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Free State Football

Free State football out to slow Olathe North star
November 14, 2013
The first and last name of the running back who scorched Free State High’s defense like no other this season might not have been uttered by football coach Bob Lisher in the past few days, but his players have heard the name Venus Triplett — amongst themselves or from assistants — more than they would care to. By Benton Smith
Firebirds eager for rematch
November 13, 2013
The first inkling of a rematch crept into the heads of Free State High’s football players on a Thursday night in early October. The Firebirds, ranked No. 1 in Class 6A at the time, had just lost their first game of the season, at Olathe North.
True to form, FSHS football rolls on
After another slow start, Free State advances, 40-14
November 9, 2013
All season the Firebirds have bemoaned their slow starts. Sure enough, they had another one Friday, in the first round of the playoffs against Shawnee Mission Northwest, the bottom seed of the Class 6A east playoffs bracket. By Benton Smith
Final: Free State 40, SM Northwest 14
08:04 p.m., November 8, 2013 Updated 09:30 p.m.
Even another slow start couldn’t keep Free State High from advancing to the second round of the Class 6A football playoffs Friday night at FSHS.
Free State football looking for faster starts in playoffs
November 8, 2013
It’s not that they’re curmudgeons. More like perfectionists. Even with an 8-1 record that earned Free State High’s football team the No. 1 seed in the east bracket of the Class 6A playoffs, coaches and players often left the field after victories unsatisfied with the Firebirds’ overall performance. By Benton Smith
Firebirds’ cornerbacks locked in for playoffs
November 7, 2013
As Free State High prepares for its Friday playoff opener against Shawnee Mission Northwest, coach Bob Lisher has a corner tandem on which he can rely — junior Joel Spain and sophomore Bryce Torneden. By Benton Smith
Firebirds brace for tough test in playoffs
November 6, 2013
Yes, Free State High football owns the top seed on the east side of the Class 6A playoffs bracket. Yes, the Firebirds’ goal is to win the next four games and earn the program’s first state championship. And, no, none of that will matter once the whistle blows for kickoff Friday night at FSHS for their first-round matchup with Shawnee Mission Northwest.
Free State football earns No. 1 seed for playoffs
November 2, 2013
The 28-10 City Showdown victory Friday over Lawrence High that sealed the Free State football team’s District 1 championship also wrapped up a No. 1 seed on the east side of the Class 6A state playoffs bracket for the Firebirds.
LHS football misses out on playoffs by one point
November 2, 2013
During a timeout midway through the fourth quarter, Lawrence High coach Dirk Wedd gathered his players and told them this was the most important five minutes of their football lives — an unexpected speech considering his team was down by 18 points. By Jesse Newell
The hard way: Firebirds take the football, City Showdown from Lions
November 2, 2013
Free State High’s football players had trouble halting Lawrence’s drives via routine tackles or forcing punts on Friday, but six takeaways worked just as well in their 28-10 City Showdown victory, which sealed the District 1 championship for the Firebirds and ended the Lions’ season. By Benton Smith
A push up front: Senior center Wittman grows into leader for LHS
November 1, 2013
Lawrence High senior center Kyle Wittman has grown into a vocal leader for the Lions, who take on rival Free State tonight at 7 p.m. By Benton Smith
Firebirds, Lions not just rivals, but longtime friends
November 1, 2013
Eleven of the football players in tonight’s City Showdown between Lawrence High and Free State were once teammates with the Lawrence Hurricanes sixth-grade team. “It makes it a little more competitive, too,” FSHS senior Joe Dineen said. “You want to beat your friends.” By Benton Smith
FSHS linebackers embrace key roles
October 31, 2013
The Free State High football team’s five starting linebackers didn’t ask for this kind of responsibility, but they gladly took it on, embraced it and owned it. By Benton Smith
Free State QB expected to play
October 29, 2013
Free State High football senior quarterback and free safety Joe Dineen has practiced and is expected to start on Friday against Lawrence.
Sophomores making key contributions to LHS football
October 29, 2013
Months before Lawrence High’s football season began, coach Dirk Wedd saw something special in the incoming sophomore class. By Benton Smith