The new $1.5 billion facility that is the home of the Dallas Cowboys and all Frisco high school football teams is shiny, but it can’t compare to the Frisco Lone Star offense.
Led by dual-threat Utah quarterback-commit Jason Shelley, the Rangers exploded to a 34-0 lead in the first half, allowed two late first half touchdowns, but then cruised from there, routing crosstown rival Heritage by a final score of 62-14 as part of the GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff.
Shelley’s big afternoon came despite a slight hamstring injury and early fumble, but those setbacks were apparently just early jitters en route to a dominant performance. Shelley accounted for 344 yards in the first half and finished with 489 with five touchdowns — three passing, two rushing.
“The Cowboys are my favorite team,” Shelley said. “I guess it’s the Cowboys’ energy. I didn’t have jitters about playing in The Star. The Star was just another stadium for us.”
Oh, were there highlights. There was Jaylen Dixon’s meandering, 53-yard touchdown run. That was part of a first half performance in which the three-star wide receiver prospect racked up more than 200 total yards without touching the ball on special teams.
“Jason (Shelley) showed maturity today, coming back from his early mistake,” coach Jeff Rayburn said USA TODAY HSS partner TexasHSFootball.com. “We know they are going to make mistakes, but it’s how they come back and he showed why he is one of the best.”
And then there was lots and lots of Shelley as the Rangers racked up a 41-point lead in the third quarter, giving the four-year staring quarterback a full fourth quarter of rest while fans at The Star contemplated the tough decisions: whether to eat more nachos or a churro.
Lone Star will host Mansfield Timberview next Friday, again at The Star. Another final score like the one Saturday, and Shelley and co. may even make a play for significantly more national attention.
“Its awesome we got to play here today, but it’s just another stadium for that we have played in.” Rayburn said. “Our guys didn’t let the moment of today get to them and they just played ball, but even though we won big today we have things to improve on.”