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Plano defense allows first points of season; Wildcats still roll by Naaman Forest, 35-7
PLANO — The Plano defense saw its shutout string end but still turned in a dominating performance in a 35-7 win Friday over Garland Naaman Forest.
Quarterback Mitchell Hansen rushed for 155 yards and three touchdowns to lead a Plano running attack that totaled 378 yards at John Clark Stadium.
Plano, No. 19 in the Class 5A area rankings, improved to 3-0 and has outscored its opponents 85-7.
The first points allowed by Plano came with 6:03 remaining in the game. Naaman Forest quarterback Justin Walker rolled out and hit Chris Ramirez for a 9-yard touchdown.
The score cut Plano’s lead to 21-7, but less than a minute later Hansen broke free for a 50-yard touchdown run on a busted play.
Hansen, a 6-4 junior, also scored on a 13-yard run earlier in the fourth quarter and a 7-yard run in the second quarter.
Brandon Stephens boosted Plano’s rushing total with 16 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown. Backup quarterback Brooks Panhans added Plano’s final touchdown with a 43-yard run with 1:13 remaining.
Plano held Naaman Forest (1-3) to 16 yards in the first half and 144 yards total. Naaman Forest’s Michael Nelson, the area’s leading rusher in 5A coming into the game, was limited to 48 yards on 16 carries.
A muffed punt by Naaman Forest set up Plano’s first score. Jonathan Lara recovered the loose ball at the Naaman Forest 18. Two plays later, Brandon Stephens covered the 18 yards untouched for a 7-0 first quarter lead.
Plano threatened again early in the second quarter, but on second-and-goal Naaman Forest’s Mark Johnson intercepted a halfback pass in the back of the end zone.
Moments later, Plano’s Cody Farhat answered with an interception of his own. Marquis Hodge also had an interception for Plano as Naaman Forest completed just five of 20 passes.
Plano found the end zone again just before halftime. A 38-yard run by Hansen and a 20-yard run by T.J. Lee set up the score, a 7-yard option keeper by Hansen.
Keith Whitmire is a Dallas-based freelance writer.