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Week 9 4A roundup part one: Wakeland tops Frisco Liberty for first time
FRISCO — Frisco Wakeland got the decisive touchdown just before the half and held on to defeat rival Frisco Liberty, 13-7, at Pizza Hut Park for the first time in their four meetings. Wakeland junior receiver Dan Harrington capped one of the few offensive highlights with an 8-yard touchdown catch from senior quarterback Nick West.
Wakeland (6-3, 4-2 in District 9-4A) then took advantage of three second-half turnovers to shut down Liberty in a sluggish offensive game in which they were a combined 23-of-62 passing and both barely reached more than 200 yards total offense.
“We haven’t even sniffed beating them in the past,” Wakeland coach Marty Secord said. “They’re a good program. They’re the reigning district champs. They give you a lot of looks on defense and they only give up about 10 points a game. We made the plays we had to make. This is a good way to go in the playoffs.”
Ranked No. 16 in The News’ 4A poll, Wakeland expects to be a Division I bracket qualifier. Two years older than Liberty’s 4-year-old program, Wakeland needed its opportunistic scoring for its first victory over Liberty, which has reached the third round of the playoffs the last two years.
No. 17 Liberty (6-3, 3-3) took an early lead as senior receiver Izaiah Robinson had a jump ball, 24-yard catch over three defenders in the end zone for a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter.
“We had two interceptions and a fumble [recovery] in the second half,” Secord said. “Scoring just before halftime to get ahead was huge.”
Wakeland’s touchdown drive went 68 yards in 36 seconds to score on Harrington’s catch with six seconds before the half.
— David McNabb
Denton Ryan 49, Wichita Falls 13
DENTON — Denton Ryan moved one step closer to an undefeated season after dominating Wichita Falls, 49-13, on Friday.
Ryan (9-0, 5-0 District 4-4A) raced to an early lead as quarterback Kevin Carpenter hooked up with receiver Sterling Fuggett for a 76-yard touchdown pass. Then Trey Mohair returned a punt for a touchdown to put Denton Ryan up 14-0 to end the first quarter.
Denton Ryan finished with 496 total yards while Wichita Falls had 174.
Lake Dallas 63, Little Elm 34
CORINTH — Lake Dallas quarterback Dalyn Williams threw for 474 yards and seven touchdowns, and he rushed for another score as Lake Dallas clinched a playoff berth with a win over Little Elm.
Lake Dallas (7-3, 4-2 in 4-4A) will be off next week before beginning playoff action. Little Elm (6-3, 3-2) must play Denton Ryan next week.
Williams completed 80 percent of his passes as he led Lake Dallas back from an early 14-point deficit in the first half and then piloted the team to an easy victory.
Lake Dallas wide receiver Ferrando Joseph caught seven passes for 175 yards and a touchdown.
Little Elm, primarily a ground team, was led by Keaun Kinner, who rushed for 182 yards and scored four times. Matt Marrs added 116 yards rushing.
Frisco Centennial 52, Carrollton Newman Smith 10
FRISCO — The Centennial defense intercepted four passes in the first half, returning three of them for touchdowns, to help Centennial to a 45-7 halftime lead.
Ian Niethercut’s interception went 34 yards for a touchdown, Alex Walker returned his 42 yards for a score, and Nigel Barlis returned one 47 yards for a score for Frisco Centennial (9-0, 6-0 District 9-4A).
Mansfield Summit 35, Arlington Seguin 18
MANSFIELD — Calvin Burns rushed for 210 yards and a couple of touchdowns as Mansfield Summit clinched the District 7-4A title, the first under coach Travis Pride.
Everman 35, Cleburne 34
CLEBURNE — After missing a 32-yard field goal to win the game in regulation, Everman senior kicker Daniel Cruz kicked the game-winning extra point in overtime as Everman (5-3, 4-2) knocked off Cleburne (4-5, 3-3) in a District 7-4A thriller at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
Devin Walker scored from 1 yard out on Everman’s possession in overtime to set up Cruz’s winning try. Earlier in the overtime Cleburne scored on a 2-yard run by Quade Coward, but the point after try was missed.
Everman got a big game from senior Horace Richardson who ran for 87 yards on just eight carries and he hauled in a 24 yard touchdown pass from Devynn Birdow. Andy Anderson ran for 110 tough yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns to pace a balanced Cleburne attack.
With Everman leading 28-20, Cleburne would get a 39 yard touchdown run from Anderson on fourth and one to make the score 28-26 with 1:59 left. The two point try was successful as German Hernandez made a leaping grab in the end zone from quarterback Quade Coward to tie the game up at 28.
Neither team has clinched a playoff spot in what has turned out to be a wacky playoff race in 7-4A, Everman can wrap up their 13th straight trip to the playoffs next week with a win at home against winless Joshua. Cleburne will visit Arlington Seguin next Friday, Cleburne will need a win and a little help to get into the playoffs.
Fort Worth Boswell 35, Keller Timber Creek 15
SAGINAW — Fort Worth Boswell clinched a spot in the playoffs with a victory over Keller Timber Creek. Boswell senior running back Jonathon Epps led Boswell with 140 rushing yards, 91 receiving yards, and three total touchdowns.
Granbury 46, Burleson 27
BURLESON — Brandon Davis rushed for a school-record 325 yards and five touchdowns to lead Granbury past Burleson, keeping Granbury’s hopes alive for a second consecutive playoff berth after a drought of more than three decades.
The victory left the Granbury (5-4, 4-2) tied with Everman for second place in district. Burleson fell into a tie for fourth with Cleburne, which lost 35-34 in overtime to Everman Friday.
Fort Worth Southwest 63, Fort Worth South Hills 18
FORT WORTH — Led by quarterback Wesley Harris’ seven touchdowns, Fort Worth Southwest eliminated Fort Worth South Hills from playoff contention.
Harris threw for three touchdowns and rushed for four. The junior quarterback finished with 194 yards rushing and 183 yards passing for Fort Worth Southwest (8-1,8-0) in District 6-4A.