ALLEN - The Plano East football team lost more than just the game to Allen on Friday.
Star running back Trey Hunter, who has battled injuries all season as part of the Panthers’ backfield, was carted off the field with an upper body injury midway through the game. It was later determined that Hunter suffered a broken arm.
As well as losing Hunter, the Panthers lost big to the state’s No. 1 ranked team, 56-30, to fall to 2-4 in District 6-6A.
A loss next week against Plano Senior eliminates East from the playoffs, but if the Panthers win, the playoff seedings become based on point differential. A win against Plano, however, became that much more difficult with the loss of Hunter.
Besides Hunter, fellow senior running back Jonathan Meadors is out for the season due to injury, and third-string back Trey Scott-Jones may be relegated to defensive duties only. If that is the case, Nathan Miller would handle the running back position for East; Miller totaled 101 yards against Allen on Friday.
Allen led 28-0 in the first quarter, and its offensive stars performed well. Quarterback Grant Tisdale threw for three touchdowns, running back Brock Sturges had 119 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and wide receiver Carson Schleker had five catches for 101 yards and a score.
East got strong games out of its wide receiver corps as Jalen Anderson and Josh Allison each had touchdown catches and more than 80 yards receiving.
East and Plano play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kimbrough Stadium.
Prestonwood dominates John Paul II
The Lions continued their impressive play as of late, rolling over rival John Paul II, 65-7, on Friday at Lion Field in Plano.
John Paul actually cut the Lions lead to 11-7 midway through the first quarter, but Prestonwood quickly rolled off two touchdowns before the quarter ended to steal back momentum.
By halftime, Prestonwood led 31-7.
Overall, the Lions totaled 692 yards of offense, led by 376 passing yards and six touchdown throws by senior Wiley Green.Izaiah Jackson added 103 rushing yards and a score and Ricky Baker caught three touchdown passes along with 156 receiving yards.
The win improved the Lions to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in TAPPS I-1 play, good for second place, while John Paul falls to 2-7 overall and 0-6 in district action. Prestonwood has won three straight while the Cardinals dropped their sixth in a row on Friday.
John Paul hosts Bishop Dunne in the season finale next week at 7 p.m., while Prestonwood travels down the road to Addison to play Trinity Christian.
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