senior offensive tackle Zach White took some excitement away from his big reveal by verbally committing to Lamar University on Wednesday.
White has been a staple on the Wolves' offensive line for the past two seasons; West featured two 1,000-yard rushers (senior Austin Anderson and junior Soso Jamabo) in each of those campaigns.
For his accomplishments on the field, White was also named first team all-district 10-5A in 2012 and 2013.
The All-District 10-5A honors were unanimous among the coaches — for good reason. With Allen junior quarterback Kyler Murray named the Most Valuable Player, McKinney Boyd running back Dedrick Scrivens selected as Offensive Player of the Year and Plano linebacker David Griffith named Defensive Player of the Year, few districts anywhere could have a higher regarded top three.
Murray led Allen to its eighth-consecutive district championship as the returning starter following a sophomore season of guiding Allen to the Class 5A Division I state title. One of the nation’s top recruits for the Class of 2015, Murray missed a district game with a bruised foot but as Allen heads into the second week of the state playoffs has already thrown for 2,631 yards and 32 touchdowns.
It was a season of unrealized potential for the Plano West football team.
Entering the campaign with a roster full of Division I-level talent and motivation to build on the deepest playoff run in school history, the Wolves (6-5, 2-3 District 10-5A) were expected to be a legitimate contender in the Class 5A state championship race.
Instead, Jesuit sent West home in the bi-district round.
As Friday night’s 5A Division II bi-district showdown between Plano West and Jesuit wore on, the prevailing feeling was that the last team with the ball would wind up advancing in the playoffs.
That honor belonged to the Rangers (8-3, 6-1 District 9-5A), who ran out the clock in a 48-41 win over the Wolves (6-5, 2-3 10-5A) and will move on to the area round of the postseason.
“You’re not going to win many games when a team scores 48 points on you,” said Mike Hughes, Plano West head coach. “If you score 41 points, you ought to win.”
It’s been an up-and-down year for the Plano West football team, but every program in the state that makes the postseason has the slate wiped clean at this point in the season.
And that makes West (6-4, 2-3 10-5A) a dangerous opponent for any team in the Division II-5A playoffs.
Thanks to a 42-17 win over district 10-5A rival Plano East in Friday night’s regular-season finale, the Wolves are headed back to the dance just one year removed from the best postseason performance—a trip to the state quarterfinals—in school history.
You just never can tell in a rivalry game.
Down 17-6 at intermission, the Plano West football team scored four touchdowns in a span of 7:57 to stun Plano East, 42-17, at Kimbrough Stadium Friday night.
Paced by senior running back Auston Anderson’s 214 rushing yards and another 126 from junior tailback Soso Jamabo, West finished with 414 yards on the ground and thoroughly dominated East in all aspects of the game after halftime.
The Allen football team has been ranked No. 1 in the Class 5A AP state poll since the beginning of the season.
The Eagles have backed up that standing with an unblemished 9-0 record, including a 4-0 run through District 10-5A where they have won each game by at least 23 points.
And as the final game of the regular season approaches, the Eagles still haven’t won the outright district championship – yet.
A timely special teams stop by the Plano West football team sent the Wolves into the locker room in high spirits Friday night at Clark Stadium.
Plano Senior assured it was all downhill from there, clamping down on the Wolves over the final two quarters for a 24-7 victory that scored the Wildcats a playoff berth.
“Last year we made the playoffs, but kind of limped in,” said Jaydon McCullough, Plano head coach. “This group here finishes and it all started back in January. Bear Bryant said it best: ‘Don’t show me the will to win. Show me the will to prepare.’
The midpoint of the fourth quarter Thursday night presented two of the most crucial drives of the season for the Plano West football team.
Each time, the Wolves (5-3, 1-2) came through in spades to halt a McKinney (3-5, 0-3) rally and claim a 38-20 victory from Ron Poe Stadium for their first win in District 10-5A.
“After losses to McKinney Boyd and Allen, we needed this one tonight,” said Mike Hughes, West head coach. “Now we’re in the same place we were last year and we have to treat every game like a playoff game.”
Allen scored early and often Friday night in a 77-37 victory over Plano West at Clark Stadium.
The Eagles (7-0, 2-0) were led by quarterback Kyler Murray, who hurt the Wolves on the ground and through the air on his way to 392 yards of total offense. The junior ran for three touchdowns and added four more through the air in a little more than one half of action.
“Kyler played awesome,” said Tom Westerberg, Allen head coach. “He is playing lights out right now. It’s just fun to watch.”
Thursday evening marks the first leg of what projects to be a rough and tumble road to the finish line in District 10-5A football.
The six teams wrapped up non-district with a cumulative record of 22-8, including a 12-3 mark for Plano ISD. That kind of balance was replicated in the voting breakdowns of the district's three staff writers, with just one point separating the three Plano schools and the two McKinney squads tying in their final tally.
Those challengers will have their sights set on Allen, which is taking aim at an eighth consecutive district championship.
Plano West was more effective running the ball last season than at any previous time in program history, racking up 3,938 yards and 58 touchdowns.
But the 2013 Wolves' ground attack is on track to be better.
A lot better.
"I think our running game has been great," said Cody Arledge, West senior left tackle. "It's our strength so far this year and I expect it to be our strength going forward."
Evidence of that can be seen on the field and in the numbers.
Any questions regarding the health of Plano West tailback Soso Jamabo were answered early Friday night.
The junior tailback, who missed much of last week's game due to injury, wasted no time showing he was healthy against Flower Mound (1-4). Jamabo broke loose on a 35-yard touchdown run on the Wolves' third offensive play, capping a drive that saw Jamabo run three times for 75 yards.
The early touchdown was a sign of things to come for West (4-1), which used a strong ground game to grind out a 41-6 victory at Neal Wilson Stadium.
Nearly everything went right for the Dallas Cowboys in their 31-7 win over the visiting St. Louis Rams on Sept. 22.
The team was dominant in all three phases of the game and improved to 2-1, much to the satisfaction of more than 80,000 fans at AT&T Stadium.
