Plano West Anxious to Face Cross-Town Rival Plano East in Homecoming Game
After a rough 55-7 loss in Prosper last week, Plano West is turning their attention to tonight’s game against Plano East, the third-ranked team in District 9-6A. The game will also pose as a special one for West, as it is their homecoming game.
“We started out slow [against Prosper last week], which is something you can’t do against a team with as much skill as they have,” Wolves’ quarterback Will Cannon said. “If we focus and use the energy that homecoming brings, we will be prepared to play a solid game against [Plano] East.”
Cannon, who filled in for injured QB Danny Davis, threw for 99 yards and rushed for 26 against Prosper.
“The [Plano West vs.] McKinney game [in week eight] was a great motivator for us because we felt like we should’ve probably won that game—and we didn’t,” Head Coach Scott Smith said. “Then to have McKinney go in and play like they played, and they probably should’ve won that game against [Plano] East, and they didn’t. Our guys are excited, and we’ve had a good week.”
Plano East won last week against McKinney 45-42 in double overtime, with Panthers’ kicker Angel Martinez drilling a 39-yard field goal to down the Lions. The Panthers did lose both games in the two weeks prior to the win against McKinney, with a 36-74 loss against Allen and a 19-41 upset at the hands of Plano Senior.
“Like any time we line up against Plano or Plano East and it’s a rivalry game, we have everything to win,” Smith said. “[The team has] had a great week of work and we’re going to see if we can take advantage of it.”
Plano West and Plano East will kick off at 7 p.m. at Clark Stadium.
Here are the statistic leaders for both teams:
QB Danny Davis: 1,222 total yards (968 passing, 470 rushing), seven touchdowns (three passing, four rushing)
RB Noah Scroggins: 470 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns, 4.1 yards/carry
WR Cole Carter: 405 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns, 17.6 yards/reception
WR Leon Green: 308 receiving yards, 14.7 yards/reception
WR Nick Griffin: 180 receiving yards, 15 yards/reception
QB Brandon Mallory: 2,287 rushing yards, 28 touchdowns (25 passing, three rushing)
RB Trey Scott-Jones: 706 rushing yards, 8 touchdowns, 6.3 yards/carry
WR Jaelen Anderson: 755 receiving yards, 10 touchdowns, 15.1 yards/reception
WR Josh Allison: 553 receiving yards, 8 touchdowns, 26.3 yards/reception
WR Braylon Henderson: 576 receiving yards, 4 touchdowns, 13.7 yards/reception
Plano East is averaging a staunch 34.4 points and 393.4 yards per game. Plano West is only totaling an average of 12.6 points and 256.1 yards per game, while allowing approximately 41.1 points per contest.
Other Notable Information
Coach Smith could not confirm whether or not QB Danny Davis or WR Tavarius Garland would be healthy for tonight’s game. Both missed last week’s game with injuries. Smith did say that Davis was day-to-day. Garland is fourth on the team in receiving yards with 172. Davis is 32 yards away from 1,000 passing yards on the season. Starting running back Noah Scroggins is 30 rushing yards away from breaking 500 on the year.
Plano East WR Jaelen Anderson is 45 receiving yards away from 800 on the season. Along with Anderson, receivers Braylon Henderson and Josh Allison are 24 and 47 yards away from reaching 600, respectively. Junior RB Trey Scott-Jones is the only running back on Plano East’s offense with more than 100 rushing yards and three touchdowns (he has 706 rushing yards and eight touchdowns). Scott-Jones was held to 80 rushing yards last week against McKinney and only 33 the week prior against Plano.