Under thick cloud cover in College Station on Saturday morning, the Wildcats varsity 7-on-7 team fell behind Klein Forest 24-20 after a frantic drive for atouchdown with only seconds left in the game. The Wildcats stood helpless as Klein Forest milked the remaining seconds off the clock with a mixture of celebration and set-up for their extra point attempt.
Plano scored early in the game with a touchdown by Hunter Gore and one-point conversion by Kevin Leamy. Klein Forest answered with a touchdown, but failed to convert the point-after attempt. Plano quarterback Richard Lagow found Gore again for a touchdown, putting Plano up 13-6, but Plano, too failed to convert. Klein Forest scored next but Plano’s defense denied the point-after conversion to hold Plano’s lead 13-12.
Plano scored last in the first half with a Corbin Whitehair touchdown and one-point conversion by Gore, with Plano going to the halftime break with the lead at 20-12.
The second half, until the final four minutes, was all defense. Plano’s offense could often get the first down but couldn’t capitalize. Klein Forest’s offense had trouble getting a first down.
Plano Defender Kevin Merrill saved a defensive touchdown by outrunning and tagging a Klein Forest defender who intercepted and had nothing but daylight between himself and the line of scrimmage. Later, with time running down Plano defender Brian Hanks made a key interception in the end zone, which to many signaled the Wildcat defense would hold.
But in a quick drive Klein Forest scored six, but again couldn’t convert the point-after attempt, leaving Plano ahead 20-18. But Plano’s offense couldn’t respond, and with time almost gone Klein Forest’s quarterback threaded the needle through the Wildcat defense to score the go-ahead, and winning touchdown.
As the Plano faithful returned home, Klein Forest went on to lose to Willis in the next round of play, 38-19. La Marque, the team that beat Plano in pool play, also lost in the first round of championship play 32-27 to El Paso Riverside.