Wylie – Both teams already secured a playoff spot, but with seeding to be determined by this game, a lot was on the line. The winner would be guaranteed the number one seed and go on to play the winner of next week's Irving MacArthur vs. Irving game. The loser - They get to play Cedar Hill, winner of district 7-5A.
Both the Pirates and Wolves started out sluggish. Wylie held Plano West to a 3-and-out on the opening drive. Wylie didn't do much better, throwing an interception on only their 2nd offensive play of the game. Not only did JT Thomas intercept the pass from Jerod Monk, but Wylie was also flagged for a personal foul.
After the return and half the distance to the goal being assessed on the play, Plano West found themselves inside their own red zone. However, Plano West didn't keep the ball long. Fighting his way through the line was the offensive linemen's worst nightmare. Nikita Whitlock bulleted through hitting the runner with a full force and jarred the ball loose. Jon Pittman recovered the loose ball at the 14 yard line.
On the next play from scrimmage, Jerod Monk burned the defense for a 46 yard run on the keeper. After consecutive passes to Colby Harper totaling 18 yards, and a penalty against Plano West, the Pirates found themselves on the 12 yard line. It took 2 more plays, and Noah Cheshier blasted through the second level for the first score of the night. 4 minutes into the game, Wylie found themselves on top 7-0.
Neither team would fare well over the next 3 possessions of the game. That is until Zac Ohannessian kicked a 26 yard field goal to give Wylie the 10-0 lead at the 11:31 mark of the 2nd quarter.
Plano West answered back. Kenny Chatmon made a nice catch over the middle for a 23 yard gain, to put the Wolves near midfield. 3 plays later, Reed Dillard was on the receiving end of a 19 yard pass from Travis Wilson setting them up at the opposing 37 yard line. After an offsides call against Wylie, Travis Wilson took the keeper up the middle for a 31 yard gain. He followed up on his nice run with a 1 yard sneak to bring Plano West back within 3.
On their next drive, Plano West compiled an 8 play, 78 yard drive. Travis Wilson took the ball 10 yards into the end zone giving us a 14-10 lead for Plano West at the 3:04 mark of the 2nd quarter.
With 33 seconds remaining in the half, after a pass to Harper took Wylie to the 3 yard line, Nick Knott took the hand off up the gut for a touchdown. Wylie regained the lead at 17-14. Halfway through the 3rd quarter, Ohannessian kicked his 2nd field goal of the night. This one was good from 30 yards out, extending Wylie's lead to 20-14.
Plano West wasn't going to give up quite so easily. With plays of 20 and 37 yards, the Wolves were set up nicely on the 1 yard line. Wylie's defense held up for the first 3 downs, but Jackson Jeffcoat came in on the offensive line, and it was all over. Wilson took the keeper in for a touchdown giving Plano West their 2nd lead of the night, 21-20.
Wylie put together a nice drive after getting the ball back, but the 32 yard field goal attempt was blocked, giving the Wolves the ball back on their 20 yard line. Wylie's defense AHMO'd up, and after holding West to a 3-and-out, the snap to the punter was a bad one, traveling up and over and eventually out of the back of the end zone for the safety. Wylie had retaken the lead 22-21.
On the Wolves next drive, they tried to get tricky. On 1st and 10 from the Wylie 30 yard line they attempted a wide receiver reverse pass. Plano West had 2 guys deep, but the ball was thrown late, allowing Daniel Jordan to gain ground and intercept the pass in the end zone.
Wylie would go on to score twice more on tremendous runs by Knott and Cheshier. Knott took the ball 22 yards on the run, avoiding tackles for the 29-21 lead on the touchdown on the 9 consecutive run of the drive. Cheshier's touchdown came from 26 yards out after Plano West turned the ball over on downs, giving Wylie the eventual final score of 36-21 with just over 3 minutes to play.