When this weekend’s action was all wrapped up, there was information to be learned about the area’s respective teams. Unfortunately, it’s hard to know how much anybody actually learned considering the weekend’s matchups.
It’s only the first week of the season, so if you’re team didn’t too well or did really well, don’t overreact just yet.
Adam Boedeker and I took a look at some of the key games around the area.
Ryan 38, Corsicana 6
Ben Baby: It’s hard to read too much into this season, but one thing is for certain: Ryan looked really good on Friday night in a win over Corsicana. Tyrone Williams rushed for 214 yards and three touchdowns, and Maurice Gordon added 112 rushing yards in the win. Ryan’s offensive and defensive lines completely dominated the game.
The second-string players came in midway through the third quarter, which should say plenty about how competitive the game was, a far cry from last year’s 40-28 Ryan win. This Thursday’s game against Wichita Falls Rider should be a better test for Ryan to see if the Raiders could actually be a good 5A team this season.
Adam Boedeker: I have no idea what’s really expected of Corsicana this season, but that doesn’t matter. Everyone knows Ryan is highly proficient on defense, and that’s not going to change as long as Joey Florence, Derek Lokey & Co. are there. But the question around the Raiders in recent seasons has been whether they can score. Leave it to a converted linebacker to take care of that.
Tyrone Williams put the Raiders on his back, offensively, rushing for a near-school record 214 yards and three scores on just 11 carries. Here’s something I learned a long time ago: Run the ball and play defense, and you’ll win football games. Hmm…
Cedar Hill 38, Guyer 28
BB: This game got interesting late, but Cedar Hill showed why it’s a perennial contender to win the 5A title. I’m sure the Guyer fans have brought up the whole “We lost last year to Cedar Hill and won the state championship” point, as they rightfully should.
Guyer won’t have to see Cedar Hill in the playoffs (that’s Ryan’s potential problem). An area coach told me Guyer and Cedar Hill are very comparable, and that was evident last Thursday. I’m expecting the Wildcats to walk over my alma mater next week when they face Colleyville Heritage, a game that will be carrying a sea of emotion following the death of Nate Maki on Saturday. I’m sure Maki’s presence will be felt all week and especially in Guyer’s season opener.
AB: Things were looking pretty dire early on for the Wildcats, as Cedar Hill scored a lot of points in a hurry. But unlike last season when the second half is what doomed Guyer in this game, they roared back after halftime and were within a couple of centimeters of being in position to take the lead in the final minutes.
Guyer was in a rough spot from the get-go, with three offensive linemen making their first varsity appearance (not start, appearance) due to injuries. Yet, that group performed very well against a state championship-caliber defense from Cedar Hill that returned seven starters from last year’s squad that played in the Class 5A Division II state championship game. Here’s a newsflash: The Wildcats can still run the football, and Jerrod Heard and D.J. Breedlove each eclipsed 100 yards (Breedlove looked great) and Anthony Taylor approached 80 yards in minimal work.
Dallas Bishop Lynch 30, Denton 23
BB: Denton head coach Kevin Atkinson was very quick to point out his team is far along at this point in 2013 than it was following last year’s 30-14 loss to Lynch to start the season. Bishop Lynch QB Barrett Renner torched Denton’s secondary, going for 25-of-35 passing for 345 yards and three touchdowns.
There’s a lot of hope this can be the year Denton can turn things around and return to the playoffs. A win against Carrollton R.L. Turner next week will go a a long way to validating those hopes.
Argyle 38, Abilene Wylie 0
AB:Abilene Wylie embarrassed Argyle in the 2012 season opener. I know, I was there. The Eagles looked lost offensively and were breaking in a lot of new players on both sides of the ball. I didn’t get a chance to make the trip to Abilene on Friday night, but the tables were turned, as Argyle rolled to a shutout win against the No. 10 team in the Class 3A Associated Press state poll.
Maybe Argyle is worthy of being ranked higher than No. 5? Ian Sadler and his 117 receiving yards and two touchdowns would suggest so. So would Cole Hedlund and his 57-yard field goal. As soon as I saw that note on Twitter, I texted some co-workers. Their responses aren’t fit to print here, but let’s just say they were impressed. Go ahead and circle your calendars for late November/early December: Argyle vs. Gilmer. It’s going to be one of the year’s top games.
Lake Dallas 44, Richardson Pearce 37
AB: We waited to see the Dagan Haehn experiment in full tilt. We got it, and it worked out pretty well for the Falcons. But the story of this game was Iowa pledge Josh Jackson, who moved to WR from CB this season and set the Richardson stadium on fire with his dominance.
Nine grabs, 210 yards, four touchdowns. That’s a good two- to three-game stretch, right? Well, that was Jackson’s first game — his first as a high school wide receiver. Look out.
Notes from around the state:
- Allen, the reigning 5A Division I champs, took down Southlake Carroll 49-27 in the state’s biggest match-up.
- Krum topped Caddo Mills 28-25 in its first game with sophomore Colten Graham at quarterback, while Sanger fell to Dallas Madison 28-6.
- Cedar Park, the defending 4A Division II champs, toppled Austin Westlake 43-31 in a big Central Texas showdown.
- A&M Consolidated defeated Copperas Cove 44-41 on this ridiculous finish. Just watch.