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Plano East's outburst of 30 straight points pave the way to 60-38 victory over Naaman Forest
GARLAND — After Plano East and Naaman Forest traded long drives and long scores for the first quarter, Plano East decided enough was simply enough. The Panthers (2-0) rode senior receiver Collin Shaw and senior running back Ricky Ilodianya to 30 unanswered points on their way to a 60-38 victory at Williams Stadium.
Plano East racked up 333 first-half yards to take a 29-17 lead into the intermission, largely thanks to Ilodianya’s 100 yards and a score on only 14 carries. He finished the game with 199 yards and three scores on 26 carries, as well as 56 yards and another score through the air.
“We just never could put them away,” Plano East coach Johnny Ringo said. “It’s a great win and it’s good to get it, but at the same time It hought we could have done a lot of things better.”
As Ilodianya plowed through the line carry after carry, senior quarterback Mario Smalls kept the Naaman Forest defense honest, completing 20-of-27 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns. Two of his touchdowns landed in the hands of Shaw, who used five catches to tally 106 yards.
“They were doubling [Shaw], but he still had some great catches,” Ringo said. “We felt we needed to balance between the run and pass, and a lot of guys got touches.”
As little as Naaman Forest (0-2) contained the Panthers in the first half, they struggled even more in the second half, giving up 330 more yards, even as Plano East substituted in its second-string.
Senior receiver Branson Ball was Forest’s lone bright spot. Including a first-play 70-yard touchdown and a 77-yard score in the third quarter, Ball gashed the Panther secondary for 253 yards on only nine receptions, scoring three of the Rangers touchdowns.
“He just did a great job,” Ringo said matter-of-factly. “He’s got great speed.”
The two teams combined for 1,129 total yards in the shootout.