The victories by the Frisco, Independence and Lone Star football teams on Friday night made history for Frisco ISD, which will have three football teams in the third round of the playoffs for the first time.
In the 5A Division I bracket, Lone Star defeated College Station 45-30 and Independence defeated Texarkana Texas High by the same score, 45-30. In the 5A Division II bracket, Frisco beat South Oak Cliff 18-0.
(Game recaps below)
All three teams will play regional semifinal matches on Friday (Nov. 29). Here are the schedules for Friday:
*Frisco (11-1) vs Ennis (11-1), 1 p.m. at the Ford Center
*Lone Star (12-0) vs Highland Park (11-1), 3:30 p.m. at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium
*Lancaster (10-2) vs Frisco Independence (10-2), 7 p.m. at Richardson’s Eagle-Mustang Stadium
--- Game recaps from Friday night ---
Statistics provided by the Dallas Morning News' SportsDayHS.com
FRISCO 18, SOUTH OAK CLIFF 0
Frisco, which last season lost to South Oak Cliff in the second round of the playoffs, used suffocating defense Friday to get its revenge at the Ford Center.
Frisco capitalized on a pair of South Oak Cliff turnovers in the first half to take a 11-0 lead at the half, but the play of both defenses kept offenses in check for much of the second half. Frisco cornerback Chase Lowery iced the game with his second interception, which he returned 59 yards for a touchdown for the game's final points.
Frisco (11-1) will play Ennis (11-1) in a regional semifinal.
INDEPENDENCE 45, TEXARKANA TEXAS HIGH 30
After making the long trip to play at Texarkana's Tiger Stadium, the Knights fell behind 10-0 in the first quarter. But quarterback Braylon threw two touchdown passes and ran for three scores as Independence took over the game.
Independence dominated the second half, scoring 24 straight points that turned a 23-21 deficit midway through the third quarter into a 45-23 lead late in the game. The victory gave Independence (10-2) the most wins in a season in the school's short history.
Independence will make its first regional semifinal appearance on Friday when it takes on Lancaster (10-2).
LONE STAR 45, COLLEGE STATION 30
Garret Rangel threw for four touchdowns and Jake Bogdon ran for two as the Rangers piled up more than 500 yards of offense Friday. Lone Star receiver Marvin Mims caught three touchdown passes and had nine total receptions for 285 yards -- a whopping 31.7 yards per catch.
The Lone Star defense held College Station to only a field goal in the fourth quarter and made a goal-line stand late in the game.
Lone Star (12-0) will next play three-time defending state champion Highland Park (11-1), which the Rangers beat 30-19 in a September matchup at Highland Park.