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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Second-year Wylie East growing up quickly

By Jeff Andrews

It’s yet to be seen how Wylie East stacks up against its District 10-4A opponents this year, but the Raiders have clearly proven themselves the class of the area’s second-year programs.

Wylie East (3-0) went undefeated in nondistrict play against a schedule composed entirely of schools also playing their second year of varsity football -- North Forney (3-1), Frisco Heritage (1-2) and Trophy Club Byron Nelson (2-1).

Only Heritage, another second-year program seemingly on the path to quick ascension, challenged Wylie East. A late fourth-quarter touchdown gave the Raiders a 36-29 win.

Wylie East’s offense has been the catalyst. The Raiders average more than 500 yards per game, and those yards are split pretty evenly between the run and the pass.

But running back Jabari Anderson has been the offensive MVP so far. He’s rushed for 536 yards and nine touchdowns and averages more than 10 yards per carry.

He’s shown the ability to move the pile in addition to popping off big plays, scoring on touchdown runs of 61, 71 and 78 yards this season.

Wylie East hosts McKinney North on Friday to open 10-4A play.