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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Frisco takes away Wylie East's dark-horse label

By Jeff Andrews

Wylie East entered the playoffs looking like a dark-horse team with the potential to make a surprise run.

So did Frisco.

In their bi-district matchup, the two teams fought to a standstill that Frisco ended by successfully converting a two-point conversion attempt in the final two minutes to escape with a 25-24 win.

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Frisco faces Dallas Lincoln in the 4A Division II area round at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.

The win highlights a resurgent season for Frisco (9-2). After years of struggling with Frisco ISD’s expansion, the Raccoons have put together their best season since 2006, when they lost in the area round to Whitehouse.

A switch to the Wing-T offense has proved beneficial. Frisco has one of the most productive offenses in the area thanks to its running game, which rushes for more than 300 yards per game. Running back Carlos Harris is among the area’s rushing leaders with more than 1,500 yards this season.

But ironically, it was Frisco’s passing game that sealed the win. On the two-point conversion attempt, quarterback Eric Allen hit Harris in the end zone for the game-winning conversion.

And Frisco’s running game never got going against Wylie East. It tallied 113 yards on 41 carries, hardly the explosive results Frisco is used to. Frisco capitalized on three Wylie East interceptions to make up for its lack of offensive production.

If Frisco gets its running game back on track, it could make a run in Region II. After Lincoln (6-5), Frisco would face the winner between Kilgore and Lancaster. After that, it could be Sulphur Springs, Corsicana or Frisco Centennial, which beat Frisco, 29-22, in the regular season.