|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Sept. 2, 2006 - McKINNEY - While McKinney lost its top player after one half, the Wildcats lost one of their top defensive performers on the first series.
Senior safety Colby Mills, the top returning tackler from last year, hurt his ankle early in the first quarter and did not return to the game. The severity of the injury is unknown.
Mills had two tackles before the injury. He had 86 tackles and six take-aways as a junior in 2005. Kaylon Page had six tackles in his absence and Darius Hall had one.
STOP THIS - Junior linebacker Josh Dunn's 14 tackles led the Wildcats, while senior safety Tanner Higgins had 10 tackles and a pass defensed. Other top stoppers were outside linebackers Clay Wilks and Rashad Hall with seven each, defensive lineman Tyler Francis with seven, and linebacker K.C. Smith with six. ... Cornerback Ryan Gibson had batted down a pass to go with four tackles. ... The Wildcats recorded two sacks, one by Wilks and another by Rodney Evans and Dunn.
CATCH THIS - Junior inside receiver Jeff Beck made a couple of diving catches to finish with a team-high five receptions for 75 yards. Jon Young and DaQualin Evans also caught their first varsity passes. Young had two catches for 29 yards and Evans had one reception for eight yards. Evans also had a 40-yard catch down the middle of the field negated due to a holding penalty. ... McKinney used two different kickers, but neither had much success. They were 2-of-4 on extra points and 0-for-1 on field goals. ... Lion quarterback Zane Allcorn completed 10 passes to eight different receivers.
FLAG THIS - McKinney was hit with seven penalties for 70 yards, including a holding call on a take-down that nullified a touchdown run in the first quarter. ... McKinney schools are 2-0 in the newly-named Ron Poe Stadium. McKinney North won its season debut on Thursday night. ... SSHS punter Jon Holt had a 57-yard boot and averaged 41 yards on six kicks. He also was good on his only extra point attempt. ... SSHS sophomore running back Tarron Wright was called up from the JV and had a nice 9-yard run in the fourth quarter in which he broke four tackles.