Stretching to victory

How's that for an opener? Texas commitment Miles Onyegbule reached across the goal line on a two-point conversion play, giving Arlington a 49-48 overtime victory over Plano East.

Of course, the play wasn't without some controversy, with Plano East fans claiming Onyegbule, wrapped up by East defenders, didn't get the ball across the plane. But Onyegbule, blessed with the long reach of a 6-foot-4 player, said he pushed the ball across.

"Yeah, I got it over," Onyegbule said. "I slammed the ball right over the line.

"That was a really fun game last night."

The Colts have a young team, one that must replace several key seniors and the loss of several defensive players to injury. But Friday night's win was a big step in the right direction.

"Those first three possessions, we really came out slow," Onyegbule said. "But then we started to roll and our defense came out strong."

Playing quarterback, Onyegbule was a key behind the Colts' offense rolling, rushing for 212 yards on 27 carries and throwing for 120 more yards. In addition to the two-point conversion, he scored the Colts' last two touchdowns. When the Colts trailed 41-34 late, Arlington put together a 13-play drive that ended when Onyegbule scored from four yards out, sending the game into overtime. His next touchdown run, a dart of eight yards, made the score 48-47, leading up to his two-point conversion to win the game.

At 205 pounds, and clocked in the low 4.5s in the 40-yard dash, Onyegbule will play wide receiver at Texas. But he's spent most of his career to this point under center.

"I've played quarterback my whole life," Onyegbule said. "I'm more comfortable there than I am at receiver, to be honest. This is my seventh year playing quarterback. It would be my second playing receiver.

"I liked what I saw from our team last night," Onyegbule said. "I saw our players step up, and a few of our young receivers stepped up in a big game. We can run the ball and pound it with our offensive line, and I can throw it when I need to throw it."

As one of Texas's early commitments, Onyegbule said he was excited to hear that's No. 1 running back Malcolm Brown joined the class.

"I feel like it's a completed class now," Onyegbule said. "I'm not sure it can get any better. I've met them all, and they're pretty good characters. Position-by-position, it's a deep and strong group.

"It makes me feel really good to be a part of a class like that," Onyegbule said. "I'm so humble about it. It's a great opportunity. I've tried to hang out with those guys, and I've never been around such great athletes before."

Onyegbule said he clicked with each of the players, citing ace cornerback Quandre Diggs and fellow receiver Jaxon Shipley as two of his favorites.

"Jaxon has the same mindset as me," Onyegbule said. "He's always talking about football."

Onyegbule said he expects to have plenty of good football stories to tell by the end of the year.

"What we did last night was definitely good," Onyegbule said. "A lot of teams play cupcake games as the first game, but this was a new, young group and we played a really good, tough team. I'm looking forward to this year."

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