Suffering from “I & I” – injuries and interceptions – a great season for Plano JV football ended on a sour note as they dropped the last game of the season to Plano West JV 21-7 Thursday evening in John Clark Stadium.
The 1st quarter was largely uneventful as the teams tested each other’s defense, ending 0-0.
Things began to heat up in the 2nd quarter for both teams. The Wildcats struck first, with a 1 yard TD run by #3 Cody Farhat with 3:46 left in the half. On the next offensive drive the Wolves moved the ball methodically down field, then struggled in the red zone. With 1:04 remaining in the half, a Wolf running back on the 1 yard line made a desperation pitch to a teammate to keep the play alive and hopefully score. A dangerous move, as #3 Farhat grabbed the ball in mid-air when rushing the gap and didn’t stop until he was in the opposite end zone. But the Wildcat elation was short-lived, as the refs pointed to a flag back on the Plano 2 yard line. 6 points were taken off the scoreboard as the players walked back to the north end zone where the Wolves went back on offense, and in less than 30 seconds they scored their own rushing touchdown, making it 7-7.
After the Wildcats fielded the kick-off return, the remaining 37 seconds of Wildcats offense saw #6 Greg Peterson in as quarterback. Peterson would reprise this role for the rest of the game, as starting quarterback #22 Corey Robertson stood helmetless on the Plano sideline. With alternate quarterback Christian Hutzler held out for Friday night’s varsity game, and Robertson sidelined with an apparent injury, wide receiver Peterson stepped up.
For the first five minutes of the 3rd quarter the teams continued to test each other. With 4:46 left in the 3rd the Wolves intercepted, and 27 seconds later capitalized with a touchdown and PAT, going ahead of the Wildcats 14-7. The subsequent Wildcat offensive drive stalled, leading to a deep punt to the Wolves. But three missed tackles by Plano special teams on the West punt return allowed the play to break open and West scored an insurance touchdown. West killed Plano’s offensive drive with another interception a minute later, and the 3rd quarter ended 21-7.
The 4th quarter was much like the 1st as the teams traded possession without production, and at the ending buzzer it was Plano West JV 21, Plano JV 7.
Win-loss records for JV teams in the district are not readily published, so we’re doing the research to compile JV standings for the district for the season. We’ll let you know what we uncover.
Offensive highlights from the stands (Unofficial)- Passing: #22 Robertson was 5 of 7 for 70 yards, #6 Peterson was 3 of 10 for 28 yards and 2 INT’s . . . Receiving: #29 Dearion Johnson, 1 catch for 28 yards, #26 Parker Meyers 1 for 27 yards, #11 Collin Carpenter 3 for 25 yards, #6 Peterson 2 for 10 yards, #10 Tanner Garfat 1 for 8 yards . . . Rushing: #27 Drew Grant 10 carries for 38 yards, #29 Johnson 6 for 17 yards, #3 Farhat 3 for 4 yards and 1 TD, #22 Robertson 1 for 3 yards, #6 Peterson 1 for net -2 yards . . . #90 Jourdan Escobar had 1 PAT, punted 4 times for a 37 yard average.
Defensive highlights from the stands (Unofficial)- Sacks by #64 Logan Kershaw, #79 Jonathon Coleman, # 30 Myles Solsberry . . . blocked punt by #40 Steven Collins . . . looked like tackles for losses by #4 Billy Pearson, #30 Solsberry, #19 Dylan Muckey, #9 Tim Yoder, #56 Lior Vansteenkiste . . . interception and 99 yard TD run by #3 Farhat erased by penalty.
Odds & Ends: Plano had 98 yards passing and 60 rushing . . . 9 first downs . . . 7 penalties for 40 yards.