Written by Jon Machota
Wylie opens the floodgates with season-high 64 points against South Oak Cliff
ALLEN — In a game that won’t be remembered by many for its defense, Wylie’s third quarter effort on that side of the ball provided enough breathing room for its offense to pull away Friday night at Allen’s Eagle Stadium.
Wylie scored 21 unanswered to open the second half before cruising to a 64-46 victory over South Oak Cliff in a Class 4A Division I Region II regional semifinal.
“They got some tremendous skill players, but I thought all along we were the better team,” Wylie coach Bill Howard said. “I said, ‘If we’re even close at halftime, guys, we can win the second half.’ It’s nice when that actually works.”
Wylie (9-4) advances to face Highland Park Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Southlake's Dragon Stadium.
After compiling 382 yards of offense in the first half, South Oak Cliff (11-2) was held to only 40 in the third quarter. That was the difference in a game that Wylie scored touchdowns on nine of its first 11 possessions.
Junior quarterback Carsen Cook completed 15-of-21 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns. Cook, who is not known for his running ability, also rushed 14 times for 76 yards. Wylie’s first three possessions were capped by Cook scoring runs.
Senior Alex Wesley caught seven passes for 88 yards, which included both of Cook’s touchdown passes.
Senior quarterback Kenneth Arthur II was a significant reason why S.O.C. was down only one, 34-33, at halftime. Arthur threw for 323 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two more scores during the first two quarters.
“First half was a track meet,” Howard said, “and I don’t think you want to get in a track meet with South Oak Cliff.”
Wylie set the tone early by scoring touchdowns on its first five possessions, taking a 34-20 lead before ever attempting a punt.
Arthur passed for 495 yards and five touchdowns. Senior Fonzale Davis caught nine of those passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns.
Wylie finished with 562 yards of offense and 25 first downs. S.O.C. totaled 572 yards and 20 first downs.