It’s no longer an anomaly when the three Denton ISD schools win on the same weekend.
Ryan, Denton and Guyer each came up with big victories in last week’s action, with Guyer’s win over Rider the game that was mostly in question for much of the night.
In area play, Sanger is making everybody forget about last season’s winless campaign and continued to roll with a win over Krum, while Lake Dallas’ 11-year playoff streak was snapped.
If you missed any or all of it, don’t fret. Adam Boedeker and I look back at last week’s area action.
Ben Baby: If you were worried how Ryan was going to respond after losing last week to Hebron, those doubts were quickly dispelled after the Raiders’ 33-0 against Lewisville. It keep Ryan in the hunt for a share of the District 5-5A title, but more importantly, the win still gives Ryan a shot at the top 5A Division II playoff seed.
The Raiders (6-1, 2-1) only allowed 104 yards of total offense in posting their first shutout since 2010. Tyrone Williams carried the ball 13 times for 95 yards and two touchdowns, while Mitchell Bridges completed 14 of 22 passes for 161 yards, a touchdown and a pick.
If Ryan can pull off an upset of Coppell this week, it could make things very interesting at the top of the district standings.
Adam Boedeker: After losing to Hebron last week, a game that was a toss-up going in, Ryan couldn’t afford a slip up against an inferior Lewisville squad. Not only did the Raiders not stumble against a team they were supposed to beat, they turned in perhaps their most dominant effort of the season behind a stellar defensive outing, beating the Fighting Farmers 33-0.
The Raiders pitched their first shutout since the 2010 season, when they had the greatest defense ever assembled made up of FBS commits all over the field. Now, Ryan is one step closer to clinching a postseason berth and locking up one of those two 5A Division II spots in the playoffs.
Baby: The Broncos are showing they aren’t ready to surrender thoughts of the postseason after they shellacked Azle 42-14 on Friday night. And while the playoffs look like they might be unlikely, it’s been a solid season of improvement in head coach Kevin Atkinson’s second season.
This game was only 21-7 going into the fourth quarter, and then Denton made sure it wasn’t letting this one slip away.
Israel Galvan’s 40-yard interception return for a touchdown effectively finished off Azle, and keeps Denton in the playoff hunt. Denton (4-4, 3-2) needs to win its last two games of the season (Wichita Falls Rider, Trophy Club Nelson) in order to make the playoffs.
Hey, it could happen.
Boedeker: At the beginning of the season, everyone assumed Azle would be fighting tooth and nail for one of the four playoff spots out of District 5-4A, and it was a pretty safe assumption considering how well Azle finished the year last season before eventually bowing out in the playoffs with a close loss to Birdville, which gave Guyer a game in the region final.
On Friday, Denton embarrassed the Hornets with a 42-14 win. The Broncos did it with defense with two interception returns for scores, including a 103-yarder from Juan Campos. Christian Rodriguez led the Broncos’ offense, appearing to strengthen his hold on the starting quarterback job from Cy Ward, as he completed 15 of 21 pass attempts with two touchdown passes. Next up for Denton is Wichita Falls Rider, which could get ugly.
Baby: As we were casually watching our computers at C.H. Collins, we in the press box and just about everybody in the state were wondering if Rider could pull off a tremendous victory against Guyer.
Nope. Not gonna happen.
But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t interesting as Guyer ended up with the 56-30 victory. Rider wide receiver Davon Allison had seven catches for 225 yards and three touchdowns (No, I’m not making a Calvin Johnson reference — wound is still fresh).
Jerrod Heard only completed 50 percent of his passes for 117 yards, but he ran for 194 yards and four total touchdowns, including a 58-yarder that showed why he’s headed to Texas next fall.
Boedeker: This game looked dangerous for the Wildcats (6-2, 5-0) for just more than a quarter when Rider took a 10-0 lead on a Guyer team that looked like it’d just gotten off the bus. That was because they basically had, as the team’s buses broke down and they missed about half of their allotted time for pregame warmups.
The Wildcats gave up some big plays in this game, but many of them were simply alignment issues as Rider receiver Davon Allison had one touchdown where he just flat-out beat the man in front of him. That was a disappointing thing to see for Guyer coach John Walsh, but his running game’s performance wasn’t, as always.
Guyer rushed for nearly 400 yards, while Anthony Taylor scored twice on the ground and once on a highlight-reel run following a swing pass from Jerrod Heard. The 56-30 all but wrapped up the District 5-4A title for Guyer and did clinch a postseason berth.
Baby: The Falcons’ 4-0 start to the season must seem like a distant memory. The Falcons lost 21-7 to Wichita Falls, who’s surprisingly tied with Rider for second place in the district. The loss ensured that the Falcons’ playoff streak will be snapped at 11 straight years. Lake Dallas (4-4, 1-4) were outgained on the ground 218-40, which never lends itself to a win. The Falcons also committed nine penalties for 105 yards.
Boedeker: I watched Lake Dallas win an overtime thriller against a good Frisco Centennial team to improve to 3-0 behind an explosive offense loaded with playmakers. The following week, the Falcons beat Denton to start the season 4-0. Now, they’re 4-4 after a tough three-game stretch and then a game Friday against Wichita Falls that was essentially for a playoff spot out of District 5-4A. Lake Dallas just wasn’t competitive against the upstart Coyotes with just 149 yards of offense and no offensive touchdowns. Rough way for the season to come crashing down for Lake Dallas, but with several good, young starters, the future is bright.
Baby: Sanger picked up a convincing 35-0 against Krum as the Indians continue to jockey for playoff positioning. One of the biggest things to come out of Friday’s win was the continued emergence of running back Derek Shelby. Shelby struggled last year, but he’s played well recently. Shelby accounted for 100 rushing yards and a touchdown, helping star running back Tre’von Jackson.
Even with the loss, Krum is still in position to make the playoffs because four teams from each 3A district will make the postseason this year. It might not be pretty once the Bobcats make the playoffs, but at least they’ll get there.
Boedeker: Without their starting quarterback, the Indians used their two-headed rushing attack to overpower Krum and get a little payback from a defeat last season, beating the struggling Bobcats, 35-0, to pick up their first District 9-3A after falling to district favorite Gainesville in last week’s opener. Tre’von Jackson has given Sanger a big-time offensive weapon it lacked last season, and Derek Shelby has quietly been a very nice complement in the backfield as they combined for 237 rushing yards and four touchdowns in the win.