Just three games to go in the 2017 season and the top two spots of District 13-5A are all but spoken for, with three teams vying for the final two postseason spots. Here’s a look at how your favorite Frisco teams fared last week.
Lone Star (6-1, 4-0) @ Wakeland (4-3, 1-3)—45-14
Although the Wakeland Wolverines managed to end Lone Star’s string of two consecutive shutouts, they could do little else as the powerful Rangers scored on their first five possessions en route to a 45-14 win.
The winning remedy for Lone Star is an easy elixir to understand: they combine an explosive offense with a knock-down defense that renders teams helpless.
Case in point, the Wolverines star QB Dylan Cadwallader (92 yds, TD), who leads 5A with 26 TD passes, was held to just one score as the Rangers secondary threw a blanket over his key receivers.
Both Cadwallader and backup Ethan McKasson (23 yds, INT) felt the pressure in the pocket too, as they were both sacked a combined five times. Remember, this is a Wolverines offense that was averaging close to 40 points per contest heading into Week 8. RB Nate Lunsford (79 yds, TD) had the most success against the impermeable Lone Star defense.
And of course, it’s not like Lone Star is a defense-only team. QB M.J. Rivers (246 yds, 4 TDs) connected on over 88% of his passes and gained 64 yds and two scores on the ground too. WRs Marvin Mims (141 yds, 3 TDs) and Ife Opere (TD) caught Rivers’ offerings with ease, while RB Kirby Bennett III grinded out 77 yards on the ground.
Up Next (Lone Star): VS Centennial
The further we get into the season, the more unstoppable the Rangers are beginning to look. The Titans, after their first district loss, are still in fine shape for the playoffs but could be sitting even prettier if they can find a way to pull off the upset.
Up Next (Wakeland): @ Independence
The Wolverines, caught in a three-game slide, desperately need a win against the Knights to keep any glimmer of playoff hope alive.
Reedy (7-0, 4-0) @ Centennial (3-4, 3-1)—52-34
Up 31-14 heading into halftime, it appeared the Reedy Lions might be ready to get their rout on. The Lions held off a resilient Titans attack that had gotten Centennial within two scores with under eight minutes left in the game. But Justin Gipson’s (180 yds, 3 TDs) third TD of the game put the game on ice for yet another Reedy win.
The win moved the Lions that much closer to clinching a playoff berth—in just their second year of varsity of play—as they handed Centennial their first district loss of the season. Reedy’s QB, Josh Foskey (225 yds, 2 TDs 0 INTs) added two more TDs to his ledger, and once again avoided an interception. In addition to Gipson’s three running TDs, Will Harbour added two as well; scoring twice on just four carries.
Centennial’s QB Brock Floyd, was nearly untouchable as he threw for 190 yds and a TD and rushed for 65 yds and two more scores. RB Hunter Williams rushed for 159 yds and a TD.
Up Next (Reedy): VS Frisco
The Reedy Lions take on the Frisco Raccoons, as Frisco High searches for its first win of the season, while Reedy looks to win their eighth straight.
Up Next (Centennial): @ Lone Star
Independence (5-2, 2-2) @ Liberty (1-6, 0-4)—38-27
The Independence Knights notched their second district win to remain in the postseason picture, but it was far from easy.
Down 14-0 after the first quarter, the Liberty RedHawks made the necessary adjustments to get right back into the game, as they outscored the Knights 14-7 in the second quarter to roll into halftime trailing by just one possession, 21-14.
In the third quarter, Keavon Wright (65 yds, TD) caught a Carson Morris (35 yds, TD, INT) pass to tie the game up. Independence’s Logan Brungardt (124 yds, 4 TDs) put the Knights back on top as the third quarter expired.
The RedHawks’ Dmitri Jones (127, 2 TDs) gave the RedHawks their first lead of the game on a 49-yard run, but Independence’s Troy Baugham scored on an eight-yard scamper to put the Knights on top for good.
Up Next (Independence): VS Wakeland
The Knights play host to the Wakeland Wolverines, who desperately need a district win to stop a three-game skid that has put them on the precipice of a playoff-less future.
Up Next (Liberty): @ Heritage
The RedHawks showed Independence (and the rest of the district) that they are more than prepared to play spoiler. A RedHawks win and Heritage could be hard-pressed to hang onto that fourth spot in 13-5A.
Heritage (3-4, 2-2) @ Frisco (0-7, 0-4)—21-14
When Amare Jones went down with a season-ending ankle injury, it would have been easy for the Heritage Coyotes to start thinking about next season. But Heritage wasn’t having that, as they pitched a shutout over Frisco High in the second half to seal a victory that keeps the Coyotes within sniffing distance of a possible playoff berth.
QB Connor Wolfe (119 yds, TD) found Carloss Crawford (35 yds, TD) for the game’s only passing touchdown. RB Khalil Harris (79 yds) led all rushers in total yards, with RBs Cameron Rose (52 yds, TD) and Travis Garner (34 yds, TD) provided the rest of the Coyotes points. Frisco’s RB Bryson Clemons (76 yds) averaged over six yards per carry for the Raccoons, while fellow RB Kamari Wilkerson (59 yds, 2 TDs) provided all of the offense for Frisco.
Up Next (Heritage): @ Liberty
The Coyotes still have a chance at postseason play, but they’ll have to hold down a RedHawks offense that has been difficult to contain.
Up Next (Frisco): @ Reedy
Can Reedy go 8-0?
The Raccoons, are in the ultimate position to spoil Reedy’s fun as they seek their first win of the year, after losing five games by just 11 points or less.
Legacy Christian (2-5, 0-2) @ Grapevine Faith Christian (4-3, 1-1)—23-49
Depth is always one of the hallmarks of a State Championship football team. And last year’s champs, Grapevine Faith Christian, had that on display first-hand as they took down the Legacy Christian Eagles for their first district win of the year.
Grapevine Faith’s Deuce Hogan (422 yds, 5 TDs, INT) single-handedly proved that Grapevine Faith is a force—not just on the ground, but in the air too—as he tossed TDs to four different receivers.
RB Malik Caper (94 yds, TD) filled in capably for the injured Preston Steele and WR Lincoln Veitenheimer (141 yds, 2 TDs) led all receivers in yardage.
In spite of being down 35-7 at halftime, it was the Legacy Christian Eagles that struck first on a Will McCurdy (27 yds, TD) five-yard score in the first. Their lead wouldn’t last long, as a 92-yard kickoff return by Caper tied the score, and Grapevine Faith would score four unanswered times before the LCA put points on the board again.
Up Next: @ FW Southwest Christian
It’s been quite a while since the Southwest Christian Eagles were a salty six-man group with excellent bench help (and little else) from some random sportswriter.
Now, the Eagles of SCS are a formidable force of the 11-man variety, currently looking for their first district win of the year.