Eagles Take on Wylie in First Home Game


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The Eagles take on Abilene Wylie at Argyle High School on Sept. 22, 2017 in Argyle, Texas. (Christopher Piel/The Talon News)

Max Van Drunen, Junior Reporter

On Friday Sept. 22, the Eagles dominated Abilene Wylie with a 56 – 7 win. With a great defensive presence, the eagles did not allow a single point in the first half.

Under the Friday night lights there is always a shining star: that star was starting quarterback Jon Copeland, who took charge in the first half by throwing three touchdowns and one interception. He led his team to only one scoreless drive in the first half. Copeland leads all 4A in touchdowns with 16 and is second in state in passing yards with over 1200.

“Coach just wanted us to come out there quick and physical and put points on the board, and that’s what we did,” Copeland said. “We couldn’t be more pleased.” 

Wes McCollum, senior wide receiver, had a huge game with five catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns which included a 79 yard touchdown to open the fourth quarter. That sets his season totals at an 4A leading 541 receiving yards, tied for first in 4A  with seven total receiving touchdowns.

Another player that shined as a leader in this game was starting running back Don Williams.

“I think it is very important to have your teammates have someone to rely on,” said Williams. “Knowing that no matter [what], backs against the wall, whether we’re up by 30 or down by 30, that they have someone.”

Williams had 95 yards and one touchdown, which included a six yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Noah Lang transferred from Abilene Wylie last Spring and had a big game last Friday, with 85 yards and two touchdowns, one of which was a 18 yard touchdown to seal the game late in the fourth.

Abilene Wylie came in to the game ranked number 10 in Texas, although they were without their starting quarterback, wide receiver, and fullback (reported by Dallas Morning News). They were overwhelmed by a Black Swarm defense that allowed seven points and 242 yards of offense while turning the ball over four times, getting only 14 first downs compared to Argyle’s 25.

Argyle will play 15th ranked Paris Wildcats this Friday in Paris.