After Tough Week One Loss, Plano West Prepares for Flower Mound

Avery Klatsky and Noah Karesh

After a tough loss to Frisco Reedy last week, the Wolves are turning their attention to another non-district opponent, as they’ll be traveling to Neil E. Wilson Stadium tomorrow to face-off against Flower Mound.

Flower Mound is coming off a loss in their first game of the season against Fossil Ridge (Keller), losing 14-10. Junior quarterback Blake Short led Flower Mound’s offense with 26 completions on 275 passing yards and a touchdown. Short, however, had three interceptions in the game as well. Senior receiver Jake Welch caught Short’s only touchdown and finished with 103 receiving yards.

In the 2017 season, the Flower Mound Jaguars finished with a 4-6 record (3-4 against district opponents) and were unable to secure a playoff spot. Their losses included a 42-30 defeat to the aforementioned Fossil Ridge High School, a 22-7 loss to Timber Creek (Fort Worth), and a 45-31 loss to Southlake Carroll, all of which took place in weeks two, three and four, respectively. They also were dealt a 37-7 loss by Euless Trinity.

The Jaguars were able to beat Bell High School (Hurst) 40-10, shutout White (Dallas) 44-0, and beat their city rivals, Flower Mound Marcus, 17-10.

Flower Mound also played and lost to Hebron 34-21, who beat Plano West 51-3 in week three of last season.

West’s Players to Watch

For the Wolfpack, quarterbacks Danny Davis (#5) and Will Cannon (#4) will look to maintain a successful passing game, as they posted 195 passing yards and one touchdown last week. Wide receivers Leon Green (#16) and Cole Carter (#8) will most likely be their primary offensive targets.

On the other side of the ball, defensive end Shemar Pearl will look to apply pressure on Blake Short, Flower Mound’s QB. Pearl has received Division I offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Notre Dame and Georgia to name a few.

In addition to Pearl, defensive back Wyatt Johnson (#3) is another solid player on West’s defense.

Flower Mound’s Players to Watch

Running back Pierce Hudgens and previously mentioned wide receiver Jake Welch are two offensive players to look for to go up against West’s defense.

Hudgens had 62 rushing yards in his game against Fossil Ridge.

District 9-6A Week One Recap

  • Allen shutout Mesquite Horn 40-0
  • Prosper beat Naaman Forest (Garland) 48-14
  • Plano East defeated Bell (Hurst) 42-14
  • Plano Senior lost to Hebron 27-28
  • McKinney lost to McKinney North 13-31
  • McKinney Boyd lost to Rowlett 21-45
  • Plano West lost to Reedy (Frisco) 14-46
  • Jesuit lost to Arlington 25-55

District 9-6A Week Two Matchups

  • Allen vs. East (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Prosper @ Timber Creek (Fort Worth)
  • Plano East @ Lake Highlands
  • Plano Senior vs. Eastwood (El Paso)
  • McKinney @ MacArthur (Irving)
  • McKinney Boyd @ Marcus (Flower Mound)
  • Plano West @ Flower Mound
  • Jesuit @ DeSoto

The Wolves-Jaguars game will kick-off at 7 p.m. as West looks to capture their first win of the 2018 season.