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Plano East’s three keys to beating Lake Highlands

by | Sep 2, 2021 | Sports

After a difficult opening week loss, Plano East faces another tough test in non-district game two.

While it’s not quite as daunting as top 10 in the state Allen, Lake Highlands presents a formidable foe. The Wildcats were projected to finish second overall in District 7-6A and dominated in their opening win over Mesquite Poteet.

With another explosive offense on the table, here are the three keys to Plano East winning their home opener.

1. Slow down the passing attack

The Wildcats went 10-1 last season and reached the postseason. They also return 12 starters from that team, seven of whom are on the offensive side of the ball.

In week one’s 42-13 win over Poteet, Caden Dotson picked apart the Pirates, going 19 of 24 for 278 yards and five touchdown passes in the win. Perhaps most impressive, all five of his touchdowns were to a different receiver. Lake Highlands has talent in wide receivers Will Hutton, Deonte Dean and Jeremiah Richards and running backs Shamar Donaldson and Noelle Whitehead. With all of those options at their disposal, Plano East will have to win one-on-one battles.

The Panthers cornerback Jordan Robinson was week one’s athlete of the week, doing a good job in coverage in week one. Where the Panthers struggled the most was in stopping the run, something they’ll have to do in this game. If Plano East can slow down a few of the options in the passing game, it gives them a chance to win.

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By Kyle Grondin • [email protected]

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