A pair of locals played a role in that victory, with Little Elm's Cole Beasley and Plano West's Kyle Bosworth chipping in on special teams and offense.
"It was awesome," Bosworth said. "I've been a big Cowboys fan my whole life, so it was a dream come true with all the emotions that come along. It's just awesome."
Plano West (3-1) is known for its rushing tandem of junior Soso Jamabo and senior Auston Anderson.
But even with Jamabo out of action for much of Friday's game against Mesquite (2-2), the Wolves showed they are much more than just a two-man team.
Junior quarterback Robby Colmery accounted for four touchdowns and West pulled away late for a 44-21 victory over the Skeeters at E.H. Hanby Stadium. Colmery was 9-of-13 for 172 yards and two touchdowns while adding 111 yards and a pair of scores on the ground.
The good news for the Plano West football team (2-1) was that it defeated South Garland, 35-17, Thursday night at HBJ Stadium.
The bad news was how flat West looked in the early stages of that victory.
"It's very important to come out with intensity," said Mark Cooks, Plano West junior cornerback. "I don't know if it was the game being on a Thursday or what, but we were kind of slacking to start."
"No intensity at the start," added Mike Hughes, West head coach. "We didn't come out with the same fire we had last week (a 52-33 win over Lake Highlands)."
It's not difficult to get people associated with the Plano West football program to speak highly about junior running back Soso Jamabo.
"Soso is amazing," said Mark Cooks, Wolves junior cornerback.
"He's awesome man ... he is just unreal," added Mike Hughes, West head coach.
Jamabo, the No. 18-ranked national recruit in the Class of 2015 by ESPN, proved those descriptors to be accurate once more Friday night against Lake Highlands (a 52-33 victory) when he took his first carry of the season 56 yards for a touchdown. The play was then brought back due to a holding call, but still, not bad for someone making their first game appearance since injuring his shoulder last December in West's 42-35 Region II Finals loss to Austin Westlake.
When a team goes up 28-0 in the first quarter, they don't expect to be in a battle deep in the fourth.
Yet that's precisely where Plano West (1-1) found itself Friday night as Lake Highlands had scored 14 unanswered points and was on the move once again midway through the final frame at Clark Stadium.
Yet the Wildcats would get no further as a 4th-and-2 from their own 39-yard line ended in a fumbled recovery by junior Mark Cooks, who returned the ball 40 yards for a touchdown and 52-33 West lead. That would also be the final as the Wolves avoided their first 0-2 start since 2009.
Marcus' football team entered the season hoping to establish a balanced offense and did just that Friday in its opener; a 24-8 win over Plano West.
Quarterback Cole Erwin tossed three touchdown passes for the Marauders to go with 188 yards through the air, while running back Mark Demery chipped in 138 yards on 30 rushing attempts.
Tight end Kaden Smith hauled in a pair of scores, including a 70-yard catch-and-run for six in the third quarter to help the Marauders pull away.
Leading, 21-8, in the fourth, Marcus then put together a 15-play drive resulting in a field goal that chewed up 8:12 bringing the clock down to 3:38.
Last year was the best season in Plano West football history.
But in 2013, the Wolves are looking to build on their Region II Finals appearance.
"Our goal is to win a state title, so we do talk about that," said Mike Hughes, West head coach. "It isn't over the top, but if you have something that you dream about, you want it, you can feel it, then I think it's only natural to talk about it."
"Our expectations are pretty high," added Robby Colmery, West junior quarterback. Read full story at Star Local News
If you're playing in a fantasy football league -- or two or three or six -- this fall, there's a solid chance your draft is this weekend.
It's safe to plant yourself in front of a computer monitor for two hours, surrounded by countless research materials and take your best shot at a game based largely on luck.
It's a late-August tradition.
So is the start of high school football in Texas and seamless as that transition was, imagine if fantasy football applied to District 10-5A. Read full story at Star Local News
The Plano West football team feels they are one of the best teams in the state.
It's as simple as that.
"We've got real good bonding, we're starting to trust each other, we have good chemistry and that's why feel that we'll be state bound," said Josh Webb, Wolves senior defensive end.
After the spring campaign, a six-week summer workout program and a trip to the Division I State 7-on-7 Tournament in Leander, the Wolves have built enough confidence to say they're the team that comes out on top of District 10-5A this season. Read full story at Star Local News
It's almost time.
With 7-on-7 well in the rearview mirror, all eyes are on Monday when football practices officially begin for Plano ISD. Some teams will begin as early as 6 a.m. while others won't finish until 9 p.m., but nevertheless, Monday is the first legitimate affirmation that high school football season is underway in Plano.
So with the coming days set to lay the foundation for Week Zero on Aug. 30, why not jump the gun by three weeks and see how the six schools in District 10-5A stack up before any of them so much as set foot on the practice field? Read full story at Star Local News
There are more than 272,000 people in the city of Plano, but Plano West senior Chase Woods still considers himself a small town kind of guy.
It was that sense that drew Woods to Lamar University with the right tackle making a verbal commitment to the Beaumont-based program last week.
"People call me Big Country because I drive a big 'ol F-250, I love country music and I always wear jeans and boots," Woods said. "I'm like a country boy living in the city, so I was really interested in that small-school feel that Lamar offered." Read full story at Star Local News
Spring practice is a time to get the younger players up to speed and for the veterans to plan for the future.
And while Plano West senior Cody Arledge accomplished the latter this spring, the left tackle also had the added benefit of forming a relationship that allowed him to verbally commit to Yale last month.
In addition to Yale, Arledge held offers from New Mexico State, Navy and Texas State as well as other prestigious academic institutions like Harvard and Columbia. Read full story at Star Local News
Plano West senior Zach White has yet to play a snap in his final season with the Wolves’ football team, and he has already amassed his first college offer. The West offensive lineman was offered by the University of Pennsylvania.
Operating at right tackle for a line that paved holes for one of the state’s most vaunted rushing attacks last season, White’s efforts as a junior were recognized as a first-team all-district selection.
