McKINNEY (Oct. 30, 2015) — Christian Files threw for 350 yards and five touchdowns, and rushed for another score, to lead McKinney North to an important 59-28 win on over Sherman Thursday at Ron Poe Stadium. The victory sets up a huge match-up Friday between the Bulldogs and Wylie, with North (6-3, 3-3) needing a win to make the playoffs.
“I’m very proud of our offense, I’m very proud of our defense,” Bulldogs coach Mike Fecci said. “We were inconsistent at times on both sides of the ball. You can’t do that in [District] 10-5A and expect to get in the playoffs. But we did it tonight, we got the win. We’ll go into next week against Wylie with a giant game. … We win, we get to go, so we’ve got to get that done.”
A host of Bulldog defenders bring down a Sherman ball carrier Thursday at Ron Poe Stadium.
Files’ favorite target this night, Brennan Harris, collected nine catches for 157 yards – both game-highs – and he nabbed two touchdown passes. North’s Miguel Hudson also had two scoring catches, both in the first quarter.
“The passing game was great,” Harris said. “We had open looks in the middle. We beat them downfield. They triggered, we ran right past them. It was just an amazing night to throw the ball.”
The Bearcats (1-8, 0-6) traded touchdowns with North in a 14-14 first quarter, forcing and recovering two Bulldog fumbles – one returned 35 yards for a touchdown. But North (6-3, 3-3) pulled away in the second quarter with 17 unanswered points.
“I think that we came out and we answered when we had to,” Fecci said. “I know the score was 59-28, but at the same time we were a little inconsistent. You can attribute that to a lot of things. You can attribute that to Week 9. You can tell them all week long, ‘Don’t look past Sherman, don’t look past Sherman.’ I think at times we did, especially early.”
In the decisive second quarter, North led off with a 40-yard, four-play scoring drive capped by Files’ 2-yard TD run. The march was set up by McShane Wyatt’s 45-yard punt return into Bearcat territory. On the Bulldogs’ next possession, Files came right back with a 56-yard touchdown pass to Harris, moving the lead to 28-14. Then North’s Chase Carraher booted 32-yard field goal four seconds before halftime.
North's Miguel Hudson (12) crosses the goal line with one of his two touchdown catches Thursday.
Trailing 31-21, Sherman opened the third quarter with Cameron Pleasant’s 58-yard kickoff return to the Bulldogs’ 34. After a 32-yard Bedgood-to-Pleasant completion, Pleasant scored from 2 yards out. North responded with two quick touchdown drives to go up, 45-21, with 9:18 left before the final stanza. The second score, a 25-yard File-to-Harris strike, came one play after Nathan Gifford recovered a pooch kick-off for North.
Sherman responded Nathaniel Omayebu III’s 44 yard burst up the middle for a touchdown to draw Sherman within 45-28. Lazarius Griffith later intercepted a Sherman pass and eight plays later, K.J. Hart scored from 1-yard out to push the Bulldogs’ lead to 52-28 with 4:21 left in the third.
Hart led Bulldog rushers with 82 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown.
Sherman’s Cameron Pleasant rushed for a game-high 157 yards on 17 carries. His 42-yard touchdown run up the middle tied the score at 7-7 in the first quarter. The Bearcats found room in the middle much of the game.
“Yeah, there’s a little concern when they’re able to run an inside zone for five-six yards at a time,” Fecci said. “Again – all things that our kids can fix and we will get fixed. Our coaches will have three days next week to get those things fixed.”
North closed out the scoring in the fourth quarter with Files’ 28-yard touchdown pass to Connor Manning who raced down the right sideline for the score.
“All in all, we got the win,” Fecci says. “You’re in the hunt, you’re right where you need to be to go and give yourself that shot to get in the state playoffs. You can’t ask for anything more than that.”
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Sherman 14 0 14 0 – 28
McKinney North 14 17 21 7 – 59
North – Miguel Hudson 9 pass from Christian Files (Chase Carraher kick), 10:54
Sherman – Cameron Pleasant 42 run (Pedro Salvador kick), 9:25
North – Miguel Hudson 48 pass from Christian Files (Chase Carraher kick), 7:34
Sherman – 35 fumble return (Pedro Salvador kick), 2:46
North – Christian Files 2 run (Chase Carraher kick), 8:39
North – Brennan Harris 56 pass from Christian Files ( Chase Carraher kick), 5:54
North – Chase Carraher 32 FG, 0:04
Sherman – Cameron Pleasant 2 run (Pedro Salvodor kick), 11:11
North – Micah Baulicex 2 run (Chase Carraher kick), 9:29
North – Brennan Harris 25 pass from Christian Files (Chase Carraher kick), 9:18
Sherman – Nathaniel Omayebu III 44 run (Pedro Salvador kick), 8:30
North –Sherman K.J. Hart 1 run (Chase Carraher kick), 4:21
North – Connor Manning 28 pass from Christian Files (Chase Carraher kick), 11:52
First downs 17 19
Rushes-yards 37-235 40-244
Passing yards 160 360
Comp-Att-Int 13-26-1 23-30-0
Punts-average 5-37.6 2-38.5
Penalties-yards 6-40 5-35
Fumbles-lost 2-1 3-2
Rushing – Sherman: Cameron Pleasant 17-152, Nathaniel Omayebu III 14-92, Patrick Harris 2-5, David Bedgood 4-(-14). North: K.J. Hart 11-82, Lamar Lucas 16-60, Micah Baulicex 8-52, Brennan Harris 1-33, Christian Files 3-15, Matthew Pursley, 1-2.
Passing – Sherman: David Bedgood 13-25-0-160, Braylin Kirby 0-1-1-0. North: Christian Files 22-29-0-350, Matthew Pursley 1-1-0-10.
Receiving – Sherman: Maliq Owens 4-66, Tylor Jones 3-28, Kevin Wright 2-17, Tre' Adger 2-15, Cameron Pleasant 1-32, Tre' Crockett 1-2. North: Brennan Harris 9-157, Conner Manning 5-80, Chris Gowen 4-38, Miguel Hudson 3-65, Jordan Barany 1-11, Bret Hartland 1-10.