Free State Football

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.
Firebirds slam SM South, 21-6, to get back on track
October 9, 2014
After losing games in the past two weeks, Free State High football players were sick of just talking about how they were going to turn their season around. They were ready to show it.
Ailing Firebirds gird for SM South
October 9, 2014
Every football team in the Sunflower League is dealing with injuries at this time of the year. However, not many teams can compare their injury woes to Free State High’s. By Bobby Nightengale
Lancers run over FSHS, 42-14
October 4, 2014
Free State High football players knew what to expect from Shawnee Mission East’s offense on Friday. They just couldn’t figure out a way to stop it. By Bobby Nightengale
Firebirds vow to be ready
October 3, 2014
Free State High football players weren’t locked in during practice last week, and it led to a loss against Leavenworth. The Firebirds don’t plan to make the same mistake again versus Shawnee Mission East at 7 tonight at FSHS.
Pioneers stun Free State
September 27, 2014
A pair of Juwan Potts touchdowns on kickoff returns keyed Leavenworth’s 35-21 victory over Free State, the program’s first against the Firebirds. By Benton Smith
Running backs make FSHS go
September 26, 2014
Opposing defenses know they need to limit Free State High quarterback Bryce Torneden to be successful against the Firebirds’ offense. Stopping all of Free State’s running backs is a different matter. By Bobby Nightengale
Firebirds senior Spain always reliable
September 23, 2014
Free State High senior Joel Spain was one of the smaller players on the field during the football City Showdown on Friday, but he made some of the biggest plays.
Column: FSHS defense sets tone
September 20, 2014
Don’t tell Free State High football’s Class of 2014, but the Firebirds’ defense might not miss those guys too much this fall. By Benton Smith
Firebirds roll over rival Lawrence, 31-12
September 20, 2014
Free State High football players didn’t expect it to be easy against Lawrence High. Not in the City Showdown, where the rivalry brings out the best from both schools. By Bobby Nightengale
Lions’ RB duo focus of Showdown
September 19, 2014
They aren’t quite as dynamic as Batman and Robin, but Lawrence High running backs JD Woods and Trey Moore have created their own dominant duo during the first two weeks of the season. By Bobby Nightengale
Firebirds QB Torneden learned from his brother
September 17, 2014
Free State High junior quarterback Bryce Torneden spent his first two years at FSHS as a backup to Joe Dineen, but his knowledge of the Firebirds’ offense started long before he became a part of the program.