In a renewal of a crosstown rivalry at The Pfield, Pflugerville (4-3, 2-1 District 11-5A DI) and senior running back IK Evbayiro utilized a 35-point second half en route to a 48-34 victory over Connally (1-6, 0-3) in Pflugerville’s homecoming game.

It was a tale of two halves in the first meeting between the two schools since 2009, when both teams last competed in the same classification. Pflugerville dropped down from Class 6A into Class 5A in February's UIL biennial realignment.

Connally quarterback Darius McGrew led a dominant Cougar offense in the first half, completing 13 of 16 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns. However, McGrew and the Cougar offense didn’t enjoy nearly as smooth of a second half.

After giving up the explosive first-half numbers, the Pflugerville defense forced three interceptions in the second half. All three interceptions played a pivotal part in Connally’s second-half collapse, but Pflugerville’s Da’jan Henderson made sure his pick was felt the most when he returned it 44 yards for a touchdown

While the Panther defense dominated in the third quarter, it was Evbayiro who changed the game with 20 carries for 165 yards and four touchdowns.

All four of Evbayiro’s touchdowns came in the second half, including a 31-yard touchdown scamper. Pflugerville quarterback Noah Guerrero managed the offense efficiently, throwing 188 yards and two touchdowns on 8-for-11 passing.

Connally’s sophomore running back Demetris Gardner led the way for the Cougars, recording 105 yards on 19 carries and 140 yards on four receptions for two total touchdowns.

Connally put together a late rally in the fourth quarter, cutting the score to 48-34 along with recovering an onside kick, but the Cougars simply ran out of time, allowing the Panthers to celebrate a homecoming victory.