Weekend recap: Denton ISD rolls again

Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard and the Wildcats had plenty of reasons to be happy after a 35-17 victory against Flower Mound Marcus. (David Minton/DRC)

For a second straight week, Denton ISD finishes a weekend of football without a loss across the ledger.

Denton, Guyer and Ryan all rolled in their third games of the season, with the Broncos pulling off the most lopsided victory.

Around the area, Argyle cruised and Sanger finally stopped a 14-game losing streak.

With all that being said, Adam Boedeker and I take a look at the big wins across the city and the notable area games from last weekend.

Guyer 35, Flower Mound Marcus 17

Ben Baby: For another week, Guyer took care of business against a Class 5A team. This time it was Flower Mound Marcus, one of Ryan’s district rivals. Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard ran for 141 yards and threw for 208 yards.

Guyer’s win shouldn’t shock anybody. I don’t think anybody is expecting Guyer to lose until the playoffs roll around, and even then, the Wildcats will come into most (if not all) of their games as the favorites.

Friday’s win against Marcus ended up being Guyer’s first win of the seasonbecause of the news that came down on Monday afternoon. 

Adam Boedeker: Friday’s game between Guyer and Flower Mound Marcus was billed as a test of wills between two teams that pride themselves on physical dominance in the trenches, and a quick look at the stats will tell you it was no contest.

The Wildcats doubled up Marcus, holding the power-rushing attack of the Marauders to 37 yards on 31 carries, led by defensive end Thomas Ferguson’s 17 tackles, with five behind the line of scrimmage and a sack. The Guyer offense was in full gear, led by quarterback Jerrod Heard, who had his cleanest, most well-rounded game of the year. The Texas pledge rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns while passing for 208 yards and a touchdown.

Guyer has long been a program that doesn’t hit its full potential until playoff time, and usually isn’t clicking on all cylinders in nondistrict play. But this season, so far, appears to be different, especially on the defensive side of the ball as Guyer looks to be back to the days of dominating ground games that vaulted the Wildcats to prominence in 2008 and 2009.

Ryan 37, Wylie East 10 

BB: Ryan had no difficulty dispatching Wylie East, a game that was briefly competitive but quickly morphed into a blowout. Through three games, it’s very clear that the Raiders are much better than they were a season ago. Ryan is 3-0 for the first time since 2011.

Tyrone Williams racked up 160 rushing yards and a touchdown, and Maurice Gordon added 131 yards and two touchdowns. It’s evident Ryan can run the ball against Class 4A offensive lines, but that could easily change when Ryan faces Class 5A competition.

Ryan’s defense was really impressive and only surrendered 82 total offensive yards in the second half. If you’re a Ryan fan, the way the defense has been playing through the first three games is something that you should be very pleased with.

AB: Once again, Ryan played a football game. And once again, said football game was over before it seemingly got started as the Raiders rolled to their third straight blowout victory behind a vicious ground attack led by Tyrone Williams and Maurice Gordon and another dominant defensive effort that is becoming old habit for the Raiders.The win also marked career victory No. 198 for iconic head coach Joey Florence, and the two-time state champion will get to wait a week before going for No. 199 against the Raiders’ first Class 5A opponent this season in McKinney before they begin their district schedule and look to claim the top seed in the 5A Division II bracket for a second straight year.

Denton 63, Fort Worth Western Hills 0

BB: No disrespect to Fort Worth Western Hills, but this score is painful to even look at. Denton thumped Western Hills, but to be honest, it’s something Denton should have done because Hills isn’t, well, very good.

Denton pulled off back-to-back wins against Hills and Carrollton R.L. Turner, something that will certainly give the Broncos confidence going into a bye-week. But it’s going to all come down to whether or not Denton can look as good in District 5-4A play as it has in the previous two games. Considering how good 5-4A is, flourishing will be easier said than done.

AB: When you’re trying to build a program from nothing back to prominence, as second-year head coach Kevin Atkinson has been tasked with, any win is a big confidence boost for your team. But wins like Friday’s, a 63-0 demolition of Western Hills, made quite the statement.

The Broncos will face a whole new animal when they open District 5-4A play next week against Lake Dallas, but remember, that was a close game in 2012. For it to be close again, Cy Ward & Co. will have to be efficient and explosive at the same time, and they can do so by building on the momentum of Friday’s win.

Argyle 53, Paris 7

BB: Argyle was leading 53-0 at halftime, which is all you need to know about how this game went. It was like a boxer coming out and knocking out his opponent before he got a chance to break into a sweat.

Things are going according to plan so far for the Eagles, who are ranked No.4 in the Associated Press Class 3A state poll. Expect more of the same out of Argyle until a Week 10 showdown against Celina.

AB: Kliff Kingsbury probably left Argyle on Friday night pretty impressed with the Eagles’ program as the 33-year-old Texas Tech head coach and some of his assistants were in attendance to see Argyle crush Paris, 53-7. The Eagles jumped out to a 53-0 halftime lead before calling off the dogs. Ian Sadler, the Tech pledge, scored five touchdowns and the Argyle defense added two safeties while Reese Thompson returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

Sanger 50, Pilot Point 17

BB: Folks in Sanger can finally triumphantly rejoice after the Indians stopped a 14-game losing streak with a 50-17 victory over Pilot Point. Running back Tre’von Jackson ran for 259 yards and five touchdowns, which is a ridiculous stat line at any level. Last Friday’s win is a good sign for a team that went winless in 2012 and if Sanger can build on the victory and string together some wins, it could do wonders for the Indians program.

AB: It finally happened, and Sanger head coach Chuck Galbreath can breathe a sigh of relief after the Indians snapped a 14-game losing skid dating back to the final two games of the 2011 season. And it was in large thanks to junior running back Tre’von Jackson, who rushed for 259 yards and five touchdowns while adding a receiving touchdown to account for all but one of the Indians’ touchdowns.

 

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