PLANO - The Sachse football team overwhelmed Plano West on Friday at John Clark Stadium.
The Mustangs’ explosive offense was complemented by a suffocating defensive effort, and the Wolves fell in an early hole it couldn’t climb out of as Sachse, the No. 11 team in the state, rolled to a 48-0 victory in non-district play.
Sachse (2-0) looked every bit the state championship-caliber team with three scores on its opening three drives. Mississippi State-commit Jalen Mayden, Sachse’s senior quarterback, was efficient all evening, completing 13-of-16 passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns. Senior running back Christian Cole finished with 160 yards and two touchdowns.
Trent Dean, Sachse’s junior slot receiver, caught two touchdown passes and ran in a third on a jet sweep.
Cole accounted for all 35 yards of the Mustangs’ opening drive, including a walk-in touchdown that set the tone for Sachse’s dominance in the trenches. Cole averaged an astounding 7.27 yards per carry on 22 carries, with the Sachse offensive line having zero issues opening holes for the senior back.
By halftime, Sachse led 31-0 and had outgained West on offense, 283-49. By games’ end, the Mustangs had amassed 432 offensive yards to only 79 for the Wolves. Sachse also gained 21 first downs to only five for West.
Most impressive for Sachse on Friday was, without a doubt, its defensive effort.
In Sachse’s recent run of success to and through the playoffs, the offense has always carried the Mustangs. This year, however, Sachse boasts what head coach Mark Behrens acknowledged might be the best defense he’s ever coached at the Garland-area high school.
“We were a pretty good defense last year, and then we brought back eight or nine starters to this year’s team,” Behrens said. “Then we just filled in with some young guys who have been impressive. I thought we dominated on both sides of the ball tonight, and we’re definitely playing well. But we expect to play well right now.”
The West offense showed signs of continuity beginning in the second quarter, reaching midfield before a snap went over the head of senior quarterback Jake Sweeney. The ball was recovered by senior linebacker Kelo Starnes, and Mayden drove the Mustangs down for their third touchdown of the first half.
Sachse’s first punt of the game came with less than one minute remaining in the first half. Behrens put in backup quarterback Anthony Beltran and backup running back Mathew Carter at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
“We have some things we need to work on, but I love my team and I love my coaching staff,” said Scott Smith, West head coach. “Did we struggle tonight? Absolutely. But [Sachse] is a dang good football team.”
West (0-2) will face Hebron next week in the final non-district match for the Wolves. Sachse, riding a two-game winning streak start to the season, faces Mesquite on Thursday.
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