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2010 LSG Preview — Plano Wildcats

Team: Plano Wildcats

District: 8-5A

Coach: Jaydon McCullough (2 years) 15-9 at Plano; 15-9 Overall

Last Years Record: 5-7 overall 3-3 District

2009 Games:
at Irving MacArthur (6-5) (L 13-14)
at DeSoto (9-3) (L 15-45)
vs Lewisville Hebron (4-6) (W 31-30)
vs Temple (4-6) (L 14-17)
vs *Plano East (7-4) (L 14-38)
at *Wylie (3-7) (W 27-20)
vs *Plano West (5-6) (L 20-30)
at *Allen (10-2) (L 7-51)
vs *McKinney Boyd (4-6) (W 24-16)
at *Dallas Jesuit (4-6) (W 21-12)

Playoffs: Division I Area
vs Duncanville (4-6) (W 28-17) -- Bi-District
vs Euless Trinity (14-2) (L 38-41) -- Area

2010 Schedule
27-Aug vs. Garland Lakeview Centennial 7:30
3-Sep vs. Irving MacArthur 7:30
9-Sep @ Mansfield Legacy 7:00
24-Sep @ Allen 7:30*
1-Oct vs. Lewisville Hebron 7:30*
8-Oct @ Flower Mound 7:30*
15-Oct @ Flower Mound Marcus 7:30*
22-Oct vs. Lewisville 7:30*
29-Oct @ Plano East 7:30*
5-Nov vs. Plano West 7:30*

Returning Lettermen: 23

Returning Starters: Offense: 5 Defense: 6

Key Players:
QB Connor Michelsen 1968 yards 13 TDs
RB JR Kevin Merrill 600 total yards
WR Murat Kuzu
OL Lee Skinner
OL Clayton Bennett
DL Arthur Skinner
LB Ben Laures 111 tackles 3 INTs
LB Zach Laures
LB JR Xavier Harbert 48 tackles
DB Blair Burns
DB Collin Brence

Notes:
The Wildcats ended a streak of two 10+ wins seasons last year but when it came playoff time they surprised everyone. After defeating Duncanville, they fought the Division I Champions Euless Trinity to a 3 point 38-41 loss. With 11 returning starters look for QB Michelsen on offense and LB Laures on defense to get back on the winning side of things this year. Expect the Wildcats to go 7-3 or 8-2 in the regular season and fight for the district title. Once they get to the playoffs though, only one or two rounds are expected especially in that tough Region I.

History:
2009 ended a 2 year streak of 10+ wins
All time record: 711-311-47 68.71% 1069 games
Only school to win titles at 2A, 3A, 4A and 5A
Playoffs (45)
1934,35,36,39,40,46,47,51,61,64,65,66,67,68,70,71,72,73,74,75,77,78,79,80,82,83,84,86,87,88,90,91,92,93,94,95,96,98,99,2000,01,05,07,08,09

Championship History: (9) 7-2
1965 2A - Plano 20, Edna 17
1967 2A - Plano 27, San Antonio Randolph 8
1971 3A - Plano 21, Gregory-Portland 20
1977 4A - Plano 13, Port Neches-Groves 10
1978 4A - Houston Stratford 29, Plano 13
1986 5A - Plano 24, La Marque 7
1987 5A - Plano 28, Houston Stratford 21
1993 5A Division I - Converse Judson 36, Plano 13
1994 5A Division I - Plano 28, Katy 7

Last 5 year record: 45-18

Last 10 year record: 68-49

By: Michael Wright & Chris Doelle
Lone Star Gridiron
www.lonestargridiron.com

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