FRISCO VS INDEPENDENCE FOOTBALL

Independence and Frisco each won their opening-round playoff games to advance to this weekend’s area finals.

It might have been a month later than normal, but the football playoffs finally got underway last weekend and Frisco ISD was represented by five teams.

Some challenges were tougher than others, but FISD did have a trio of squads moving on, as Independence, Lone Star and Frisco all won their bi-district games to advance to the area finals.

Independence 58, Woodrow Wilson 10

Independence had no problems in its opener as it opened a 44-0 halftime lead and rolled to a 58-10 victory over Woodrow Wilson on Thursday in a 5A Division I bi-district playoff game at Forester Field.

The Knights (5-4) wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, with Braylon Braxton scoring on a 8-yard run to take a 7-0 lead.

It would not get any better for the Wildcats (7-3).

Independence recorded a safety, and on the next play from scrimmage, Brayden West threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Arroyo to make it 16-0.

The defense struck again late in the first quarter when Joseph Evans turned in a 27-yard pick-6 and Braxton hooked up with Ryan Pickering on a 22-yard scoring strike early in the second quarter to push the lead to 30-0.

The Knights did not take their foot off the gas, as Braxton threw a short touchdown pass to Jordyn Tyler and Dwayne Orr tacked on a short scoring run for a 44-0 halftime lead.

Independence added two more touchdowns in the second half, courtesy of a 40-yard run by Orr and a 32-yard touchdown from Zhighlil McMillan.

Independence is scheduled to take on undefeated Highland Park (9-0) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Globe Life Park.

Lone Star 61, W.T. White 15

Lone Star had no hangover effects from last week’s loss to Denton Ryan as it cruised to a 61-15 victory over W.T. White on Thursday in a bi-district playoff game at The Ford Center.

The Rangers needed only three minutes to open a 14-0 lead, as Garret Rangel threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Ashton Jeanty and Devin Turner scooped up a fumble and returned it 15 yards to the end zone.

Jaden Nixon scored on a short touchdown run and caught a 6-yard scoring strike from Rangel, and Jeanty added a touchdown run to open a 34-0 halftime lead.

It was more of the same in the third quarter, as Rangel threw a pair of touchdown passes to Jeanty and Alessio Russolillo intercepted a pass and returned it 58 yards to paydirt to make it 58-0.

W.T. White was able to tack on a couple of late scores, with Lone Star’s Zach Riggle adding a 10-yard touchdown run to round out the scoring.

Lone Star (6-3) is scheduled to play Magnolia (10-1) in the area round at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Corsicana.

Frisco 52, Royse City 9

Frisco had no problems in its postseason opener, as it rolled to a 52-9 victory over Royse City in a Class 5A Division II bi-district playoff game at The Ford Center.

The Raccoons got off to a quick start, with Syone Usma-Harper’s 2-yard touchdown run staking them to a 7-0 lead.

The Bulldogs actually landed a counter punch with a short scoring run from Tyson Neighbors, but the suspense would not last long.

Usma-Harper added another touchdown run and Chase Lowery had a 43-yard interception return for a score to open some cushion at 21-6.

Royse City put points on the scoreboard with a field goal, but Frisco came right back, as Caree’ Green had a 1-yard touchdown run and then threw a 20-yard scoring strike to Lowery to make it 35-9.

Usma-Harper tacked on his third score of the night, Lowery did the same on a 17-yard run and Jake Gaster kicked a 38-yard field goal to provide the final margin.

The Raccoons (7-1) are slated to face South Oak Cliff (9-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kincaide Stadium. 

Ennis 49, Liberty 0

Liberty (6-5) has been one of the nice stories of the football season, rebounding from a one-win campaign to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

But the Redhawks found out why Ennis is one of the favorites to win the state championship as the Lions rolled to a 49-0 victory on Friday in a Class 5A Division II bi-district playoff game at Lion Memorial Stadium.

Ennis struck right away on a scoring run from Collin Drake. Liberty had a chance to put points on the board, but missed a field goal, and the Lions quickly went back to work, with Drake throwing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Laylon Spencer and then keeping it himself on a 1-yard run to open a 21-0 lead.

The Lions poured it on from there, a Drake threw touchdown passes of 26 yards to Karon Smith, 10 yards to De’ivian Johnson and 19 yards to Ashton Ehly to push the advantage to 42-0 and they were able to cruise from there.

Lancaster 29, Wakeland 6

Wakeland (6-5) was the beneficiary of a coin flip that went its way to make the playoffs, but was unable to pull the upset, as Lancaster posted a 29-6 victory on Friday in a Class 5A Division I bi-district game at Beverly D. Humphrey Tiger Stadium.

The Wolverines hung tough for a while, but the Tigers finally broke the stalemate when Glenn Rice, Jr. threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to D.Q. James late in the first quarter.

Rice added a 32-yard touchdown run and James scored from a yard out as Lancaster pushed the lead to 21-0 at halftime.

Wakeland did get on the board in the fourth quarter when Peyton Lewis threw a 19-yard scoring strike to Cody Johnson, but that is all the Tigers would allow.

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