By Greg Ford
WYLIE — The Panthers and Pirates completed another chapter in what could be dubbed the “Battle of 544,” and this was a memorable one.
After 48 minutes of regulation, the two 6-6A opponents were deadlocked 34-34, the result of a last-minute touchdown by Wylie.
Then, in the first overtime, East quarterback Brandon Mallory ended the matter with a 12-yard run, giving his team a 41-34 win in the district opener for each team.
Plano East (2-2 overall, 1-0 in 6-6A) will host Denton Guyer this Friday at Kimbrough Stadium, while Wylie travels Friday to face McKinney Boyd at Ron Poe Stadium. Guyer lost is district opener 38-36 to Plano this past Friday, while McKinney Boyd fell 61-10 to Allen. McKinney downed Plano West in the other District 6-6A contest.
“We’re 1-0 in district play and (won) against a very good opponent,” said Plano East head coach Joey McCullough. “I was pleased with us offensively most of night … (It was) an unbelievable game up front by our offensive line.”
For the Pirates, it was a frustrating start to 6-6A play, but not a fatal one. A year ago, Wylie lost the district opener at Plano East, but then went on to win four of the next six 6-6A games to clinch a playoff spot.
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