For the third consecutive week, the Plano West offense struggled against a non-district opponent. Hebron, on the other hand, seems to be hitting its stride at the perfect time. After averaging only 16.5 points per game in the first two outings of the season, the Wolves were stymied by Hebron in Week 3...
Hebron rebounded from a season-opening defeat to Plano, where the Hawks lost by more than 30 points, to defeat Wylie in Week Two. Quarterback Clayton Tune threw for three touchdowns and no interceptions, and seems to have developed a rapport with top receiver Trejan Bridges (six catches, 125 yards, two touchdowns).
Sachse could have been content to let the final seconds tick off the clock late in the first half of Thursday's game against Plano West. After all, momentum was squarely in the Mustangs' corner after Jalen Mayden found a wide-open Nate Shelton for a 71-yard touchdown pass to give them a 20-10 lead with just 57 seconds left before halftime.
Junior quarterback Jalen Mayden (No. 17 overall, class of 2018) threw for 2,496 yards and 32 touchdowns last year, and that’s after sharing snaps at the beginning of the season. He’s rated as the sixth-best dual-threat quarterback in the country, according to 247sports.com.
The legendary speed of east Texas football was on full display Saturday in Tyler. Plano West might still be trying to catch its collective breath. John Tyler jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, forcing two Wolves turnovers and rolling to a 45-14 win at Earl Campbell Field at Rose Memorial Stadium.
For the players, coaches and fans who kept a brave face amid last year’s 4-6 season, in a lot of ways that skid began at The Woodshed, where Hebron got the better of a 35-28 overtime decision. Plano led that game at the half, 28-14, before the floodgates opened.
In less than seven days, the Plano West football team kicks off its 2016 season with a opening match in east Texas against John Tyler. It is there that the Wolves will begin to lay groundwork for a season they hope will end in a playoff appearance after finishing 3-7 in 2015.
Realignment may have dealt a different hand to 6-6A, but this district remains a land of giants when it comes to football. Continuing to sport the four largest high schools in Texas (Allen and Plano ISD), 6-6A also touts three programs that should be among the better ones in the area in Allen, Denton Guyer and Plano East.
In a district with strong offenses in Allen, Denton Guyer and Plano East, fielding a strong defense is necessary for success. For West head coach Scott Smith, he’ll lean on that side of the ball while his offense searches for consistency.
Fans anxious for a sneak peek at any of the three Plano ISD football teams are in luck. On Friday, schools in the Plano and Allen areas will tune up for the start of the regular season with a scrimmage.
The end of one chapter gives way to the start of another, and such is the case in the evolution of District 6-6A. After a two-year run that netted numerous state championships and playoff consistency, 6-6A will turn over a new leaf in 2016-17 – welcoming Denton Guyer, Wylie and McKinney to take the reins from the departing Lewisville ISD.
Ever the optimist, Plano West head football coach Scott Smith named several areas of his team that he was impressed with as the Wolves finished the first week of organized football practice.
One thing he can’t teach is youth, and the Wolves have plenty of it.
One of the more entertaining aspects of covering high school sports in the Metroplex are the interactions – both personal and as a spectator – with athletes.
With football season drawing closer by the day, now's the time when people embrace one of the sport's tried-and-true traditions. Seeking out random projections from complete strangers on how your favorite team will fare this fall.