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Pflugerville Connally Hosts Temple in Area Round

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Temple Wildcats (8-3) vs. Pflugerville Connally Cougars (9-2)
Friday, November 18 – 7:30 p.m.
Connally Stadium – Pflugerville, Texas

Last meeting – 2015
Temple 69 – Pflugerville Connally 14

Former district foes, Temple and Pflugerville Connally, meet in the area round of the Class 5A Division I playoffs.  The Wildcats advanced last week with a 34-10 win over Corsicana, while the Cougars rallied to defeat Magnolia West 34-33.


Although Temple defeated the Tigers easily, the offense struggled with quarterback Reid Hesse throwing three interceptions in the red zone. Hesse finished the contest with 233 passing yards with 15 completions in 31 attempts highlighted by two long touchdowns passes.

The senior signal caller threw scores covering 75 yards to Xavier Johnson and 33 yards to Zaccheus Johnson.  For the season, Hesse has passed for 2,499 yards and 16 touchdowns, completing 161-of-292 attempts.

With leading ground gainer Jemiyah Franklin (1,004 yards – 150 carries) battling injuries, the Wildcats have turned to Zion Leach (643 yards – 93 carries) and Anthony Jefferson (373 yards – 42 carries).  Last week, Leach scored one rushing touchdown and Jefferson added two.

In the receiving department, D’yonte Heckstall, Xavier Johnson, and Zaccheus Johnson corral most of Hesse’s passes.  In 2016, Heckstall has recorded 43 catches for 726 yards and three touchdowns, Xavier Johnson has tallied 29 receptions for 593 and three touchdowns, and Zaccheus Johnson has grabbed 33 passes for 619 yards and five touchdowns.

Temple’s defense totally dominated the Tigers, holding Corsicana to 195 offensive yards.  The Wildcat run defense allowed just a single yard on 34 rushing plays with Corsicana quarterback Blake Hoffman finishing with minus 53 yards on 15 carries.

Against Magnolia West, the Cougars needed two fourth-quarter touchdown passes from Robert Patterson to edge the Mustangs.  In bi-district action, Patterson threw for 194 yards with 15 completions in 28 attempts including three scoring passes and one interception.  Patterson’s season totals read 1,829 yards, 133 completions, 230 attempts, 24 touchdowns, and six interceptions.

Patterson also leads Connally in rushing with 976 yards on 188 carries and 14 touchdowns.  Ryan Walton contributes at running back with 616 yards on 85 carries including five touchdowns.

Patterson spreads his throws among Reggie Martin (354 yards – 22 receptions), Kordell Mathis (356 yards – 29 receptions), George Pettus (265 yards – 19 receptions), Ernest Musue (266 yards – 21 receptions), and Walton (232 yards -19 receptions).  Junior Kamerone Stewart, who had zero receptions in the regular season, hauled in the winning touchdown pass from Patterson, a 46-yarder and his only catch of the game.

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