Football: Ryan, Argyle top preseason coaches poll

The Ryan Raiders stretch before they take the field against Hebron, Thursday, September 3, 2015, in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

The Ryan Raiders stretch before they take the field against Hebron, Thursday, September 3, 2015, in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

As has already been reported, the Texas High School Coaches Association preseason poll is officially out. What does that mean for the Denton area? Well, several teams are on there, of course!

Perhaps to no one’s surprise, both Ryan and Argyle landed top spots. The poll is divided by region and classification, so Ryan — fresh off a 13-1 finish in 2015 — is the No. 1 team in Class 5A Region I. Argyle, a state runner-up last season, is No. 1 in Class 4A Division I Region I.

Guyer, Denton, Lake Dallas, Sanger, Krum and Pilot Point are also listed. Guyer is the No. 7 team in Class 6A Region I. Lake Dallas is No. 6 in 5A Region II.

Here is the list (6A-3A), as was reported by The Dallas Morning News.

Class 6A, Region I

No. Team 2015 Record Pts
1 Cedar Hill (6) 9-2 75
2 Allen (1) 14-1 69
3 Euless Trinity 10-1 53
4 Southlake Carroll 9-3 48
5 DeSoto (1) 6-6 39
6 Arlington Martin 10-3 36
7 Denton Guyer 10-4 33
8 Mansfield 12-3 21
9 San Angelo Central 11-2 14
9 Waco Midway 9-4 14

Others receiving votes: South Grand Prairie 13; Lewisville Marcus 8; Plano East 5; Arlington Lamar 3; Odessa Permian 3; Abilene 2; Belton 2; Duncanville 2.

Class 6A, Region II

 No. Team 2015 Record Pts
1 Conroe The Woodlands (3) 10-2 62
2 Spring Westfield (3) 9-3 59
3 Klein Collins 9-2 47
4 Longview (1) 11-3 40
5 Coppell 6-5 29
6 Rockwall 10-4 28
7 Lufkin 7-4 25
8 Round Rock Cedar Ridge 10-2 23
9 Mesquite Horn (1) 6-5 22
10 Dallas Jesuit 10-2 18

Others receiving votes: Spring 13; Garland Rowlett 12; Tyler 12; Dallas Skyline 9; North Mesquite 9; Houston Stratford 8; Round Rock 7; Beaumont West Brook 6; Austin Bowie 4; Pflugerville Hendrickson 4; Klein Oak 3.

Class 6A, Region III

 No. Team 2015 Record Pts
1 Katy (8) 16-0 80
2 Galena Park North Shore 13-3 52
3 Pearland 11-1 50
4 Richmond George Ranch 16-0 46
5 Houston Lamar 11-2 37
6 Dickinson 12-2 33
7 Houston Cypress Ranch 10-2 31
8 Fort Bend Ridge Point 11-4 22
9 Humble Atascocita 12-2 19
9 Katy Cinco Ranch 9-2 19

Others receiving votes: Friendswood 9; Fort Bend Hightower 8; Houston Cypress Falls 8; Houston Strake Jesuit 6; Pearland Dawson 5; Houston Cypress Creek 3; League City Clear Springs 3; Houston Cy-Fair 2; La Porte 2; League City Clear Creek 2; Alief Elsik 1; Alief Taylor 1; Houston King 1.

Class 6A, Region IV

 No. Team 2015 Record Pts
1 Cibolo Steele (1) 14-1 71
2 Austin Lake Travis (6) 15-1 69
3 Austin Westlake 14-2 57
4 Converse Judson (1) 13-2 53
5 Spring Branch Smithson Valley 10-4 39
6 San Antonio Brennan 9-3 31
7 Schertz Clemens 11-3 21
8 Austin Vandegrift 11-3 19
9 San Antonio Reagan 10-1 17
10 Cedar Park Vista Ridge 12-3 14

Others receiving votes: San Antonio Johnson 11; San Antonio O’Connor 11; McAllen Memorial 7; Laredo United 6; Harlingen 4; Los Fresnos 4; San Antonio Brandeis 4; San Antonio Stevens 2.

