High School: Week 10 Class 4A notes

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.

Coin flip could be needed for last 2 7-4A spots

November, 1, 2011
Four teams remain in contention for two playoff spots in a jumbled District 7-4A.

Six weeks of play has settled only two of the four playoff berths. Mansfield Summit and Everman are in.

There remains a good possibility that a coin flip will be needed decide the final two spots.

The saga will play out Friday evening in four 7-4A stadiums.

Here’s a look by school:

*Summit (8-1, 6-0) is the 7-4A champion.

*Everman (5-3, 4-2) has clinched its 13th consecutive spot going into Friday’s home game against 0-9 Joshua.

*Granbury (5-4, 4-2), which hosts Summit, gets in with a win or a loss by Burleson or Cleburne. A Granbury loss and wins by Burleson and Cleburne would force a coin flip between Granbury, Burleson and Cleburne. A coin flip would be needed because the first two tiebreakers, head-to-head and point differential, are tied.

*Burleson (5-4, 3-3) with a win over Crowley gets in if either of two underdogs win: Joshua over Everman or Arlington Seguin over Cleburne.

*Cleburne (4-5, 3-3) gets in with a win and a Burleson loss to Crowley.

*Seguin (3-6, 2-4) gets in with a win over Cleburne and a Burleson loss to Crowley.

Everman will be in the Division II bracket of the 4A playoffs. Summit will be in Division II if both Burleson and Granbury are the final two playoff teams. If Cleburne or Seguin are in the playoffs, Summit will go Division I.
This second-year starter leads the area with 3,211 passing yards and is second in passing touchdowns with 30. He’s thrown only four interceptions on the year and completes more than 67 percent of his passes.

Who is it? Allen’s Alec Morris? Southlake Carroll’s Kenny Hill? Whoever is next in line at Flower Mound?

Nope. It’s Lake Dallas’ Dalyn Williams, one of the most improved and most overlooked quarterbacks in the area.

Williams’ hot hand has the Falcons (7-3, 4-2) thinking they can make a run in the playoffs after clinching District 4-4A’s top Division II seed with last week’s 63-34 win over Little Elm. Williams threw for 474 yards and accounted for eight of Lake Dallas’ nine touchdowns.

Last year in his first season at quarterback after playing receiver as a sophomore, his numbers were less than impressive: 1,282 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions while completing less than 50 percent of his passes. Lake Dallas quietly bowed out of the playoffs in the first round against Canyon Randall 10-6.

There’s little chance opponents hold the Falcons to six points this year with the way Williams is playing, and the Falcons have a favorable draw in Region I, which pulls mostly West Texas teams that aren’t accustomed to tricked-up offenses like Lake Dallas’.

Despite barely being a 4A program (enrollment of 1,176), Lake Dallas always seems to have a great quarterback and an explosive offense. Former Falcon James Franklin is currently the starter at Missouri. Chase Baine played in four games for North Texas last year, including two starts.

W. Mesquite holds edge over Poteet for last spot

November, 1, 2011
West Mesquite and Mesquite Poteet each made an impressive playoff run a year ago, but only one will have a chance to duplicate that success this time around.

The two rivals own identical 4-3 records in District 15-4A, but the advantage in gaining the only remaining playoff berth clearly rests with the Wranglers of West Mesquite.

By virtue of a 22-21 win over Poteet in Week 7, West Mesquite owns the head-to-head advantage should the teams finish tied in the standings. In that watershed win over Poteet, West Mesquite rallied from a 21-3 deficit by scoring the game’s final 19 points in the last 16 minutes.

The Week 10 schedule favors West Mesquite. The Wranglers (4-5) play at Forney (2-7, 1-6) while Poteet (6-3) goes on the road to face 15-4A leader Waxahachie (8-1, 7-0), No. 4 in ESPNDallas.com Class 4A area rankings.

The Wranglers can clinch a playoff berth with either a win or a Poteet loss. The Pirates need the combination of a win over Waxahachie and a Forney upset of the Wranglers.

West Mesquite, bidding for its sixth straight playoff appearance, went three rounds deep a year ago.

Poteet made the most of only its second playoff appearance in nine seasons last year by going to the Class 4A Division II state semifinals, losing to Johnathan Gray and eventual state champion Aledo.

Waxahachie, Corsicana and Lancaster have already secured the top three playoff spots in 15-4A.