Plano East’s defense held Plano West scoreless for 41 minutes.
The offense scored 31 unanswered points in that time, leading Plano East (1-2, 2-4) to a 31-14 victory over Plano West (0-3, 2-4). Both teams scored on their opening drive, chewing off a combined 11 minutes in the first quarter. East’s first score was on a 1-yard touchdown from quarterback Drew DeVillier.
After a missed field goal from the Wolves, the Panthers responded with a 2-yard pass from DeVillier to Rowdy Keith for a 14-7 lead. That was the lead Plano East took into the break.
On the first play of the second half, Ismail Mahdi delivered the statement. He ran 57 yards for a touchdown to extend the Panthers’ lead and the team never looked back. Mahdi ended the game with 201 yards rushing and that one touchdown.
Buzz Flabiano made a 46-yard field goal attempt and DeVillier connected with Rushil Patel for a fourth-quarter score for Plano East. Plano West couldn’t find the end zone again until one minute left in the game.
Plano East will look to start a winning streak on the road against Flower Mound (1-2, 2-4) in a game with significant playoff implications.
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By Kyle Grondin • [email protected]