Class 5A, Region I

No. Team 2015 Record Pts
1 Denton Ryan (5) 13-1 77
2 Aledo (3) 13-2 74
3 Amarillo 9-3 53
4 Abilene Cooper 7-6 50
5 Canyon Randall 12-2 41
6 Lubbock-Cooper 9-2 32
7 Colleyville Heritage 5-6 30
8 El Paso Eastlake 11-2 16
9 Canyon 10-3 12
9 Wichita Falls Rider 7-5 12

Others receiving votes: North Richland Hills Birdville 9; North Richland Hills Richland 7; Denton 6; Denison 4; El Paso Chapin 4; Fort Worth Boswell 4; Grapevine 3; Lubbock Monterey 3; Fort Worth South Hills 2; White Settlement Brewer 1.

Class 5A, Region II

 No. Team 2015 Record Pts
1 Lancaster (4) 10-4 73
2 Frisco Lone Star (3) 14-2 69
3 Dallas Highland Park (1) 10-2 62
4 Mansfield Lake Ridge 15-1 47
5 Mesquite Poteet 9-4 43
6 Lake Dallas 12-3 30
7 Waxahachie 6-4 28
8 Marshall 11-2 26
9 Wylie East 10-2 21
10 Texarkana Texas 8-3 9

Others receiving votes: Mansfield Summit 6; Longview Pine Tree 5; Mansfield Timberview 5; Frisco Wakeland 4; Hallsville 4; Mansfield Legacy 4; Lucas Lovejoy 2; Dallas South Oak Cliff 1; Everman 1.

Class 5A, Region III

 No. Team 2015 Record Pts
1 Cedar Park (5) 16-0 77
2 Manvel (3) 11-3 72
3 Temple 12-2 57
4 Crosby 11-1 53
5 College Station 10-3 27
5 Magnolia 10-2 27
7 College Station A&M Consolidated 9-4 22
8 Fort Bend Elkins 8-3 17
9 Georgetown 8-4 16
10 Port Neches-Groves 9-3 13

Others receiving votes: Bryan 11; Ennis 9; Dayton 7; Magnolia West 7; Texas City 7; Fort Bend Marshall 4; Brenham 3; Elgin 3; Georgetown East View 2; Nederland 2; Port Arthur Memorial 2; New Caney 1; Waco 1.

Class 5A, Region IV

 No. Team 2015 Record Pts
1 Corpus Christi Calallen (4) 11-3 75
2 Boerne Champion 9-4 58
3 Kerrville Tivy (1) 11-1 51
4 Victoria West (1) 11-2 47
5 Angleton 8-6 38
6 Richmond Foster (1) 10-3 36
7 Edcouch Edcouch-Elsa 8-5 25
8 Dripping Springs 5-5 20
9 San Antonio Alamo Heights 6-4 17
10 Port Lavaca Calhoun 7-4 14

Others receiving votes: Austin LBJ 11; Austin Travis 10 (1); Gregory-Portland 8; Austin 6; Mercedes 6; Corpus Christi Carroll 5; Victoria East 5; Corpus Christi Flour Bluff 3; Lockhart 3; Roma 2.

Class 4A, Division I, Region I

 No. Team 2015 Record Pts
1 Argyle (3) 14-2 39
2 Abilene Wylie (1) 12-3 37
3 Brownwood 11-3 30
4 Andrews 10-2 26
5 Decatur 9-2 23
6 Sanger 10-2 21
7 Stephenville 4-7 15
8 Levelland 7-5 13
9 Pampa 8-4 8
10 Lubbock Estacado 2-8 4

Others receiving votes: Burkburnett 2; Snyder 1; Wichita Falls Hirschi 1.

Class 4A, Division I, Region II

 No. Team 2015 Record Pts
1 Texarkana Liberty-Eylau (2) 12-2 38
2 Kennedale (2) 12-1 37
3 Terrell 11-2 32
4 Alvarado 9-3 19
5 Athens 8-4 18
6 Mineral Wells 10-3 17
7 Kaufman 11-2 16
8 Princeton 7-4 13
8 Van 6-5 13
10 Paris 6-5 10

Others receiving votes: Dallas Carter 5; Carrollton Ranchview 2.

