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Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Liberty, Heritage vie for last playoff spot in 9-4A

By Jeff Andrews

It’s fitting that the last playoff spot in District 9-4A comes down to Frisco Liberty and Frisco Heritage.

No two schools better exemplify the turbulent nature of athletics in Frisco ISD. Last year Liberty roared to an undefeated regular season while Heritage went winless in its first year of varsity play.

The opening of Heritage split Liberty’s current senior class, leaving the Redhawks short-handed for 2011. The split left little to separate the two, who are tied for fourth place heading into Week 10.

Liberty (6-3, 3-3) beat Heritage (4-5, 3-3) 20-7 in September and thus owns the tiebreaker should the two remain tied after Friday.

There’s a pretty good chance that happens. Liberty closes the season against Frisco (7-2, 5-1) while Heritage draws an even tougher assignment: Frisco Centennial (9-0, 6-0), the No. 5 team in the ESPNDallas.com Class 4A area rankings.

Whichever team gets in will have a tough bi-district matchup given that 9-4A plays 10-4A in the first round. Possible opponents for Liberty include Highland Park and Rockwall-Heath. Heritage would face Wylie East or Highland Park.