Plano secured their 3rd straight trip to the state playoffs with a win over Flower Mound Marcus 41-7 Thursday night at Clark Stadium. It marked the return of starting QB Brooks Panhan who suffered a broken lower leg back in August in the first game vs. John Tyler. He did not look like he had missed a snap as he was smooth as silk in guiding the Wildcats to a quick 21-0 lead and to finish at half up 34-7. Panhans was 11-15 in passing and ran the ball with confidence to aid the strong rushing attack. Plano touchdowns were by the following players: Brandon Stephens (2),Lopaka Yoro (2),Panhans (1),Matt Kirchner (1) Kirchner also had 4 receptions for 97 yards.
With the powerful offensive display Plano also had their most impressive defensive game of the season. They held Marcus to only 7 first downs and under 125 yards total. If you don’t think those totals are impressive look tomorrow morning at the numbers Allen and West put up in their game. The Widlcats defense was led by #4 Neema Behbahani,#82 Sam Tecklenbug,#5 TJ Lee,#7 Daejon Howard who had an interception in the game, #10 Jason Lee,#9 Colton Pasateri,#34 Connor Welch,#38 Brandon Wahle,#26 Aaron Ragas,#43 Tucker Pollacia and of course their leader during the first 6 games of this season #3 Mr. Cody Farhat. This group has been outstanding all season long.
Plano has one more regular season game next Friday at Lewisville and then will play Denton Guyer in a bi-district match up at a place and time to be announced.
With the bye week upon the Wildcats lets looks at the current outlook for them making the playoffs.
Lets remember there are 4 spots available with Allen assured of one, that leaves three to content with. Even though Plano has beaten West the Wolves appear in a position to nap the second spot. Leaving two. It also appears that Boyd who beat Plano for the third straight time will gather the 3rd spot. Leaving both Plano and Flower Mound Marcus contenting for the final spot.
The Wildcat meet Marcus at John Clark Stadium on Thursday October 30 for what will be for the final playoff spot. While it will be Marcus’ final game of the regular season Plano have one more game to play vs. Lewisville there the following week. Currently Plano and Marcus are tied at 4-2 in district and both also are 5-3 for their seasonal record. Over the last 4 meetings between Plano and Marcus the Marauders own an impressive 3-1 mark.
This years Wildcat team is still a very talented group. They play with lots of heart and fight however they need fan surppot and that is where we come in.
Wildcat parents and fans need to pack John Clark Staduim and lend their strong support to the talented and hard charging Wildcat group as they play this important game. Fans support can chance the outcome. In 1985 the Widlcats went into a game like this against Lewisville needing a win.The game was over there and the Wildcat fans packed the house. The famous Wildcat “#1 sign” we have seen at all games for close to 30 years was introduced that night and Plano beat a superior Farmers team. The players won it but fan support was a big help. Fan support can make a difference. BTW the following year in 1986 at the East game the “Cat Paws” were introduced. Plano crushed East that night and went on to win another state title later in December.
If you want memories make ‘em happen and overcome short coming that have held us back. No excuses.
For more Wildcat history to inspire you come to the site where those that post here were there to live and breath the success past Wildcats teams enjoyed. We saw winners walk with pride as PLANO WILDCATS.
In an important district game Plano was behind after the second offensive play by Boyd and never was able to muster a comeback losing 29-7 and thereby placing themselves in a position where they must win their last two games or miss the playoffs.
Boyd dominated the Wildcats on both sides of the ball. The only bright spot was Matthew Kirchner who had 5 receptions for 125 yards and 1 TD.
Next week Plano will have a bye and the following Thursday will met Marcus a team very much like Boyd and if they lose will find both Boyd and Marcus blocking their path to a playoff.
Last year the Boyd game came down to Plano losing with a minute left when Plano only had 10 men on the field and Boyd went 97 yards on one play to win.
This year Plano never was a factor in the game seemingly showing little interest either from the sidelines or the field to mount a comeback.
Plano stands 5-3 overall and 4-2 in district. With the bye week coming before the Marcus game it sets Plano up in a spot that they can control their own fate by regrouping having a better game plan for Marcus and executing it and making the playoffs.
The Wildcats beat Plano East 34-6 last night to advance their district record to 4-1 which places them securely in second place with 3 games remaining on their schedule. The top 4 teams make the playoff. While it may be to early to talk playoff remember if West makes the playoffs with Allen, Plano would go into division 11 which over the past seasons would mean not meeting a Trinity or Skyline in the bi-district.
Plano led by their defense who made life tough on East runners and passer all evening. Sam Tecklenburg and a swarming group of Wildcat defenders allowed only 1 Td and pulled off 4 interceptions with Daejon Howard picking off two.
Tecklenburg also was a huge factor on offense as he had 85 yards in receptions and a TD. QB Quinn Waterberry was very business like at QB with 4-8 passing for one TD and 115 total yards. Matthew Kirchner had the other two catches. As been the case all season Brandon Stephens led all rushers with 178 yards and 3 TDs. Joining him was Byron Tate seeing his first action of the season. Tate had a Td and 60 yards rushing. He is a power runner who has been sidelined this season and his presence will help with the power running game.
Plano travels to McKinney next Thursday night to face the Boyd Broncos at 7 p.m. The winner of that game might very well secure themselves a playoff spot. the loser will have to scramble to make it in form all indications.
To start out our new feature as to where former Wildcats are at we start with a former football and soccer great
A 2008 Wildcat grad who played defensive back and was an all district performer for coach Bob Weirs district winning soccer team.
After high school Tex went to the University of Michigan and later to Midwestern University where he was a standout performer on the school’s soccer team.
Now he is back in Plano and coaches and teaches at Wilson Middle School, He is also asst. coach for soccer at Plano East.
Next week we will have the tale of two brothers who played football at Plano then went separate ways and we will find out what they are currently doing and where they are.
- Week Seven: Homecoming, With Flower Mound Marcus October 11, 2011
- Week Five Opponent: Hebron September 27, 2011
- Wildcats Punished In Rankings After Loss September 26, 2011
- Allen Lives Up To Hype 44-7 Over Plano September 24, 2011
- Dist. 8-5A Football Results 9-23-11 September 23, 2011
- Neema Behbahani named player of the week November 3, 2014
- WILDCATS PLAYOFF BOUND !!! October 31, 2014
- Outlook for playoffs October 19, 2014
- Final; Plano 7 Boyd 29 October 16, 2014
- WILDCATS 34 PLANO EAST 6 October 10, 2014