The 6-foot-2, 285 pound lineman has also drawn interest from the likes of Texas Tech, Rice, and Yale.
There has never been a summer in which the Plano West football program possessed this much swagger.
"We really feel like we got over the hump last year," said Mike Hughes, West head coach. "People believe now and we have that confidence you want in your team."
Such confidence comes after winning a playoff game for the first time since 2004 last season and advancing to the Region II Finals for the first time in program history. But the Wolves also know what they accomplished in 2012 won't mean anything if they don't continue to work in 2013. Read full story at Star Local News
Wednesday marked the 21st ESPY Awards, the annual ceremony devoted to honoring standout professional and collegiate athletes and teams of the past year.
It's the sports equivalent to the Oscars or Grammys, so why not put a high school spin on the concept?
Over the past school year, the city of Plano has showcased no shortage of notable individual and team athletic achievements, so it is only appropriate to put the last season of local varsity sports into an award-winning perspective. In the coming weeks, the city's top athletes, teams and games will be recognized among nine different awards. Read full story at Star Local News
Plano West senior Cody Arledge has verbally committed to continue his football career at Yale.
He made the pledge on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound left tackle was a second team all-district selection last season after starting for an offense that compiled 4,000 yards rushing. Read full story at Star Local News
Plano West entered the Division I State 7-on-7 Tournament on Friday as one of the hottest teams in the competition, having advanced after its first tournament (Frisco Liberty) and going 9-1 overall in state qualifying tournaments.
The Wolves left Southwest Williamson Regional County Park in Leander on Saturday feeling significantly different.
Wednesday marks the 21st ESPY Awards, the annual ceremony devoted to honoring standout professional and collegiate athletes and teams of the past year.
It's the sports equivalent to the Oscars or Grammys, so why not put a high school spin on the concept?
Over the past school year, the city of Plano has showcased no shortage of notable individual and team athletic achievements, so it is only appropriate to put the last season of local varsity sports into an award-winning perspective. In the coming weeks, the city's top athletes, teams and games will be recognized among nine different awards.
Friday marks the 12th time in its 16-year history that Plano ISD will participate in the 7-on-7 State Tournament.
But for the first time ever, all three PISD football teams will descend on Southwest Williamson Regional County Park in Leander for the final leg of the state's 7-on-7 schedule. Read full story at Star Local News
After spending the past two decades coaching football, Plano West assistant Ralph Hinds is trying his hand at the administrative side of the athletics spectrum.
He'll still remain in the same school district he graduated high school from (Plano East, 1988) and spent the majority of his coaching career within, only now as Plano ISD's new assistant athletic director..Read full story at Star Local News
Allen tops 5A Dallas-area spring football ranking. Southlake Carroll next in line. See full list
The Frisco Liberty SQT may want to change its name to the Plano West-Hebron SQT.
After all, Saturday marked the third straight year the two former district rivals qualified for the Division I Texas State 7-on-7 Tournament (July 12-13 at Southwest Williamson County Park in Round Rock) by advancing to the finals.
And for the third straight time, the Wolves reigned supreme. Read full story at Star Local News
Plano West football capped its spring season May 17 by holding its final scrimmage.
"We didn't do a Spring Game," said Mike Hughes, West head coach. "We've never done a Spring Game since I've been here, it's more of a controlled scrimmage."
By the time that scrimmage took place, the players had already displayed plenty. Read full story at Star Local News
When it comes to college football recruiting, most players go with their guts after making a variety of visits, both official and unofficial.
Plano West junior running back Auston Anderson went with a more practical method.
"I set up an Excel spreadsheet with different categories that were important to me," he said. "Then, I assigned points from my experience or research and analyzed the data. I wanted to find the least biased way to make this decision." Read full story at Star Local News
Details have just been released on the Plano West Football Golf Tournament. An annual tradition for the past 15 years, the Plano West Quarterback Club has used its golf tournament to both raise money to support the Wolfpack Football team, but also to support key local charities. This year, the BLUE NATION announced that the Children’s Medical Center Foundation charity will be the beneficiary of some of the proceeds of this event.
The tournament will be held on Monday, June 10th at the Tribute Golf Course in The Colony, Texas. Registration and lunch will begin at 12:30 PM, with a 1:30 PM shotgun start. An auction and awards dinner will follow in the clubhouse.
You can get all the details about the tournament on the Plano West Football website at: www.planowestfootball.org on line. Look for the tab labeled QB CLUB at the top, and then the tab for 2013 GOLF TOURNEY. An information package is available for download there, or under the FORMS tab on the home page. Registration and sponsorships can also be purchased on this site via PayPal.
For more information or questions, please contact Chris Casten at (949) 632-9970, or via e-mail at email@example.com as well.
Coming off their best season EVER, it is time to support your Wolf pack as they kick off their 2013 campaign: “HEADING TO THE TOP!” Go WOLFPACK!
Not since the days of Rex Burkhead has a Plano ISD school been on a state-wide stage like Plano West. Such lofty expectations are fine with coach Mike Hughes.
"If you're not confident, you're not going to win a state championship," Hughes said. Read full story
The Quarterback Club unveiled new shirts, hats, logos, and other exciting items to the Wolf pack faithful as the players are just completing a great winter conditioning program. The Wolves are coming off their best season EVER, having played in four playoff games last fall, and being Regional Champs for 5A DII. Spring football opens next Monday, April 22nd.
In addition, the Quarterback Club released details on their 15th Annual Golf Tournament. The club will sponsor the event benefitting both Plano West football and the Children’s Medical Center Foundation. Kyra Barnett, Development Manager for the Children’s Medical Foundation, was on hand to address the crowd, and helped inspire the team to always compete, never give up, and continue to help others. Complete details and registration for the tournament on June 10th are posted on the website at www.planowestfootball.org under the QB CLUB tab at the top of the site.
