Written by Jon Machota
Frisco QB's heady play, surprise call preserve win over Wakeland
FRISCO — After Frisco’s star running back suffered a strained Achilles tendon, quarterback Eric Allen picked up the slack, especially in the final minutes as the Raccoons clung to a field goal advantage.
Late in the fourth quarter Friday, Allen orchestrated an 11-play drive that he capped with a 20-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-2, giving Frisco a 38-28 District 9-4A-opening win over Frisco Wakeland at Pizza Hut Park.
After keeping the ball on the ground for the majority of the night, Frisco coach Vance Gibson called a play that the team hadn’t run this season. It was a run-pass option that worked to perfection. Allen rolled right and decided to attempt his seventh pass of the game. The result was a well-placed ball that fell into the hands of Dee Fields.
“It was probably the last thing they were expecting,” Allen said. “I know it was the last thing I was expecting.”
Of course, that pass would have never been attempted if it hadn’t been for Allen’s 13-yard run up the middle on third-and-12, which took place five plays earlier.
“He did what good players do and found a way to get a first down,” Gibson said. “He played a great game.”
Frisco (3-1, 1-0) appeared to be in trouble as Carlos Harris, who rushed for 446 yards and seven touchdowns Sept. 9 against Lovejoy, suffered the Achilles injury in the first half. Although he played early in the third quarter, he carried only three times and did not return after that.
Wakeland (2-2, 0-1) fell behind 21-7 in the second quarter but rallied in the final quarter to cut Frisco’s lead to three, 31-28, on a double pass that resulted in a 69-yard touchdown catch by Turner Smiley.