High School: Royse City

Frisco isn’t projected to make the playoffs in 2011, but if running back Carlos Harris turns in more performances like the one he put in against McKinney last week, the Raccoons could sneak into the postseason in a District 9-4A that’s in transition.

Harris ran for 232 yards and three touchdowns on just 23 carries, powering Frisco (1-0) to a 39-26 win over the Lions (0-1).

Frisco has shuffled its personnel in its Wing-T offense. Three players saw time at quarterback in 2010, including Harris, who went 15-for-32 for 204 yards and four touchdowns. He led Frisco in rushing with 785 yards.

Eric Allen, one of the players who played QB last year, started the game against McKinney, going 2-for-3 for 28 yards and a touchdown.

Having Allen at QB frees up Harris to focus on running the ball, which could pay huge dividends for a Frisco program looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Frisco plays at Royse City (0-1) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Frisco Liberty RB Jay Ajayi is scoring machine

September, 13, 2010
Frisco Liberty running back Jay Ajayi is lighting up the scoreboard.

In just two games, the Boise State commit has scored 10 touchdowns, good for the most in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Class 4A. Only Flower Mound’s Hunter Lee (14) and Mansfield’s Damon Bullock (11) have scored more, but they’ve both played in three games.

Ajayi has 391 yards on the year on just 29 carries, meaning he’s scoring on average every third time he touches the ball. He’s scored on runs of 35, 62 and 33 this year.

The running back’s play has upstart Liberty (2-0) rolling in nondistrict play as the Red Hawks have pummeled Greenville (59-14) and Denison (56-20).

Liberty hopes to build on its breakout 2009 season, when the Red Hawks went three rounds deep in the playoffs in just their second year as a varsity program.

Liberty plays at Royse City (0-3) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Frisco breaks through to end 23-game skid

September, 7, 2010
Frisco broke a 23-game losing streak this week with a 22-7 win over Royse City, ensuring it won’t have to endure a third straight winless season.

With starting quarterback Jeff Davis on the bench with an injury, backup Eric Allen rushed for back-to-back touchdowns to give Frisco the lead.

Frisco’s athletic programs have been decimated by expansion in Frisco ISD. Since 2003, the district has opened five new schools -- Centennial, Wakeland, Liberty, Heritage and Lone Star. Heritage and Lone Star are playing their inaugural varsity seasons in 2010.

Frisco hosts Class 3A power Lucas Lovejoy at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Texas Top 20: Baseball, softball rankings

April, 21, 2010
ESPN RISE has posted its latest Texas Top 20 poll for both baseball and softball, through games played April 17.

In the baseball poll, Class 5A power Colleyville Heritage and 4A unbeaten Rockwall-Heath maintain their hold on the 1-2 spots. Heritage improved to 25-1-1 last week with victories of 10-2 and 3-2 against Justin Northwest and Euless Trinity, respectively.

At 29-0, Rockwall-Heath not only has the best record of any team in Texas, but also boasts the best record of any team in the national RISE FAB 50 rankings. Jake Thompson had a one-hitter for the Hawks last week, striking out 18 in a 7-0 victory against Royse City.

For the complete Texas Top 20 baseball rankings, go here.

In the softball poll, the top three spots are occupied by Keller (27-1), Frisco Wakeland (27-0-1) and Coppell (27-2).

Keller, ranked No. 2 nationally in the RISE FAB 50, had three wins last week by a combined score of 32-4. Wakeland is ranked No. 1 in Class 4A.

For the complete Texas Top 20 softball rankings, go here.