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The Bi-District round of the 2015 UIL High School Football playoffs kicks off for Frisco’s finest this Friday, as the elite of District 9-5A take on the tops of 10-5A.
5A Division I Region 2 Bi-District
Frisco Wakeland (8-2) VS Wylie (6-4)—Sat. 11/14, 2:00 PM @ AT&T Stadium
After reeling off seven-consecutive district wins, the Wakeland Wolverines are hotter than a prairie fire in polyester pajamas. Not since their district debut of 2015, when they fell 27-60 to Lone Star, have they felt the cruel sting of defeat.
In the midst of their streak, they dominated fellow playoff teams The Colony (56-21), and outfoxed the Frisco Raccoons (21-13). Wakeland’s success is due in no small measure to the emergence of QB Mason Doerr (1,398 yds, 16 TDs) and the continued dominance of RB Jay Orji (1,774 yds, 19 TDs).
Despite a clear disadvantage on the ground, the Wylie Pirates are near mirror-matches in terms of points per game (32.9: 35.7), points allowed per game (30.6: 29.1), yards per game (419: 429) and yards allowed per game (391: 380).
For Wylie to grind out a bi-district win, they’ll need do-it-all QB Emilio Ames (2,333 yds passing, 16 TDs; 570 yds rushing, 9 TDs) to fully exploit a Wolverines defense that sometimes susceptible to big plays.
5A Division II Region 3 Bi-District
Lone Star (9-1) VS Prosper (6-4)—Fri. 11/13, 9:00 PM @ AT&T Stadium
Sitting pretty atop District 9-5A, the Lone Star Rangers cruised into the playoffs, with their lone loss occurring during Week 10, at the hands of fellow postseason players, the Raccoons of Frisco High.
Lone Star, ranked by the Associated Press as the ninth-best team in 5A, derive the bulk of their prowess from multi-option QB Jason Shelley (2,184 ydp, 29 TDs, 900 ydr, 9 TDs) and his favorite target, WR Jaylen Dixon (718 yds, 12 TDs). Thanks to Shelley and Dixon, the Rangers put up an awe-inspiring 44.8 points per game while allowing just 17.2 ppg.
As a team, they average 34.4 points per game, while allowing 24.8 ppg. Their offense generates nearly 400 ypg (395.4), and his is spearheaded by QB Ryan Davis—a transfer from Frisco Legacy Christian. Davis, like Shelley, is a true dual-threat QB with a big arm—as he threw for 753 yds, with 9 TDs, and picked up an additional with 618 yds, and 7 TDs on the ground.
In order for Prosper, District 10-5A’s fourth seed, to pull off the upset, they’ll need Davis at the top of his game, with plenty of help from RB Robert Mahone (749 yds, 10 TDs), the Eagles’ primary rusher.
Frisco (8-2) @ Lovejoy (7-3)—Sat. 11/14, 3:30 @ Lovejoy
Both the Frisco Raccoons and the Lovejoy Leopards rebounded from stunning late-season losses to tally a win in their final week of regular season action.
The ‘Coons had fallen prey to the white-hot Wolverines of Wakeland while the Leopards lost to Wylie in an old-fashioned shootout. Both teams certainly share a level of resiliency to be admired, but each team puts points on the board in different ways.
As is Head Coach Vance Gibson’s M.O., the Racoons are a throwback team that relies on the run, both to pile up the points and to wear down the opposition’s defense.
In Idrees Ali (2,170 yds, 21 TDs), Frisco has one of the finest backs in the state to lead their charge. Although the run-first, ask questions later style that the Raccoons employ is no secret, they also have a defense that is one of the finest in the area, as they have only allowed 16.7 ppg off an average 316.7 ypg; this stingy defense enables them to win more games than not, despite not having a prolific scoring offense (33.7 ppg).
On the flipside, Lovejoy loves nothing more than penetrating the secondary of its foes, thanks to the strong-armed of QB Bowman Sells (2,639 yds, 27 TDs, 1 INT). When teams implement a double team to stop Sells’ top target, WR Aaron Fuller (858 yds, 13 TDs),the senior QB simply leaves the pocket to pick up yardage on the turf. He’s also the team’s leader in ground gains, with 626 yards and 11 TDs.
For Lovejoy to sneak away with a win, it will be all about Sells’ ability to pick apart the salty ‘Coons secondary with his arm, while running rampant through the defensive-line when the open looks deteriorate and the pocket vanishes.