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Football defeats the undefeated

Caroline Dolberry
Sophomore quarterback no. 10 Alexander Franklin sets up to throw the ball down the field. The Leopards scored five touchdowns against Frisco.

The football team defeated the previously undefeated Frisco Racoons on Friday 38-15 adding to their 8-0 streak. 

“The game on Friday went great,” senior tight end Will Branum said. “We went into it prepared and ready to go, and because of that we got the results we were after.”

So far this season, the team has defeated their competition by at least 30 points every game. Winning by 23 against the Raccoons was the closest game the leopards have had this season.

“We expected the competition to come from their offense being that they run a non-traditional offense,” junior linebacker Bennett Slaughter said. “But the game went great and we were able to destroy the line of scrimmage on both sides.”

The defense held the Raccoons to only two touchdowns and one two-point conversion, one in the first quarter and one in the fourth. The defense also had two interceptions during the game.

“This year we definitely have some real strengths revolving around our explosive passing game,” Branum said. “but our defense has been going crazy and has thus far been a challenge our opponents can’t seem to overcome.”

Frisco was the only other undefeated team in districts and was expected to be one of the toughtest competition in districts. 

“Out of all of our competition in districts, Frisco was the one we were expecting the most challenges from,” junior wide receiver Blake Redding said. “Our defense was able to lock-down their offense and gave them a real challenge.” 

There will be a shortened week of practice as the team will face 1-7 Frisco Lebanon Trail on Thursday.

“Preparationstarts Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with a zoom meeting,” Slaughter said. “Then we go into practice and film at 6:20 everyday of the week and we have after school game-planning for an hour everyday.”

District season will end Nov. 4 after the game against Frsico Liberty. After that game, the team will know their placing and opponents for playoffs. 

“We have one goal this season and that’s a state title,” Branum said. “Nobody is on our team with any mindset other than that.”

The team hopes to continue their undefeated winning streak throughout the end of district season as well as playoffs. 

“We have worked long and hard to be undefeated, but still have a long road ahead,” Slaughter said. “We’re only halfway there, but we’re ready and determined to keep working hard to meet our goal of becoming state champions.

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Margo Friloux, Section Editor
Entering her final year on staff, Margo is excited to work with her Co-Sports Editor and Leopard Life alum, Will Doig. This year is bittersweet to Friloux. She is ready to soak up the rest of her high school years in the newsroom. Out of the newsroom, Friloux is hoping it up, hanging out with friends, going to Braum's, watching “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Star Wars” and hanging out with her sisters. Friloux is an avid Harry Styles and Anakin Skywalker fan. She gets the chance to see her idol, Mr.Styles, in concert this year, and she is determined to make him fall in love with her. In school, Friloux is a part of the Patient Care Technician (PCT) class, NHS, LARK and basketball. Although she’s still shedding tears over the retirement of Parker and Lindsey, she and Doig are still carrying on the Leopard Life legacy. Live. Laugh. Love. TRL. 
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Senior Caroline Dolberry is excited for her third year on TRL and second year as Photo Editor. Dolberry enjoys running on the cross country team and high jumping on the track team. You will often find her at Celebration Park running with her team. Other than sports, Dolberry is involved in her church and in the NHS. She loves spending time with her friends, playing with her dog and definitely eating at Chipotle. She can't wait for her last year on The Red Ledger!

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    Andy ChoyOct 29, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    The game was very well played and most of the supporters were great people enthusiastic about the game. but Frisco High School’s fan gang in yellow shirts was an absolute embarrassment to their school for almost the entire matchup. Some guy with a bullhorn interrupted our band performance with booing until authorities from our school took his bullhorn. It was a noncompetitive performance of music and had nothing to with the football score. They threw junk onto our stands which their cheerleaders had to kindly pick up for them after they left. It’s just absolutely disgraceful of those yellow shirt fans.