Wakeland bests Liberty, sets sights on playoffs

FRISCO, Texas -- Frisco Wakeland coach Marty Secord was quick to congratulate his team following its 13-7 win over Frisco Liberty on Friday but immediately set his sights on the playoffs.

With Wakeland peaking at the perfect time, Secord told his players to be ready for practice at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Wakeland (6-3, 4-2) and Liberty (6-3, 3-3) came into Friday's game tied for third place in District 9-4A.

The game was slow to develop on offense. Wakeland scored first with Zach Paul’s 25-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Liberty answered with only minutes left in the half, a 24-yard touchdown pass fron Conner Navalta to to Izaiah Robinson. But Wakeland struck again before halftime, taking a 10-7 on Nick West’s 8-yard pass to Dan Harrington.

"That helped us. We went into the dressing room feeling good," Secord said.

A third-quarter Wakefield field goal completed the scoring.

"We just needed to get our passing game together and hold onto the ball," West said. "We turned it over a bit too much, so we just have to work on the small things."

Wakeland is 2-2 against Frisco teams this season after its win against the defending district champion.

"Our defense played great. The offensive line was working hard and we just executed," West said. "It’s good for us as a team. We worked all off-season just to get in the playoffs and we just have to get ready now."

Although he did not know what the playoffs have in store, Secord said he is eager to find out.

"Whoever it is, we want to try to represent ourselves well. If you can’t be excited just about being in the playoffs … that’s enough to focus you right there," Secord said.

Wakeland will play R.L. Turner Thursday in the regular-season finale.