Centennial, Liberty meet in pivitol 9-4A tilt

FRISCO LIBERTY (5-0, 2-0 9-4A) at No. 6 FRISCO CENTENNIAL (5-0, 2-0)

7 p.m. Friday at Pizza Hut Park

When we saw them last: Touchdowns runs by Stan Shepherd and Zach Smith in the third quarter helped Frisco Liberty squeeze past a much-improved Frisco Heritage team, 20-7. Liberty’s defense, which hasn’t given up more than 17 points this season, held Heritage to 11 rushing yards in the victory. Frisco Centennial registered another dominating win, this time a 51-7 victory over Carrollton Creekview. Centennial’s average margin of victory this is season is 34.4.

2010 result: Liberty had the game won by halftime thanks to an absurd performance from running back Jay Ajayi, who rushed for 292 yards and five touchdowns on 18 carries. With Liberty’s dogs called off in the second half, Centennial added a couple touchdowns to make it look respectable but still lost 41-27.

What’s at stake: A chance at winning the District 9-4A title. The winner still has to get by Frisco, but either Liberty or Centennial will come out of this game as the frontrunner for the 9-4A crown. Neither team has faced a strong opponent yet, so the game also serves as a measuring stick for how they might stack up against playoff teams from other districts.

Key matchup: With both teams playing outstanding defense this season, the onus is on both offenses to find a way to produce points. Liberty came into the year with just one returning starter on offense. While Centennial hasn’t had any trouble putting up points so far this year, its offense is set up by its phenomenal defense.

Players to watch: Centennial quarterback Lamar Jordan can make plays with his arms and his legs. He has 1,058 passing yards, 16 total touchdowns and two interceptions on the year. Liberty’s Aaron Estes received the unenviable task of replacing Jay Ajayi. He has 296 yards and a score so far this year.

Prediction: Frisco Centennial 24, Frisco Liberty 10.