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Free State Football

2014 J-W All-Area Football Team
December 27, 2014
A look at the 2014 Lawrence Journal-World All-Area Football TeamBy Bobby Nightengale
City players make all-league football
December 2, 2014
Five city football players earned first-team All-Sunflower League honors for their play this season.
Firebirds eliminated in state semifinals
November 22, 2014
Free State High’s football players knew they needed to limit Hutchinson senior running back Blaik Middleton to reach the Class 6A state championship game. It didn’t happen.
FSHS, Hutch battling for finals berth
November 21, 2014
Two weeks ago, Free State High’s football team gave up 293 rushing yards in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs. Members of the defense vowed not to let that happen again.
Motivated Firebirds surge into state semifinals
November 15, 2014
Free State High football players heard all offseason long about how they would struggle after losing last year’s graduating class. They kept that in the back of their minds throughout the season and were ready to prove a point against Junction City on Friday. By Bobby Nightengale
Firebirds have been successful on the road
November 13, 2014
Free State High football players found a way to survive and advance in the first round of the playoffs last week. Unfortunately for them, it doesn’t get any easier.
Firebirds hope to avenge ’08 loss
November 12, 2014
The last time Free State High’s football team faced Junction City, it was the biggest game in program history — the 2008 Class 6A state championship.
Big plays carry FSHS past Wichita Northwest
November 8, 2014
The state playoffs are all about survival, and that’s exactly what Free State High did in a 27-16 football victory over Wichita Northwest on Friday at FSHS. By Bobby Nightengale
Firebirds’ win streak comes at right time
November 6, 2014
Before Free State High’s football team started its current four-game winning streak, the Firebirds were trounced at home by Shawnee Mission East.
Streaking Firebirds take district title
November 1, 2014
There was a time earlier this season when Free State High’s football team was bogged down with injuries to several starters and had a losing record. Not anymore. By Bobby Nightengale
Firebirds look to clinch home-field advantage
October 31, 2014
Free State High football players aren’t just satisfied by clinching a spot in the state playoffs after last week’s victory over Manhattan. They’re focused on getting a top seed and home-field advantage.
Free State tops MHS, clinches playoff berth
October 25, 2014
There wasn’t any champagne in Free State’s locker room or fireworks in the sky after Friday’s game against Manhattan, but that didn’t mean the celebration was any less spirited for the Firebirds. They clinched a spot in the playoffs. By Bobby Nightengale
Free State ground game fuels recent resurgence
October 24, 2014
In the last two weeks, Free State High junior quarterback Bryce Torneden has rushed for 314 yards and four touchdowns. It’s no surprise the Firebirds have won both of those games.
FSHS not satisfied with win over Rural
October 18, 2014
The Firebirds just knew their 42-14 victory over Washburn Rural wouldn’t exactly have coach Bob Lisher scheduling a parade for them. By Benton Smith
Home district triumph top priority for FSHS
October 17, 2014
Free State High’s football team has gone through its ups and downs this season, but there’s been one thing missing — a victory at FSHS.

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