District 8-5A Preview, Predictions

Big showdown in District 8-5A between Allen and Plano highlights the weekend card

8-5A (McKinney Boyd has an open date)

Wylie vs. Plano East

Plano East has played perhaps the toughest schedule in the state and sits at 0-6. The open date last week could not have come at a better time.

Unfortunately for the Panthers the Wylie offense is cooking right now.

Plano East has allowed 40 or more points in all six games this season. Wylie has scored 44 or more points in five of its seven games. Wylie quarterback Jerod Monk finished 21 of 23 in 49-31 win over Jesuit last Friday night. Wylie amassed 564 total yards in the victory.

Plano East entered its open date off a 13-pt loss to Jesuit and has lost by an average of 34 points this season. The Wylie offense shows no mercy.

Plano East will hit 20 on the scoreboard but it will not enough.

Wylie by 24


Allen vs. Plano

Plano, the state's second ranked team, looks to avenge a 35-26 loss to state power Allen. Allen's lone loss this season came 24-14 to top-ranked Trinity. Turnovers cost Allen in the loss.

Allen shutout McKinney Boyd, 42-0, last week following an open date. Quarterback Matt Brown completed 12 of 13 passes for 253 yards. This is a team hitting its stride at precisely the right time.

Plano quarterback Carson Meger has passed for 601 yards the last two weeks. Star tailback Rex Burkhead bounced back from his lowest output two weeks ago versus Wylie by rushing 21 times for 177 yards versus Plano West.

Allen has only allowed one touchdown pass this season. Trinity had great success running the ball and expect Plano's game plan to start with Burkhead.

Plano has revenge, has played the tougher schedule and will go all out before its open date in a game that will determine district champion.

Allen looks to have a defensive edge but it has not faced the same caliber of offenses that Plano has.

The Plano defense comes up big at home in the fourth quarter.

Plano by 7


Plano West vs. Jesuit

Plano West had to deal with the Plano offense last week while Jesuit had to deal with the Wylie offense. Both defenses can breathe a sigh of relief here.

The winner here probably gets the fourth and final playoff berth in the district.

Jesuit still has meetings with Plano and Allen so the pressure is on the Rangers here. Plano West has lost three of four but has played well in spurts.

Expect a high scoring game with both teams having success via ground and air.

Jesuit running back Kyle Van de Ven will be a major challenge for the Plano West defense.

Plano West quarterback Travis Wilson can do it all and Jesuit must stay in its lanes on defense to contain him.

This is a game that should go to the wire.

Plano West by 3

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