If you’re a fan of area high school football (and I’m going to go ahead and assume that’s the case since you’re here), there was plenty to cheer about following last weekend’s round of high school games.
It was the first time since the final week of the 2010 regular season that all three Denton ISD high schools won the same week. Only two area schools, Sanger and Krum, couldn’t pick up their first wins of the season.
But as for everybody else, there were plenty of positives when the weekend’s action was all wrapped up. Adam Boedeker and I break down last weekend’s games.
Ryan 42, Wichita Falls Rider 10
Ben Baby: I’m just going to save everybody’s time and say CLICK HERE to read my thoughts on Ryan’s big win last Thursday.
Adam Boedeker: As impressive as Guyer’s win was for its own reasons, the most impressive win of the weekend from a pure football perspective came up Highway 287 in Wichita Falls. Wow. Ryan laid the smack down on a very good Wichita Falls Rider squad in a game that was never really close and over before it seemingly began.
Rider receiver Davon Allison, who racked up more than 250 yards in the “other Raiders’” Week Zero win over Abilene Cooper, was held to 8 yards on one catch and the Ryan defensive front, that has been highly touted, as always, appears to be for real.
If that stat is indicative of a suddently effective Ryan pass defense, look out, because we know the Raiders are going to stop the run.
Oh man, that fantasy Guyer-Ryan matchup looks all the more enticing right now. #sadface
Guyer 35, Colleyville Heritage 14
BB: As a Heritage alum (Panther Fight Never Dies, or at least that’s what the coaches tell you), I was interested in how the Panthers would look after a blowout loss to Duncanville.
Well, Guyer didn’t make Heritage look good at all in a 35-14 victory, giving the Wildcats their first win of the season. You could tell with everything that went on this week that it was going to be tough early on, and it was. Guyer did what was needed to finish strongly.
A lot of the Ryan coaches asked me for updates afterwards, so it was clearly something other across town were interested in, and for good reason. It’s great to see the town unite when tragedy strikes.
AB: We’ve talked about it plenty over the past week — one of the longest weeks I remember having to deal with the sadness surrounding the Nate Maki tragedy. What the Wildcats did in the wake of it was pretty remarkable. With just one day to prepare for Colleyville Heritage after Monday’s practice was canceled, the Wildcats put it on the Panthers.
All of the emotion and mental perseverance was evident after the Wildcats attended Maki’s funeral Thursday morning before rolling to a 35-14 win over Heritage. The Wildcats were effective on the ground — as always — but the most impressive thing about this game was the Guyer defense. Heritage managed one, count ‘em, one rushing yards on 27 carries as the Wildcats racked up nine sacks. Heritage is far from the Panther squad that beat Guyer in 2012, but they still put up 40-plus points the week before, and Guyer’s defensive performance was outstanding.
Denton 51, Carrollton Turner 18
BB: This was a pretty big win for Denton, even if it was over Turner, a team Denton’s had plenty of success against over the years.
Denton’s passing attack was key for the Broncos. Quarterback Cy Ward went 14-for-15 with 185 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Denton picked up its first win, and I think it definitely gives the Broncos some much-needed confidence. If Denton can turn things around in head coach Kevin Atkinson’s second season, it’ll make the playoffs that much more interesting around the city.
AB: After a disappointing season-opening loss, the Broncos did themselves a favor by bouncing back in a big way with a big win over Carrollton R.L. Turner, turning in a lopsided 51-18 score to gain some confidence with one more tune-up game before the District 5-4A gauntlet begins.
Cy Ward was near-perfect under center with just one incompletion and Deandre Coleman hauled in six balls for 111 yards and two touchdowns. But perhaps the brightest point of the Broncos’ offense came from sophomore running back Xavier Scott, who turned in 135 rushing yards on just 10 carries even though he remarkably didn’t find the end zone despite averaging better than 13 yards per carry.
Still, this is a big win and a confidence boost for the Broncos, and it could go a long way for their play the rest of the season.
Lake Dallas 51, Frisco Centennial 44 (2OT)
BB: I would have loved to be at this game as a spectator. It was a strong showing by sophomore quarterback Dagan Haehn, who helped will the Falcons to a win. Centennial gave the Falcons plenty of problems in a win last season. Haehn threw for 333 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions, great numbers for a sophomore. If he keeps this up, the sophomore could be the next in a line of great Lake Dallas quarterbacks.
Argyle 44, Fort Nolan Catholic 21
AB: The Eagles looked to be on their way to another absolute rout after taking No. 10 Abilene Wylie to the woodshed the week before in shutout fashion, but Fort Worth Nolan was able to bounce back from a 34-0 halftime lead to save some face by scoring 21 second-half points. No worries though, Argyle is still really, really stout, even on a night when their stud playmakers like Ian Sadler were relatively quiet.
Liberty Christian 38, Sanger 35
BB: Liberty came up with a very narrow victory over a Sanger squad that’s now lost 14-straight games, something nobody could have envisioned when the losing streak started in 2011. Give Liberty a lot of credit for a huge comeback victory after the Warriors fell behind early. Sanger quarterback Brandon Mann had nice night and had 309 yards of total offense, but it wasn’t enough. Mann’s performance gave the Indians at least one positive to take away from the match.
AB: You have to feel bad for Sanger and head coach Chuck Galbreath, who were on the brink of being a state-ranked team in 2011 but have now lost 14 straight games, including a winless 2012. And this one was extra painful as Liberty Christian worked up some magic for the second straight week with a thrilling comeback that saw the Warriors outscore Sanger 24-0 to close the game, including a game-winning field goal from Cole Austin with 14 seconds remaining.