Thank you for coming out to support your Rangers in a dominating 56-7 victory over the Marshall Mavericks. Your Rangers claimed a regional semi-final victory and earned the right to move on to the Fourth round! We are now one of 8 teams left in the state still in the hunt for the 5A DII State Championship!
This week we face off against the Lancaster Tigers on Friday evening 5:30pm at AT&T Stadium. Come out and support your Rangers as we look to advance to the State Semi-finals (Round 5) of the 5A DII playoffs!
The prevailing wisdom over the past decade is that Frisco ISD might have some great athletes, but its schools would never contend for a state title in football - given the district's constant expansion and continual redrawing of attendance lines.
Frisco Lone Star is doing its best to challenge that assumption.
Behind a stifling defense and an offense stoked by junior quarterback Jason Shelley, Lone Star roared past Marshall, 56-7, in its Class 5A Division II regional semifinal at AT&T Stadium.
Lone Star (12-1) will play Lancaster (10-3) at 5:30 p.m. Friday at AT&T Stadium for the Region II title, only the second time since 1973 where a Frisco program has advanced four rounds deep in the playoffs.
"We've heard that stigma for a long time," Lone Star coach Jeff Rayburn said. "We've only been around six years, but it's obvious to see ... there's not a lack of talent for Lone Star. It's about us continuing to prepare in a great way. We've got great kids; we've got great talent."
Lone Star made it clear, on its first drive, that it could establish traction against Marshall's talented defensive front. Lone Star's offensive line was instrumental throughout, but especially in the game's opening drive, a 14-play, 77-yard affair that ended with a reverse pass from Jaylen Dixon to Shelley on 4th and goal from the 1.
Rayburn said that his line, after battling injuries to two starters, was as healthy as it had been since the start of the season. It showed, as Lone Star gained 580 yards against the 15-5A co-champs.
"They make it easy for us," Shelley said about his line. "So, we just a see a big hole and we'll fill it up."
Shelley accounted for 451 yards and six touchdowns in the win: three passing, two rushing and one receiving score.
"Outstanding, exciting, he's just a playmaker," Lone Star center Christian Hernandez said of Shelley.
The lone ray of offensive success for Marshall (11-2) came in the second quarter, long after Lone Star had established its dominance. After Shelley scored on a 1-yard run to put Lone Star up 21-0, Marshall running back Chavis Mills scored on the very next offensive snap, a 63-yard touchdown run. It was Marshall's first 1st down of the game. Apart from Mills' run, Marshall gained only 50 more yards in the game.
"We knew if we played hard, we could shut any team down," Lone Star defensive lineman Jake Ray said. "And that's been our motto all year. If we played with a lot of energy, like we did today, it doesn't matter if they run it or pass it. We've got trust in our whole defense that we'll get it done."
A win next week would match the longest run in the district's history. Frisco High made the state semifinals in 1973 in the state's smallest 11-man classification, beating Aledo, Allen and Blooming Grove before falling to Vega, 15-7. As a 3A program, Lone Star made it three rounds deep in 2013, with many on the roster contributing as sophomores and freshmen. Frisco Centennial made it four rounds deep in 2012.
"We're hungry," Shelley said. "We had a lot of young guys that were on that first playoff run that we had. We knew we wanted to get back to that, so we had to get some leadership, and get together as a team."
- Opponent: Lancaster Tigers
- Where: AT&T STADIUM
- When: Friday December 4th, 2015 5:30pm Kickoff
- Ticket Prices: $12; Tickets may be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com (1 years old and up must have a ticket) http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0C004EDDBB8C2630
- Parking: $10 (Cash) per car parking at the stadium
- Fan Parking Lots: 1,2,3 and 10 (Same as round 3)
- Sideline: Lone Star will be on the North Sideline (Same as round 3)
- Stadium Entrance- Be aware that only Entries C and H will be operational for high school games. Entry C is located on the east end of the stadium and Entry H is located on the west end of the stadium. You can access both sides of the stadium from both entries.
REPORT TIMES Varsity / Playoff moveups
- Monday / Tuesday: Report by 7:30am
- Weds: Report by 7:45am
Please make sure your student/athlete is studying, preparing and staying on top of all their classes as we are now in the second marking period. Academically 100% of our varsity athletes are eligible; we want to continue winning on and off the field! Make sure your student/athlete is communicating with their position coach.
If we want to win championships, we must be champions daily in all we do!
5 Life Skills that we learn in football that will affect their lives:
2. PHYSICAL CONDITIONING
3. RELATING TO PEERS
4. RELATING TO AUTHORITY
5. REACTING TO AND HANDLING EMOTION
Read the article on the "FIVE LIFE SKILLS"
Please continue to re-iterate these with your son! The more we grow in these 5 Life Skills the more successful our athletes will become on and off the field.
Thank you for your continued support of the program! Please check out the booster club website at www.lonestarfootballnation.com for updates.
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Athletic Coordinator / Head Football Coach