After clinching a playoff spot, Wylie takes the field again facing the 3-2 Garland Owls. They look to pick up their second win of the season after knocking off undefeated Rowlett. The Owls have lost two games in a row, both in the district and the Pirates will look to take advantage. Here are the three keys to Wylie beating Garland.
1. Limit the Garland passing game
Garland quarterback Cergio Perez has been prolific this season, with 17 total touchdowns on the season. The Owls are a pass-first team, which is something Wylie did not see against Rowlett last week and will have to change up strategies.
2. Continue to hit big plays
In the win against Rowlett, all four touchdowns, including three passes from Marcus McElroy, were for over 30 yards. Garland has shown they can give up the big play. In their loss to Sachse earlier in the season, the Mustangs were able to get four touchdowns on 30 yards or more on the Owls’ defense.
3. Reestablish the running game
Darrick McClendon and William Perry have done a great job all season of running the football all season long. Last week, they weren’t able to be as effective against the physical defensive line of Rowlett and Wylie moved more into the passing game where they were finding a lot of yards.
By Kyle Grondin • [email protected]