Keep up with the action all season long: 2015 Frisco High School Football Schedules and Results
Frisco Raccoons (3-0, 1-0) VS The Colony (1-2, 1-0)—Thur. 9/17, 7:00 PM @ Frisco ISD Memorial Stadium
This week’s Game of the Week pits two teams with similar MOs—run the ball ad nauseam, and grind the opposition’s offense down to a nub. However The Colony and Frisco have had very different results despite a similar game plan.
Over their first two games of the year, the Raccoons defense had yet to surrender more than 14 points. This trend continued in last week’s district opener, when the ‘Coons defense one again yielded just 13 points against Little Elm. In Week 4, Frisco will face their biggest test of yet, as The Colony is fresh off a breakout performance in their first win of the year, one that saw them hang 70 points on Heritage.
Like Frisco, The Colony has built the well-earned reputation of fielding a stringent defense; yet despite the D’s best game of the year last week against Heritage, they still managed to surrender more points than the previous game, for the third-straight week.
The Cougars’ defense needs to stay focused in the second half—last week they pitched a shutout in the first quarter, only to let Heritage score in double-digits in the last three. Frisco will focus on keeping The Colony’s many weapons from getting in a groove, which can lead to an explosion of scoring.
Really, this matchup likely comes down to one simple question. Who will have a bigger game this week: Frisco’s Idrees Ali (247 yds, 2 TDs in Week 3) or The Colony’s Khalil Banks (288 yds, 5 TDs in Week 3), fresh off one of the biggest weeks of his career.
Centennial Titans (1-1, 0-0) @ Heritage Coyotes (2-1, 0-1)—Thur. 9/17, 7:00 PM @ Toyota Stadium
The Centennial Titans, coming in off their Week 3 Bye, get their first taste of district action against a Heritage Coyotes team that felt the full wrath of The Colony. In most cases, if you put up 43 points, as the Coyotes did a week ago, you’re going to get the win—especially considering your offense amassed 530 yards. However, three lost fumbles and over 115 yards in penalties certainly took their toll.
Key for the Titans will be to stay in the same rhythm that enabled them to keep a very talented Lake Dallas team in check in Week 2—and this means giving the Coyotes plenty of Raleigh Texada and Anthony Pegues.
Independence Knights (1-2, 0-1) VS Little Elm (0-3, 0-1)—Fri. 9/18, 7:00 PM @ Frisco ISD Memorial Stadium
It’s tough to quantify on paper, and it seems cliché to speak of, but there really is no substitution for experience, and the RedHawks of Liberty were able to use that to their advantage against Independence a week ago. On the flip-side, every loss provides a chance to learn and improve, and you’d better believe that Coach Story’s squad will be looking to do what they’ve yet to pull off—win a game in district play.
The Little Elm Lobos, in their 28-13 Week 3 loss to Frisco easily played their finest game of the year. After being blown out by both Terrell and McKinney North, Little Elm was just unable to recover from Frisco’s 14-point first.
If Independence can somehow replicate the same approach used in their pounding of FW Castleberry in Week 2, they stand a sound chance of putting together their first 9-5A win.
Liberty RedHawks (1-2, 1-0) @ Lone Star Rangers (3-0, 1-0)—Fri. 9/18, 7:00 PM @ Toyota Stadium
The Liberty RedHawks beat up on the new kids on the block last week, as playmakers Chris McPhaul (126 total yds, TD) and Dimitri Jones (92 total yards, 2 TDs) did their fair share to build up a 28-0 halftime advantage.
There’s definitely reason to be flying high when your first win of the season happens in the district opener, but buyer beware, as any all optimism heading into a game against Lone Star should be of the cautious variety.
Take away Liberty’s defensive efforts in last week’s win, and you have a team that has allowed an average of 42 points per contest. And with all due respect to Denison and McKinney, Lone Star’s offense is a very big notch above.
For Liberty to pull off the upset, they’ll not only have to shut down QB Jason Shelley, they’ll also have to corral RB Robert Hall (148 yds, 6 TDs) and WRs Jaylen Dixon (351 yds, 5 TDs) and Coby Shelton (211 yds, 5 TDs).
Legacy Christian Eagles (2-0) VS Arlington Grace Prep (3-0)—Fri. 9/18, 7:30 PM
The Legacy Christian Eagles have cruised through their first two weeks of action. Arlington Grace Prep will certainly be an excellent tune up before Legacy dips its toes into TAPPS District waters next week. Actually, a tune up might be a gross understatement as Grace Prep, simply put, is loaded.
Over their first three games, Grace Prep has averaged 54 points per game, and has surrendered two scores just once, in a Week 1 matchup with McKinney Christian. Led by QB Jay Sedwick (298 yds, 5 TDs), and a diverse array of playmakers, such as RB Brendan Walters (380 yds, 5 TDs) and WR Elijah McIntyre (93 yds, 4 TDs), the Lions can pile on the points in a hurry.