For the first time since 2019, the Plano East Panthers have a winning record.
They also started the season 1-0 and again are trying to break trends in week two. If Plano East can win their home opener on Sept. 2, the Panthers will have won two games in a row for the first time since 2019 as well. Standing in their way is their second consecutive District 9-6A opponent, Naaman Forest.
The Rangers reached the playoffs last season after finishing third in their district and returning 12 starters. A physical football team, they’ll be eager to bounce back after a week one loss to Lewisville.
Here are the three keys to defeating Naaman Forest.
1. Stay the more disciplined football team
Despite having 562 yards of offense in week one in their 31-27 victory over Rowlett, Plano East saw areas to improve from their opening game. Mainly, eliminating the 11 penalties, missed field goals and two failed fourth-down conversions that kept the Eagles in the game late.
Similarly, Naaman Forest had its bouts with mental lapses in their 28-6 loss to open the season. The Rangers had more first downs and yards than the Farmers in week one but failed to convert four fourth-down conversions on the Lewisville side of the field.
Simply put, the team that can execute better in week two will likely win in a game between two closely contested football teams.