If you wanted to see a good high school football game last week, you had to go outside Denton’s city limits. All three Denton ISD teams were off last Friday as they prepared for the start of district play.
That put the spotlight on the teams around the area. And they didn’t waste their opportunities to shine.
Adam Boedeker and I take a look at some of the big games around the area in this Denton ISD-free edition of the Weekend Recap.
AB: The Falcons continue to show they have one of the best offenses in the area, and despite giving up some points to a game Dallas Kimball team, it wasn’t enough points to come close to outscoring Dagan Haehn, Courtenay Holder & Co. Holder had a career day with four rushing touchdowns on just 60 yards, and he also came through in a big way on defense with a 55-yard interception return for a score. With Grapevine’s struggles and Birdville losing to Class 4A Abilene Wylie, it’s looking more and more like the Falcons could be a favorite to win the District 6-5A title.
BB: Looking at the box score, a big reason why Lake Dallas was successful last Friday night was Haehn’s ability to locate different receivers. No Lake Dallas receiver had more than five catches, and five different Falcons had a reception against Kimball. The array of passing options could be a huge factor in how well Lake Dallas does the rest of the season.
The Falcons overcame four turnovers against Kimball to pick up another nondistrict win that will certainly give Lake Dallas a little extra momentum heading into this Friday’s District 6-5A opener against Grapevine. Like Adam, I think there’s a good chance Lake Dallas can make a run the district title.
AB: This game had everything. Two teams ranked in the top 4 in the AP poll. The revenge factor with Graham looking to make up for an embarrassing state semifinal loss at the hands of the Eagles last season. A great small-town football environment. It literally had everything. Speaking of everything, Graham had everything it needed to beat Argyle, except for Nick Ralston. The Eagles running back had a historic night, rushing for 192 yards and four touchdown on 46 carries — yes, forty-six. Ralston admitted to being exhausted after the game, and Rodgers admitted to wanting to get him a breather, but Ralston wouldn’t take it. The kid’s a warrior, and he put his team on his back in a big game.
BB: Ralston’s record-setting night was a big reason why the No. 2 Eagles knocked off a Graham team that was ranked fourth in last week’s Associated Press Class 4A poll. Ralston’s 192-yard, four-touchdown night played a big part in Argyle stretching its win streak to 20 games. Argyle’s defense did a good job of coercing Graham into some costly errors. The Eagles (4-0) forced three turnovers in the win and held Graham quarterback Landry Turner to a 54.5 completion percentage. With a win against Paris this week, Argyle will have all the momentum it needs before it starts district play.
AB: Lone Grove proved to be a formidable foe for undefeated Sanger, which usually can’t be said for Oklahoma teams outside of the likes of the big dogs like Norman, Tulsa Union and Jenks. Sanger has had its way with Plainview, Oklahoma, in the past, but Lone Grove presented a different challenge in the form of running back Jeremy Lewis. The Lone Grove back eclipsed 200 yards and scored twice, but that’s all the Indians gave up. Tre’von Jackson rushed for a season-low 185 yards and scored three touchdowns. The Indians are still perfect and should start climbing into state poll consideration if they keep it up.
BB: Argyle isn’t the only area Class 4A team undefeated this season. Sanger maintained its spotless record with a very good victory against a solid Lone Grove team. Lone Grove entered last Friday’s game ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press Class 3A Oklahoma state poll. Lone Grove, which has an enrollment of about 420 kids, isn’t much smaller than Sanger’s UIL enrollment of 768. If Lone Grove was in Texas, it would be in Class 3A by about 24 kids.
But one of those kids is Lone Grove junior running back Jeremy Lewis (http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/recruit-search-results?year=2016&sport_id=1&sport=football&keywords=Lone+Grove), who has a scholarship offer from Tulsa. Lewis carried the ball 36 times for 207 yards and a touchdown. Sanger senior running back Tre’von Jackson had 185 yards on 29 carries and had three touchdowns.
Somebody, anybody, please recruit Jackson.
AB: Dane White established his dominance early and often for the Bobcats on Friday, leading Krum to a 27-20 win over Paradise to even its record on the season. White had a big night on the ground with 217 yards on 34 carries and scored twice for the Bobcats, who will look to move above .500 with a win this week over Boyd.
BB: Krum will certainly take a 27-20 win over a Paradise team that almost had a shot at taking a late lead in the game. The Bobcats picked up a key interception late in the contest to seal their second victory of the season. Krum never trailed in the contest and has a good chance of putting together two straight wins when it faces Boyd this week on homecoming night.
AB: In an early-season big game between two undefeated teams, Pilot Point was the only one to stay that way on Friday night. And in many ways, Pilot Point coach Rob Best can thank his junior do-it-all threat DaCoven Bailey for that. Bailey racked up 314 total yards thanks to a 92-yard kickoff return score and approached 100 yards both on the ground and receiving.
BB: For the first time this season, Pilot Point found itself trailing on a Friday night. But the Bearcats used 17 straight points to erase a one-point deficit and pick up a 16-point win against Gunter. Bailey, who posted a dumbfounding stat line for yet another night, said this game was the Bearcats’ toughest test this season. That will certainly bode well for coach Best and the Bearcats down the road.