DRC releases its football preview section on Thursday

The Record-Chronicle releases its annual football preview section tomorrow. Clockwise, from front: Ryan running back Maurice Gordon, Denton defensive end Dailon Holmes, Guyer defensive tackle Carl Thompson, North Texas offensive lineman Cyril Lemon. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

In less than 24 hours, the essential guide to Denton area football will be on your lawn, in a newsstand or tucked away at your favorite gas station.

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Ryan head coach Dave Henigan on freshman QB Spencer Sanders (VIDEO)

Last week, Ryan head coach Dave Henigan announced that freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders will be the team’s starting quarterback in this Friday’s season-opener against Rockwall.

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Guyer WR set to explode on to scene

Guyer wide receiver Alex Honey runs with the ball against Cedar Hill in his first varsity start last season at Longhorn Stadium in Cedar Hill. He will be a key figure in the Wildcats' passing game in 2014. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

In recent years, Guyer has made a habit of spitting out tall, lanky and at times just awkward wide receivers and overnight watching them blossom into standouts with big-time college potential.

Two that come to mind immediately are Conner Crane, who was a three-year starter and progressed from strictly a deep-threat wide receiver into a do-it-all, well-rounded receiver who earned a scholarship to Stanford. After Crane, there was Ellis Jefferson, who began to emerge as a junior but really stood out as a senior and is set to play for Arizona State as a redshirt freshman this season.

In a couple of years, could we be talking about Alex Honey in the same breath?

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Dillman officially staying at Guyer

Kevin Dillman will remain at Guyer despite being ruled ineligible for varsity competition by the UIL. The Nebraska pledge will play quarterback for Guyer's junior varsity. (Denton Record-Chronicle)

In pretty unsurprising news, considering the regular season begins in a week and he’d yet to enroll at Liberty Christian, Guyer senior quarterback Kevin Dillman has decided he will stay at Guyer and play junior varsity football after being ruled ineligible on Aug. 11 by the UIL.

Dillman, a three-star recruit according to 247Sports, committed to Nebraska in April, just two months after moving to Lantana from La Mirada, California. Then, two weeks ago, he was ruled ineligible by the UIL meaning he’d either have to play JV as a senior or transfer to a TAPPS school with hopes of being ruled eligible by that governing body, which likely would’ve happened.

Dillman, a Sweden native, who by all accounts is already a team leader for Guyer despite just having arrived in February, said he made the decision on his own, and without advisement from the coaching staff at Nebraska. He said he considered both Plano Prestonwood and Liberty Christian, but the decision ultimately came down to Guyer and Liberty Christian.

“Oh yeah, it was definitely a hard decision,” said Dillman, a 6-foot-3, 215-pounder with a rocket arm. “I’ve yet to hear from Nebraska what they want me to do, so it’s a decision I based on myself. Pretty much, it’s the people I was around here. They had a more competitive edge in football and their attitude [at Guyer]. That’s why I felt I fit in more here.”

For more on the Dillman decision, which leaves Guyer with probably the best JV quarterback in the free world, see Tuesday’s edition of the Denton Record-Chronicle.

 

 

Ryan starting safety, reserve quarterback transfer out of school

A potential defensive starter and a back-up quarterback will not be with Ryan when the Raiders open the season against Rockwall.

Junior safety Shemar Coleman and junior quarterback Austin Carter have transferred from the program, multiple sources at Ryan confirmed.

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Guyer’s John Walsh did the ALS challenge … and so did I

As you can plainly see, Guyer head football coach John Walsh stepped up to the plate on Wednesday morning, along with his entire staff, and participated in the latest craze, the ALS ice bucket challenge to help raise money for ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease) awareness.

It’s an awful, awful disease for which there is no cure. And while I’ve had my opinions on the recent viral phenomenon, it’s hard to argue with the facts, that it’s raised millions and millions of dollars for ALS research. And that’s obviously a good thing.

