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Week 3 of the 2017 Frisco Texas high school football season is now in the rearview mirror. How’d your favorite Frisco team fare? Find out below—plus a quick look into the future for a Week 4 glimpse.
Lone Star (3-0) @ Lovejoy Leopards (0-3)—35-3
Lone Star made short work of Lovejoy, as the Rangers pitched a second-half shutout of the Leopards while outscoring them 21-0 in the final two frames. Aside from losing the unofficial penalty contest, with eight for 107 yards to Lovejoy’s five for 35, the Rangers dominated on both sides of the ball.
QB M.J. Davis (256 total yds, 3 TDs) led the Rangers in both passing and rushing yardage and didn’t let a second quarter interception slow his roll. RB Kirby Bennett III (68 yds, 2 TD) was quiet in the first half, but found the end zone twice after halftime, padding the insurmountable Lone Star lead.
Up Next: VS Denton Ryan (3-0)
Rangers versus Raiders is not just fun to say—it’s going to be fun to watch. The Denton Ryan Raiders’ offense is rolling, averaging just over 49 points per game. Ryan’s defense is no slouch either, as they’ve allowed just over 27 ppg—which is elevated due to surrendering 40 points to Lancaster in Week 1.
Reedy (3-0) VS Denton Braswell (0-3)—52-15
Aside from a 15-point third quarter surge, the Denton Braswell Bengals were easily cast to the wayside by a Reedy Lions squad that continues to improve. Braswell, plagued by three turnovers, just couldn’t get into a rhythm offensively and were overwhelmed by a deep Reedy offense that smelled blood in the second half.
QB Josh Foskey (224 yds, 5 TDs) had another terrific, interception-less night, finding four different receivers for those five scoring passes—including WR Nate Anderson twice. RB Justin Gipson complemented Foskey’s arm by letting his legs rack up 97 yards.
Up Next: VS Princeton (1-2)
After allowing 41 ppg in their first two games of the season—both losses—the Panthers finally had a big scoring night of their own in Week 3, as they dispatched of Carrollton Creekview, 51-21. The Reedy Lions remain undefeated as they have already tied a school record in wins. Princeton, a 4A foe, will have to tighten up their defense to keep Reedy from piling on the points.
Wakeland (3-0) @ Richardson Pearce (1-2)—41-6
In our Week 3 Game of the Week, the Wolverines of Wakeland did not disappoint as they dominated 6A Richardson Pearce. Two field goals were all the Mustangs could muster, as they were outscored in the first half 28-3, and 13-3 in the final two quarters.
Wolverines QB Dylan Cadwallader (210 yds, 4 TDs) collected all but 17 of his passing yards in the first half, allowing Wakeland to give backup QB Ethan McKasson a chance to take some late-game snaps. RBs Colby Delashaw (107 yds, TD) and Nate Lunsford (54 yds, TD) established the ground game with WRs Tre Adams (80 yds, 2 TDs) and Easton Reeves (73 yds, 2 TDs) paving the way for the aerial attack.
Up Next: VS Woodrow Wilson (3-0)
The Woodrow Wilson Wildcats finally faced a stout defense in the Frisco Raccoons. Although they managed a win, they were completely shut down in the second half as the Raccoons defense really tightened the screws.
Centennial (1-2) VS McKinney North (2-1)—28-34
For the second consecutive week, the Centennial Titans found themselves on the wrong side of a nail-biter.
Down 34-14 at the half, the Titans managed to halt McKinney North’s offense in the second half, as Centennial’s defense served up blanks in the final two quarters. But the Bulldog’s big lead early would prove to be enough as they snuck away with a one-possession win to send the Titans to their second straight loss.
QB Weston Symes (160 yds, TD), recovered well from a first quarter that saw him surrender to two interceptions, one of which was returned 56 yards for a pick-6, to give the Bulldogs an early lead. RB Hunter Williams (229 yds, 2 TDs) had a big night for Centennial, as he was the game’s leading rusher.
Up Next: @ Garland Lakeview Centennial (0-3)
Just based on namesakes alone, these teams should score an even 100 points, right? Highly unlikely, but look for the Titans to have the edge against a Patriots defense that has surrendered no fewer than 46 points through the season’s first three weeks.
Independence (2-1) @ NW Eaton (1-2)—29-28
The Independence Knights needed every bit of their 13-point fourth quarter outburst to beat an Eagles team that blew a six-point advantage heading into the final frame. Truth be told, four turnovers sealed the fate of NW Eaton, with a fourth quarter fumble with under one minute remaining proving to be the death knell.
