The season came to an end for the Byron Nelson football team last week as it lost in the bi-district round to Allen, the defending state champions.
Nelson finished up the season with a record of 6-5 and finished third in the District 5-6A standings, and coach Brian Polk said that he was pretty pleased with how his team performed this season.
“I am proud of the 2015 team,” Polk said. “We had great leadership from our seniors, along with some good production from our underclassmen. This was a fun group to coach. We hope that the chemistry that our seniors built this year will continue to grow as we move forward.
“The toughest part of our job is losing a group that has been with you for four years. We get about two days to regroup and then it is time to start up the work again.”
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Things did not look good for the Bobcats when the season first started, as they went 0-2 to open up district play following a 2-1 showing in non-district.
Nelson rebounded nicely, however, and won four out of its last five games of the regular season to finish 4-3 in district competition and claim a postseason berth.
The Bobcats had the misfortune of drawing Allen in the first round of the playoffs, but Polk said that his team never quit fighting until the very end.
“The Allen game certainly did not play out like we hoped,” Polk said. “You can’t make mistakes against great football teams, and we made too many in the first half, turning over the ball to them four times inside their own 25.
“I was proud of our fight coming out in the second half. Our kids did not fold, and that is a testament to their character.”
Quarterback Preston Haire finished the season with 2,325 yards passing and 25 touchdowns, as well as 407 yards rushing and nine touchdowns.
Tyler Milliken finished the season with 829 yards receiving and eight touchdowns, and Bryson Davis rushed for 489 yards and six touchdowns.