With Emerson and Panther Creek high schools playing their first varsity football games last week, Frisco ISD now has a dozen varsity football programs. That's a large number for any school district, but it also shows just how much FISD has grown since the District's second varsity program, Centennial, made its varsity debut in 2004.
Both Emerson and Panther Creek are competing in varsity despite not yet having a senior class. Despite that, Emerson won its first varsity game in thrilling fashion, rallying from two touchdowns behind to beat Dallas Hillcrest 41-34 in overtime.
“Not one player on our team had ever played in a varsity football game before,” Emerson coach Kendall Miller told the Dallas Morning News after the game. “You multiply the emotions in every aspect of a first football game. It really, really was a first football game.”
Panther Creek didn't fare as well in its opener, falling to Independence 49-14, but the Panthers were facing a team with 48 seniors on its roster. Panther Creek has 35 players on its varsity roster and is currently the smallest high school in Frisco ISD -- and the only one that will compete in Class 4A during the 2022 and 2023 school years.
It was an exciting start for both teams and the future is certainly bright for Emerson and Panther Creek. Emerson plays its second game of the season this week, taking on Woodrow Wilson at Kuykendall Stadium on Thursday (Sept. 1), and Panther Creek plays on Friday (Sept. 2) at Fort Worth Arlington Heights. Emerson and Panther Creek play each other on Friday, September 9.