The Wolves will have a total of four Spring scrimmages at Clark Stadium over four weeks, with the first being Friday (4/26) at 7:00 PM. The second scrimmage at Clark Stadium will be on Friday (5/3) at 5:00 PM, and the Wolf pack Spring Picnic will be held that evening after this scrimmage (about 7:30 PM) at the Plano West indoor practice facility on the campus. The third scrimmage will be on Friday (5/10) at 5:00 PM, and the final one will be held on Thursday (5/17) at 7:00 PM.
Congratulations to five of our Wolfpack on their signing of national letters of intent to play football at the college level. Pictured (seated L to R) are Mason Gentry (Southern Methodist University), Parker Murry (Sam Houston State University), Jake Wodka (University of Sioux Falls), Stephan Randall (Navarro College) and Nick Green (Navarro College) with Mike Hughes, head coach of Plano West. Good luck to our former Wolves! (Photo courtesy of Alex Lee – HD Productions)
Plano West football has added two more to its college football list as senior defensive end Nick Green and senior offensive lineman Stephan Randall verbally committed to Navarro Junior College over the weekend.
These are the third and fourth recent senior commitments for the Wolves after Mason Gentry (SMU) and Parker Murry (Sam Houston State). Read full story at Star Local News
Congratulations go out to five members of the Wolf pack on their selection for the 10th Annual All-County U.I.L. Football Team:
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Soso Jamabo
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE: Soso Jamabo, Auston Anderson
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE: Parker Murry
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE: Jake Wodka, Collin Eberle
The residual effects of the best season in Plano West football history continue.
This time by way of verbal commitments.
The latest to join the group were senior offensive lineman senior Parker Murry (Sam Houston State) and junior linebacker Lance Cottrell (SMU). Read full story at Star Local News
Prior to 2012, Plano West football had one playoff win.
When said season ended Dec. 8 with a 42-35 loss to Austin Westlake, the Wolves had tripled their previous number of playoff victories, advanced further than any Plano ISD team since Plano Senior in 2007 and were two triumphs away from playing for the Class 5A Division II State Championship Saturday at Cowboys Stadium. Read full story at Star Local News
I've been covering Plano West football since I started here in 2006.
And every year before the start of the season West football head coach Mike Hughes would say, "We want our program to make a name for itself" or "we think this program is on the verge of something big."
That breakthrough finally came in 2012. Read full story at Star Local News
Plano West’s school-record state playoff run was fueled by winning offensive shootouts. And West’s season ended in one as Austin Westlake outlasted West, 42-35, on Saturday at Waco ISD Stadium.
Westlake (10-4) advances to play Cedar Hill (10-4) at 2 p.m. next Saturday in the Class 5A Division II state semifinals.
West (9-5) kept challenging until a fourth and final interception by Westlake with 20 seconds left ended all hope. Read full story at Dallas News
Austin Westlake (10-4) hadn't given up more than 14 points in a game since Sept. 21.
Plano West (9-5) surpassed that mark by the second quarter.
The Wolves would eventually reach 35 points Saturday afternoon at Waco ISD Stadium, but it wasn't enough as the Westlake defense came up big when it needed to most, grabbing a fourth interception in the waining seconds to secure a 42-35 victory in the Region II Finals. Read full story at Star Local News
Plano West scored the winning touchdown with 1:12 remaining and survived a game-tying field goal attempt as time expired in a 55-52 victory over Lufkin in a Class 5A Division II regional semifinal at Waco ISD Stadium. West (9-4) advances to play Austin Westlake (9-4) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Waco ISD.
West drove 75 yards to score the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run by sophomore running back Sotonye Jamabo. Lufkin coach Todd Quick said it was a “tough decision” to have defenders let Jamabo into the end zone “but odds are they’re going to score and run out the clock.”
Plano West's latest playoff victory wasn't easy.
Making program history never is.
In its first appearance in the regional semifinals, West (9-4) scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:12 remaining and then sweated out a potentially game-tying field goal at the buzzer to defeat Lufkin (9-4) Saturday afternoon from Waco ISD Stadium and move into the regional finals.
Plano West High School running back Sotonye Jamabo (1) puts an exclamation point on the victory over South Garland High School by scoring the final touchdown in the last two minutes to make the final score 37-27 at Eagle Stadium in Allen on Friday night, November 23, 2012.
Plano West running back Sotonye Jamabo’s walk through the hallways on Mondays has gotten a lot longer. Read full story at Dallas News
Last Friday was not a school day, but Plano West football head coach Mike Hughes wanted to keep his team together prior to just the second area playoff game in program history.
"When you get out of school, you get out of routine," he said. "It can be hard to keep the guys focused, so we at least wanted to keep them all together so they could keep some focus even if we weren't practicing."Read full story at Star Local News
With less than three minutes remaining, facing a fourth down from the 28-yard line of South Garland (7-5) and the game on the line, Plano West (8-4) turned to sophomore running back Soso Jamabo.
It was remarkably similar to what Jamabo faced a week prior against Lake Highlands. Read full story at Star Local News
Sotonya Jamabo scores touchdowns in bunches for Plano West, but the best of the bunch Friday was his 28-yarder on fourth down to seal a 37-27 win over South Garland.
Jamabo, a sophomore running back, turned in his second five-touchdown performance of the playoffs in a Class 5A Division II area round game at Allen’s Eagle Stadium. Read full story at Dallas News
Amidst the excitement of the Plano West football team's first playoff victory in eight years, there was one comment from Wolves head coach Mike Hughes that drew more cheers than any other during the post game.
"Looks like we're spending Thanksgiving together," he said to a thunderous response. Read full story at Star Local News
McKinney Boyd senior running back Bryan Driskell and Plano West quarterback Travis Korry have been named Co-MVPs of District 10-5A football in a vote of coaches. Allen defensive lineman Byron Bonds was named Defensive Player of the Year. Plano West super soph Soso Jamabo was named Offensive Newcomer of the Year. Read full story at Vype
The Plano West football team was locked out of its locker room immediately after Friday night's game.
The Wolves (7-4) didn't seem to care as they were too busy celebrating a 42-35 bi-district victory over Lake Highlands (8-3) that represented the team's first playoff win since 2004 and just the second in program history. Read full story at Star Local News
The legs of quarterback Travis Korry and sophomore running back Sotonya Jamabo helped Plano West survive a second-half rally by Lake Highlands for a 42-35 playoff win.
