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Plano West outscores Plano East, 36-0, in second half of 42-17 win, rolls into 5A playoffs
PLANO — Plano West couldn’t have picked a better time for its best half of football this season.
Not only did it score 36 consecutive points to beat rival Plano East, 42-17, and clinch a playoff berth, but West also looked like a team capable of another deep postseason run.
“That’s the best half I’ve seen,” West coach Mike Hughes said. “If we play like that, we can beat anybody.”
Thanks to that second-half performance, West (6-4, 2-3 10-5A) will get the opportunity to play again. It will face Jesuit in a 5A Division II bi-district playoff at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tom Kimbrough Stadium.
The Wolves’ turnaround followed a lackadaisical opening half in which it scored just six points off of 211 yards.
Hughes said he got after his team at the break.
“I challenged them,” Hughes said. “If you want to play next week, you’ve got to pick it up.”
West, which reached the regional finals last season, trailed 17-6 at halftime and kicked off to start the third quarter. The defense got a stop, then blocked East’s punt, which Matt Augustine returned 8 yards for a touchdown.
After another defensive stop, West needed just three plays to find the end zone again. Soso Jamabo, who touched the ball only three times in the first half, ran up the middle for a 49-yard score.
Jamabo ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns, and Auston Anderson carried the ball 21 times for 214 yards and a score.
The two explosive running backs were unstoppable throughout the second half.
“It was one of the most intense halftimes I’ve ever been in,” Anderson said. “We weren’t playing well, and some things had to be said. We came out with some fire and passion, and we got instant production.”
East (5-5, 1-4) would have clinched a berth in the Division I playoffs with a win. Instead it will miss out on the postseason for the fifth time in seven years.
“We put some bricks in the foundation,” first-year East coach Randy Jackson said. “I love these kids, and they’re going to be able to look back one day and say they had a part in the change here.”