Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Late 2-point conversion lifts Frisco over Wylie East
Harris’ catch after TD caps team’s comeback in playoff victory
PLANO — Carlos Harris caught the winning two-point conversion pass with 1:33 to play, then made an interception to thwart Wylie East’s last-gasp drive as Frisco advanced in the 4A Division II playoffs with a 25-24 bi-district win at John Clark Stadium.
Frisco (9-2) will face Dallas Lincoln (6-5) next week. Lincoln defeated Seagoville, 22-21, on Thursday.
Quarterback Eric Allen came off the bench to rally Frisco from a 14-7 halftime deficit with a 43-yard touchdown pass to Austin Zoda and a 1-yard sneak for the touchdown that set up the conversion throw to Harris.
Frisco drove 80 yards in 12 plays and just over five minutes for the final touchdown, aided by two costly 15-yard penalties — for pass interference and unsportsmanlike conduct — against Wylie East.
Key plays on the drive included a 22-yard run by Zoda and Allen’s 22-yard completion to Dee Fields at the 4-yard line.
Wylie East (8-3) appeared to be in control when Jabari Anderson, who finished with 191 yards rushing, ran 12 yards for his second touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and Dylan Cook later added a 31-yard field goal for a 24-17 lead with 6:37 left in the game.
Anderson’s first touchdown was the first of two Wylie East scores during a 36-second span of the first half’s final minute. Up to then, Wylie East had been stymied by a 22 mile-per-hour wind, a stiff Frisco defensive front and an interception by Frisco defensive back Drake Hardy.
After Steven Armstrong recovered a fumbled Frisco pitch at its 15-yard line, quarterback Garrett McCain rolled left and found Marcell Ateman all alone at the goal line for a 5-yard scoring strike with 18 seconds left in the half.
Frisco took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, driving 57 yards in eight plays to get a 5-yard touchdown run from Harris. A 33-yard run by Harris was the big play of the drive.
On the ensuing possession, Wylie East drove 66 yards in 12 plays against the wind, only to be stuffed by the Frisco defense on third and fourth downs inside the 15. Two Frisco timeouts near the end of the first quarter forced Wylie East to finish the drive against the wind, negating a field goal try.