Quick Game Recap
Perennial private-school power Plano Prestonwood Christian Academy scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to pull away for a 45-23 season-opening victory against Houston-area Bellaire Episcopal at Apogee Stadium on the University of North Texas campus.
The game was tied 21-21 at halftime, but PCA shut out Episcopal's offense in the second half. Episcopal's only second-half points came on a PAT block returned for two.
PCA finished with 555 total yards, including 426 passing yards from Ryan Cash, who completed 28 of 49 passes with six touchdowns and two interceptions. Jonathan Heasley (2016 WR) caught 11 passes for 184 yards and five touchdowns, while Scout 2016 three-star receiver Michael Irvin (pictured above) snagged four passes for 69 yards.
Episcopal's James McCartney ran for a game-high 174 yards on 24 carries.
PCA's defense, which played without an injured Deonte Williams -- a Scout three-star linebacker -- picked off Episcopal four times and allowed 339 total yards. Episcopal led 21-14 halfway through the second quarter, but PCA outscored Episcopal 31-2 the rest of the way.
PCA 2015 running back Eric Stevenson had nine offensive touches for 99 yards and returned a third-quarter interception 53 yards for a touchdown to break a 21-21 tie.
The biggest name in Saturday's game was Episcopal 2017 defensive tackle Marvin Wilson, who is an early four-star prospect per Scout.com. At 6-foot-5, 290 pounds, Wilson is a monster of a sophomore. Episcopal moved around Wilson a lot, playing him at the 4- and 5-techniques in odd fronts -- both sides -- the nose in odd fronts, and 3-technique spots in even fronts.
The heat, which was pretty brutal Saturday afternoon in Denton, may have limited Wilson's activity a bit, but after a slow start, he looked solid. For as big as he is, he avoided cut blocks well and showed a good inside rush move from the 4/5 spots and the even-front 3 spot. Wilson frequently got his hands up to obscure passing lanes. He battled frequent double-teams and also saw a couple of triple-teams. Perhaps his most impressive plays were a couple of run stops where he strafed down the line of scrimmage to make stops for no gain.
Wilson is so large that he may be destined for an odd front in college, but if he improves his conditioning and gets in a little bit better shape, he could potentially play an even 3 role. Wilson performed well at the July 18 "Under The Lights" camp in Austin, where he reported early interest from Ohio State, TCU, Texas, and Texas A&M.
The other big name who played Saturday was Irving, who is very big for an underclassman receiver. The 6-foot-3, 216-pounder looked like he's in better shape than he was a month and a half ago at the Adidas Texas 7v7 Championships.
Irvin uses his body well to shield away defenders when in traffic, which is where he's at his best. He's a physical receiver who is very good over the middle, which happened to be where three of his four receptions came.
New Names to Remember
Pancotti is listed at 6-foot-6, 285 pound and that seems accurate. He played the right guard spot for a large Episcopal O-line that helped fuel a 281-yard rushing performance. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Little manned the left tackle spot.
Little showed more athleticism than Pancotti, which makes sense considering his left tackle role. He showed decent knee bend and seal-blocked well. Little pulled a couple of times all the way across the formation, showing adequate athleticism and good aggression. Little could potentially project as a tackle or guard.
Pancotti finishes blocks pretty well, but needs to work on his knee bend and footwork. He can be hit-and-miss in the pulling game, but when he hits, defenders are in trouble. He did a lot of double-teaming with other O-linemen on PCA defensive linemen.
Statistics courtesy the Dallas Morning News