Denton senior quarterback Christian Rodriguez looks for an open receiver in a game earlier this season against Fort Worth Brewer. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
It was a busy week of high school football on a weekend that featured three Thursday games. One team’s big streak ended, but not without a fight, and another team continued to impress despite several fresh faces.
Steve Gamel and I take a look at five of the biggest games of the weekend in our area.
Quarterback Shawn Robinson eludes a Keller Central defender. (Maegan Puetz/For the Record-Chronicle)
It appears there are people out there who are reading our AP blog!!! While there was no movement for both Guyer and Argyle, a couple of our other area schools at least got some votes on this week’s list after Adam and I made mentioned of their omissions last week. Guyer (6-1, 4-0 in District 5-6A) holds on to the No. 10 spot in the Class 6A poll while Argyle (7-0, 2-0 in District 6-4A DI) is still No. 2 in Class 4A.
As for our other area teams, Denton Ryan (5-2, 3-1 in District 5-6A) got one vote in the 6A poll while Lake Dallas (7-1, 4-0 in District 6-5A) also got a vote in 5A. Pilot Point (7-0, 2-0 in District 5-3A DI) earned a vote in the Class 3A poll.
Guyer senior wide receivers Adam Scott and Alex Honey celebrate Honey's touchdown catch in last week's 43-3 win over Keller Fossil Ridge. (Michael Clements/For the Record-Chronicle)
The Guyer Wildcats made a big statement a week ago with a resounding 43-3 win over previously unbeaten Keller Fossil Ridge, and now they try to carry that over against a pretty dangerous Keller Central team that already beat Ryan earlier this year after forcing five turnovers.
The Wildcats haven’t lost a district game since 2011 when they lost two, one of which was to Central and its unique 3-3 stack defensive set. This year’s seniors were freshmen then and not on varsity, so you can throw the revenge thing out the window, but you can bet the Guyer coaches remember what went wrong in that game.
Spencer Sanders scrambles for extra yards against Trophy Club Nelson. (Mike Mezeul II/For the Record-Chronicle)
After a less-than stellar 2-2 start to the season, Ryan has reeled off back-to-back wins in District 5-6A against Trophy Club Nelson and Keller Timber Creek. The Raiders will head back out to Keller ISD Athletic Complex on Thursday to face Keller Fossil Ridge.
The Panthers are easily Ryan’s toughest challenge to date as they boast one of the more explosive offenses in the district. Fossil Ridge’s dud last week against Guyer is not a reflection of how formidable it will be down the stretch.
Argyle's Drew Estrada catches a long pass against Carrollton Ranchview. (Matt Garnett/For the Record-Chronicle)
The latest AP poll has been released, with both Guyer and Argyle maintaining their respective spots. Guyer (5-1, 3-0 in District 5-6A) holds on to the No. 10 spot in the Class 6A poll while Argyle (6-0, 1-0) is still No. 2 in Class 4A.
Both had impressive wins this past week, so it will be interesting to see if either team moves higher in the coming weeks. Speaking of that, it is worth questioning when teams like Denton, Lake Dallas, Sanger and Pilot Point will earn some consideration.
Guyer defensive lineman Isiah Correa (46) sacks Fossil Ridge quarterback Bryce Baccarini (4) during a high school football game in C. H. Collins Stadium in Denton, Texas on October 10, 2014. (Michael Clements/For the Record-Chronicle)
Several area teams scored big victories this week, as Guyer, Denton and Liberty Christian had what you might call “statement wins.”
Guyer put a thorough whuppin’ on what many believe is the second-best team in District 5-6A. Denton kept its foot on the pedal toward a 6-0 start, and Liberty Christian made a long road trip to face a formidable opponent and came home with a win.
Want Steve Gamel’s and my thoughts on these and some other area games? Well, you came to the right place.
Guyer wide receiver Alex Honey splits two defenders on his way to a big gain against Keller at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
My good buddy Matt Wixon at The Dallas Morning News posted an interesting fact recently about total offense and balance in Dallas-Fort Worth area high school football, which for my money is the best area in high school football in this grand state.
Here’s Wixon’s note:
This season, four local teams — Allen, Denton Guyer, DeSoto and Lake Dallas — average at least 500 yards of offense and get no more than 60 percent of the total from rushing or passing. Their combined record is 20-2.
Now, everyone knows Guyer can run the football. That’s not news. They’ve also had some great passing attacks in past years, with 2010 standing out thanks to J.W. Walsh under center and a four-wide set that featured four Division I receivers. But other than that year, you won’t find a better passing attack in Guyer’s relatively brief history than this season’s.
Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson runs the ball in last week's win over Justin Northwest. (Matt Garnett/For the Record-Chronicle)
After playing a couple of lesser teams Guyer looked to be on its way to dominating before the games got close late, the Wildcats come into Friday night’s matchup with Keller Fossil Ridge with no surprise in store.
It’s pretty much a well known fact this game is likely to decide the District 5-6A title as both teams are 2-0 in district play and Fossil Ridge is undefeated on the year while Guyer has one loss to top-ranked Allen.
It’s a high-profile game in the state this week, and Guyer will be looking to step up its game from the past two weeks in close victories over Keller and Justin Northwest.
Ryan coach Dave Henigan looks on from the sidelines. Henigan and the Raiders look to continue their impressive defensive play from last week on the road against Keller Timber Creek on Thursday. (Matt Garnett/For the Record-Chronicle)
Ryan coach Dave Henigan preached all last week about the importance of protecting the ball on offense and playing sound defense. He got just that in a 17-13 win over Trophy Club Nelson. The Raiders’ defense pitched a shutout for the game’s final 45 minutes while the offense rallied to nab the team’s first win in District 5-6A.
This week, Ryan faces a Keller Timber Creek squad still looking for its first winning season. After a 3-0 start, the Falcons have combined to score 17 points in lopsided losses to Nelson and Keller Fossil Ridge. They do present some challenges, though, so this should be an interesting battle.
Guyer sophomore QB Shawn Robinson throws a pass during Friday's win at Justin Northwest. (Matt Garnett/For the Record-Chronicle)
In the latest AP poll, Guyer (4-1, 2-0 in District 5-6A) dropped a spot to No. 10 in the Class 6A poll after a surprisingly-close win over Justin Northwest. Argyle (5-0) stands pat at No. 2 in the Class 4A poll.
The Eagles were on a bye week, but return to action this Thursday in the District 9-4A opener against Carrollton Ranchview. Guyer hosts Keller Fossil Ridge on Friday in a battle for early supremacy in district play.