Prestonwood’s offense entered Tuesday’s state championship game averaging 270.6 yards passing per game. And the Lions threw for 229 yards against the Vikings in a 36-34 Prestonwood victory on Oct. 25
Prestonwood showed plenty of 4- and 5-receiver sets. But Nolan’s pass defense limited Prestonwood to just 8 completions and 140 yards. It was a big part of the reason Nolan won.
The backfield of Frank Colin, Silas Keys, Andrew Tittor, Stephen Jolissaint, Andrew Marquardt and Kevin Choate was particularly strong after Prestonwood moved out to a 14-0 lead. Prestonwood, which had a pair of 1,000-yard receivers coming into the game, was 3-of-10 passing for 54 yards in the second half.
Linebacker Brennan Murnane had a pass defensed near the line of scrimmage on Prestonwood’s final drive. Linebacker Miles Murray, Jolissaint and Tittor also had passes defensed in the second half.
The defensive line provided good pressure. End Max Walker recovered a fumble in the third quarter, and had at least three pressures and a partial sack in the first half. Interior defensive linemen Jon King, Trey Foster and Brad Petrando had steady pushes up the middle, several times forcing scrambles by the quarterback.
Murray, linebacker Dane Hucklebridge and end Charles Compagnone also flushed out the quarterbacks on several occasions forcing runs on what appeared to be pass plays.
For the season, the Vikings allowed 2,532 yards passing — 180.9 yards a game. In the playoffs, Nolan held San Antonio St. Anthony to 136, Houston St. Thomas to 142, Argyle Liberty to 228 and Prestonwood to 140.
Nolan passing yards allowed this season:
|OPPONENT||PASS YARDS||OPPONENT||PASS YARDS|
|Argyle||179||Argyle Liberty Christian||139|
|Spruce||143||San Antonio St. Anthony||136|
|John Paul II||337||Houston St. Thomas||142|
|TCA-Addison||252||Argyle Liberty Christian||228|