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October 26, 2023

Cowboys trample Plano West in 55-7 victory

Jayden Chui
Coppell junior running back O’Marion Mbakwe breaks through Plano West’s defensive line for a touchdown. The Cowboys beat the Wolves 55-7 on Friday night at the John Clark Stadium in Plano. Jayden Chui

PLANOIt is a typical Texas evening, the sun shining bright and the heat is high, when the Coppell football team gets ready to take the field. 

On Friday night at John Clark Stadium in Plano the Cowboys took on Plano West in their district opener. Coppell won 55-7.

The Cowboys worked on a lot defensively in the past week trying to clean up some mistakes and the work showed during the game with the defense forcing three and outs and coming away with three interceptions.

“We looked a lot crisper all night,” Coppell football coach Antonio Wiley said. “Other than the fumble in the first quarter and the one bust on defense we played a clean game. I think our kids played lights out tonight.”

The name of the game was accuracy and that is exactly what Coppell junior quarterback Edward Griffin showed. The Cowboys marched their way to the end zone on their second drive and a short run by Coppell junior running back O’Marion Mbakwe led to a touchdown. Coppell attempts a two point conversion but is unsuccessful leaving the score at 6-0.

The Cowboys get the first sack of the night with Coppell senior linebacker Caden Cooper bringing down Plano West senior quarterback Rohit Basani.

The Cowboy offense takes the field again in the start of the second quarter and marches the ball back down the field capping off the drive with a fiveyard run for a touchdown by Mosley, his first of the night. The extra point is good, bringing the score to 13-0.

Capping off a dominating drive, Griffin keeps the ball and a short run takes him into the end zone for a touchdown, Coppell’s third of the night, bringing the score to 20-0.

The Cowboy defense gets another quick stop and with 1:04 left to go in the half Sneed catches the punt and turns it up field for significant yardage setting up a dominating offensive drive just past the 50 yard line.

Griffin comes out ready to execute, not a single incompletion in the drive. He completes his passes and marches the ball down field for a quick strike to the end zone. Coppell junior wide receiver Tucker Cusano scores and caps off a stunning 41 second drive. With 23 seconds left in the half, the score is now 34-0.

Coming out of halftime, Plano West gets the ball but gets picked off by Coppell and the Cowboy offense takes the field. Mosley runs the ball in for his third and final touchdown of the night bringing the score to 41-0.

Plano West had finally had enough and was able to quickly march down the field, breaking through Coppell’s defense with senior wide receiver Anthony Calhoun scoring their lone touchdown of the night. The score is now 41-7.

In the final quarter of the game, Plano West fought hard and made a last stitch effort to score with 5:48 left on the clock. It is fourth and six but the Cowboy defense refuses to let them into the end zone stopping them mere inches away from the pylon.

Coppell will be looking to capitalize on this win following into next week’s game against Lewisville.

“It is a great win for us,” Griffin said. “We got a great team in Lewisville next week so we need to practice really hard and come out ready to go.”

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Nyah Rama
Nyah Rama, CHS9 Editor
Nyah is a junior and the CHS9 editor for The Sidekick. Although she was inspired by Rory from Gilmore Girls at 9 years old, Nyah’s journey in the school newspaper and journalism started when she won Writer of the Week during a journalism summer camp. Outside of writing for The Sidekick, Nyah is also an editor for the magazine TaHB, which focuses on topics and events in the science and medical field. When not working on a story for The Sidekick, struggling through IB classes, or editing for TaHB magazine, Nyah enjoys critiquing reality TV with her friends over FaceTime, listening to female rap artists such as Cardi B, Saweetie and Latto, and keeping up with her football team, the New York Jets. As a proud New Jerseyan, born and raised for 5 years, Nyah attributes her opinionated personality to her Jersey origin. She loves everything about the American Northeast: people’s aggressive attitudes and aggression, and the busy city lifestyle. To discuss Patrick Mahomes’ football career, share opinions on reality TV characters, or discuss rap culture, you can contact Nyah by email at [email protected] or on Instagram (@nyah_rama).    
Jayden Chui
Jayden Chui, Staff Designer
Jayden is a senior and a staff designer for The Sidekick. He has experience in content creation and business, amassing over 65,000 subscribers on YouTube at Xskull & Dr. Skull. He is hoping to major in finance and eventually break into the business world. You can contact him through his email, [email protected] or on his Instagram, @jchuiii.

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