So, if you watch the video, you’ll figure out that Walsh and the two-time defending state champions challenged one pretty well-known figure around these parts in Allen head coach Tom Westerburg, or as Walsh accidently called him “Westerburger,” the coach he’ll be looking across the Apogee Stadium field at on Aug. 29. Then, he challenged some scrub known around these parts by the name of Adam Boedeker. Yep, yours truly.

I couldn’t not accept the challenge. Instead of taking the easy way out and having people dump ice water on me in 100-degree heat, I waited until 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday when it was a blustery 91 degrees and dumped the water on myself. So enjoy my video, and my nervous stammering of things like “Guyer Football Wildcats” and “Ice Busket Challenge.”

I challenge Lake Dallas head football coach Michael Young, Guyer head baseball coach Johnny Kinzy, my good buddy Nathan Cross and former Denton Record-Chronicle UNT beat writer Tim MacMahon, now of ESPN Dallas.

I hope all of you do what I did and donate some cash (or skrilla, as the kids might say) to a wonderful cause. Remember, this isn’t about dousing yourself in ice water. Now, it’s time to go warm up. Adios.

Argyle’s Todd Rodgers talks Cleburne scrimmage, season opener (VIDEO)

We’re almost there.

In 10 days, most schools across the state will open the football season. But until then, there still is one more glorified practice left for teams to prepare for their respective season openers.

Argyle scrimmaged Ferris last week and has a final scrimmage against Cleburne this Friday. Argyle head coach Todd Rodgers talks about both of those practices and touches on the season opener against Abilene Wylie.

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Catching up with former Ryan assistant, North Crowley head coach Eugene Rogers

Former Ryan assistant coach Eugene Rogers returned to Ryan last Friday for the team's scrimmage against North Crowley. Rogers is entering his second year as North Crowley's head coach. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Three years passed since the last time Eugene Rogers was on Ryan’s practice field. Before last Friday’s scrimmage, Rogers had never returned to Ryan, where he was an assistant for four years.

Rogers was back last Friday, but it wasn’t to cheer on his old employers. He was in a black, long sleeve T-shirt, instructing the North Crowley Panthers in their scrimmage against the Raiders.

The former Ryan defensive ends coach is tasked with turning around a program that went 3-7 before in 2012 and failed to win a single game in his first season as the Panthers’ head coach.

Rogers said he hopes to take some of the things he learned at Ryan and implement them at North Crowley.

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Guyer ranked No. 11 in national computer poll

Guyer head coach John Walsh hoists the Wildcats' second consecutive 4A state title trophy back in December. Now, Guyer moves up to Class 6A and one computer poll has the Wildcats ranked No. 11 in the nation. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Computer polls are always kind of silly, that much has been established in college football and the BCS and all of that madness.

Recently, there’s been an advent of computer polls broaching the high school football world, including one of the more nationally known ones put out by the fine folks at MaxPreps.

In their latest computer poll, the MaxPreps Freeman Rankings, there are a few notable DFW area powerhouses being well-represented, including two-time defending Class 4A Division I state champions Guyer, who are moving up to the state’s largest classification this year after a two-year hiatus.

Guyer is ranked No. 11 in the poll and is the third-ranked Texas team behind Allen (No. 1) and Cedar Hill (No. 4). Guyer and Allen, of course, open the season on Aug. 29 at UNT’s Apogee Stadium in a game that will have several eyes on it from across the state, and apparently, the country.

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Ryan’s Dave Henigan thoughts on scrimmage against North Crowley (VIDEO)

Ryan’s coaching staff got a glimpse of what they might see in the regular season on Friday night.

The Raiders scrimmaged North Crowley at home as the two teams continued the preparation for their respective season openers. Ryan head coach Dave Henigan had a few things to say about the scrimmage. I’ll let him take it from here.

 

Ryan-North Crowley Scrimmage from Ben Baby on Vimeo.