In their second year of varsity football, and third year as a school, Frisco Independence is knocking on the door of their first playoff appearance. A 38-35 victory over Frisco Wakeland in a District 13-5A has the Knights in prime position for postseason play.
“Hopefully tonight gets us in a playoff spot, I don’t know how the other games will go this week, but tonight’s win could be really huge for us.” Independence head coach Kyle Story said as he was getting a congratulatory kiss from his wife on the field postgame.
The Knights (7-1, 4-1) never trailed in Thursday night’s contest, but when Wakeland (5-3,3-2) got the ball down three at their own one-yard line with 1:35 left in the game it was nail-biting time for the fans in purple and black.
“We’ve been in a close game here before against Heritage and they scored with nine seconds to go and beat us, and I had an eerie feeling tonight cause these guys are hard to stop,” Story said. “But when I saw Logan Brungardt, makes that pick for the game winner.”
The star of the night was Independence running back Dom Williams, he had four touchdowns, three rushing and one catching on 291 yards with 33 carries. Entering the game, the Kansas commit had just over 1,800 yards on the season and carried his team to a victory tonight.
“I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder and I just come here and run my heart out and play hard,” Williams said. “Holding on tonight was huge for us building our confidence since not a lot of people believed in us.”
For Wakeland their stud running back Jay Orji left the game in the first half as he was having to deal with a lingering ankle sprain, only had three carries for two yards. Quarterback Cooper Chandler was able to throw for 217 yards and two touchdowns, but Wakeland was never able to get that one big stop and then score the touchdown to threaten the Knights lead.
Tonight was for Independence coming onto the scene and making their doubters believers.