Outlook for playoffs

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.

 

 

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Final; Plano 7 Boyd 29

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.

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WILDCATS 34 PLANO EAST 6

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.

 

 

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Where former Wildcat Tex McCullough is today

To start out our new feature as to where former Wildcats are at we start with a former football and soccer great

Tex McCullough.

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.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WILDCATS PLAYERS

Congratulations are in order to a special group for Wildcat kids who rose up as underdogs and beat West 17-14 last night to go 3-1 in district and tied for second place in District 6 6-A.

Plano behind TD runs from Lopaka Yoro and Brandon Stephens jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first half and led 14-7 at half time. The quick Wildcat defense held West to season lows in rushing and passing as they continued though out the game to make big plays time and again.

The game winning 26 yard FG by Tyler Brogan was made near the end of the 3rd quarter. Penalties were a huge part of the game and allowed West to move for the 50 to inside the 10 as the 3rd quarter ended. Especially troubling to us was a  penalty against a Plano coach as the 3rd quarter ended. That should never happen. The talented Wildcat player deserve better then that.

The officiating crew issued 32 flags for 252 yards in assessments. In may ways that ruins the game as it stopped many drives.
It is hard to question false starts though as they can be seen by all.

Overall Plano had 21 penalties on them with 12 being for false starts. We can understand a few but by the sixth game of the season there is no excuses for the coaches to not have that problem corrected and if it appeared during a game they certainly need to be able to correct the problems during the game and not lose a game because of it. That never happened and if it continues it will spell doom to this talented group of players hopes for a long playoff run which they are capable of making.

While many picked West to win consider that these players have history of beating both feeder schools from West and inspite of other factors involved they do not consider beating West an upset. Wish the coaches felt that way about Allen.

There are still 4 tough games ahead for Plano starting next Friday at Clark Stadium against the always strong Plano East Panther. For now Plano appears to be sitting in great shape to gather one of the 4 playoff spots but with Marcus and Boyd still on the schedule the playoff chances could disappear in a hurry if there is a let down.

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Wildcats top Flower Mound 35-13

The Wildcats raised their district record to 2-1 last night with a solid win over Flower Mound 35-13.

RB. Brandon Stephens had 4 TD’s and accounted for 330 yards with 271 rushing and 50 in receptions plus 9 in passing. He  competed a pass running  out of the Wildcat position. QB Quinn Waterbury went 4-5 in passing for 89 yards and 1 TD to Matthew Kirchner for 39 yards.

Flower Mound scored first and last but Plano dominated the game and scored 35 points between Flower Mounds 2 scores.

While this win was nice it was also needed by the Wildcats if they have any hopes of making the playoffs this season. The next 5 games include 3 against top tiered teams one of who Plano must beat to realistically finish in front of. The next weeks will prove extremely interesting for your Wildcats.

 

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