FRISCO- A year ago Frisco Lone Star was sitting at 5-0 and headed into a key district game with The Colony, LSHS got up big and let the lead slip away late and it started a downward spiral that led to missing the playoffs. Fast forward to Thursday night at Memorial Stadium, Lone Star led The Colony 35-7 in the second quarter but a furious comeback by TCHS had cut the lead to 35-28. This time the Rangers were up to the task and improved to 6-0, 4-0 in District 9-5A pulling away for a 56-28 win.
The star of the show was junior QB Jason Shelley who accounted for six touchdowns and 278 yards of offense in the win, but the Lone Star defense which had been labeled as “soft” held the normally potent offense from The Colony to just 144 yards of offense.
LSHS opened up the game with a big defensive play recovering a fumble on The Colony’s first series, the Rangers would capitalize quickly as Shelley would score on a 28 yard run to make it 7-0. After a short kickoff, The Colony would answer with good field position putting together a solid drive to tie the game at seven on a five yard run by Darius Mitchell.
The remainder of the half was totally dominated by Lone Star, as The Colony didn’t pick up a first down until their final drive of the half. Lone Star would go up 14-7 on a 19 yard scoring pass from Shelley to Coby Shelton on third and goal from the 19, Shelton was left all alone on a crossing route and got to the pylon for the score. In the second quarter Shelley would throw two more touchdown passes and run for another score as the Lone Star lead ballooned to 35-7. The Colony after another short kickoff would score right before the half on a seven yard run by QB Jemel Jones to cut the lead to 35-14.
That score gave The Colony defense some momentum as the Cougars climbed back into the game in the third quarter. After forcing a Lone Star three and out on the first series of the third, RB Khalil Banks scored on a five yard run to make it 35-21. The Colony’s defense would come up with a monster play on the next series as DB Kendrick Johnson would pick off a Shelley screen pass and race down the sidelines 72 yards for a score and quickly the Lone Star had been cut to seven at 35-28. The Colony’s defense then forced a three and out to get the ball back with a chance to tie the game. It appeared TCHS got the big play they needed with a reverse run down to the four, but a crucial holding penalty negated the score. TCHS would stall out with a penalty and another sack and would be forced to punt. On the first play of a fourth quarter dominated by Lone Star Jaylen Dixon made the game’s biggest play, returning The Colony punt 65 yards to the TCHS 16 setting up a four yard touchdown run by Robert Hall making it 42-28.
The Colony’s offense would be plagued by penalties the rest of the night and Lone Star proved to be lethal in the fourth as Shelley iced the game with a 61 yard touchdown run to make it 49-28, while Hall finished the scoring off with a 58 yard run to end the scoring at 56-28. Lone Star, at 4-0 in district play is in prime position to make their first ever 5A playoff appearance, while The Colony at 2-2 has a lot of work to do if they want to make their fourth straight playoff trip.