Pictured Above: Reedy vs. Wakeland in Week 6
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Now three games deep into district play, the playoff picture is beginning to come into focus for the three undefeated teams, but for those all tied at 1-2, Week 8 could be a make or break. Here’s a look at how your favorite Frisco school fared last week and a glimpse at this week’s matchup…
Lone Star (5-1, 3-0) VS Liberty (1-5, 0-3)—52-0
The Lone Star Rangers are ranked second in Area 5A for a reason, and by halftime, the Liberty RedHawks had felt the full force of their explosive offense. Up 42-0 by the midway point, the Rangers put it on cruise control for an easy win.
Lone Star QB M.J. Rivers did his best pocket-passer impersonation and connected on seven of nine passes for 195 yds and 3 TDs. WR Ife Opere was Rivers’ favorite target as he hauled in three passes for two TDs, totaling 136 yds—for a ridiculous 45.3 yards per catch!
RB Darrin Smith did the rest, posting 163 yds on the ground on just eight carries—good for over 20 yds per carry. Backup QB Blaine Warmbrod pulled off a nice Rivers impersonation as he found the end zone on his only carry of the game.
Up Next (Lone Star): @ Wakeland (4-2, 1-2)
After winning their first four games of the year, the Wakeland Wolverines will be looking to snap a two-game skid. The only problem is, in order for Wakeland to right themselves and notch their first district win since Week 1, they’ll have to tame a Lone Star offense that just hung 50 on the board in last week’s dominating district win.
Up Next (Liberty): VS Independence (4-2, 1-2)
The RedHawks’ can take solace in the fact that the Knights aren’t as dominant offensively as the Lone Star Rangers, however, their defense is every bit as stingy. Liberty will be hard-pressed to score enough for the win.
Reedy (6-0, 3-0) VS Heritage (2-4, 0-3)—28-7
Once the Heritage Coyotes managed to put together their initial scoring drive it was too late, as the Reedy Lions cruised to their sixth-straight win of the year.
The Reedy Lions dominated in the red-zone last week as RB Justin Gipson (116 yds, 2 TDs) scored twice on runs of two yards or less. QB Josh Foskey (108 yds passing) was quietly efficient, finding Sean Hall five times for 58 yards in the air. Karston Farragut (106 yds, TD) carried the ball just five times but blistered the Coyotes’ defense for over 20 yards per carry.
Up Next (Reedy): @ Centennial (3-3, 3-0)
Although the Centennial Titans’ overall record of 3-3 doesn’t jump off the page quite like Reedy’s gaudy 6-0, the Titans are just as undefeated as the Lions in District 13-5A play. Hopefully, the Titans were able to rest well after their offense put up 69 points, with their defense also surrendering 66 in their wild win over Wakeland.
Up Next (Heritage): @ Frisco (0-6, 0-3)
The Frisco Raccoons are looking to notch their first win of the season, and there’s no better time than now, as they have a chance to play spoiler to a Coyotes team that could all but be eliminated from the postseason with a third district loss.
Wakeland (4-2, 1-2) @ Centennial (3-3, 3-0)—66-69
With a boxscore featuring more crooked numbers than the law should allow, the Centennial Titans had just enough offense in the tank to pull off an exhausting Week 7 OT win.
This game had it all, as long as you’re not too into defense.
There were 54 total first downs, over 1,200 combined yards, and just for kicks, 10 total penalties.
The Titans barely bested the Wolverines in rushing yards (373:363) but were able to take it to the house more efficiently as three runners—Hunter Williams (163 yds, 3 TDs), Brock Floyd (144 yds, 2 TDs) and Weston Symes (63 yds, 2 TDs)—each scored two or more rushing TDs on the game. Symes and Floyd also combined for 255 passing yards and three TDs as a one-two QB punch.
The Wolverines’ QB Dylan Cadwallader (285 yds, 6 TDs) threw touchdowns with ease but was intercepted three times too, which is quite uncharacteristic. Wakeland RBs Colby Delashaw (210 yds) and Cade Starnes (147 yds, 3 TDs) pounded out the ground gains and WR Easton Reeves (105 yds, 3 TDs) put on quite a show as he paced all WRs with three scores.
Up Next (Wakeland): Lone Star (5-1, 3-0)
No one expects the Wolverines to produce offensively like they did last week, but against a high-scoring team with a nose for the end zone like Lone Star, they certainly need to take advantage of any and all scoring opportunities, lest they hit a three-game skid.
Up Next (Centennial): VS Reedy (6-0, 3-0)
Although the Reedy Lions are now fully battle-tested and still unblemished, they’ll be facing a Centennial team that has sprung to life since district play has gotten back underway. One of these teams will be 4-0 with a chance to be 13-5A’s lone undefeated team.
Independence (4-2, 1-2) @ Frisco (0-6, 0-3)—24-14
After dropping their first two district games by an average deficit of just 7.5 points, the Knights were ready to get that first 13-5A win out of the way. They managed to control a stout Frisco running attack when it mattered most—limiting them to just one score in the second and third quarters.
The Knights overcame seven penalties and managed just enough offense (305 total yards) to put their first district win on ice. The Knights’ offense was led by QB Kevin Dick (149 yds, TD), WR Colton Nielson (85 yds, TD) and RB Logan Brungardt (110 yds, TD).
Frisco’s RB Kamari Wilkerson (118 yds, 2 TDs) scored his second TD of the game in the third quarter to bring the Raccoons within 10 points, but that would mark the end of the scoring as the Knights defense tightened the screws for a scoreless fourth quarter.
Up Next (Independence): @ Liberty (1-5, 0-3)
The Knights will look to land their second-straight district win, with the RedHawks needing a win just to stay afloat.
Up Next (Frisco): VS Heritage (2-4, 1-2)
It’s been a tough season for the Frisco Raccoons, as they have had their share of adversity. Heritage, too, has had its share of injury woes, with Amare Jones’ season-ending injury against Independence. Look for a competitive game and don’t be surprised if the Raccoons can pull off their first win of the season.
Legacy Christian Academy (2-4, 0-1) @ Fort Worth Christian (6-1, 1-0)—10-53
Legacy Christian Academy is in one of the toughest conferences in all of TAPPS. And to start off district play last week, the Eagles traveled to North Richland Hills to take on one of the top teams in that district.
The Fort Worth Christian Cardinals used a brutal combination of power, speed, and athleticism to put the hurt on a Legacy Christian defense that had to be woozy by halftime, down 50-0.
RB Cade Garcia needed just eight carries to amass 110 yards and two scores, thanks to his explosive speed and ability to slide away from would-be tacklers. FWC QB Tyler Knoop (229 yds, 5 TDs, INT) had a near-perfect night save for a lone interception.
The Eagles were led by QB Kaleb Lowe (119 yds passing), who managed the Eagles lone touchdown via a two-yard scamper in the fourth quarter.
Up Next: VS Grapevine Faith Academy (3-3, 0-1)
Grapevine Faith, last year’s reigning TAPPS-2 State Champions, have been decimated by injuries, including the loss of one of the state’s premier running backs in Preston Steele. That being said, they are deep in talent, so this will be far from an easy matchup for Legacy Christian.