Nolan Catholic had a chance to tie the game with 14 seconds left, but a 2-point conversion attempt was batted down in the end zone, and Plano Prestonwood held on for a 36-34 victory that clinched the TAPPS Division I, District 1 championship.
“I don’t know who knocked it down, but that was big,” Prestonwood coach Chris Cunningham said. “That was just the story of the night. At different times, different people stepped up.”
With one game left on its district schedule, Prestonwood (8-1, 5-0 Dist. 1) sealed its first place finish.
Big performances by quarterback Ryan Cash (15 of 23 passing, 216 yards and 4 touchdowns) and wide receiver Jonathan Heasley (9 catches, 110 yards and 3 touchdowns) provided the offense.
But three turnovers — two interceptions and fumble recovery by defensive back Drew Wicker. proved to be the difference maker. Two of those turnovers resulted in touchdowns.
“The turnovers were huge,” Cunningham said. “We needed our defense to be able to get them and our offense to take advantage. I’m just so proud of the team effort.”
Nolan Catholic (5-3, 3-1) broke a 14-14 halftime tie, when quarterback Jacob Walden scored on a 31-yard run on a fourth-and-six.
Walden finished with 12 carries for 124 yards and three touchdowns.
However, Prestonwood rallied and took an 8-point lead on a 35-yard field by Luke Wendl with three minutes left in game.
That set up an 11-play, 54-yard touchdown drive, directed by Nolan quarterback Landon Russell that culminated in Nolan’s failed 2-point conversion.
“We didn’t start this year shooting for a district championship,” Cunningham said. “We started this year shooting for a state championship.”
Special to the Star-Telegram
Prestonwood’s Jonathan Heasley catches a pass in the end zone for a touchdown in front of Nolan Catholic’s Samuel Plummer.
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