If you’re a fan of Denton football, hopefully you enjoyed the weekend off.
Maybe you grilled a little bit in this beautiful weather, watched the Rangers basically fall out of the playoff race or don’t even care for grilling, beautiful weather or baseball.
All three Denton ISD teams had the week off, but the area kept the weekend from being anything but slow. Let’s swing around the county and see how everyone did.
Argyle 45, Kennedale 7
Ben Baby: Argyle came into the game ranked fourth in Class 3A, and the Eagles proved why they’re ranked highly last Friday night.
The Eagles rolled to another easy win, this time over Kennedale. But things got a little dicey when starting quarterback Brandon Boyzuick left the game with an apparent foot injury. Cooper Rodgers and Ian Sadler (seriously, what doesn’t this kid do) filled in well for Boyzuick and Argyle didn’t miss a beat.
Rodgers completed six of nine passes for 73 yards, and Sadler completed all seven of his passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. Kennedale quarterback Bradon Hull only threw two passes and completed one of them.
Adam Boedeker: The Argyle football machine rolled on over the weekend when they beat a very good Kennedale and held one of DFW’s top 3A runners, Juwan Washington, to 63 yards on more than 20 carries. He did get Kennedale’s lone score on a 45-yard reception, but the Eagles’ defense was up to the task. And that offense? Shoot, it doesn’t matter who’s under center, who’s catching passes or who’s carrying the ball, this team is going to score and score in bunches. Running back Nick Ralston got back on track after missing a game by rushing for 122 yards on just 16 carries. Still counting down the days ’til that Argyle-Gilmer playoff game. Until then, it’s going to be same ol’ same ol’ for the Eagles.
Pilot Point 28, Aubrey 21
Baby: This game started slowly but ended spectacularly.
Aubrey opened up with a 14-point lead but Travis Garrett led the Bearcats back for the win with 21 points in the fourth quarter. Garrett hit sophomore DaCoven Bailey for a 23-yard TD reception with 28 seconds left for the game-winning score. Garrett threw for 93 yards and rushed for 149 yards.
Aubrey head coach Mike Segleski said his team grew weary towards the end, as many of its players play on both sides of the ball. It didn’t help that running back Daniel Longhenry tweaked his knee late in the first half and ended up being a non-factor in the contest. For the Chaps to win, they need Longhenry in the backfield.
Boedeker: This is always a heated matchup, dating back to the days of G.A. Moore taking over at Aubrey after winning state titles at Pilot Point. And even further back than that just because of the proximity of the schools. This win was a big one for the Bearcats to even their record and to come out on top with a dramatic last-second victory led by the junior quarterback and it’s a nice confidence builder the team can ride into their next game.
Sanger 55, Boyd 35
Baby: Two straight wins for Sanger? I’m sure the Indians will gladly take that after losing 14 straight. Running back Tre’von Jackson had another big week as he ran for 181 yards and five touchdowns in the win. Last season, Sanger was bit with the injury bug and so far, the Indians haven’t been victimized by the same thing (knock on wood, Sanger). District 9-3A will be wide-open for the taking, and considering only one team won’t make the playoffs, it’s going to be tough not to make the playoffs.
Boedeker: You have to feel good for Chuck Galbreath & Co. over at Sanger. After a historic stretch of futility, the Indians have now won two straight games in convincing fashion behind their new superstar running back. Tre’von Jackson might good enough, especially at the 3A level, to carry the Indians to the postseason by himself, but in case he’s not Brandon Mann had a whale of a game at quarterback — both in the air and on the ground.
Krum 27, Paradise 7
Baby: Krum bounced back from a loss and took down Paradise last week. Brennan Ellis ended up being the key for the Bobcats. The wide receiver-turned-running back picked up 234 rushing yards on 31 carries and 62 receiving yards on three catches. Ellis finished with three touchdowns.
It’s a good win for a Krum team that’s very young at key positions, so it’ll be a tough road to the playoffs for the Bobcats. They beat a Paradise team that is winless in four games.
Boedeker: Krum needed this game, for the reasons Ben mentioned. It was a team, that no matter what kind of shape Krum is in, the Bobcats needed to win. Ellis could be an integral player moving forward for the team as one of the few experienced offensive players, and head coach Gary Robinson is getting the most out of him by moving him to running back.
Liberty Christian 40, Arlington Grace Prep 0
Baby: And speaking of winless teams, Liberty Christian took care of business in a 40-0 victory over Arlington Grace Prep, a team still without a win.
Liberty quarterback Colby Moore racked up 208 passing yards and two touchdowns, not to mention his 68-yard rushing touchdown as well.
It was an easy win for Liberty. That’s typically the case if you end up with six interceptions and return two of those for touchdowns. Because that’s what Liberty did.
Boedeker: For a team whose stats are usually dominated by running back JonAaron Howell, this game was won from the get-go by his younger brother, Kyleb Howell, who returned an interception for a long touchdown to open the Warriors’ scoring to begin the snowball effect early on and start the rout.