Plano East AHMOst pulls the upset on Wylie

Plano East surprises their opponents as they almost upset state ranked Wylie. The Panthers played strong the whole game and never gave up, but it was the Pirates who won on the scoreboard, 30-25.

Murphy – Plano East came into the game with a 0-6 record, needing a win, to gain momentum and possibly try to steal that 4th playoff spot out of the hands of Plano West or Jesuit. Scoring came frequently, both sides trading scores. A safety for Wylie as Plano East fumbles out of the back of the end zone with 4:34 left in the game seals the deal for the Pirates on the Panther's homecoming night.

Plano East started out hot, taking nearly four and a half minutes off the clock on 10. The Panthers were able to work in their traditional trick play early in this one, but the pass was incomplete. However, at the 8:42 mark of the 1st quarter, Brandon Wesley completed a 31 yard pass to Denzelle White for the touchdown and a 7-0 early lead.

Wylie would do what they do best in retaliation to the Panthers quick strike. Conjuring up a 9 play, they went to work connecting with the end zone on a 5 yard Nick Knott touchdown run. On the drive Jerod Monk 3 passes to Colby Harper totaling 30 yards. At the 5:25 mark, Wylie tied the game at 7

Neither Plano East nor Wylie would fare well on their next drives. On 4th and 16 from the 46 yard line, Wylie blocked Ryan Foster's punt. Wylie would gain possession at their 24 yard line. A holding call and a couple botched plays lead to Monks second interception of the season.

After a 13 yard punt by the Plano East special teams, Wylie began at their 21 yard line and marched down field. After a 3rd down pass to Noah Cheshier, Nick Knott took the run up the gut for a gain of 26 and a 14-7 lead capping a 12 play, four and a half minute drive.

Of all the high number of play drives, none would out do Plano East's next drive. Taking nearly 6 minutes off the clock the Panthers were able to put together 16 plays ending in a touchdown pass to Gabe Carter tying the game at 14 with 4:36 remaining in the 3rd quarter.

Again Wylie would answer back. After Toby Ball returned the pooch kick to the 33 yard line, Wylie needed only 5 plays before Nick Knott took the ball 47 yards on the carry for the touchdown and the 21-14 Pirate lead.

Plano East wouldn't settle down as they remembered the 39-36 loss to Wylie last year. They went with the high flying aerial assault. Wesley connected with his receivers on 4 plays of over 15 yards. Capping the drive was a 22 yard field goal by Daniel Coleman cutting the Wylie lead to 21-17 fifty seconds into the 4th quarter.

Wylie began their final touchdown drive at their 23 yard line. They started the drive by running the ball 6 consecutive times before working in completions of 16 and 14 yard. Cheshier scored with 8:05 remaining on a 2 yard run giving the Pirates a much needed 6 points. After the point after, Wylie led 28-17.

The Panthers were not ready to lie down yet. Rodney Thompson took the reverse around the edge for a gain of 23 yards down to the opposing 35 yard line. 2 big passes and a 3 yard run by D'Lyle Washington later, PESH had cut the lead to a field goal after their 2-point conversion was good.

Just under 5 minutes to go and Wylie's only thought was to work as much time off the clock as possible. They would not succeed in getting into the end zone after working their way to the Plano East 40 yard line. On 4th down, Monk booted the quick kick down the 2 yard line where it was promptly downed by a Wylie defender. On first down, Wesley bobbled the snap at the 2 yard line. While attempting to pick the ball up, he knocked the ball out of the back of the end zone for the safety giving us the final of 30-25 in favor of the Pirates.

Key Stats
Wylie: Jerod Monk (18-28-1-173)
Plano East: Brandon Wesley (16-26-0-220)

Wylie: Colby Harper (11-93)
Plano East: Denzelle White (5-77)

Wylie: Nick Knott (12-168)
Plano East: D'Lyle Washington (11-50)

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