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Reedy, Lone Star headline third-round playoff action

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Reedy senior running back Michael Ferrara

Reedy senior running back Michael Ferrara and the Lions plowed through Midlothian last week to advance to the third round for the first time in school history.

Coming into the season, many predicted that the two top Frisco ISD programs would be Lone Star and Reedy.

Fast-forward three months and here the two juggernauts are, state-ranked and still chugging along into the third round of the postseason.

Both teams face tough tasks this week before either side can look ahead to a potential matchup against Highland Park next week for Lone Star and Aledo for Reedy, so let’s take a closer look at this weekend’s games with the season on the line.

Lone Star versus Tyler John Tyler

In last week’s Star Local Media Pick-It-Line, everyone picked Lufkin to knock out Lone Star in area-round action, but the Rangers had other plans.

They forced a whopping six turnovers in an unexpected 49-21 pounding over one of the top teams in the state and now have two blowout victories to begin the postseason under their belts.

“Lufkin is a tough East Texas team, but our kids came out to play,” said Jeff Rayburn, Lone Star head coach. “We stumbled a bit on offense early in the game and backed ourselves up some, but the turnovers that we forced on defense were the difference. We also did a job of corralling all of their playmakers that could take it to the house at any time.”

The calling card for Lone Star all season long has been its defense, but the offense that began the year struggling to move the chains is firing on all cylinders at the right time.

Standout junior wide receiver Marvin Mims is performing like an elite pass-catcher, and junior quarterback Julian Larry has turned the page as a first-year starter at the position.

Now the Rangers shift the focus onto a team similar to Lufkin in Tyler John Tyler that also has a rich and successful postseason tradition.

Lone Star senior running back Darrin Smith

Lone Star senior running back Darrin Smith has helped lead the Rangers to two blowout playoff victories over Mansfield Legacy and Lufkin.

Just like Lone Star, the Lions have lost just two games all season but struggled in close wins in district play against McKinney North, Poteet and West Mesquite.

Rayburn’s ballclub has also been through the ringer this season as well, but its level of competition has been much higher against the likes of Highland Park and The Colony.

“We’re familiar with them and their tradition,” Rayburn said. “It’s going to be another big challenge for us, but we’re looking forward to it.”

Lone Star and Tyler John Tyler kickoff at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kincaide Stadium.

Reedy versus Burleson Centennial

In just its third varsity season, Reedy keeps on rolling.

The Lions were untested nearly all season long and that has been the case for the first two rounds of the playoffs against Ennis and Mansfield.

Burleson Centennial is now the only team left standing in the way of a possible Reedy-Aledo matchup next week, but the Spartans are a red-hot squad that should not be taken lightly.

Centennial’s only loss this season came at the hands of No. 1-ranked Aledo back in Week Three and the Spartans have a high-powered offense capable of keeping up with Reedy. They deploy a flexbone offense that rarely throws the football with starting quarterback Kyle Burns.

“They run almost the same offense as Midlothian,” said Josh Foskey, Reedy quarterback. “They’re going to try and hold the ball for a long time and are always in danger of breaking one for a touchdown. That means we have to keep going on offense like we did last week and score every single drive.”

Reedy must account for of Centennial’s more electric players in Chris Mosley, who is one of the offense’s many running backs and is a lethal weapon on special teams as well.Last week against Cleburne, Mosley blocked two kicks and helped set up the game-winning drive with a 57-yard return.

Defensively, the Spartans are led by defensive lineman Mazin Richards, who recorded three sacks a week ago, and Da’Quan Campbell, who snagged two interceptions in the same game.

Reedy and Burleson Centennial will square off 7 p.m. tonight at Southlake’s Dragon Stadium.

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