Fossil Ridge played on Thursday and allowed for the lone football result, as the Labor Day holiday created a deadline prior to the availability of other results in the area.
Results can be found at www.dfwvarsity.com.
As it turned out, there’s not much to comment on in Ridge’s 30-13 loss to Lake Ridge. The Panthers defense held tough on a few occasions, but couldn’t keep the potent Lake Ridge offense at bay.
The biggest news from the game was the loss of quarterback Bryce Baccarini as time expired in the first half. The Fossil Ridge quarterback did not return for the second half, and his father, head coach Tony Baccarini, told the Star-Telegram that Bryce was taken to a hospital but would be “all right.”
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At Central, the big overtime win over L.D. Bell in Week 1 was a helpful stepping stone as they were hosting Arlington Lamar for Week 2.
Now, though, the schedule doesn’t get any easier, as the Chargers will host a rare Saturday game Sept. 12 at Keller ISD Stadium at 7 p.m.
Senior left tackle Jonathan Farmer said the pre-district schedule for Central is an important part of the season and the stiff competition will pay off later.
“I feel the pre-district schedule is a very important part of football,” Farmer said. “L.D. Bell, Lamar and Wichita Falls are all good football programs and it takes tougher teams to prepare for Ryan, Keller and Fossil Ridge.”
Farmer also noted that with five returner starters on each side of the ball, the remaining positions are able to get up to the speed needed to compete for another playoff spot.
“We’re not a young team, it’s just that the people that are returners have to stand up and be leaders,” the 6-4, 290-pound lineman said. “The people that hadn’t played varsity before have really become great football players,” Farmer added.
And, whether it’s a district game or not, Farmer and the other Central seniors aren’t letting the games come and go without relishing each opportunity.
As a senior, teammates commented prior to the Bell game that Farmer and his fellow seniors were “playing your last, first high school game.”
“I guess I could be saying that every week,” Farmer commented about each subsequent game. “It made me take a step back and ask about the younger players, like the sophomores who are skipping JV and going to varsity,” he explained.
Farmer realizes all players are entering each game as a unique opportunity.
“Each game you get a step closer to being a better leader and a better player,” he said.
Farmer acknowledged the skill position players get the first looks and comments from possible college recruiters, but he is happy with his role and opportunities to make the Chargers’ backs and receivers look good.
The team focus is a key priority, Farmer said, as the team chemistry coming together before the district schedule begins will be a factor of success for Central.
Keller’s return from Midland may seem like a blur by now, as the Indians pulled back into town on Friday morning about 5:30 a.m. after their 35-28 win on Thursday evening.
Although the long trip home may have caused a bit of bus-lag, Keller head coach Carl Stralow said, “Winning cures sleep deprivation.”
Keller was to take on Flower Mound on Sept. 11 in hopes of erasing the 19-17 loss to the Jaguars on last year’s final play of the game.
Keller will be at home this Thursday at 7 p.m. to host Rowlett.
Timber Creek will entertain Irving for the Falcons’ homecoming game, with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Fossil Ridge will be in action at Midlothian, starting at 7:30 p.m.