At this point in the season, it’s fairly easy to see which teams might be playing into late November and early December — the time of the year when you’re playing the best teams in the state without a margin for error.
There’s no reason not to consider Guyer as one of Class 4A’s best teams, despite its No.6 ranking in the Associated Press polls (that ranking makes absolutely no sense). In Class 3A, Argyle has looked flawless through six games this season, including a blowout of Dallas Madison this weekend.
Let’s take a look back at Guyer-Denton and some of our top area games.
Guyer 66, Denton 7
Well, were you expecting anything else? It looked as if Guyer pulled its key starters in the second half and it made no difference in what the final score resembled.
Jerrod Heard threw for 106 yards and ran for 162 yards in the big win. Heard ripped off big touchdown runs of 47 and 52 yards to help Guyer claim supremacy over their cross town rivals.
What’s been stunning is Guyer’s defense. The Wildcats allowed 21 yards on 18 carries, which makes Denton just another team that couldn’t run the ball against Guyer. Guyer still hasn’t allowed 100 rushing yards in a game this season.
Trophy Club Nelson 24, Lake Dallas 14
This game hurt Lake Dallas in more ways than one.
Lake Dallas wide receiver and Iowa recruit Josh Jackson went to the hospital with an apparent lower leg injury after being tackled on his only catch of the game. He’s been key to the Falcons’ offense, and while Lake Dallas has other capable weapons on offense, things could still be difficult if Jackson is out for an extended period of time.
Lake Dallas’ loss to Nelson means the Falcons will have to either steal a game against Wichita Falls Rider or Guyer, or finish the season strong like they did last season to sneak into the playoffs.
Argyle 66, Dallas Madison 7
It’s only fitting Argyle and Guyer won by the same exact score. They’re two of the top teams in their classifications, and Argyle was just as impressive as the Wildcats.
Lubbock-bound wide receiver Ian Sadler hauled in five catches for 98 yards and Nick Ralston rushed for 119 yards and three touchdowns. Oh, and Arkansas recruit Cole Hedlund knocked down a 49-yard field goal. No biggie.
I’m beginning to think even the Argyle-Celina game won’t be much of a challenge for the Eagles. Argyle’s been dominant this season, and until they face the best East Texas has to offer, Argyle won’t see a challenge.
Sanger 42, Frisco Lone Star 35
The Sanger Indians have made sure to make what happened in 2012 is a distant memory.
Sanger handed Lone Star its first loss of the season and picked up its fourth straight win in a thriller. Running back Tre’von Jackson has been a great addition for the Indians this season. He rushed for 267 yards and three touchdowns. He’s already 51 yards shy of rushing for 1,000 yards this season.
We might be looking at the District 9-3A championship on Oct.18 when Sanger faces Gainesville.
FW Trinity Valley 30, Aubrey 24
Earlier this season, Aubrey head coach Mike Segleski said his team has a tendency of getting worn down toward the end of games. Aubrey has a lot of people playing both ways, and that can wear on a team when kids are playing that much.
Once again, it looked like that was the case when Aubrey lost to FW Trinity Valley. Valley outscored Aubrey 20-3 in the fourth quarter and lost the game on a 23-yard TD pass with four seconds left. It doesn’t get much more painful than that.
One positive thing for the Chaparrals was running back Daniel Longhenry’s performance. Longhenry carried the ball 30 times for 162 yards and one touchdown.