For the second straight week of the 2017 season, the Denison Yellow Jackets take on an opponent whom they lost to a year ago. And for the second straight game, the catalysts for that loss are not there to produce a repeat performance.
Trinity Christian-Addison was able to use its passing game to beat Denison but had to replace its quarterback and top receivers. It was a different-looking attack this time around.
Frisco is the next in line to present some new faces after the three Raccoons who ran for more than 100 yards to take down the Jackets, 34-21, at Munson Stadium have graduated.
All 408 of Frisco’s yards against Denison came on the ground (57 carries) and mostly split between Jamal Stanfield (152 yards and four touchdowns on just seven carries), Kyle Redington (27 carries for 124 yards) and Caden Wright (17 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown).
The run-oriented attack still exists after Frisco rode it to another playoff appearance last season with an 8-3 record, losing to The Colony in a bi-district match-up.
The Raccoons opened this year with a 31-21 District 13-5A loss against Frisco Centennial as part of the opening day Frisco ISD footballpalooza at The Star. Denison won’t be so lucky to play in the Cowboys’ new facility — both of its Thursday games in Frisco are at Memorial Stadium.
Heath Yetter led the Raccoons with 117 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries while Bryson Clemons and Carter Yates added touchdown runs.
Centennial led 21-7 at half-time before Frisco cut the deficit to 28-21 late in the third quarter.
Despite the loss, Frisco still ran for 351 yards on 55 attempts (6.4 per carry) and actually threw nine passes.
Centennial had its success on the ground as well with 32 carries for 214 yards (6.7 an attempt) while completing just 6-of-17 passes for 114 yards.
Both Yates and Jack Marshall saw time at quarterback. Marshall completed 2-of-5 attempts for 23 yards and had 14 yards on five carries. Yates completed one of four throws for 23 yards and had an interception in the fourth quarter to go with 12 carries for 47 yards and a TD.
From a rushing standpoint, eight different Raccoons had carries against Centennial with Yates, Yetter and Cleamons all getting to double digits and Nick Stanton ran eight times, gaining 48 yards.
Terrence Crenshaw had a pair of catches for 44 yards and Travis Torres had a catch for two yards.
Also missing from last season are a pair of big contributors on the offensive line — guard Dawson Deaton and tackle Jack Anderson were first-team all-district picks and are now freshmen at Texas Tech.
On defense, there are some holes to fill but there are a couple of seniors to build around. Dylan Horton is a two-star safety according to Rivals who has committed to SMU and was first-team all-district last season while Pierce DeVaughn is a two-star defensive end and three-year starter who was a second-team all-district selection.
The unit did lose a pair of first-team all-district choices on the line (Logan Steitle and Vincent Ton).
At linebacker, senior Dan Ton was a second-team all-district pick. The Raccoons did lose Connor Swope, who was also named the district’s Special Teams MVP.
Horton leads a secondary that needs to replace a pair of second-team all-district selections (Dillon Haley and Elijah Boyd).
Mitch Houghtlin takes over the kicking duties from Jack Reid, who was second-team all-district as a senior.