It is no secret just how much the DFW Metroplex has expanded in the last several years. Perhaps the best testament to this growth is the uptick in the size of DFW’s major suburbs. Along with an influx of new families, comes a need for more schools, not the least of which are secondary offerings.
On the Fort Worth side of things, Northwest ISD has added a third installment to their school district’s pool in the V.R. Eaton Eagles. The Eagles opened their doors in 2015, and will see their first graduating class grace the stage in 2018. On the flip-side of Fort Worth, Dallas suburb extraordinaire, Frisco, added Reedy High School recently, with plans for yet another high school already in the works.
In spite of their relative newness, this won’t be the first time Reedy Lions have battled the Eagles of Eaton. In last year’s fireworks-filled showdown, the Lions outlasted the Eagles 43-38. Now, with the beginnings of what could become an excellent 5A rivalry, the Reedy Lions will look to once again corral the Eagles of Eaton.
Frisco Reedy (1-0) VS NW Eaton (1-0)—The Ford Center at The Star, 7:00 PM
The Reedy Lions and the Eaton Eagles are not like most second-year football programs. Eaton reeled off an impressive three wins last season, two of which were district wins. Reedy, the new kid on the Frisco ISD block, also won three games in their inaugural season, one of which was in the district. With both Eaton and Reedy winning their Week 1 matchups, neither school could start of their sophomore seasons any better.
Eaton managed their opening week win against Denton Braswell thanks to a solid run game, bolstered by RB Titus Swen (140 yds, 3 TDs), who had a field day against the Bengals’ defense. QB Riley Taylor was solid too, as he set up good field position by completing 16 of 26 pass attempts, racking up 203 interception-less yards. All said, Eaton dominated a Bengals defense that coughed up 417 total yards while only managing 155 total offense yards of their own. The Eagles can put points on the board, but in this week’s contest against the Reedy Lions, they will face a far superior defense.
Reedy won their 2017 debut thanks to a defense that allowed just 14 total points—all of which were surrendered in the first half—against an Independence Knights team that had lofty playoff aspirations coming into the season. Although the Lions managed just 17 points against the equally stellar Knights’ defense, they should look to improve upon that this week, as the Eaton Eagles face a far superior offense than they found against the fresh faced Denton Braswell Bengals in Week 1. The Eagles defenders will have their work cut out for them as they try to keep Senior Reedy runner Justin Gipson (147 yds, TD) from running rampant on his way to full-on beast mode.
Also keep your eyes on Reedy Lions QB Josh Foskey, coming off a nice Week 1 performance, as he should continue to thread the secondary’s seams for big plays.