Waco – Wylie came out fired up, intercepting 3 first half Nic Greene passes. Daniel Jordan, Alan Menchaca and Zach Lowe all intercepted first half passes. Wylie forced 5 turnovers on the night. Proving that defense really does win championships. Or at least get you to the championship game. The offense also prevailed, and Zac Ohannessian alone scored enough points to win the game for the mighty Pirates.
Both teams started the game with 3 and outs. On Copperas Cove's first 4th down of the game, they attempted the fake punt. However, Wylie wouldn't bite on the play and stuffed them for a loss of 3.
After taking over on the Cove 48 yard line, Wylie found themselves in position to kick a 35 yard field goal. Normally this would not be an issue but the wind blowing at 25 miles an hour didn't even seem to affect Coach Howards decision to send Zac Ohannessian out to kick. The kick sailed over the crossbar, good by only a foot. Wylie took the 3-0 lead 6:38 into the game. Wylie would hold Copperas Cove to another 3-and-out. The Tigers punted, and spotted the ball for Wylie at their 20 yard line as the ball hopped into the end zone. After a couple short runs, Jerod Monk showed why he's a feared quarterback. Not only can he throw, but he can run effectively. On 3rd and short, Monk took the option down the left sideline for 69 yards and the first touchdown of the game giving Wylie the 10-0 first quarter lead.
Copperas Cove took over after Wylie missed a 37 yard field goal. On Copperas Cove's 1st and 20 pass, Daniel Jordan dove along the sideline, intercepting the pass and keeping his feet inbounds. Wylie took over at the opponents 26, but would have to settle for another field goal attempt. This 33 yard kick was again short. After sniffing out a weakness in the Wylie defense, Copperas Cove attacked the left side back to back ending with a 45 yard run by Brelan Chancellor to bring the Tigers back within 3 with 4:42 to go in the 1st half. Cove trimmed the lead to 10-7.
After forcing Wylie to punt, Copperas Cove decided they wanted to pass again. Zach Lowe would let him know it was a mistake as he intercepted the pass at the Copperas Cove 30 yard line and returning the ball to the 20. Wylie would score once more in the half. With 0:38 left on the clock, Nick Knott punched it in from 1 yard out to give Wylie the 17-7 eventual halftime lead.
There was not much scoring in the 2nd half. On Wylie's opening drive of the 3rd quarter, Zac Ohannessian kicked his 2nd field goal of the night. This one was from 34 yards out. He would go 3 for 4 on the night. Taking a 20-7 lead in the 3rd quarter, Wylie decided to start running as much as possible to keep the clock rolling. With about 4 minutes left in the game, Ohannessian booted his 3rd field goal to give Wylie the 23-7 lead and eventual winning score. Wylie's defense came up big tonight. Their ferocity was noticed by the Tiger offense, and they couldn't counter.
AHMO power will sail into the state finals scheduled for 7:00p in Houston next Saturday against Katy. The other 5A championship game is scheduled for 2:00p in Houston – Allen vs. Fort Bend Hightower.