CAL­LIE CA­PLAN

Lake High­lands, Frisco In­de­pen­dence, He­bron, Mesquite Horn qual­ify

The Dallas Morning News - - Sports Day - CAL­LIE CA­PLAN cal­lie.ca­plan@dal­las­news.com

A hand­ful of play­off spots were de­cided in the wan­ing mo­ments last night, in­clud­ing vic­to­ries by Lake High­lands, Plano East and Frisco Cen­ten­nial. Re­porter Cal­lie Ca­plan re­caps the fi­nal Fri­day of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

On the fi­nal week of the reg­u­lar sea­son, some teams have clinched play­off berths. Oth­ers al­ready know their seed­ings or clas­si­fi­ca­tion di­vi­sions.

But for most, Week 11 rep­re­sents fi­nal ef­forts to con­tinue cam­paigns.

That’s what Lake High­lands faced against Richard­son on Fri­day night.

The con­test was es­sen­tially a win­and­in sit­u­a­tion for the last Dis­trict 8­6A spot, and Lake High­lands’ of­fense burst for 608 to­tal yards, prov­ing the dif­fer­ence in the Wild­cats’ 6335 win.

Quar­ter­back Jak­son Thom­son threw for 345 yards and five touch­downs, while rush­ing for 97 yards on eight car­ries. Kha­mon­dre Phillips pow­ered the ground game with 18 rushes for 113 yards and two scores. Lake High­lands’ de­fense nabbed four turnovers, and the team will face Mansfield Lake Ridge in the first round of the Divi­sion II bracket.

That’s also what Frisco In­de­pen­dence and Frisco Cen­ten­nial faced Fri­day night.

Be­cause Dis­trict 5­5A Div. I cham­pion The Colony beat Lit­tle Elm, that meant the win­ner of In­de­pen­dence and Cen­ten­nial would ad­vance with Frisco Wake­land. And be­cause In­de­pen­dence tal­lied 306 rush­ing yards to down Cen­ten­nial, 3421, the Knights earned at least one more game this sea­son.

To en­sure In­de­pen­dence fin­ished 6­4 for a sec­ond straight year — but didn’t miss the play­offs this time — un­ning back Lo­gan Brun­gardt logged a team­high 111 yards on 14 car­ries in the first half, sit­ting out the sec­ond half be­cause of con­cus­sion­like symp­toms. Quar­ter­back Bray­lon Brax­ton had three to­tal touch­downs, and In­de­pen­dence’s de­fense forced two turnovers.

In­de­pen­dence will play two­time de­fend­ing Class 5A state cham­pion High­land Park in the first round.

“You get on an emo­tional high win­ning the game, but then you think, ‘Hey, we need some help,’” In­de­pen­dence coach Kyle Story said. “When we found out The Colony won and got us in, that was an­other high for us.”

Dis­trict 6­6A has fea­tured sur­prises — Flower Mound’s dis­trict cham­pi­onship and Lewisville’s play­off re­turn — and par­ity through­out the sea­son. But He­bron, pow­ered by 284 rush­ing yards, left no doubt that it wanted 6­6A’s last play­off berth, beat­ing Irv­ing, 52­13, Fri­day night.

Fresh­man run­ning back Isa­iah Broad­way tuned up for his first post­sea­son with 11 car­ries for 128 yards and a touch­down. Quar­ter­back Car­son Har­ris added two scores on the ground and an­other pass­ing.

“We’ve come through a tough dis­trict, lost a lot of tough games and beat some good peo­ple along the way, so we know what we can do,” He­bron coach Brian Brazil said of pre­par­ing for Keller Fos­sil Ridge in the first round. “Im­prov­ing our po­ten­tial is right there for us.”

Be­hind state No. 1 Allen and

Pros­per, Plano East, Plano and Mckin­ney were all in play for the last two spots in Dis­trict 9­6A.

Plano East re­ceived 385 to­tal yards and six touch­downs from quar­ter­back Bran­don Mal­lory against Je­suit to seal a Div. I spot and first­round date with Sachse. Be­cause Pros­per beat Plano, 43­35, and Mckin­ney downed Mckin­ney Boyd, 34­24, Mckin­ney came back from a game down in the dis­trict stand­ings to earn a Div. II spot, thanks to a head­to­head tiebreaker over Plano.

“We’ve played some close games this year to help get us ready for this mo­ment,” said Pros­per coach Bran­don Sch­midt, his team en­ter­ing its first Class 6A play­offs next week. “Hope­fully we can take ad­van­tage of it.”

One of the most com­pelling sto­ry­lines through­out the sea­son has been the Dis­trict 7­6A play­off race. The com­pe­ti­tion fin­ished Fri­day night for the group dubbed “Dis­trict of Doom.” Mansfield Lake Ridge came back to beat Mansfield Sum­mit, 35­24, to deny Sum­mit a play­off berth in the schools’ first Class 6A sea­sons.

Be­cause South Grand Prairie beat Wax­a­hachie on Thurs­day, the War­riors are play­off­bound in 7­6A’s Div. I bracket via a head­to­head tiebreaker over Sum­mit. South Grand Prairie will face state­ranked Dun­canville in the first round, while Desoto is the top Div. I seed and gets Sky­line.

Other teams to clinch play­off spots in Week 11 in­cluded Mesquite Horn, which over­came an 0­7 start this sea­son and beat Tyler Lee on Fri­day night, Col­leyville Her­itage with a vic­tory over Den­ton, and Frisco, which forced five Love­joy turnovers in a three­p­oint win.

Nathan Hun­singer/staff Pho­tog­ra­pher

Lake High­lands coach Lon­nie Jor­dan and his team cel­e­brate their play­off­clinch­ing win over Richard­son. The Wild­cats’ of­fense pow­ered to 608 to­tal yards and the de­fense grabbed four turnovers in the 63­35 vic­tory.

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