The Knight’s QB Kevin Dick (233 yds, 2 TD, INT) connected for two TDs, with his final scoring strike occurring in the drive immediately after the aforementioned Eagles fumble. ATH Jordan Alford (69 total yds, 2 TDs) led the Knights in rushing while adding one TD on the ground with another coming via the pass.
Up Next: @ North Garland (1-2)
The North Garland Raiders defense, had allowed just over 40 points per game over their first two contests, and finally had enough in Week 3. They surrendered just two TDs against Carrollton Newman Smith, and the offense took care of the rest, posting a season high in points (42).
Frisco (0-3) @ Woodrow Wilson (3-0)—14-17
The Raccoons’ defense got stronger as the game wore on, surrendering 17 points, all of which came in the first half. Unfortunately, the Raccoons’ one-sided offense could only find the end zone once in each half, as the Woodrow Wilson Wildcats held on for a three-point victory.
Three Frisco RBs—Dan Ton (63 yds), Nick Stanton (53 yds, TD) and Jack Marshall (42 yds, TD) combined for 158 yards of offense, but it just wasn’t enough to combat the Wildcats’ strong first half.
Up Next: VS Texarkana Pleasant Grove (2-0)
The Pleasant Grove Hawks, a 4A opponent for the Raccoons, could have their hands full against a Frisco High team that’s defense is really starting to click, as evidenced in their stellar second half in Week 3 against
Heritage (0-3) VS Grapevine (2-1)—52-66
The Heritage Coyotes’ offense exploded for 52 points against Grapevine—easily their highest point total all season—but their defense imploded, surrendering a whopping 66 points against Grapevine.
Tied 44-44 entering the fourth quarter, Grapevine’s defense finally stepped it up to limit the Coyotes to just one TD, while their offense continued its second half dominance by dropping 21 points for the second straight quarter. In the end, Grapevine’s key playmaker, RB Roshawn Prear (325 yds, 6 TDs) proved too much for the Coyotes.
Coyotes’ QB Amare Jones continued to dazzle, as he passed for two scores and rushed for another, on his way to 336 total yards of offense.
Up Next: VS Denison (3-0)
The Denison Yellow Jackets will present yet another tough challenge for the Heritage Coyotes. With a resilient defense that has allowed just 19 ppg—with just 10 against Frisco High in Week 2—and an offense that always seems to score just enough for the win, the Yellow Jackets will have their sights set on stinging a Coyotes team that has a rough go of 2017.
Liberty (0-3) @ Prosper (2-1)—7-43
The Prosper Eagles scored in just about every way possible in an explosive first half that would see them stake claim to an insurmountable 36-0 lead.
The scoring started on a 20-yard pass followed by an 11-yard INT return less than one minute later. More of the same ensued in the second quarter, as Prosper QB Keegan Shoemaker connected for both of his passing scores, before giving way to backup Matt Bramer, who added two more TDs via the pass.
The RedHawks were led by RB Dimitri Jones (126 yds) and registered their only score thanks to a Mitchell Miller 42-yard pass-and-catch to WR Jordan Jones (81 yds, TD) that came in the fourth quarter.
Up Next: VS South Garland (1-2)
After scoring an average of just ten points per game through their first two weeks, the South Garland Colonels ended a 25-game losing streak by piling on just enough points to beat W.T. White, 46-40.
Legacy Christian (1-1) VS Conrad (0-2)—54-0
Unlike Legacy Christian’s 24-28 opening week loss, the only thing close in this contest was Conrad’s backs to the proverbial wall. Three Legacy WRs—Johnathan Mosley, Will McCurdy and Major Fogle—needed just one catch to claim a score.
QBs Kaleb Lowe (63 yds, 2 TDs) and Connor Griffith (50 yds, TD) connected on 70% of their passes while getting Legacy in the end zone on three occasions. RBs Luke Brown (144 yds, 3 TDs) and Jackson Redmon (36 yds, TD) supplied the rest of the offense, which was well more than the Eagles would need for an easy home field shutout.
Up Next: VS Lindsay (2-1)
The Lindsay Knights, a 2A school, has done well against the less talented 2A schools, shutting down Tom Bean 43-0 in Week 1 and dominating Petrolia 55-12 last week. However, against a more formidable Valley View team in Week 2, the Knights took it on the chin, 42-24. The Legacy Christian Eagles will keep on scarfing up the home cooking as they look to win their second straight at home.