By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Editor
In an pivotal Week 8 of the high school football season, North remains in the chase with a huge win at Greenville, while MHS loses a shootout at Plano West to fall into fourth place tie in District 10-5A.
McKinney North stayed alive in the playoff chase in District 13-4A, knocking off Greenville 31-6 on the road to improve to 2-3 in district play and 2-6 overall. Greenville dropped to 0-5 in district and 0-8 overall.
The Bulldogs got big days on the ground from Ronald Jones and Justin Jones, who combined for 228 rushing yards and three rushing scores. Ronald finished with 121 yards on 8 carries, including touchdowns of 51 and 19 yards, while Justin ran for 107 yards on 15 carries, including a four-yard run in the first quarter.
North’s defense was the key in the ballgame, forcing four Marquist Davis interceptions and holding the Greenville quarterback to just 31% passing for 57 yards. Tyler Matthews led the Lions in rushing with 89 yards on 20 carries, but his team fumbled the ball four times in the game and lost one of them.
With the win, the Bulldogs keep their bleak playoff hopes alive for another week. They are currently in fifth place in District 13-4A, and with Lovejoy, Sherman, and Wylie East all clinching spot over the past two weeks, only one berth remains between North and Wylie. Since Wylie holds the tiebreaker over North, one more Wylie win or one more North loss in the last two weeks of the season eliminates the Bulldogs from playoff contention.
North will travel to 4-1 Wylie East next Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
OTHER SCORES FROM DISTRICT 13-4A
Wylie East 56
Royse City 14
DISTRICT 13-4A STANDINGS THROUGH WEEK EIGHT:
1. Lovejoy – x 5-0 8-0
2. Sherman – x 4-1 6-2
3. Wylie East – x 4-1 6-2
4. Wylie 3-2 3-5
5. North 2-3 2-6
6. Denison – E 1-4 1-7
7. Royse City – E 1-4 1-7
8. Greenville – E 0-5 0-8
x – Clinched Playoff Spot
E – Eliminated from Playoff Contention
McKinney High lost a shootout at Plano West 64-36 to drop to 1-2 in District 10-5A. The Wolves improved to 1-2 in district and are tied with the Lions for the fourth and final playoff spot in District 10-5A.
In a game with 1,206 total offensive yards, 100 combined points, and 52 combined first down, a 28-point third quarter for the Wolves was the difference in the game. Plano West quarterback finished with 387 yards on 14-of-21 passing and four touchdowns, while running back Sotonya Jamabo had 119 rushing yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns. Jamabo also caught three passes for 186 yards, including touchdowns of 80 and 79 yards.
Within a five-minute span in the third quarter, the 29-29 halftime score soon became a 57-29 Plano West lead. The Lions scored late in the quarter on a 46-yard touchdown pass from Robert Somborn to Tommy Candela, which were the only points in the second half for MHS.
Somborn finished the game with 410 yards on 23-of-36 passing with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Candela led the team with 80 yards on 10 carries, while Matt Reynolds had the Lions lone rushing touchdown from two yards out in the second quarter. Connor Fuentes led all Lions receivers with 126 yards on six receptions and one touchdown. Dalon Willis and Candela each had one receiving touchdowns as well.
Despite committing 15 penalties for 110 yards, Plano West forced four Lions turnovers and won an important game in District 10-5A. The Wolves now hold the head-to-head advantage over the Lions if the standings come down to a tiebreaker scenario.
MHS returns home next week to host 3-0 Allen in the Eagles second consecutive game at Ron Poe Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
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OTHER SCORES FROM DISTRICT 10-5A
Plano East 12
DISTRICT 10-5A STANDINGS THROUGH WEEK EIGHT:
1. Allen – x 3-0 7-1
2. Boyd 2-1 5-3
3. Plano 2-1 5-3
4. Plano West 1-2 4-4
5. MHS 1-2 5-3
6. Plano East 0-3 4-3
x – Clinched Playoff Spot