The Plano West football team put the finishing touches on its first spring under new head coach Tyler Soukup Thursday, as the Wolves split into Blue and White teams to do battle at Clark Stadium.
The four-quarter scrimmage was a low-scoring affair, with a 2-yard touchdown run from junior Andrew Picco of the White team providing the only points of the evening. Picco found sophomore wideout Jabrayden King-Woods through the air to get down to the 2-yard line where, after the teams flipped ends for the fourth quarter, the signal-caller scampered in on the first play of the frame to give his side its final, 7-0 advantage.
Led by 2018 starter Danny Davis, the Blue team drove the length of the field in the waning minutes to threaten a game-tying touchdown. Instead, with a fresh set of downs in tight after a lengthy pass from Davis to junior Jevon Johnson, the Blue team sputtered in the face of the White defense. After a turnover on downs, a long gain up the sideline from White junior Cole Carter sealed the win.
The White sideline erupted after time expired, an outpouring of joy that capped an evening full of emotion and competition that included some chippiness on both sides. That energy, Soukup told his players in their postgame huddle, was a welcome sign from a team that he said lacked it when he arrived on campus.
Soukup also praised a defense that was “flying around” to make plays in the intrasquad matchup.
West saw a bevy of players line up under center, including Davis and fellow junior Will Cannon, who split duties a season ago. Picco, junior Wyatt Johnson, sophomore Greg Draughn and sophomore Beck Gray each saw significant action, as well.
A cursory look at the West roster for the game reveals a truth about Soukup’s program – no player on either side was listed as playing a single position. That attitude played out on the field, as well, at least in the spring-ending scrimmage –Cannon, Draughn, junior wideout Tavarius Garland and others all lined up on the defensive side of the football.
As the Wolves prepare to enter summer workouts and 7-on-7 season, Soukup highlighted some areas needing improvement as he wrapped up his postgame comments to his athletes. Beyond the need to review video and develop an attitude of recognizing the mistakes that often hamstring the Wolves’ efforts, the first-year head coach keyed upon the mindset he hoped to bring to the program from day No. 1 – one of growth and a willingness to view each play as critical to the team’s overall success.
Soukup and the Wolves will get their first crack at the program’s first win in 26 games Aug. 30, when they’ll travel to take on Frisco Reedy.
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