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Both teams enter the state quarterfinal game with identical 9-4 records, but how they got into the game differs quite a bit.

While the Wolves barely scrapped by Lufkin 55-52 on a game-winning field, Westlake was cruising through the second half en route to a 38-10 romp over Longview. Lufkin missed a 29-yard field goal that would have tied the game with just three seconds remaining to play.

Furthermore, Westlake widened a 14-10 early third-quarter lead in a dominant defensive performance. On the other hand, Plano West nearly let a big lead slip away as the Wolves led by 24 points in the third quarter.

Two forces are coming to a head again for the Chaparrals – their stout defense up against an explosive offense.

“We said when we started the payoffs, if we can get on one of those rolls defensively, where we’re getting a lot of takeaways and a score here or there that really gets us on a roll. We’ve got a chance to make deep runs,” Westlake coach Darren Allman said. “That’s what happened last time we got on a roll like that defensively [in 2009, when Westlake went to the state title game].”

Plano West put up points and numbers in the regional semifinal in Waco to beat Lufkin, but Westlake’s offense struggled.

The Chaps defense, though, outscored the offense and Longview with three touchdowns. Plano West, meanwhile, allowed 457 passing yards and gave up 158 yards on the ground, forcing Lufkin to punt just one time. But the Wolves defense did help the offense to 17 points after turnovers.

“We knew they had a really solid defense, both on run and pass, so we knew we were going to have to try and lead the team and get it going,” senior Michael Edwards said. “We proved we can go against passing teams, all running teams, hybrid teams like this. I think we can keep it going.”

Wolves quarterback Travis Corry threw for 250 yards and ran for two scores in the game against Lufkin, but it was Plano West’s running attack that did the most damage, going for 334 yards on 54 carries en route to racking up 31 first downs.

Sotonye Jamabo ran for 162 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns, with Auston Anderson going for 145 yards on 22 carries and two scores, and Korry carried the ball 15 times. Jamabo had 10 touchdowns in the Wolves’ first two playoff games, and he’s just a sophomore.

Multiple receivers will present a threat to the Chaps’ secondary – Austin Copeland, Connor Doyle and Zac Gideo. Copeland had six catches for 70 yards, Doyle went for 65 yards on three catches and Gideo also had three grabs totaling 49 yards. The trio has 668, 671 and 563 yards receiving on the season, respectively, and Jamabo gets in on the air attack as well with 442 yards receiving this year.

Korry has 2,161 passing yards on the season, 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions while adding 866 yards rushing with 16 touchdowns.

Jamabo is at 1,620 yards on the ground and 24 scores this year, while Anderson has 1,005 and 12 touchdowns.

The Wolves had to work to get to this point. Plano West won its last three games of the regular season just to nab a playoff berth in District 10-5A, and this is the furthest the team has ever advanced in the playoffs, with a second round appearance back in 2004, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The Wolves also don’t play many close games.

Plano West beat Lake Highlands 42-35 in the first round and South Garland 37-27 in the second round and played at Waco ISD Stadium this past week, giving them consecutive games in the same spot.

“We’ll have another physical game, another battle; hopefully we can keep it going,” Allman said. “If they’re in the regional finals, they’re going to be plenty good. We’ve faced a lot of quality football teams. The challenge again will be to get the game plan to the field and show up with the right mentality like we’ve done. We’re glad we’re going back to Waco ISD stadium,. It’ll be a familiar place for both of us.”

Plano West 55, Lufkin 52 Box Score (via Dallas Morning News)

Plano West 17 24 7 7 – 55

Lufkin 3 21 14 14 – 52

First Quarter

PW–Auston Anderson 1 run (Zakk Myer kick), 8:56.

PW–Sotonye Jamabo 28 run (Myer kick), 6:44.

LUF–FG Luis Garcia 29, 5:00.

PW–FG Myer 30, 3:06.

Second Quarter

PW–Jamabo 2 run (Myer kick), 10:38.

LUF–Tyler Stubblefield 9 run (Garcia kick), 7:46.

PW–Travis Korry 2 run (Myer kick), 5:57.

LUF–JaBryce Taylor 55 pass from Stubblefield (Garcia kick), 5:26.

PW–Anderson 18 run (Myer kick), 3:40.

PW–FG Myer 39, 2:07.

LUF–Taylor 33 pass from Stubblefield, :17.

Third Quarter

PW–Korry 2 run (Myer kick), 9:28.

LUF–Taylor 47 pass from Stubblefield (Garcia kick), 8:18.

LUF–Key’vantanie Coutee 35 pass from Stubblefield (Garcia kick), :29.

Fourth Quarter

LUF–Stubblefield 10 run (Garcia kick), 6:53.

LUF–Kendrick Mapp 4 run (Garcia kick), 3:28.

PW–Jamabo 1 run (Myer kick), 1:12.

PW LUF

FIrst Downs 31 25

Rushes-Yards 59-334 32-158

Passing Yards 250 457

Comp.-Att.-Int. 15-24-1 23-42-3

Punts-Avg. 3-21.3 1-62.0

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0

Penalties-Yards 5-35 4-35

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–Plano West, Sotonye Jamabo 22-162, Auston Anderson 22-145, Travis Korry 15-27. Lufkin, Kendrick Mapp 15-74, Tyler Stubblefield 15-58, Jamal Jeffery 1-21, Key’vantanie Coutee 1-5.

PASSING–Plano West, Korry 15-24-1–250. Lufkin, Stubblefield 23-42-3–457.

RECEIVING–Plano West, Austin Copeland 6-70, Connor Doyle 3-65, Zac Gideo 3-49, Jamabo 2-11, Trevor Thomas 1-55. Lufkin, JaBryce Taylor 9-237, Coutee 8-96, Jeffery 5-84, Mapp 1-40.

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