Plunk leads Rebels to area win against Bowie; Randall rolls, Heritage ends Sandies superb season
Tascosa’s Joseph Plunk scores a touchdown against Arlington Bowie at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls. [Richard Cleaver/ For Press Pass Sports]
Tascosa is headed back to the third round of the Class 6A Division II playoffs.
The Rebels did what they do best with their powerful run game for a 45-37 win against Arlington Bowie in an area round game Friday night at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls.
Tascosa improves to 8-4 overall, advancing to the regional semifinals for the second consecutive year. Coach Ken Plunk’s team will await the Flower Mound Marcus-Lake Highlands winner. Those two teams play at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Star in Frisco.
Bowie (8-4), like most teams this season, had no way of stopping quarterback Joseph Plunk. Plunk, a master of the Rebels flexbone, carried the 38 times for 227 yards with three touchdowns.
His biggest touchdown came in the fourth quarter. Leading 38-21, and the ball on the Volunteers 30-yard line, Tascosa faced a 4th down and 19. Plunk went back to pass, but instead took off running which resulted in a 30-yard score, pushing the lead, 45-21.
Bowie did close the gap at 45-37 late, but Tascosa was able to milk the final four minutes off the clock.
Tascosa ran for 360 yards as a team. Parker Settle added 51 yards on 11 carries with a score.
Tascosa 45, Arlington Bowie 37
Tascosa 14 10 14 7 — 45
Bowie 14 7 0 16 — 37
Randall takes down Canutillo
For a second straight year Randall has made its way back to the third round of postseason thanks to a 35-14 win over Canutillo in a Class 5A Division II area game in Andrews on Friday.
The Raiders, who struggled during portions of the regular season, are playing their best football of the season, improving to 5-6 overall.
Randall will now face District 3-5A Division II champion and rival Lubbock Cooper in the regional semifinals at 4 p.m. Friday at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium.
The Pirates held off Randall in the regular season finale, 37-31.
The Raiders rushing attack was dominant. Brayden Beck tallied 116 yards on five carries with a score, Patrick Perea had 106 yards on 12 carries with a TD of his own.
Quarterback JaKobe Norman did his job going 7 of 10 for 115 yards and two touchdowns.
Panthers cool off streak Sandies
A big second half from Colleyville Heritage was hard to overcome for Amarillo High as the Sandies superb season came to an end, 31-17, in a Class 5A Division I area game at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene on Friday.
The Sandies, who were the District 2-5A DI champions, see their year end at 9-3 overall. AHS also says goodbye to an 8-game win streak.
The Panthers (8-4) move on to the regional semifinals to take on Birdville. Birdville beat Lubbock Monterey 41-23 on Friday night.
AHS jumped out to a great start leading 7-0 when Will Maynard ran for a 26-yard touchdown on the Sandies opening drive.
However, Heritage quickly answered behind the versatile Isaac Shabay, who scored on a 9-yard run to tie it, and the Sandies never led again.
Down 14-7 at half, three straight three and outs hurt AHS in the third quarter. Colleyville seized the offensive momentum scoring 10 points in the quarter on Chase Allen 29 yard field goal, followed by a Braxton Ash 9-yard touchdown run, extending the advantage to 24-7.
The Panthers ground game eventually wore down the AHS defense. Heritage totaled 268 yards on the ground led by Shabay and Ash. Shabay, a sophomore, had 23 carries for 157 yards and caught eight passes for 59 yards. Ash added 111 yards on 23 carries.
Maynard finished his night 11 of 23 for 181 yards.
Colleyville Heritage 31, Amarillo High 17
Amarillo High 7 0 7 3 — 17
Colleyville 7 7 10 7 — 31
AHS—Will Maynard 26 run (A.J. Villar kick)
CH—Isaac Shabay 9 run (Chase Allen kick)
CH—A.J. Smith 1 run (Allen kick)
CH—Allen 29 FG
CH—Braxton Ash 9 run (Allen kick)
AHS—Cayden Phillips 21 pass from Maynard (Villar kick)
CH—Hogan Wassom 11 pass from Smith (Allen kick)
AHS—Villar 28 FG
First downs 12 25
Rushing Yards 76 268
Passing Yards 181 178
Total-Yards 257 446
C-A-I 11-24-1 20-33-0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Punts-avg x-x x-x
Penalties-Yards 1-5 13-135
Rushing—AHS: Maynard 10-32, Blake Bedwell 5-28, Taevon Hood 7–16. CH: Shabay 19-157, Ash 23-111, Mason Murdock 3-12.
Passing—AHS: Maynard 11-23-1-181, Peyton Connor 0-1. CH: Smith 20-33-0-178.
Receiving—AHS: Phillips 4-87, Davin Lemmons 4-67, Thomas Terrell 1-20, Connor 1-5, Hood 1-4. CH: Shabay 8-59, Chad Turner 7-47.