At a few games around the area, the outcome had been decided before the the bands could leave the bleachers for their halftime performance.
We’re five weeks into the season, and Guyer, Ryan and Argyle look as good as advertised, while Lake Dallas shows some young promise as we get into the heart of the season. Adam Boedeker and I break down the weekend’s top city and area games.
Ryan 49, McKinney 20
Ben Baby: This one was over before the first half was even finished. Ryan struggled last season against McKinney and barely escaped with a 7-point win. Both teams hardly resembled their 2012 versions on Friday night and Ryan picked up their fourth straight win.
It was win No.199 for Ryan head coach Joey Florence, and it was the easiest win for the Raiders this season. Ryan’s defense went almost 56 minutes without surrendering a point before the backups gave up 13straight points to the McKinney first-team offense.
Ryan still hasn’t faced a challenge yet and judging by the rest of the schedule, the Raiders won’t see a challenge until Hebron on Oct. 18. Ryan won’t play another home game until Oct. 25. That’s when the Raiders will be able to gauge how far they’ll travel in the playoffs.
Adam Boedeker: The Raiders are off to a red-hot 4-0 start this season that has left Joey Florence just one win shy of No. 200 on the career win list — much sooner than many people might have thought. McKinney was the first Class 5A team Ryan has faced this season, but it’s far from the best team they’ve faced (that’d be Wichita Falls Rider). Yet, the Raiders just continue to blow people out, good or bad teams, it just doesn’t matter.
Ryan kept up its big-time rushing attack as several players saw touches en route to a 278-yard rushing performance for the team while the Ryan defense gave up just 290 yards and held McKinney scoreless for the first half.
There’s plenty of good teams left on Ryan’s schedule once District 5-5A play rolls around after the Raiders’ second bye week in three weeks. Flower Mound Marcus could be win No. 200 for Florence when district play kicks off, but things will definitely get tougher.
Guyer 41, Azle 10
Baby: Chalk this one up in the “Saw This Blowout Coming” category. There was no problem for the defending Class 4A Division I state champs, and I’m not sure if anybody expected otherwise.
The Wildcats opened District 5-4A play in dominant fashion and based on the way Ryan ripped through Rider, Guyer should continue to put on dominant performances until the Wildcats are a couple rounds deep in the playoffs.
I’m with Adam (see below) and I’m very impressed with Guyer’s defense. Allowing less than 40 rushing yards for the third straight game is something doesn’t happen often.
Boedeker: Unlike last season when Guyer roared out to a 21-0 lead on Azle just minutes into the Distirct 5-4A opener in a dominant effort, the Wildcats struggled to get things going offensively early in Friday’s district opener at Azle.
But the end result was the same as Guyer beat Azle 41-10 behind a dominant defensive effort — a common sight nowadays when watching the Wildcats play.
Jerrod Heard called his own game “awful” on Twitter after the game, and the stats might prove that true as he threw two picks. But it wasn’t all bad, as he did rush for a score and throw for three more.
The defense? Wow. The Hornets had just 38 rushing yards on 34 carries and passed for 172 yards — the third straight game the Wildcats have allowed fewer than 40 yards on the ground. The boring district schedule appears to be in full gear. Aside that from that Wichita Falls Rider on Oct. 25, might as well settle in for some snoozers until December.
Lake Dallas 42, Denton 28
Baby: The District 5-4A opener couldn’t have been bigger for Lake Dallas and Denton, and Lake Dallas was the team that came away with a key victory. Both teams will be jockeying for a playoff spot in a very competitive district and the Falcons earned some early separation behind Dagan Haehn’s 96 rushing yards and 187 passing yards.
Denton’s running game only averaged 3.69 yards per carry against Lake Dallas. In turn, that makes it a lot tougher to throw the football. There’s still plenty of time left before the end of the season and both teams can negate what happened in the district opener. Things won’t get any easier for Denton, as they face Guyer next weekend in a crosstown affair.
Boedeker: As always, the Broncos’ passing game was efficient, this time behind two quarterbacks, Cy Ward and Christian Rodriguez. But there just weren’t enough big plays for the Broncos, something Lake Dallas is known for, to top the Falcons in the district opener.
Lake Dallas is young, and it showed at times at Bronco Field, with two interceptions, including one from sophomore quarterback Dagan Haehn.
But ultimately, Haehn was too much for the Broncos as the sophomore rushed for a score and threw two touchdowns to fellow sophomore Keegan Brewer.
Sanger 27, Aubrey 22
Baby: Sanger is starting to prove that last year’s 0-10 season was nothing more than an aberration in a year filled with injuries. Sanger’s Tre’von Jackson was big again and scored three touchdowns and rushed for 112 yards in the Indians’ third consecutive victory.
But the thing might be troubling for Aubrey head coach Mike Segleski is the Chaps’ offense. Aubrey running back Daniel Longhenry picked up 39 yards on 13 carries. Longhenry was hampered by a knee injury against Pilot Point, and he didn’t get see his normal workload or production against Sanger. It’s also hard for an offense to pick up momentum when it only picks up 13 first downs.
Boedeker: After getting torched by Boyd’s offense last week in a Sanger win, the Indians defense bounced back in a big way and put a game in its hands to help the Indians win their straight game after going through a 14-game losing skid that spanned three different seasons. Sanger running back Tre’von Jackson shined once again as he rushed for 112 yards and three touchdowns to help give Sanger its third straight win.
Argyle 52, Wilmer-Hutchins 12
Baby: This was another rout on Friday night, as this game ended in the third quarter with Argyle up 52-0. Argyle’s defense was flawless and finished the game having only allowed 126 rushing yards. Wilmer-Hutchins picked up 21 rushing yards on 28 carries (that’s an average of 0.75 yards a carry) and turned the ball over six times, a recipe that will get any team rolled. And when you’re playing the No.4 team in Class 3A and a team like Argyle, it’s not going to be easy even without committing turnovers.
Boedeker: Thought Ian Sadler couldn’t do anything else? Well, add start a game at quarterback to the list as the senior wide receiver/do-it-all everything made the start under center for the injured Brandon Boyzuick before catching a TD pass from Argyle head coach Todd Rodgers’ son, Cooper, in the second half. Sadler and the Eagles’ offense also got a ton of help from their defensive teammates as the Eagles converted five of their six defensive turnovers into touchdowns.