Class 4A, Division I, Region III

 No. Team 2015 Record Pts
1 Carthage (2) 11-4 38
2 Navasota (1) 12-1 35
3 Silsbee (1) 11-3 32
4 Kilgore 8-4 26
5 Stafford 11-1 20
6 Henderson 7-3 18
7 El Campo 9-4 17
8 Bridge City 7-4 8
9 Center 10-3 7
10 Houston North Forest 10-2 5
10 Sealy 6-6 5

Others receiving votes: Tyler Chapel Hill 4; West Columbia Columbia 3; Huffman Hargrave 2.

Class 4A, Division I, Region IV

 No. Team 2015 Record Pts
1 Waco La Vega (3) 16-0 38
2 China Spring 12-2 35
2 Liberty Hill (1) 10-3 35
4 Somerset 10-2 24
5 Gatesville 6-7 22
6 Boerne 7-3 19
7 Burnet 6-5 14
8 La Vernia 7-5 12
9 Rockport-Fulton 7-4 9
10 Taylor 4-7 6

Others receiving votes: Fischer Canyon Lake 4; La Feria 2.

Class 4A, Division II, Region I

 No. Team 2015 Record Pts
1 Sweetwater (1) 12-1 36
2 Monahans 7-5 27
3 Krum (1) 8-6 26
4 Graham (1) 5-6 24
5 Brownfield (1) 8-2 21
5 Iowa Park 7-5 21
7 Perryton 7-6 17
8 Midland Greenwood 6-5 13
9 Bridgeport 5-5 10
10 Glen Rose 3-7 6

Others receiving votes: Denver City 5; Vernon 5; Godley 4; Waxahachie Life 3; Bushland 1; Dalhart 1.

Class 4A, Division II, Region II

 No. Team 2015 Record Pts
1 Gilmer (2) 14-1 38
2 Celina (2) 15-1 37
3 Atlanta 9-5 33
4 Jasper 7-5 23
5 Pittsburg 10-2 20
6 Gladewater 5-6 14
7 Canton 6-6 11
8 Texarkana Pleasant Grove 6-5 7
9 Caddo Mills 8-3 6
9 Melissa 1-9 6

Others receiving votes: Aubrey 5; Emory Rains 5; Ferris 4; Tatum 4; Dallas Lincoln 3; Diboll 2; Wills Point 2.

Class 4A, Division II, Region III

 No. Team 2015 Record Pts
1 Bellville 11-3 35
2 West Orange-Stark (3) 15-1 34
3 La Grange 7-4 28
4 Giddings 12-1 24
5 Fairfield (1) 8-4 23
6 Caldwell 8-5 22
7 Mexia 7-5 17
8 Lorena 9-4 14
9 Robinson 1-9 9
10 Columbus 5-6 3
10 Waco Connally 2-8 3

Others receiving votes: Gonzales 2; Madisonville 2; Orangefield 2; Liberty 1; Shepherd 1.

Class 4A, Division II, Region IV

 No. Team 2015 Record Pts
1 Cuero (4) 9-6 40
2 Geronimo Navarro 11-1 34
3 Sinton 12-1 27
3 Wimberley 5-8 27
5 Wharton 8-4 26
6 Devine 10-2 18
7 Orange Grove 10-1 14
8 Port Isabel 6-4 9
9 Sweeny 2-9 7
10 Aransas Pass 8-4 6

Others receiving votes: Pearsall 4; Crystal City 3; Bandera 2; Rio Hondo 2; Llano 1.

Class 3A, Division I, Region I

 No. Team 2015 Record Pts
1 Brock (4) 16-0 40
2 Wall 12-1 35
3 Shallowater 10-3 32
4 Muleshoe 10-3 29
5 Brady 7-4 18
6 Clyde 8-3 17
7 Breckenridge 7-5 15
8 Littlefield 6-6 11
9 Amarillo River Road 4-7 4
9 Comanche 5-6 4
9 San Angelo Grape Creek 2-8 4
9 Tuscola Jim Ned 5-6 4

Others receiving votes: Bowie 3; Crane 3; Early 1.

