DALLAS -- Wylie East showed it has a bright future in its game at Highland Park on Friday night.
Although Highland Park won, 58-30, it was a strong showing for the young Raiders, who continued fighting and pressuring the Scots to the very end.
Both teams came into the game undefeated. In only its second season, Wylie East (4-1, 1-1 District 10-4A) made top-ranked Highland Park (5-0, 2-0) fight for the win.
“They were a tough football team. I was really impressed with them." Highland Park coach Randy Allen said. "I knew they were averaging 42 points a game, but they were physical. We didn’t give up as many big plays in the second half, especially the passing game, because those two big receivers outside are threats.”
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. Wylie East took the early lead on Jabari Anderson’s touchdown run, his first of two in the game.
The first of Highland Park running back Preston Miller’s three touchdowns came in the second quarter on a 55-yard run. Scots wide receiver William Morris had three touchdowns, with two coming in the first half.
Highland Park narrowly led at halftime, 21-17. It all changed in the second half when the Scots defense was finally able to stop the Wylie East offense that was so effective in the first half.
A couple of turnovers after the half gave Highland Park its opportunities.
“We changed our mindset in the second half that we were going to shut them down and put them away. That’s what we did,” Miller said.
Morris and Miller continued to score and got help on Jackson Hauser’s 28-yard run and Hunter Halpin’s 15-yard touchdown reception from Brady Burgin.