Irving – Wylie (9-2) played Irving (6-5) in the bi-district round at Texas Stadium Friday night and came away with the big win. Nikita Whitlock had 4 sacks and a blocked punt, and Daniel Jordan stole the show in the secondary with 3 interceptions in the first half in a 45-7 win for the pirates.
Wylie came out fired up and on Irving's first possession Jordan intercepted a second down pass, jumping in front of an errant throw, returning it to the Irving 9 yard line. It took Wylie only 2 plays, and 63 seconds into the game, Wylie was up 7-0 via a Noah Cheshier up the gut run and a Zac Ohannessian extra point.
On the Tigers' next possession, Jordan once again came out with an interception, this time on first down. He returned it to the 5 yard line, nearly 50 yards. But, a block in the back would send the Pirates back to the Irving 39 yard line. Monk connected with Colby Harper for a 33 yard gain and on 1st and goal from the 3 yard line, the keeper up the middle and the point after increased Wylie's lead to 14 points 2:30 into the game.
After starting on their 19 yard line, Irving began their drive. However, 6 plays in and they'd be forced to punt. Whitlock powered through the line and blocked the punt. Wylie recovered at the Irving 47 yard line. After a 20 yard pass to Justin Thompson and a few runs Wylie found themselves on the 4 yard line. A pass to Harper in the back of the end zone gave Wylie the 21-0 first quarter lead with just under 5 minutes to go in the 1st quarter.
Irving was forced to punt on their next drive, and the punt wouldn't be a good one. Wylie took over after the ball aired out of bounds at the Tigers' 31 yard line. Noah Cheshier took his 2nd touchdown run in from 5 yards out. The Pirates took a 28-0 lead and we were still in the 1st quarter.
Things did not get any better for Irving. On 2nd and 10 from their 48 yard line, Jercolby Bradley threw his 3rd interception of the night. Wylie was forced to begin their drive at their own 9 yard line. 3 big plays later, 3 first downs, Wylie was in the end zone. The first pass went to Nick Knott where it took it to the 27 yard line. Logan Lambert took the misdirected pass 64 yards on the second play, and then Colby Harper ended the drive with a 9 yard touchdown reception. With 10:02 to go in the second quarter, Wylie increased their lead to 35-0.
After a holding call against Irving, a loss of 5 on a pass and a 16 yard loss via Whitlock's 3rd and 25 sack, Irving was forced to punt as they had a 4th and 41 situation. The fair catch set Wylie up at the 38 yard line. On 1st down Monk hooked up with Harper for a gain of 23 yards. On 4th and 10 with 10 seconds left in the half, from the 26 yard line, Wylie opted to go for it. The pass was complete to Logan Lambert and he dashed 26 yards to the end zone. Wylie led at the half 42-0.
Each team would score once in the 2nd half. Nearly 7 minutes into the 2nd half Ohannessian kicked a 25 yard field goal through the uprights to give Wylie a 45-0 lead. With 6 seconds to go in the game, Bradley found Winford Tennell in the end zone from 22 yards out to give Irving their first points of the game. The final would favor the Pirates from Wylie 45-7.
Irving: Jercolby Bradley (22-36-3-179)
Wylie: Jerod Monk (18-25-0-271)
Irving: Freddie Escamilla (3-16), Michael Hunter (3-9), Kendrick Daniels (2-7), Matthew Coronado (1-2), Jercolby Bradley (15- (-3))
Wylie: Jared Monk (5-31), Johnny Jones (7-30), Nick Knott (4-22), Noah Cheshier (5-18), Akwasi Achiaw (3-6)
Irving: J.J. Thompson (9-64), Alex Oswald (4-50), Winford Tenneell (5-49), Marcus Lazo (2-13), Michael Hunter (1-(-5))
Wylie: Logan Lambert (3-102), Colby Harper (7-85), Justin Thompson (5-52), Nick Knott (1-18), Bennie Jones, (1-8), Dagmawi Getachew (1-8), Johnny Jones (1-6)
Scores by quarter:
Wylie: 28 14 3 0
Irving: 0 0 0 7