Plano’s non-district play for the 2011 season ended September 9 with a win that surpassed all expectations. On film, it looked like the Wildcats would have their hands full containing the Legacy Bronco’s quarterback. As it turned out, the biggest challenge for the Wildcats coaches seemed to lie in finding ways to run down the clock in the second half without adding to the already disproportionate lead in an unsportsmanlike manner.
The 1st quarter ended with Plano up 21-0. At the half it was 35-7.
With 4:55 left in the 3rd quarter Plano was up 62-7 and already deep into its roster reserves. Starting quarterback junior #21 Richard Lagow had turned the reins over to freshman #28 Christian Hutzler early in the quarter.
And in an effort to burn time the plays called in to Hutzler were essentially variations on this simple theme: hand-off to #22 Rakeem Crawford. For 15
carries in a row.
The result? Crawford racked up121 yards and 2 TD’s.
Through persistence the Broncos were able to put up 14 points in the 4th quarter, coincidentally both on a pass-play to the TE. Less a threat than a coaching opportunity for the Wildcats on defense at the time.
Which is probably the take-away from this game for the Plano faithful. This year’s team is talented on both sides of the ball, the talent runs deep, and film from this game will help the players and coaches further improve in advance of the next home game on September 23.
And that September 23 game is unlikely to end with the huge point differential the Wildcats have enjoyed so far this season.
Offensive highlights from the stands (unofficial)- Passing: QB #21 Lagow was 11 for 18 for 138 yards and no INT’s . . . Receiving: #24 Hunter Gore had 4 catches for 40 yards, #19 Kevin Merrill 3 for 51 yards, #9 Anthony Antwine 2 for 24 yards, #8 Sam Morell 1 for 16 yards, and L.J. Ausama 1 for 7 yards . . . Rushing:#22 Crawford 15 carries for 121 yards and 2 TD’s, #8 Morell 2 for 63 yards and 1 TD, #19 Merrill 6 for 28 yards and 1 TD, #25 Ausama 2 carries for 2 TD’s, #21 Lagow 4 for 16 yards and 1 TD . . . #19 Merrill was 7 for 8 on PAT’s.
Defensive highlights from the stands (unofficial)- Fumbles recovered: one each by #2 Marcus Davis, #88 Dwayne Hicks, and #17 Sean Oliver (returned for TD) . . . Sacks: one each by #42 Lance Lanier and #4 Tyler Grant . . . Blocked punt by #88 Hicks, recovered in end zone for a TD (plus a pass break-up) . . . Tackles for losses: #32 Cole Eckeberger, #14 David Griffith and #48 Derek Sheldon . . . Tackles by over 20 different Wildcats overloaded our statistician on this metric . . . freshman #16 Mitchell Hansen punted twice, averaging 37.5 yards a kick.
Odds & Ends: Plano had 381 yards of offense, 138 in the air and 243 rushing (almost half by Crawford) . . . it appeared Plano drew 6 flags for 40 yards in walkoffs.