Frisco still running strong in 9-4A after losing RB

October, 11, 2011
10/11/11
10:31
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Frisco has emerged as one of the area’s best offenses this season, and the Raccoons have their running game to thank for it.

Frisco (5-1, 3-0 in District 9-4A) leads all 4A teams in rushing with more than 370 yards per game after switching to the Wing-T formation this year.

Head coach Vance Gibson said his team switched to the Wing-T to better take advantage of its existing personnel and to avoid having the offense based on one player.

The Raccoons suffered the pitfalls of having a quarterback-based offense in 2010. After losing its starter to injury early in the season, Frisco spent the rest of the year trying to find a suitable replacement under center and struggled as a result.

“Before district play, we’d already lost two quarterbacks,” Gibson said. “We were like a lot of people, a spread team. We were throwing the ball and before we got to district play we had no quarterback. We wanted to do something to make sure we weren’t necessarily in a quarterback-driven offense.”

Frisco’s success has vindicated the switch in more ways than one. Not only is Frisco’s offense among the best in the area, but it’s survived the loss of running back Carlos Harris.

Harris led the area in rushing before going down with an ankle injury during Frisco’s win over Frisco Wakeland (4-2, 2-1), but it hasn’t slowed down the Raccoons because they prepared a stable of backs including Ben Cole, Matt Nollman and Jordan Daniels.

Frisco went on to beat Wakeland and has defeated Carrollton R.L. Turner and Carrollton Newman Smith without Harris.

“That’s been the most satisfying thing about this season,” Gibson said. “We’ve had starters out for whatever reason and had kids who hadn’t had a lot of playing time in the past step up and do a phenomenal job.”

Harris started the game against Newman Smith last week but didn’t return after halftime because the ankle was still bothering him. Gibson said Harris is week-to-week and that the team won’t play him until he is 100 percent.

Frisco needs him as soon as possible given its remaining schedule. The Raccoons play at Frisco Centennial (6-0, 3-0) in two weeks and at Frisco Liberty (5-1, 2-1) to close the regular season. Those games will likely decide the 9-4A champion.

Frisco hosts Frisco Heritage (2-4, 1-2) on Friday.

“We expect this to be an extremely tough game,” Gibson said of his game against Heritage.

Jeff Andrews

ESPNDallas.com
Jeff Andrews covers north Metroplex high schools for ESPNDallas.com. He covered high school sports for four years at the Denton Record-Chronicle. Andrews is a graduate of UNT.

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