ARLINGTON - The Lovejoy Leopards (8-3) are known for a high flying offense and big plays and although the offense was solid Saturday the defense stepped up in a big way containing the powerful Frisco (9-2) ground attack in a convincing 34-10 victory at AT&T Stadium.
Through three quarters a Frisco rushing attack that averaged well over 300 yards per game was held to just 50 yards on 19 carries, it was easily the best performance on the defensive side of the ball all year for the Leopards. Lovejoy opened the game with a surprise onside kick and it completely caught Frisco off guard. The Leopards quickly capitalized scoring on a 18 yard touchdown pass to Abraham Dueck from Bowman Sells to give the Leopards a 6-0 lead.
After forcing a Frisco three and out on the next drive, Lovejoy went right back to work again with Sells (who finished the night with 239 yards passing and four touchdowns) hooking up with Dakota Micheals for a 20 yard touchdown pass and a 13-0 Lovejoy lead.
Lovejoy went up 20-0 in the second quarter as Sells hooked up with his star receiver Aaron Fuller from 34 yards out to basically put the game out of reach before halftime. Fuller would end the night as the Leopards leading receiver with ten receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Frisco would recover a fumble late in the second quarter and the Raccoons would convert it into a field goal for a halftime score of 20-3.
Lovejoy would take the opening kickoff of the second half and slice through the Frisco defense again as Fuller would get his second touchdown catch of the game from a yard out to make it 27-3. Lovejoy would extend the lead to 34-3 early in the fourth quarter on a short run by Chad Hesson. Frisco would add a late score against mostly backups for Lovejoy as Idres Ali, who had been the go to guy all year for FHS scored on an 18 yard run to close the scoring at 34-10.
Lovejoy will advance to the area round of the playoffs for just the second time as a Class 5A school and they’ll take on Terrell on Saturday at Allen at a time to be determined.