Lions look toward Plano West after first win under Shavers


Abney Garcia

Andrew Pitts celebrates during the game against Plano.

Ellisha Stokes, Sports Editor

Cornerback Andrew Pitts was looking to where the Plano Senior quarterback was about to throw the ball. He took off with Plano’s outside receiver and was able to catch a game-changing, one-handed interception that changed the momentum of the game which helped the Lions win their first game of the season 17-7 against the Plano Senior Wildcats.

“It changed the momentum of the game cause our offense got hyped and played hard when I got the interception.” Pitts said. “I felt excited knowing our team went out and played as hard as we could and the coaches knew it too.”

The defense pushed through this game which helped the offense have enough momentum to score.

“Finally getting the first win was like putting the final puzzle piece in after waiting so long,” middle linebacker Nick Simpson said. “Our defense flew around the field with our usual high intensity. This time around we just executed every single play and eliminated the mistakes.”

Kicker Seth Cox had a 35-yard field goal in the second half.

“I kicked right down the middle of the goal post,” Cox said. ”I wouldn’t have been able to make that field goal if it wasn’t for our line, snapper, and holder. Those guys did amazing that night on special teams and their primary position. I’m just glad I got to put three points on the board for them.”

This game marked Coach Marcus Shavers’ first win for the Lions.

“Shavers has brought new intensity to the coaching game and has put big emphasis on personal production and responsibility,” Simpson said. “He gives everyone the tools to do their individual job so that we can come together and play how we did on Friday.”

The Lions are 1-2 in the district season and have plans to beat Plano West this Friday.

“It felt pretty good knowing that as a team all the hard work we put in finally showed out on Friday night,” Cox said. “As a team and individually we have a lot of things to work on so we can come out and do it again this Friday.”