Korry ran for 177 yards while Jamabo had 175 yards and five touchdowns to hold off Lake Highlands, ranked No. 12 in the 5A area poll, in a 5A Division II bi-district game at Cowboy Stadium. Read full article
Playoff football usually brings a slate of new opponents.
For Plano West, which is making its first postseason appearance since 2009, the bi-district round will bring a familiar foe as the team draws Lake Highlands at 7:30 p.m. Friday from Coppell.
The Wolves and Wildcats played Sept .7 with Lake Highlands pulling out the 34-19 Week 2 victory. Read full story at Star Local News
Entering Friday night’s games, all six teams in District 10-5A still had a chance to make the playoffs. The possible combinations of winners, losers and tiebreaker scenarios could leave your head hurting.
But McKinney Boyd and Plano West avoided all of that by putting a hurting on their opponents. Read full article
Plano West and Plano East entered Friday's regular season finale with a myriad of playoff possibilities and tiebreakers in front of them.
The Wolves (6-4, 3-2), who fell one point short in such a scenario last year and missed the postseason, no doubt wanted to avoid any potential tiebreakers and focused on the easiest road to the playoffs: win and you're in. Read full story at Star Local News
The Plano West football team's offense moves fast by design.And while time wasn't on the Wolves' side late in the fourth quarter, the unit didn't miss a beat in commandeering a game-winning drive to upend Plano Senior, 37-35, Friday at Clark Stadium.
ALLEN -- Plano West scored a touchdown with no time left Friday night versus Allen as sophomore quarterback Zach Norris tossed a 2-yard pass to senior Connor Doyle.
Unfortunately for the Wolves (3-4, 0-2) that touchdown came after 23 straight points by the Eagles (6-1, 2-0) had long since put the game out of reach. Even with West's touchdown and ensuing 2-point conversion it was Allen that was victorious, 47-25. Read full story at Star Local News
Before the football season began and even heading into 10-5A play, many observers viewed Plano West (3-3, 0-1) as potentially being the biggest threat to Allen's (5-1, 1-0) six-year district title run.
A 55-28 loss last week to McKinney Boyd changed many of those opinions.
But that one result isn't enough to make Allen look past West when the Wolves roll into Eagle Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Read full story at Star Local News
Allen has won its district six years in a row.
Look for this to be No. 7.
They key for the Eagles thus far has been dominance on the line of scrimmage. Paced by Northwestern-commit Brad North on the offensive front and Baylor-commit Byron Bonds in the defensive trenches, Allen's ability to cycle in several players on both lines has been the key to a punishing running attack and constant pressure on the quarterback. Read full story at Star Local News
At this point last year, the Plano West football team was heading into its second district contest, a matchup against Plano East that resulted in the first four-overtime game in Wolves' history.
This Friday was decidedly less stressful.
That's because a shift to a six-team district meant a bye for West (3-2) this week with 10-5A play beginning Friday. Read full story at Star Local News
This week is just the midway point of the 2012 season. But it’s never too early to try to figure out the UIL’s wacky Division I-Division II format. Certain games will have significant playoff implications for teams that aren’t playing, determining which brackets teams will eventually reside in at playoff time.
So, with a good bit of divination, here's a snapshot of six games that could affect the playoff paths of area teams in 5A and 4A. In parentheses, I've placed where each team ranks in enrollment in its district. Read full article
Plano West dominated Flower Mound both offensively and defensively in a decisive 47-7 win on Sept. 28 at Kimbrough Stadium in Plano. Plano West exploded with 553 yards of offense, but limited Flower Mound to only 196 yards.
Led by Auston Anderson and his 146 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries, Plano West easily controlled the game from start to finish. Anderson started the scoring spree on the first Plano West offensive possession with a three yard touchdown plunge after a seven play drive that was set up by Travis Korry, with a 36 yard pass to Zac Gideo. Korry blew the game open with an electrifying 80-yard touchdown run on the next possession as Plano West jumped to an early 14-0 lead. Read full story at Neighbors Go
MURPHY -- Flower Mound (2-3) played with fire for two quarters of the team's game Friday night at Kimbrough Stadium against Plano West (3-2).
In the third, the Jaguars got burned.
The Wolves scored 27 points in the third while the Jaguars countered with 23 yards as West increased its lead from 20-7 to 47-7, which would also be the final in both team's non-district finale. Read full story at Star Local News
Mesquite (4-0) got a strong second-half performance from running back Junior Sessions to defeat Plano West (2-2), 49-35, Friday night at Clark Stadium.
Sessions, a senior running back, had runs of 42 and 61 yards after halftime, with the latter sealing the victory with 1:36 left. He finished the game with 16 carries for 140 yards and two scores.
"They have a really tough run defense with big physical people in there, but [Sessions] kept banging in there and late in the game he made some big runs," said Robbie Robinson, Mesquite head coach. "Junior is a good back and he had a really good effort tonight." Read full story at Star Local News
Considering they play the same position, Plano West junior running back Auston Anderson and sophomore running back Sotonya Jamabo could have a competitive relationship.
Instead the two have a give-and-take dynamic more suited for a comedy show than a competition as the only point of contention comes from who has more nicknames.
Jamabo, known across the West system as So-So, takes the early lead. Read full story at Star Local News
The Plano West football team entered its locker room at Clark Stadium Friday night to the echoing tones of "Jump Around" by House of Pain as several players nodded their heads or even jumped in accordance with the song.
The Wolves had reason to be excited.
One week after losing to Lake Highlands, Plano West (2-1) regrouped with a 31-21 victory over South Garland (1-2). Read full story at Star Local News
Plano West senior defensive back Davis Roeschke is not the tallest player.
How tall is Roeschke? It takes a moment to ascertain that information.
"I'd say probably 5-foot-9 1/2 ... maybe 5-foot-10, 5-foot-9 ... let's say 5-foot-9 1/2," Roeschke said.
