Bulldogs battle adversity, Sam King injury in Friday's win over Monterey


ABILENE, Texas - Hard to believe we're two weeks down in the high school football season, and the Wylie Bulldogs showed us on Friday, they can get through its first big speed bump of their 2017 campaign.

Early in the ball game, almost Deja vu for Wylie. The Monterey Plainsmen's early 7-0 lead coming after a Bulldog turnover - then the ensuing possession saw a three-and-out by the offense. Things weren't looking great. But Monterey's muffled punt turned the tides and Wylie turned on the gas - determined to not let 2016's loss happen again. Wylie's defense did its job, and the offense capitalized in a 42-17 win at Bulldog Stadium.

"I was really happy with the resilience of the team to fight back and not sit there and think of what happened last year," said head coach Hugh Sandifer on Monday. "I thought we then had a great night defensively by not giving up a lot of points and as the game wore on our offensive line showed its maturity and started taking aggression there at the point of attack. But as Wylie began its run to pull away, Bulldog quarterback Sam King would go down win a leg injury, later to reveal it's a bone bruise and stretch in his meniscus and ACL, but King revealed on twitter there's no tear. A big sigh of relief.

But Tyler O'Conner showed he too can take the reins. Leading Wylie the rest of the way to victory. And while King's return isn't known at this time, but most certainly won't be against Dennison this week, the poise by the back-up O'Connor shows Wylie is confident no matter the situation.

He came in and played within himself and ran the offense and played with a lot of maturity," said Sandifer. "We'll see what the prognosis is after the evaluation and see where we are, but we feel good about Tyler and if he's the guy that will have to take over for a while, then we feel good about him."

Wylie will travel four hours to Dennison on Friday night for its week 3 match-up at 7:30 p.m.