A good measurement on the quality of a season can be based on if you’re playing after Thanksgiving. Ryan, Guyer, Lake Dallas, Argyle and Liberty Christian are among that group after their wins this weekend. Let’s recap things.
Ryan 31, Hurst L.D. Bell 28
This was the closest game of the weekend games, and it was definitely a good ballgame. Since Ryan (6-4) isn’t good enough to demolish teams this season, it’s made for an entertaining game almost every week. The Raiders came through with a quality win over a pretty good Bell team, a team that had pushed Colleyville Heritage in a 35-30 to close out the regular season.
Ryan hasn’t loss in the first round of the playoffs since 2007. Ryan faces Cedar Hill on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Dragon Stadium in Southlake.
And here’s a great side story from after the game involving Ryan head coach Joey Florence.
First off, after the game, Florence shakes the hands of about 10 or so people before he spots a few Hebron players warming up at the end of the field. Florence runs to them, snatches a fence plank that reads, “Bring The Wood” and runs around with it over his head and urges the Hebron kids to Bring the Wood. He’s good friends with the Hebron head coach Brian Brazil, if I remember correctly.
Then, Florence calls his team to kneel around him in Ryan’s locker room. He had lost a bet to his team, and it was time to pay up.
Florence asks the team, “Y’all want underwear or no?” And the team responds “Underwear!” in hearty unison. Florence then unbuckles his belt, drops his khakis to the floor and throws his palms outwards at his sides as the whole locker room erupted.
Then he rips off the intro of Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight as his whole team chimed in. Guess Flo’s got some flow in him after all.
Other Ryan Notes
– Ryan completed 4-of-5 of its fourth-down conversions. The only it didn’t convert was a ill-timed fake punt early in the fourth quarter on 4th and 10 at Ryan’s 37. Bell couldn’t capitalize.
– In an event that had the entire press box wondering what was going on, Ryan defensive ends J.T. Williams and Sekou Clark had to be physically restrained from each other in the third quarter. I couldn’t get a good look and there were no replays on the scoreboard. Ryan was whistled for offsides on the bizarre play. Florence declined to comment after the game on the matter.
– Bell had two drives of four plays (aka three-and-outs) in the fourth quarter, including its last drive of the game where QB Colson Romano was sacked by Desmond Oliver and Alex Funches at the same time.
Guyer 42, Saginaw 14
Guyer (9-2) hasn’t had a competitive game in weeks. The Wildcats brushed off Saginaw in the Class 4A Division I bi-district contest and will now face Aledo on Friday at 2 p.m. at Northwest ISD Stadium in Justin.
Guyer racked up 552 yards of offense and a whopping 26 first downs against Saginaw. However, the Wildcats committed three turnovers — one interception, two fumbles — and can’t be sloppy against Aledo, the No.3 team in the Class 4A rankings.
Your Black Friday activities should definitely include a trip to Justin the game. If Guyer wins that, they should cruise into the 4A Division I semifinals.
Argyle 45, Bridgeport 0
This outcome wasn’t too hard to predict. And that’s not knocking head coach Danny Henson and Bridgeport at all. It’s just that Argyle (10-1) seems to be pretty good, again.
The Eagles won 10 straight games since a season-opening loss to Abilene Wylie, and there was no question it wasn’t going to lose on Friday night.
Ian Sadler had two touchdowns in the win and he’s been incredible all season for Argyle.
This week Argyle will face Melissa (10-1) at 2 p.m. on Friday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. If the Eagles win that (and they should), they will face either Atlanta or Gilmer.
Liberty Christian 42, San Antonio Antonian 17
Liberty topped San Antonio Antonian 42-17 in the the first round of the the TAPPS Division I playoffs and will now face TCA-Addison in the next round.
Liberty outscored Antonian 28-0 in the second half and scored 21 points in the the fourth quarter.
Liberty’s Foster Ford has really come on strong at the end of the year, and he had two big touchdowns late in the game to lead the Warriors (7-4).
In Thursday’s games, Krum was ousted by Celina and Lake Dallas shutout Saginaw Boswell. The Falcons play Waco this Friday at 1 p.m. in Midlothian.
Notes from around the state
– Navasota, the No.1 team in Class 3A and favorite to win the 3A Division II title, crushed China Spring 62-16.
– La Marque (No. 5 in 3A) and Coldspring-Oakhurst also won and will play each other in one of the state’s best games of the week. The winner will play Navasota. Now that’s rough.
– Blowout out of the week: Cedar Park Vista Ridge 82, Austin Travis 0.
– District 6-5A and 5-5A split its four games against each other (Coppell d. Irving Macarthur, Ryan d. Bell; Euless Trinity d. FM Marcus, Colleyville Heritage d. Hebron)
– District 5-4A has three of its four teams still left in the playoffs (WF Rider, Guyer and Lake Dallas). Azle, the other 5-4A playoff team lost to Birdville.