But Roeschke's lack of prototypical DB size has led to a major advantage. Read full story at Star Local News
DALLAS -- When is a touchdown not a touchdown?
Plano West (1-1) learned the answer to that question Friday night at Wildcat-Ram Stadium against Lake Highlands (1-1) as an apparent touchdown by senior wide receiver Zac Gideo with 7:14 remaining in the fourth quarter was ruled a fumble into the end zone with the Wildcats recovering to preserve a 28-19 lead in an eventual 34-19 victory. Read full story at Star Local News
The newest issue of VYPE has hit the stands, and the Wolf pack is well-represented. The inside cover features QB Travis Korry has one of three Plano West GAME CHANGERS. District predications are included as well, and show the Wolves having a strong season. Come out and support your Wolf pack! See full article
Plano West 35, Flower Mound Marcus 25
PLANO — Zero Week typically brings out the flaws in young football players who have yet to experience the rigors of a varsity game.
Not so much for Plano West sophomore running back Sotonya Jamabo, who played in his first varsity game Friday night.
Jamabo carried the ball seven times for 153 yards and scored a touchdown, including a 24-yard run late in the fourth that set up the game-sealing touchdown in a 35-25 Plano West win over Flower Mound Marcus.
“The feeling was unreal,” Jamabo said. “To go out there with your brothers and go win a football game against a team you lost to last year — it’s just a great feeling.”
Both teams started hot, scoring three touchdowns in under three minutes.
Plano West tacked on the first score on a 70-yard catch and run by Connor Doyle.
Marcus responded with a 3-yard run by Wyatt Verret, but Marcus failed to make the extra point.
West struck twice more in the quarter on a 75-yard dash from Jamabo and then a 51-yard score by quarterback Travis Korry.
West finished the first quarter with 267 total yards of offense.
Both teams traded blows in the third. Marcus managed to narrow the margin to three, but Auston Anderson’s late 2-yard touchdown run sealed the victory.
Korry was 13-for-18 for 169 yards and a passing touchdown and finished second on the team in rushing yards with 96 and a touchdown.
Hours before the game, it was announced that Marcus quarterback Cole Erwin would miss the season with an ACL injury.
Sophomore Cade Erwin filled in for his brother, going 21-for-36 for 207 yards passing and two rushing touchdowns.
Times may be a changing for Plano West football.
After multiple seasons of being picked toward the bottom of the district, many sources have tabbed the 2012 Wolves as not only a playoff contender, but the most likely challenger to end Allen's six-year run of district titles.
"We feel good about the guys we have on this team," said Mike Hughes, West head coach. "Then you take the fact we have all of Shepton (High School) feeding in and will have all of Jasper (High School) feeding in as of next year and we think this program is on the verge of something big." Read full story at Star Local News
In the waning days of the summer, most high school kids are still asleep at 7 a.m.
Plano West football players, however, are making their way out to the field for fall practices, which began Monday.
"What kid doesn't love summer," said Jake Wodka, West senior linebacker. "I had a great summer and plenty of fun, but now I'm ready to put the pads on."
The Wolves couldn't put their pads on until Friday, but started practice Monday. Read full story at Star Local News
SportsDayHS has published coaches’ predications for their respective districts. Coaches from each district were polled and asked for their predictions for this season’s district race. Some coaches opted not to participate.
Here are the results for the District 10-5A poll:
The main goal for the Plano West 7-on-7 team all summer was to win a game on Day 2 of the Division I FOX Sports Southwest 7-on-7 State Championship Tournament.
The Wolves achieved that goal Saturday in College Station.
But that one win, which propped the team up to 15-0 in state qualifying tournaments and the state tournament itself, was all the Wolves got as they were eliminated by LaPorte in the Round of 16.
"Our goal was to win on Saturday because we had never done that before," said Kelly Mercer, West offensive coordinator. "But I thought that was a low goal for this team and the boys did too because they thought they could win the whole thing." Read full story at Plano Star Courier
In the 2011 season, running back Carlos Wiggins rushed for over 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns to help lead the Plano West, Plano, Texas, to a 6-4 record in the highly competitive Texas 8-5A district. Helping pave the way for his highly successfully season, and scholarship from New Mexico, was offensive lineman Parker Murry.
Murry himself landed first team all-North Texas and all-district honors for his blocking abilities, additionally he holds offers from Colgate and ULM, while interest is also coming from Harvard and SMU.
"I know that for me to be a standout at the next level, I need to continue to work on my blocking technique; something I do every day with my coaches now," he said. "I'm an intense player, I love to watch film and watch the game in its entirety to see what everyone on the field is doing, so I know how to act and react to different plays. I feel that this has made me a smart guy on the field and someone that knows the whole line."
All of his film watching will also come in handy this season when he steps across the line of scrimmage to play defensive tackle as well.
"This season I will get the chance to play both ways," the 6'2", 275 Murry said. "I think it's something I'm looking forward to, and I like the challenge, but I like run blocking a whole lot more."
Murry will get to showcase his talents, that landed him a Rivals 2-star ranking, more this summer in front of college coaches, while working to refine his athleticism while taking part in camps at Kansas, New Mexico, Rice, SMU, Texas Tech, and ULM.
"I feel that I'm more athletic than more offensive linemen," he said about what college coaches' comment on the most. "I really like the recruiting experience, and hope to decide by the end of the summer."
The finish to the Redhawk 7-on-7 State Qualifying Tournament at Liberty served as a suspenseful, exciting and unconventional way to determine a winner.
The finish came via a game of rock, paper, scissors.
After 16 teams competed for four hours, Plano West won the tournament, beating Hebron in a best-of-3 rock, paper, scissors series.
The reason the tournament ended in such fashion was because the top two finishers qualify for state; what team actually wins does not matter going forward. Read full story at Plano Star Courier
Over the past month of spring football workouts, Plano West has crafted a vision around its offseason itinerary.
Thursday's fourth and final spring scrimmage typified that outlook.
