I’m getting a little overly clever with my headlines on these things, but if the DRC coverage area was a station, it’d apply well.
Several area teams scored blowout victories in a rain-soaked weekend that saw the majority of the games moved to Thursday, and my cohort Steve and I take a look back at what was a pretty impressive weekend of #txhsfb action in northern Denton County.
Justin Northwest at Ryan
AB: This game went about like I saw it going — an utter demolition of an inferior Northwest team by an unbeaten Ryan team. The fact that it was a 33-0 game at halftime without Ryan’s best player Tyreke Davis after an early ejection was a mild surprise, but just barely. Anyway, enough about this game, let’s move on to what’s important, and that’s this week’s clash with Guyer. We hear all the time that teams don’t look forward and only concentrate on the here and now, and the here and now is finally here. (By the way, I find it near impossible to believe that Ryan’s kids weren’t thinking about what was coming when they were running through Northwest like a hot knife through butter last week). With Ryan’s first-team unit in, the Raiders beat Northwest 40-0 to continue what’s been an amazing run from the Raiders’ defense. Now, they’ll try to keep it up against what appears to be a rejuvenated Guyer offense.
SG: This game was merely a weak appetizer for what everyone in Raider Country has been waiting for, a showdown against Guyer with the District 5-6A title on the line. Ryan has played lights out this year and is the only unbeaten team left in the district, but the only option Ryan has to come away with an outright district title is to beat the Wildcats. Have you bought your ticket yet? It’s gonna be a doozy! In the meantime, there was little doubt Ryan would take care of business against Northwest, which came in with just one win on the season. Ryan’s first teamers jumped out to a 40-0 lead, doing most of it without two-way star Tyreke Davis, who was ejected early in the first quarter. Ryan comes in having allowed 130 points against in nine games. That’s pure domination.
Guyer at Keller Timber Creek
AB: Guyer did exactly what it needed to do on Thursday night, and that was win a game in convincing fashion after a recent cold spell that included a 12-10 win and a shocking loss to a Keller Central team who will likely end the season with its only district win coming over Guyer. Things weren’t looking to rosy for the Wildcats, and then, with a flip of the proverbial switch they played what might have been their best overall game of the season and scored a big win when they needed a big win, not just a win. Shawn Robinson returned from illness and looked good throwing the ball. It wasn’t a perfect night, but compared to what we had been seeing, it was a big step in the right direction. While the offense was coming to life, the defense was doing what it’s done all season, which is dominate folks. This is a program that prides itself on peaking about this time in the season, and we had a lot of reasons to wonder if that was going to happen this year. We’ll know for sure on Friday against Ryan, but it appears the Wildcats are right on schedule.
SG: Shawn Robinson is back, and though I wasn’t there to see this game live, I heard from my buddy Adam that he was in true form while carving up the Timber Creek defense for 160 rushing yards and 184 yards through the air. Robinson scored two touchdowns. Guyer is clearly a better team offensively with Robinson in the game, and even though this hasn’t been his best season since transferring to Guyer, he is clearly a threat. Two games removed from losing their first district game in what seems like ages, the Wildcats are supremely focused on proving they are still the team to beat in this district. Adam texted me late Thursday to tell me he was amped for the upcoming Ryan-Guyer game, and I can’t disagree. Both teams deserve a ton of credit, and it’s exciting to see so much on the line.
Saginaw at Denton
AB: The Broncos dropped a big game against Saginaw Boswell early in the district season, and it looked like that might do a lot of damage to their playoff hopes. Instead, it’s galvanized Denton High and the Broncos have reeled off four straight wins over quality opponents. Their most recent victory came against a scrappy Saginaw team with a good defense that couldn’t contain the Broncos’ high-octane attack of Xavier Scott on the ground and Colt Atkinson and his stable of receivers, including Emerson Espinoza, out wide. Espinoza caught three touchdown passes, and Scott rushed for 200-plus — a pretty standard effort for the senior workhorse back. It’s looking like the Broncos could be in the postseason for the long haul.
SG: We’ve written a ton about Xavier Scott, Denton’s all-world running back. And deservedly so. But Emerson Espinoza proved once again that the Broncos can be dominant without relying on Scott to do all the work. Espinoza put on an absolute show while rolling up 95 receiving yards and three touchdown receptions. He scored on catches of 24, 14 and 34 yards, respectively, to take some pressure of Scott, who still rushed for 202 yards. Not too shabby. In the meantime, word is starting to spread that Denton’s road to a possible Class 5A state title is looking wide open given they will likely avoid Aledo completely. With four straight wins, Denton has to be feeling pretty good about itself.
Lake Dallas at Fort Worth Polytechnic
AB: I mean, what are you going to say about this game? It’s a problem several of our good area teams have — they just don’t get much competition in district play. Lake Dallas is no different, and the disparity reared its ugly head again on Thursday when they faced a winless Poly team and ended the Parrots’ season without a victory. You play who’s on your schedule, but the Falcons’ lull through district seemed to have a negative effect last year, and you have to hope, for their sake, it doesn’t again.
SG: Combine the fact that Lake Dallas is really good this year with a weak District 6-5A slate, and it’s no wonder opponents look grossly overmatched against the Falcons. Again, that’s nothing against Lake Dallas, which is simply playing out the schedule it was given. Dagan Haehn tossed five touchdown passes, backup quarterback Spencer Frederickson added two more and Keegan Brewer caught five balls for 113 yards and three scores in a rout of FW Polytechnic.
Wilmer-Hutchins at Sanger
AB: While Guyer-Ryan Pt. 7 is stealing pretty much all of the area thunder this week, there’s a pretty good game happening at Argyle on Friday too, and that’s because the unbeaten Sanger Indians come to town on the heels of yet another dominant victory. The score wasn’t so lopsided, but a deeper look shows the game was never a contest as Sanger’s defense, which has carried the team all year, was once again dominant before the starters exited. The Indians also got a special teams touchdown, which is almost always a sign of a coming win. The Indians also cracked the AP Class 4A poll this week after improving to 9-0.
SG: I wanted to talk about this game not because I thought it was a good one – Sanger rolled to another easy win, as expected – but because Sanger’s defense deserves a ton of credit for the team’s 9-0 run this season. They gave up 34 points to Wilmer-Hutchins, but most of that was in the fourth quarter with the game already out of reach. The latest win sets up an intriguing battle against longtime rival Argyle on Friday for the District 6-4A (Division I) title.