Few things are more dangerous in the Texas high school football playoffs than a hot dual-threat quarterback, and Frisco Liberty will face one of the hottest in the state in Bastrop’s Josiah Monroe.
In two playoff games, Monroe, dubbed "the Mosiah," has thrown for 901 yards and six touchdowns while adding 325 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.
Bastrop (9-3) will test a Liberty (12-0) defense that’s steadily improved during the season in the third round of the Class 4A Division I playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday at Cowboys Stadium.
In its last five games, Liberty has given up an average of just 6.8 points but hasn’t faced a player like Monroe in any of those games.
While Liberty has a stiff challenge on defense, it has an opening on offense in the form of Bastrop’s run defense. Bastrop gave up 284 yards to Sulphur Springs running back Kendrick Daniels but won, 58-44. It gave up 224 yards to Corsicana’s Cameron Washington but won, 51-34, after a 34-point fourth quarter.
In its regular-season finale, Bastrop, located just southeast of Austin, gave up 431 total rushing yards and two 100-yard rushers.
Liberty doesn’t exactly need help running the ball. Jay Ajayi breached the 2,000-yard mark with his dominating night against South Oak Cliff last week, rushing for 292 yards and four touchdowns. Liberty won, 37-7.
With Monroe leading one offense and Ajayi leading the other, Liberty and Bastrop could be in for a shootout in Liberty’s first appearance at Cowboys Stadium.