"We've been getting better with every practice and every rep," said Mike Hughes, West head coach. "We're ready to play. This has been a great spring; we got better as a team and we're ready to line up in play in this new district we're in." Read full story at Plano Star Courier
This weekend, members of the Plano West Wolves football team assisted with the Seven Loaves Food Pantry Derby Day at St. Andrew United Methodist Church. The event was organized by the St. Andrew UMC Mom to Mom group and Run On to help raise money for the pantry, which is a critical component to help fight hunger here is Collin County. It also included both a 5K and Family 1K Fun runs.
The players greeted children as they came into the event, and assisted when possible with the games on the midway. The event also featured pony rides, two bounce houses, food booths, an old fashioned cake walk, and a huge petting zoo. Rev. Janet Collinsworth was instrumental in getting the players to help out. “My son was a former player at Plano West, and I know how the younger kids love to see the high school players out working in the community!” Rev. Collinsworth shared.
“When we tell community members that there are over 100,000 people in Collin County, half of which are children, who are food insecure, meaning they do not know if they will have enough to eat, it is very hard for them to believe,” added Rev. Janet Collinsworth. “In 2011, The Seven Loaves CommUnity Center provided over 17,000 weeks of healthy food to pantry clients as well as special holiday food, back to school supplies and clothes and winter coats for kids.”
Planned as an annual event, she would like to get even more players involved next year. “With the great turn out and even more community participation, we can take a HUGE step in assisting those in our Plano community who need our help!” said Rev. Collinsworth. She also shared a special thanks to Coach Mike Hughes and his staff for their support!
Pictured players from left: Travis Korry, Chandler Morris, Andrew Mellon, and Cody Arledge. In front: Rev. Janet Collinsworth, Executive Director Seven Loaves CommUnity
Details have just been released on the Plano West Football Golf Tournament. An annual tradition for the past 14 years, the Plano West Quarterback Club has used its golf tournament to both raise money to support the Wolfpack Football team, but also to support key local charities. This year, the BLUE NATION announced that the Lance Armstrong LIVESTRONG charity will be the beneficiary of some of the proceeds of this event.
The tournament will be held on Monday, June 11th at the Tribute Golf Course in The Colony, Texas. Registration and lunch will begin at 12:30 PM, with a 1:30 PM shotgun start. An auction and awards dinner will follow in the clubhouse.
You can get all the details about the tournament on the Plano West Football website at: www.planowestfootball.org on line. Look for the tab labeled QB CLUB at the top, and then the tab for ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT. An information package is available for download there, or under the FORMS tab on the home page. Registration and sponsorships can also be purchased on this site via PayPal.
For more information or questions, please contact Kelly Roeschke at (972) 979-6368, or via e-mail at Kelly.firstname.lastname@example.org as well.
Support your Wolfpack as they kick off their 2012 campaign: “HEADING TO THE TOP!” Go WOLFPACK!
The BLUE NATION got a rousing sendoff to their Spring football season last night, with the unveiling of their new slogan for the 2012 campaign: “HEADING TO THE TOP!” Head Coach Mike Hughes addressed over 300 players, parents, and supporters at the spring Plano West Quarterback Club kickoff meeting held at Plano West.
New shirts, hats, logos, and other exciting items were premiered to the Wolfpack faithful as the players are just completing a great winter conditioning program. Spring football opens next Monday, April 23rd.
In addition, the Quarterback Club released details on their 14th Annual Golf Tournament. The club will sponsor the event benefitting both Plano West football and the Lance Armstrong LIVESTRONG charity. Linda Armstrong Kelly, the mother of Lance, was on hand to address the crowd, and helped inspire the team to always compete, never give up, help others, and LIVESTRONG! Complete details about the event are posted on the website at www.planowestfootball.org under the QB CLUB tab at the top of the site.
The Wolves will have a total of four scrimmages at Clark Stadium over four weeks, with the first being next Friday (4/27) at 7:00 PM. The second scrimmage at Clark Stadium will be on Friday (5/4) at 5:00 PM. In addition, the Wolfpack Spring Picnic will be held (5/4) after this scrimmage (about 7:30 PM) at the Plano West indoor facility on the campus. The third scrimmage will be on Friday (5/11) at 5:00 PM, and the final one will be held on Thursday (5/17) at 7:00 PM.
