It was another busy week of action for Frisco ISD football teams as they entered Week 3, but the stakes were different.
This marked the start of the district seasons in 5-5A Division I and 7-5A Division II, meaning the time to make the push for the playoffs had officially arrived.
Here is a look at some of the highlights.
Wakeland 56, Centennial 2
The Wolverines had only played one game due to an earlier cancellation, but showed no ill effects from the lack of on-field action in its 5-5A opener and they rolled past the Titans in a 56-2 rout.
Wakeland wasted little time setting the tone for the night, as Jared White broke free for a 58-yard touchdown run to take a 6-0 lead just 94 seconds into the game and they would go on to take a commanding 32-0 advantage at halftime.
It was part of a big night for White, who had 14 carries for 123 yards and a trio of touchdowns.
The Wolverines displayed a balanced attack, as quarterback Brennan Myer completed 9-of-12 passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns, including a 64-yarder to Ashdyn Kahouch and additional scores to Tripp Riordan and Noah Mangum.
The defense matched the effort of its offense, holding Centennial to only 96 yards of total offense and forcing three turnovers, one of which directly led to points when Gus England returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown.
Frisco 70, Lake Dallas 27
Something had to give when a pair of 2-0 teams met in the 5-5A opener on Friday at Kuykendall Stadium and it was the Lake Dallas defense.
Frisco rolled up more than 700 yards of total offense, including 594 on the ground, and they rolled to a 70-27 victory to improve to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in district.
The Falcons knew that the Raccoons would try to pound them from the start, and Frisco made them pay for that mentality on its first play from scrimmage, when Brandon Miyazono dropped back to pass and found Drew Johnson for a 67-yard scoring strike to grab a quick 7-0 lead.
It would be Miyazono’s only pass attempt of the game, as he simply did not need to throw from that point.
Bradford Martin paced the rushing attack with 13 carries for 226 yards—an average of 17.4 yards per carry—with three touchdowns.
Jordon Hamilton had eight carries for 160 yards and a pair of scores.
The Raccoons, nearly had four 100-yard rushers, as A.J. Yasilli toted the ball six times for 94 yards and a score, while Dylan Hardin had eight rushes for 85 yards and found the end zone three times.
Lake Dallas running back Drew McKinney rushed for 85 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and quarterback Brenan Sorsby threw for one score and ran for another, but it was not enough to keep up.
Lone Star 51, Heritage 24
There was plenty of offense at The Ford Center on Friday, but Lone Star simply had too much, as it raced to a 16-0 lead and never looked back en route to a 51-24 victory over Heritage in their 5-5A Division I opener.
The Rangers (1-0, 2-1) employed a balanced offensive attack.
Quarterback Gabriel Barrientes completed 13-of-22 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns to four different receivers, with Devin Turner, Fogo Sokoya, Jaylon Braxton and Ashton Jeanty.
It was part of a big all-around night for Jeanty, who led the team in rushing with 29 carries for 162 yards and a pair of touchdowns and also threw a scoring pass to Evan Stein.
Heritage quarterback Easton Sweatnam had his moments, throwing for two touchdowns, Bryce Gilchrist had seven receptions for 128 yards and two touchdowns and Nicholas Clark made seven grabs for 83 yards and a score.
But the Coyotes were stymied on the ground, where Lone Star held them to only 2.4 yards per carry and they also forced three turnovers.
Denton Ryan 28, Reedy 10
Reedy hung tough with one of the state powerhouses for much of the night but it was a defensive play by Denton Ryan that shifted momentum in its favor.
The Lions trailed 14-10 late in the first half and were driving to potentially take the lead when the Raiders provided the play of the game when Anthony Hill, Jr., picked off a pass and returned it 72 yards for a touchdown with only 24 seconds left before the break.
Instead of going into the locker room with the lead, Reedy found itself in a 21-10 hole and it was unable to score in the second half.
Quarterback A.J. Padgett led the way for Lions offense throwing for 211 yards and leading the team in rushing for 48 yards and a touchdown.
The Reedy defense actually did a pretty good job against the Raiders, holding them to 75 yards through the air, but the difference was workhorse running back Kalib Hicks, who had 30 carries for 209 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Memorial 41, Lebanon Trail 14
Memorial drove 90 yards for a field goal on the opening possession of the game and never trailed as it went on to a 41-14 victory over Lebanon Trail on Friday.
The Warriors improve to 3-0 overall, and more importantly, open 7-5A Division II with a victory, while the Trail Blazers fall to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in district.
Memorial got another stellar effort from quarterback Ethan Lollar, who was an efficient 13-of-20 for 355 yards and three touchdowns.
As usual, Zion Steptoe was his favorite target, as the standout finished with nine catches for 233 yards and a pair of scores.
Steptoe was not the only receiver to have a big night, as Ferron Cotton hauled in three catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns, and Jaxson Davis added a scoring grab, as back-up Braeden Mussett came on in relief for Lollar and completed all four of his passes for 58 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Warrior defense did its job, harassing Lebanon Trail and holding them to 259 total yards while forcing five turnovers.
Parker Mawhee rushed for a touchdown for the Trail Blazers and Timothy Madison also provided a highlight on special teams when he returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score.