Class 3A, Division I, Region II

No. Team 2015 Record Pts
1 Mineola (4) 14-1 40
2 Sunnyvale 12-2 35
3 Pottsboro 11-1 30
4 White Oak 10-3 27
5 Pilot Point 7-3 20
6 Callisburg 10-3 16
7 Grandview 12-1 7
7 Hughes Springs 6-5 7
9 Whitesboro 5-7 6
10 Commerce 5-6 5
10 Maypearl 4-7 5

Others receiving votes: Kemp 4; Winnsboro 4; Howe 3; Redwater 3; Van Alstyne 3; Farmersville 2; Scurry-Rosser 2; Gladewater Sabine 1.

Class 3A, Division I, Region III

 No. Team 2015 Record Pts
1 Cameron Yoe (3) 14-2 38
2 Franklin (1) 15-1 32
3 Malakoff 10-2 27
4 La Marque 9-3 26
5 Coldspring-Oakhurst 7-5 21
5 Teague 11-2 21
7 Rockdale 9-3 16
8 Kirbyville 10-2 14
9 Hitchcock 11-3 11
10 McGregor 5-6 7

Others receiving votes: Palestine Westwood 3; Elkhart 2; Jarrell 1; Woodville 1.

Class 3A, Division I, Region IV

 No. Team 2015 Record Pts
1 Yoakum (1) 6-6 34
2 Hallettsville (1) 9-3 29
3 Mathis (2) 12-3 28
4 Edna 8-4 26
5 Goliad 8-5 25
6 Marion 7-4 19
7 Altair Rice 6-7 14
8 George West 4-7 13
9 Lago Vista 2-8 11
10 Vanderbilt Industrial 2-9 6

Others receiving votes: Van Vleck 4; Jourdanton 3; San Diego 3; Luling 2; Lyford 2; Kingsville Academy 1.

Class 3A, Division II, Region I

 No. Team 2015 Record Pts
1 Canadian (1) 16-0 36
2 Cisco (1) 10-2 34
3 Sonora 8-4 28
4 Coleman 11-2 26
5 Idalou (1) 13-1 23
6 Childress (1) 7-4 17
7 Eastland 10-3 16
7 Spearman 9-2 16
9 Tolar 9-5 12
10 Dublin 5-7 4

Others receiving votes: Alpine 3; Amarillo Highland Park 2; Ballinger 2; San Angelo TLC 1.

Class 3A, Division II, Region II

 No. Team 2015 Record Pts
1 Hooks (2) 9-2 36
2 Henrietta (1) 12-2 33
3 Gunter 8-4 23
4 Daingerfield 5-7 19
5 Big Sandy Harmony 7-5 16
6 Leonard 7-5 15
6 Omaha Pewitt 8-5 15
6 Ore City (1) 9-2 15
9 Winona 7-4 13
10 Alba-Golden 8-3 7

Others receiving votes: Jacksboro 6; Diana New Diana 5; Sadler S & S Consolidated 5; Pattonville Prairiland 4; Queen City 3; De Kalb 2; Holliday 2; Lone Oak 1.

Class 3A, Division II, Region III

 No. Team 2015 Record Pts
1 Newton (3) 8-5 38
2 Crockett 10-4 32
3 Waskom 16-0 27
4 Corrigan-Camden (1) 8-5 23
5 Arp 7-6 22
6 New London West Rusk 12-2 17
7 Dallas Triple A 0-3 12
8 Beckville 11-2 11
9 Marlin 6-6 9
10 Buffalo 4-7 8

Others receiving votes: Elysian Fields 7; Clifton 6; Jewett Leon 4; Garrison 2; Frankston 1; New Waverly 1.

