Wylie blows out Seguin in home opener

Wylie built a 24-6 first quarter lead and never looked back, cruising to a 52-13 victory in their home opener. Jared Monk had another big day for Wylie, and Nikita Whitlock is emerging as the most important player in District 8-5A.

Wylie – Arlington Seguin (1-1) and Wylie (2-0) played what could possibly be the most entertaining first 30 seconds in their history. Wylie built a 24-6 first quarter lead and never looked back, cruising to a 52-13 victory in their home opener.

Thirty seconds into the game the score was already 7-6 in favor of Wylie. On the opening kick off, Wylie's Zac Ohannessian booted the ball to Justin Reeves, waiting patiently at the 5 yard line. Wylie's special teams merged around him, but he was too strong. He cut left, then right, and then took route over the middle. Using pure strength, he bulldozed his way through Pirate defenders earning enough space to dance into the end zone giving Seguin a 6-0 lead. On the following kickoff, Cougar's kicker Nathan Wagner launched the kick to the Wylie 10 yard line, where Nick Knott bobbed and weaved his way down the field before crossing the goal line. After the successful PAT Wylie took a 7-6 lead.

On only their third play from scrimmage, Seguin's quarterback, Todd Hensley threw an interception to a Pirate defender which was then lateraled to junior linebacker Toby Ball. The Pirates would take over on the 19 yard line of Seguin setting them up for a 31 yard field goal by Ohannessian.

Robert Owoyele opened up Seguin's next drive with a 30 yard scamper to midfield. Seguin did nothing on the drive and a 7 yard punt gave Wylie good starting field position. The Pirates marched down the field in 9 plays ending with a 16 yard touchdown run by multiple position player, Noah Cheshier, giving the all-mighty Pirates a 17-6 lead.

Wylie's Colby Harper, junior wide receiver, had a big day. Harper was on the receiving end of 4 great Jerod Monk passes, totaling 122 yards. His first reception was 48 yards starting Wylie's drive with 1:41 remaining in the first quarter. Before the quarter ended, Monk again hit Harper in the end zone for a 4 yard score; giving Wylie a commanding 24-6 lead. Harper was not finished. With less than 7 minutes remaining in the second quarter, he was on the receiving end of a 70 yard catch-and-run; giving Wylie a 31-6 lead.

On the Pirates next possession, the crowd chanted "AHMO", wanting another score before halftime. With 2:40 remaining, Wylie put together another solid drive. Fourth down and 6 had come and gone via a 32 yard screen pass to Noah Cheshier. Two plays later Cheshier finished what he started, pounding the ball in for the touchdown; giving Wylie the 38-6 halftime lead.

The second half would not bring promise for the Cougars of Arlington Seguin. Wylie once again marched 65 yards as Knott swept it around the edge for a 5 yard 6-pointer. Seguin tried to bounce back after Daniel Lavon saved the touchdown on a kick return. On 4th and 11, Nikita Whitlock came up with the sack. Johnny Jones made the efforts of the stingy Wylie defense proud as he ran it up the gut for 40 yards and another Pirate touchdown; giving Wylie the 52-6 lead. A muff on the return by Daniel Lavon would set Wylie up with nice field position. Seven plays into the drive, La'Ryon Witherspoon high-stepped his way into the end zone for 6 points on his 22 yard up-the-gut run with 9:09 left in the game. At that point, the clock became continuous, Seguin gave in to the pressure, and both teams ran out the clock ending in a 52-13 victory for the AHMO-spirited Pirates

NOTABLE STATS:

Passing
Arlington Seguin: Todd Hensley 5-14-1-49
Wylie: Jerod Monk 10-17-0-241

Receiving
Arlington Seguin: Darrian Hogg 4-52
Wylie: Colby Harper 4-122

Rushing
Arlington Seguin: Robert Owoyele 10-48
Wylie: Johnny Jones 4-56


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