Written by Michael Florek
Frisco overcomes loss of leading rusher, holds on to beat Lincoln
ARLINGTON — Frisco lost its leading rusher Max Steitle to a gruesome leg injury on the first play of the game in its Class 4A Div. II area round playoff game against Lincoln on Friday night at AT&T Stadium.
It didn’t matter, as Lucas Reynolds picked up the slack, rushing for 116 yards in a 24-21 win. Frisco will play Ennis in Region 2 regional semifinal.
Two plays after Steitle went down. Frisco fumbled and Lincoln’s Emmanuel Porter fell on the ball. Porter then out jumped a Frisco defender for a 35-yard reception, setting up Lincoln’s first touchdown of the game. A 65-yard kickoff return by Frisco’s Rashad Kilpatrick allowed Frisco to tie the game quickly, but the trouble containing Lincoln’s passing game continued.
Lincoln quarterback Trevon Donnell completed seven straight passes on the ensuing drive, with his last coming after he scrambled to left and found running back Javien Jones in the corner of the end zone for a seven-yard touchdown completion.
A fourth-down stop allowed Lincoln to extend its lead to 21-7 in the second quarter. It stopped Frisco a yard short on a 3rd-and-3 run and made on another stop on 4th-and-1 to take over at the Frisco 44. It needed just five plays to find the end zone again as Donnell recorded his second passing touchdown (and third overall) on a toss to receiver Derrick Neal.
Frisco cut the lead to seven by halftime, then tied the game in the third with a 14-play drive, consisting solely of runs. Frisco got the ball back on an interception and quarterback Jake Battaglia took off for a 34-yard run on the next drive to set up a field goal, giving Frisco it’s first led of the game, 24-21.
Lincoln’s Derrick Neal made a one-handed interception on third-down late in the fourth to give his team one more chance, but the hopes were dashed quickly as Skyler Sowerwine made his second interception of the game and iced the game for Frisco.