Class 3A, Division II, Region IV

 No. Team 2015 Record Pts
1 Boling (3) 12-2 39
2 Blanco (1) 12-1 35
3 East Bernard 12-3 32
4 Lexington 5-6 24
5 Odem 12-1 23
6 Comfort 5-6 21
7 Schulenburg 5-5 12
8 Rogers 2-8 10
9 Johnson City 8-3 8
10 El Maton Tidehaven 7-5 6
10 Stockdale 5-6 6

Others receiving votes: Hebbronville 2; Dilley 1; Poth 1.

 

 

Guyer hoopsters offered by Sooners

Guyer sophomores-to-be De'Vion Harmon, left, and Jalen Wilson each picked up offers from the Oklahoma Sooners over the weekend. David Minton/DRC

Guyer sophomores-to-be De’Vion Harmon, left, and Jalen Wilson each picked up offers from the Oklahoma Sooners over the weekend. David Minton/DRC

In case you’ve been living under a rock, there are some pretty talented cats in the 2019 class at Guyer.

We saw it in two different sports this past school year. There was obviously running back Noah Cain on the gridiron, and he was joined by classmate De’Vion Harmon, who was a starting wide receiver for the Wildcats. The pair were the first freshmen Guyer coach John Walsh ever had suited up to start a season. And they both were integral in Guyer’s run to the regional final.

Then, we saw it on the hardwood with Harmon and fellow freshman Jalen Wilson, as they led Guyer to a 30-win season and a second-round playoff appearance before falling to powerhouse South Grand Prairie, and it was the two freshmen who often led the way.

Over the weekend, they made a splash on the recruiting scene when they picked up offers on the same night from the Oklahoma Sooners. Not bad for a first offer in the bag for Wilson and a second for Harmon after UT-Arlington made the initial one weeks ago. Harmon has also picked up serious interest from LSU.

Harmon, a Jack-of-all-trades point guard, averaged 13.3 points, 4.5 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game last season for the Wildcats. He announced earlier this summer his decision to give up football and focus exclusively on basketball. Wilson, a 6-5 guard/forward, averaged 14.7 points with a team-high 6.7 rebounds and three assists.

To think, the Wildcats have those two for three more seasons plus a crop of more young studs coming in. The move to the new District 6-6A with the big Plano ISD schools and Allen is going to be a really big challenge on the basketball court, but Guyer is shaping up to be able to compete for a district title.

 

Big-time offers keeping piling up for Cain

A quick look at the above highlight tape (yes, I’m a child of the 80s and I still use the word “tape”), lets you know pretty quickly that Noah Cain doesn’t mess around.

Last season as a freshman — one of two freshman starters on Guyer’s varsity team after John Walsh had gone nine years without ever beginning the season suiting up a freshman much less starting one — Cain burst on to the scene and proved to be one of the hardest runners in the Metroplex.

On Thursday, Cain added another big-time college offer to his list before ever taking a snap as a high school sophomore. It came from Kevin Sumlin and Texas A&M, who joined other Power 5 schools like Arizona, Arizona State, Kansas, Miami and Oklahoma State as ones to jump on the Guyer freshman early.

“It’s a first for me,” Walsh said. “We’ve had these programs offer our kids before but never at 15 years old. It’s a testament to his preparation he’s done prior to this, in his early years. He’s ahead of his time physically. Today, he’s a solid 202 pounds at 15.”

Cain, who’s 5-11, missed the better part of four games last year with a broken hand, but still managed to rack up 1,058 yards on 112 carries (9.4 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns while adding another score through the air.

At this time last year I remember Walsh telling me about a freshman-to-be who was special, but he thought he might lack the home run threat. He quickly erased that doubt, and showed to be the complete package pretty quickly with a spatial awareness well beyond his years.

“He erased any downfield, home run threat doubts in Week 1 with a long run against Allen,” Walsh said. “What we know and what colleges see on tape is that, other than being physically gifted, he has natural vision and patience to set up blocks. That’s the last thing a good running back usually gets, but he has that already.”

