On the morning of Sept. 14, Highland Park players woke up and headed into their Friday night matchup against Frisco Lone Star with the state’s highest honor — a No. 1 ranking. 

That all changed when Lone Star beat Highland Park 30-19 in a much anticipated game. And not only did the Rangers defeat the Scots, they did it convincingly. 

Going into the Week 3 encounter, the Scots just defeated two Class 6A programs in Rockwall, which beat state powerhouse Allen 60-59 in an area-round thriller, and Mesquite Horn. 

Friday afternoon’s rematch will certainly be a show. 

For Lone Star, it is averaging 55 points a game this year, including two playoff games where the Rangers demolished their opponents. The lowest offensive output of the year for the Rangers came against this Scots defense. 

Can Highland Park keep up with the scoring or shut down the talented receiver Marvin Mims? To date, no opposing team has been successful in doing so, including the Scots. 

For Highland Park’s offense, it knows how to score and battle adversity. 

Facing Rockwall right out of the gate, the Scots battled back to win on the arm and legs of star quarterback Chandler Morris, who accounted for 474 yards and five passing touchdowns as well as 180 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.  

Morris is an impressive dual threat. Outside of the loss to Lone Star, Morris has been an absolute nightmare for defenses. 

Highland Park averages 56 points per game, and the Scots and Morris will need to keep up the pace in what looks like it will be a high-scoring match up. 

Prediction

Highland Park 49, Frisco Lone Star Rangers 45