Plano – Although Wylie was able to shut down Plano's running game, they weren't able to keep the triplets in check as Plano scores with 1:36 remaining to seal the victory.
With 16,000 in attendance, fans were treated to game of upsetting proportions. The pirates came from down 13 at halftime, to up 8 with a few minutes left in the game. However, Plano proved to be too much, and drove down field with little effort in high-pressure fashion, including a 38 yard pass to Kris Lott over the middle, which ended in a 6 yard TD run by Rex (Superman) Burkhead, giving Plano the eventual winning score 38-31.
Wylie started out with a nice drive, after a Menchaca kickoff return to the 44 yard line. Colby Harper took the option from Jerod Monk for 17 yards after Justin Thompson hauled in a 4 yard pass on 1st down. On 3rd and goal from the 1 yard line, Nick Knott scored giving the Pirates a 7-0 nothing lead. Things were looking good for the might Pirates and we were only 2:21 seconds in.
Wylie's lead wouldn't last long. On Plano's first offensive play, Plano took the reverse 20 yards and followed it up with a 12 yard gain on the option pitch to Burkhead. He was the theme of their first drive, and has been the whole season, as he took 2 of the next 4 plays for a combined 12 yards, and he even tried to get tricky with the HB pass on 2nd and 9, but failed to complete the pass.
On the next play, Carson Meger completed a pass to Kris Lott for a 19 yard touchdown tying the game at 7. Plano scored twice more in the 1st quarter. Once on a 88 yard screen pass to Robert Robinson (who might I add is really quick!), and then with 24 seconds remaining on a 6 yard TD run by Burkhead, after a blocked punt. However, the point after try was no good.
Wylie started off the second quarter in the same way they began the first. Noah Cheshier took the handoff on 4th and 1 on the 43 yard line, extending the Pirates drive. Monk completed passes of 4, 7, and 16 yards before ending the drive with a 16 yard pass to Thompson in the back of the end zone as he barely kept his feet in bounds, cutting the Plano lead to 20-14.
With 4:29 left in the half, Plano gained possession after Wylie was forced to punt. Starting on their 35 yard line, Plano would march down field via a mixed ration of running and passing. After Burkhead gained 7 yards on a pass reception, he ran 3 consecutive times totaling 12 yards. From the Wylie 15 yard line, Meger threw his second touchdown pass of the night. This time he found Holt Hoetger, increasing Plano's lead to 27-14 with less than 2 minutes left in the 2nd quarter.
Heading into halftime, trailing by 13 points to state ranked Plano, Wylie needed to make several adjustments. Not only on their defense, but also regarding their offensive scheme. Both teams would stall on their first drives of the second half. Plano was forced to punt, and Monk fumbled the QB-HB exchange at the 48 yard line and Plano would recover. Plano would take advantage and move down field to the 13 yard line in 12 plays. The 30 yard field goal by Eckeberger was good, giving Plano the 30-14 lead.
Wylie would fight back, as the Wylie tradition of "never give up" was heard loud and clear. The Pirates moved downfield in 6 plays, including a 26 yard reception by Harper, before Monk scrambled into the end zone from 10 yards out, decreasing the lead to 30-22 after the 2-point conversion was successful. Wylie would open up the 4th quarter with a 22 yard field goal by Zac Ohannessian.
Plano's next possession would not fare well for them. After a huge sack by linebacker Toby Ball, for a net loss of 12 yards, Nick Knott blocked his second punt of the night and Nikita Whitlock cleaned up after him, returning the blocked kick 10 yards for the score, giving Wylie their 2nd lead of the night, 31-30. Wylie's 2-point conversion was no good.
Plano had a never give up attitude tonight, as they realized that their perfect season was hanging from a thread. With just over 3 minutes left in the game, they took their possession and did what they needed to do. Meger completed 4 of 5 pass attempts, ending with a 38 yard completion to Holt Hoetger. Burkhead finished up the drive, rushing for 4 and 6 yards, ending with the eventual game winning score.
He also ran the ball in around the outside for the 2-point conversion. Plano took the lead 38-31.Wylie could not do much on their final drive, ending on a pass to Thompson in which he tried to lateral back to Harper, but missed his target, and Wylie recovered the fumble, but turned it over on downs.