Denton’s Grant Polley Commits to Colorado

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Entering his senior season with a wealth of offers, Denton High School’s Grant Polley has drawn interest from around the country and Monday night he joined one of his teammates headed to the Pac-12.

Announcing on his Twitter, the 6-4, 270-pound offensive guard Polley committed to Colorado.

Polley originally committed to Kansas in late January and had over 20 total offers including Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, Purdue, Houston, Arizona State, California, TCU, Texas Tech and North Texas.

Denton cornerback and wideout Chris Miller also recently committed to Colorado in late June.

Named to the Class 5A All-State first team, Polley helped the Broncos to a 9-3 record last season and an 8-4 season in his sophomore campaign.

Polley had 128 knockdowns while protecting quarterback Colt Atkinson’s blind side last season, allowing just five pressures and no sacks in the regular season while also blocking for all-state running back Xavier Scott.

Denton’s Hunter Dozier competes in All-Star Futures game

After a solid start to the season since his promotion to Triple-A Omaha, Denton’s Hunter Dozier competed in the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday in San Diego.

Playing for the U.S. Futures all-stars against the World Futures all-stars, Dozier finally got in the game in the bottom of the eighth inning, where he reached on a fielder’s choice and stole a base.

The World Futures beat the U.S. Futures 11-3 and Dozier will head back to Omaha where he is hitting .298 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs in 47 games.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/2016-futures-game-box-score/#Z6xldZYYGIrllQ4O.97 

Here is some of the gear Dozier got to sport…

 

Raiders QB Spencer Sanders earns MVP nod at ‘Prime21′ camp, invite to Future 50

Ryan sophomore quarterback Spencer Sanders (3) holds back Guyer senior linebacker Dharrius Timmons (7), Friday, November 6, 2015, at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

Ryan sophomore quarterback Spencer Sanders (3) holds back Guyer senior linebacker Dharrius Timmons (7), Friday, November 6, 2015, at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

All in all, it was an impressive Saturday for Ryan High School quarterback Spencer Sanders.

Sanders, who will be a junior this fall, was named MVP at his position at Deion Sanders’ Prime21 Camp presented by Under Armour today in Dallas. Along with that nod, he was invited to the third-annual Under Armour Future 50, set for January in Orlando, Florida.

The Future 50 gives invitees an up-close look at what it’s like to be a player in the Under Armour All-America Game, which is for seniors.

“I didn’t care if I was named MVP [on Saturday], or if I ended up being the worst guy there. Just having the chance to be there was awesome,” Sanders said. “It was a great experience, and it feels awesome to be part of the Future 50.

“I knew this camp was big, but I didn’t realize how big it was until I got there.”

Sanders thought Saturday’s camp was only for regional athletes when he received his invitation a few months ago, but he couldn’t have been more wrong.

The Prime21 camp, touted as a complete developmental experience, brought in 45 of the nation’s top athletes from the classes of 2018 and 2019 and featured both classroom and field instruction from several former NFL players, including Sanders, LaDainian Tomlinson and Jeff Blake.

Sanders said his biggest takeaway was focusing on throwing mechanics — specifically, keeping his elbow up.

“That was the biggest thing, because I do mess up on that a lot,” Sanders said. “It took me about 10 minutes to get the hang of it, and then I just started ripping it.”

Sanders is the No. 9 dual-threat quarterback in his class according to recruiting website 247Sports’ composite rankings. He has 12 offers, including one from every Power Five conference.

He started as a freshman for Ryan and had his best season as a sophomore, when he passed and rushed for more than 3,400 yards and accounted for 38 touchdowns (24 passing, 12 rushing). Ryan went 13-1 in the state’s largest classification, losing to Allen in the Class 6A Division I Region I final.

Ryan is regarded as a state title contender in 2016 after its drop to Class 5A.

“I’m looking forward to this season,” Sanders said. “We have some great team chemistry and I think it will be a great season.

“I appreciate [all the recruiting attention]. I just thank God and my family, because without them, I wouldn’t be here. I want to stay humble and grind.”