|11/26/2011||Plano Star Courier||West misses playoffs, but makes progress in 2011|
|11/5/2011||Dallas Morning News||Plano West's victory over Plano not enough to nab playoff spot|
|11/5/2011||Plano Star Courier||Glass Half Empty: Wolves topple Wildcats, lose playoff tiebreaker|
|10/29/2011||Plano Star Courier||Football: West wins showdown with Flower Mound|
|10/22/2011||Plano Star Courier||West "comes out flat" against Hebron|
|10/19/2011||Plano Star Courier||Westless: Wolves look to move on from two tough losses|
|10/19/2011||Plano Star Courier||Bryce Cottrell commits to Oregon|
|10/15/2011||Dallas Morning News||No. 1 Allen survives a scare, defeats Plano West after blowing 20-point lead|
|10/15/2011||Plano Star Courier||Turn-over-ing the Tide: Fumble, INT cost West against Allen|
|Verizon Fios Community Leader of the Week - Blake Ligon|
|10/12/2011||Plano Star Courier||Eagles to host hungry Wolves|
|10/8/2011||Plano Star Courier||Reversal of Fortune: West loses in 4OT|
|10/1/2011||Dallas Morning News||Week 5 5A roundup: Plano West, Jesuit score dramatic wins in OT|
|10/1/2011||Plano Star Courier||Uncharted Territory: West wins first 4OT game|
|9/26/2011||Plano Star Courier||Chief Wiggins: Carlos leads West to win|
|9/16/2011||ESPN||Plano West ruins North Mesquite's perfect start|
|9/16/2011||Plano Star Courier||Plano West rains supreme over North Mesquite|
|9/16/2011||Dallas Morning News||Unrelenting Plano West hands North Mesquite first loss of season|
|9/14/2011||Plano Star Courier||Destination District: West makes final stop before 8-5A|
|Vype North Texas, August 2011|
|9/9/2011||Plano Star Courier||Colonels outranked by Wolves, 21-17|
|9/8/2011||Dallas Morning News||Thursday's roundup: Sack saves day for Plano West|
|9/7/2011||Plano Star Courier||Running Men: Plano West, SG to employ similar strategies|
|9/3/2011||Plano Star Courier||West anything but idle on the bye
|8/27/11||Plano Star Courier||Warriors have their way in win over Wolves|
|08/24/11||Plano Star Courier||Road to Redemption: West looks to improve in 2011|
|08/19/11||Plano Star Courier||Two-a-day is the day: Wolves countdown to Week 0|
|07/22/11||Plano Star Courier||Wolves prepare to prowl after busy offseason|
|07/20/11||Plano Star Courier||Offensive: Wolves unable to pile up points at 7-on-7 state tourney
|06/25/11||Plano Star Courier||Double Trouble: Bosworths coming to West football camp|
|06/15/11||Plano Star Courier||Hosts with the most: West continues strong summer run
|06/08/11||Plano Star Courier||Making a statement: West gets going early in 7-on-7|
||Plano Star Courier||Plano West Qualifies for State 7-7 Tournament|
|05/21/11||Plano Star Courier||Unity at forefront as Wolves wrap up spring ball|
|05/07/11||Plano Star Courier||Lucky Number Seven Loaves|
|11/06/10||Dallas Morning News||Plano - with a clearing block from Flower Mound Marcus - reaches playoffs after topping rival Plano West|
|11/06/10||Plano Star Courier||Taking care of business: Wildcats edge West, eke out final playoff spot|
|10/23/10||Dallas Morning News||Hebron 24, Plano West 16|
|10/23/10||Plano Star Courier||8-5A's winless Wolves drop fifth straight|
|10/16/10||Dallas Morning News||Allen 38, Plano West 28|
|10/16/10||Plano Star Courier||Eagles continue Plano ISD stranglehold in win over West|
|10/09/10||Dallas Morning News||FM Marcus 42, Plano West 14|
|10/09/10||Plano Star Courier||Marauders tame Wolves, 42-14|
|10/02/10||Dallas Morning News||Plano East 35, Plano West 14|
|10/02/10||Plano Star Courier||Turning the tables: East feasts on West|
|09/25/10||Dallas Morning News||Lewisville 55, Plano West 49|
|09/25/10||Plano Star Courier||The Defense Rests|
|09/18/10||Plano Star Courier||Wolves survive late Stallion stampede|
|09/18/10||Dallas Morning News||Plano West blocks North Mesquite late kick attempt to win 17-14|
|09/10/10||Dallas Morning News||Wixon: Plano West proves its worth in powerhouse District 8-5A|
|08/27/10||Dallas Morning News||Kicking game powers Plano West past Arlington Martin|
|08/26/10||Plano Star Courier||West passes season-opening test|
|08/26/10||Dallas Morning News||Final: Plano West holds off Arlington Martin, 16-14|
|08/26/10||Fort Worth Star||Missed chances, turnovers, kicking game mistakes doom Martin|
|08/21/10||Plano Star Courier||Wolfpack waits to unleash fury|
|08/12/10||Plano Star Courier||Night and day, Wolfpack attacks two-a-days|
|08/31/10||Plano Star Courier||Shoulder sprain won't sideline Smith|
|07/07/10||Plano Star Courier||Wolfpack restarts 7-on-7 attack|
|04/28/10||Plano Star Courier||Trio of former West players headed to NFL following draft|
|11/09/09||Plano Star Courier||WEB EXCLUSIVE: Playoff football schedules for 5,6,7 and 8-5A|
|11/09/09||Plano Star Courier||Bye provides West with much-needed hibernation|
|11/01/09||Plano Star Courier||Pirates prove to be no treat for Wolves|
|11/01/09||Plano Star Courier||Wolves hungry for strong finish|
|11/01/09||Plano Star Courier||East, West meet for city title, much more|
|11/01/09||Plano Star Courier||VERSUS: Plano East versus Plano West|
|11/01/09||Plano Star Courier||Cross pledges to Oklahoma State|
|10/21/09||Plano Star Courier||Rangers hunted down by Wolves|
|10/21/09||Plano Star Courier||District tests continue for improving West defense|
|10/11/09||Plano Star Courier||Wolves howl, Cats growl in PISD clash|
|10/11/09||Plano Star Courier||West: Best defense has been good offense|
|10/03/09||Plano Star Courier||Wolves tame Broncos, 84-40|
|10/03/09||Plano Star Courier||U.S. Army bowled over by Jeffcoat's abilities|
|10/03/09||Plano Star Courier||Boyd provides wild test for West|
|10/03/09||Plano Star Courier||WEB EXCLUSIVE: Jeffcoat to All-American Bowl|
|09/27/09||Plano Star Courier||State champs run over Wolves|
|09/24/09||Plano Star Courier||Wolves open 8-5A hunting for district title|
|09/19/09||Plano Star Courier||Wolves ground and pound past Rangers|
|09/19/09||Plano Star Courier||Matchup against Naaman has familiar feel for West|
|09/19/09||Plano Star Courier||COLUMN: 8-5A proves to be anything but down, out|
|09/13/09||Plano Star Courier||West busts city losing streak|
|09/13/09||Plano Star Courier||WEB EXCLUSIVE: Alamodome selected to host 2009 UIL Class 5A Football Championships|
|09/13/09||Plano Star Courier||Consistency key to first West victory|
|09/06/09||Plano Star Courier||Wolves attacked by Marauders, 35-25|
|09/03/09||Plano Star Courier||Wolves hunt for win, improvement|
|09/03/09||Plano Star Courier||Dragons breathe fire on Wolves|
|09/03/09||Plano Star Courier||Wolves salivating over marquee opponent|
|09/03/09||Plano Star Courier||West looking for Classic|
|09/03/09||Plano Star Courier||Is West up to the test in '09?|