Guyer’s Mack stepping away from coaching, assistant to take over

Addie Mack, who coached Guyer's volleyball team for the past five seasons, will step away from the court but remain at the school as a teacher. David Minton/DRC

Addie Mack, who coached Guyer’s volleyball team for the past five seasons, will step away from the court but remain at the school as a teacher. David Minton/DRC

Addie Mack said she realized a personal change might be in order as far back as this past volleyball season in the fall, and on Thursday she made it official.

Mack will step away from coaching volleyball at Guyer High School, where she’s led the program for the past five seasons as the second volleyball coach in school history.

Mack said her growing family made the decision to step down from coaching an easy one. She will continue to teach math at Guyer.

“It was a really tough decision,” Mack said. “With me having my new baby — she just turned 1 — I realized that I needed to put more time and energy into my kids. I realized this past season how much I really missed them. I just knew it’d be best for me and my family to put more time into my family.”

Mack’s teams made the postseason the past four years and claimed district titles in the past three seasons, one of which was a co-championship with Trophy Club Nelson.

The Lady Wildcats made their deepest playoff run in Mack’s tenure, and their deepest in the state’s largest classification, in 2014 when they were eliminated in the third round by state powerhouse Southlake Carroll. Guyer lost to Plano in the bi-district round this past season.

Mack said she was emotional while telling her players on Thursday but let them know she’d still be a part of their lives as a teacher at the school. She also said she would step away and let her former assistant, Erin Harden, run the program the way she sees fit.

“It was a hard thing to do,” Mack said of breaking the news to Guyer’s players. “There were a lot of tears and hugs and well-wishes between the kids and myself. That was pretty tough. They at least know I’m on campus still and I’ll still be a part of their lives.

“But I’m also going to step away and let [Erin] Harden do what she needs to do the program and allow her to run it her own way without me interfering.”

ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872 and via Twitter at @aboedeker.

DCTF highlights — What Texas’ premier football magazine has to say about Ryan

Denton Ryan defensive tackle Ken McLaurin (5) celebrates after linebacker Nick Watts (11) caught an interception in the fourth quarter during a high school football class 6A division I Region I area playoff round game between Denton Ryan and South Grand Prairie at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Friday November 20, 2015 (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)

Denton Ryan defensive tackle Ken McLaurin (5) celebrates after linebacker Nick Watts (11) caught an interception in the fourth quarter during a high school football class 6A division I Region I area playoff round game between Denton Ryan and South Grand Prairie at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Friday November 20, 2015 (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football is seen as the Bible for Texas high school football, so when you can grab a copy off newsstands — or in our case, get a free copy in the mail — you can’t help but immediately read it cover to cover.

So what is the DCTF crew saying about the Ryan Raiders? Well, they are echoing what all of us have been thinking ever since last year’s 13-1 finish in Class 6A — Ryan is a beast, and with 15 starters back for its impending run in Class 5A, there is every reason to believe this is a state championship team.

Here are a few takeaways:

— DCTF has Ryan No. 1 on its preseason Class 5A Top 40 rankings. Interestingly enough, the 2016 Coaches Poll has the Raiders sitting at No. 4 behind Cedar Park, Aledo, and Manvel.

— The Raiders are not only picked to win the newly-formed District 5-5A, but DCTF has them beating Cedar Park in the Class 5A Division I state title game next December at AT&T Stadium. They are billing it as the “new blood against the defending champ”, though Ryan only missed the playoffs once in the last 16 seasons and has played in five title games. I’d hardly call them “new blood” but I understand where they are going.

— Not a single offensive standout from Ryan made the preseason all-state team, though do-it-all linebacker/running back Tyreke Davis made it on defense. Davis, a senior-to-be, is a North Texas commit and was our Denton Record-Chronicle MVP.

— There’s a great article by Greg Tepper discussing how realignment, and specifically, the opening of Braswell, have paved the way for the Raiders to have an even bigger year in Class 5A. Ryan’s enrollment numbers dropped from 2,334 in the 2014 UIL realignment to 2,067 in the latest round of redistricting. That puts Ryan just under the 6A cutoff of 2,149.

There’s plenty more where that came from, including more player rankings and team breakdowns, so make sure to go buy a copy and see for yourself. Great job by the folks over at Dave Campbell’s for another stellar magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan basketball assistant, Pittman, leaving for head coaching job at Kimball

Michael Pittman has been by the side of Ryan High School girls basketball coach Monesha Allen for 12 seasons, making him her longest-tenured assistant.

That coaching relationship has come to a bittersweet end. Pittman confirmed Thursday that he is the new girls basketball coach at Dallas Kimball High School, making him a head coach for the first time since 2000.

“I was able to see my three kids go through this school and I have a lot of wonderful memories here,” Pittman said. “Ryan did a lot for my family on a personal level by raising money, food, clothing and school supplies when several of my family members were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. I will never forget that.

“This was a great opportunity to be a head coach again, but I will always be a Ryan Raider.”

Pittman was the head coach at Grambling Laboratory Charter School in Louisiana, leading his team to a top-10 state ranking before eventually coming to Ryan.

He was a freshman, junior varsity and varsity assistant during his tenure at Ryan, which saw the Lady Raiders make the postseason in eight of the 12 seasons he was on the staff. That included a Class 4A regional tournament appearance in 2010.

Last season, Ryan finished 17-13 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Allen, who will soon begin her 15th season at the helm, credited Pittman for always being a professional.

“There are no words that can explain in detail what he has meant to me and this program,” Allen said. “He was a head coach before, so even the little things that you didn’t ask him to do, he knew to do them. It’s those little things you take for granted, because he was always here.

“We will miss him, but he has an opportunity and needs to take advantage of it.”

STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.

 

 

Broncos picked 2nd in District 5-5A by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury and quarterback Patrick Mahomes grace the cover of this year’s Dave Campbell’s Texas Football and with a new cover comes new predictions.

With several local area teams going through district realignment earlier this year, the Denton Broncos still find themselves in District 5-5A, but many of the teams around them have changed.

Gone are Fort Worth Chisholm Trail, Saginaw, Saginaw Boswell, Azle and Fort Worth Brewer from last year’s eight-team district and incoming are Ryan, Denison, Sherman and newly-formed Denton Braswell into this year’s seven-team district.

After being predicted to come in second in the district behind Wichita Falls Rider last season, the Broncos rattled off a 6-1 district record and a share of the district championship for the first time since 1999.

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This season, and keep in mind these are just predictions, the Broncos have been prognosticated to place second behind Ryan, who is favored to win the Class 5A football title after falling 48-27 to Allen in last year’s Class 6A Division I Region I game.

Denton finished the season at 9-3, beating Grapevine 12-11 in their opening playoff game before falling to state powerhouse Aledo in the second round for the second consecutive season.

Behind the Broncos are Rider and the newly-added Denison to round out the top four playoff spots with Wichita Falls, Sherman and Braswell rounding out the final three teams.

It’s no surprise Denton is getting more respect after going 8-4 and making the playoffs for the first time since 2010 two seasons ago and this upcoming season Denton is returning six starters on both sides of the ball, headlined by first-team all-state representative Grant Polley and dynamic wideout Chris Miller.

Polley and Miller are entering their senior seasons with Polley committed to Kansas and Miller recently committing to Colorado.

Senior quarterback Colt Atkinson will return as a starter for the second season after throwing for 2,225 yards and 25 touchdowns in his junior campaign, but the Broncos will have to adjust with life without all-state running back Xavier Scott, who graduated this year.

Senior Caleb Osuofa and junior Adrian Wilson are expected to fill in the big hole that Scott left.

The Broncos also have a wealth of depth for the upcoming season and head coach Kevin Atkinson is quoted as he is “extremely excited about his senior class.”

Picked to place second in the district for the last two years by Dave Campbell, the Broncos are showing an uptick under Atkinson when it comes to predictions as the Broncos were picked seventh out of eight teams in District 5-4A in 2013 and in 2014 the Broncos were picked fourth in the newly-aligned District 5-5A.