AP Poll: No movement for Ryan and Argyle, but Denton drops

Ryan head football coach, Dave Henigan talks to his team after the first day of practice.

Ryan head football coach, Dave Henigan talks to his team after the first day of practice.

The Associated Press’ state poll is out. While there was no movement for Ryan and Argyle, Denton took the biggest hit following its lopsided loss to the Raiders Friday.

Denton dropped from No. 6 in last week’s poll to 11th this week.

Ryan is still No. 3 in Class 5A. Argyle is still No. 2 in Class 4A.

Here is The Associated Press high school poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, and the team’s ranking in last week’s poll:

Class 6A
School Total Points Prv
1. Allen (23) (4-0) 245 1
2. DeSoto (2) (4-0) 224 3
3. Euless Trinity (4-0) 167 5
4. Lake Travis (4-1) 164 4
5. Cibolo Steele (4-1) 137 8
6. Austin Westlake (4-1) 120 6
7. The Woodlands (4-0) 85 9
8. Galena Park North Shore (3-1) 61 10
9. Converse Judson (4-1) 58 2
10. San Angelo Central (4-0) 48 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Cedar Hill 22. 12, Round Rock Cedar Ridge 21. 13, Katy 8. 14, Waco Midway 6. 16, Southlake Carroll 5. 17, San Benito 1. 17, Longview 1. 17, Beaumont West Brook 1. 17, Arlington Bowie 1.

Class 5A
School Total Points Prv
1. Cedar Park (12) (5-0) 229 1
2. Aledo (5) (4-0) 223 2
3. Denton Ryan (4) (5-0) 204 3
4. Manvel (4) (4-0) 194 4
5. Richmond Foster (5-0) 142 5
6. Waxahachie (5-0) 99 8
7. Lancaster (4-1) 91 7
8. Texarkana Texas (5-0) 70 9
9. College Station (5-0) 31 NR
10. Frisco Lone Star (3-1) 29 10

Others receiving votes: 11, Denton 16. 12, Grapevine 12. 13, Lubbock Cooper 8. 13, Dallas Highland Park 8. 15, Georgetown 4. 16, Canyon 3. 16, Dripping Springs 3. 16, Cleburne 3. 19, CC Calallen 2. 19, Port Arthur Memorial 2. 19, Port Neches-Groves 2.

Class 4A
School Total Points Prv
1. West Orange-Stark (16) (5-0) 238 1
2. Argyle (6) (4-0) 220 2
3. Carthage (3-0) 191 3
4. Waco La Vega (2) (5-0) 176 4
5. Cuero (1) (5-0) 139 5
6. China Spring (5-0) 135 6
7. Henderson (5-0) 82 8
8. Gilmer (4-1) 67 7
9. Geronimo Navarro (5-0) 39 10
10. Abilene Wylie (3-1) 36 9

Others receiving votes: 11, Van 18. 12, Celina 13. 13, Sweetwater 11. 14, El Campo 8. 15, Gladewater 1. 15, Godley 1.

Class 3A
School Total Points Prv
1. Brock (20) (5-0) 245 1
2. Newton (4) (5-0) 218 2
3. Franklin (1) (5-0) 198 3
4. Malakoff (4-0) 183 4
5. Sunnyvale (5-0) 137 5
6. White Oak (5-0) 107 7
7. Cameron Yoe (4-1) 101 6
8. Crockett (5-0) 47 10
9. Canadian (2-2) 37 9
10. Wall (3-1) 22 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Big Sandy Harmony 14. 12, Cisco 13. 13, Hallettsville 12. 13, Sonora 12. 15, East Bernard 6. 16, Elysian Fields 4. 16, Mineola 4. 16, Rockdale 4. 16, George West 4. 20, La Marque 3. 21, New London West Rusk 2. 21, Gunter 2.

Class 2A
School Total Points Prv
1. Bremond (19) (5-0) 244 2
2. Iraan (1) (5-0) 207 3
3. Refugio (5) (3-1) 179 1
4. Mart (5-0) 177 5
5. Tenaha (5-0) 157 6
6. Lovelady (4-0) 118 7
7. Stratford (3-1) 83 9
8. Wellington (5-0) 77 10
9. Albany (4-1) 51 4
10. Price Carlisle (5-0) 25 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Muenster 20. 12, Shiner 14. 13, Crawford 8. 14, Goldthwaite 6. 15, Mason 4. 16, Evadale 2. 16, Christoval 2. 18, Burton 1.

 

Weekend recap: One rivalry resumes, another begins (for wrong reason)

Denton Guyer High School running back Myron Mason (2) breaks off a big run during the second half as Plano Senior High School hosted Denton Guyer High School at John Clark Field in Plano on Friday night, September 23, 2016.  (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Denton Guyer High School running back Myron Mason (2) breaks off a big run during the second half as Plano Senior High School hosted Denton Guyer High School at John Clark Field in Plano on Friday night, September 23, 2016. (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Ryan and Denton resumed their rivalry after a four-year hiatus on Friday. This time, Ryan was good (as usual) and Denton was good too (not the case the last time the teams played), but Ryan showed they are still above and beyond what anyone else in District 5-5A is.

Meanwihle, Guyer had a big win over Plano that wasn’t too aesthetically pleasing and was soured by a dirty, dirty play in the game that is sure to create some bad blood when the teams meet next year at C.H. Collins.

My buddy Steve and I take a look back on the area football weekend with our weekly recap, coming now…

Continue reading

Football: Lake Dallas’ quarterback could miss time

Lake Dallas High School quarterback Spencer Frederickson (7) is chased by Prestonwood Christian Academy defensive lineman Austin Stogner (18) during the first half as Prestonwood Christian Academy hosted Lake Dallas High School at Lions Stadium in Plano on Friday night, September 9, 2016.  (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Lake Dallas High School quarterback Spencer Frederickson (7) is chased by Prestonwood Christian Academy defensive lineman Austin Stogner (18) during the first half as Prestonwood Christian Academy hosted Lake Dallas High School at Lions Stadium in Plano on Friday night, September 9, 2016. (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Lake Dallas may be without a starting quarterback — again.

Senior Spencer Frederickson left Thursday’s 41-10 win over Carrollton Newman Smith with what was reported at the time as a leg injury. Lake Dallas head coach Michael Young said via text Sunday that at first they thought it was his ankle, but now believe the biggest problem may be his foot.

Frederickson is expected to miss time, but Young won’t know how much until more tests are run in the morning.

If you remember, Lake Dallas played its first four games last season — and the majority of its fifth — without then-starter Dagan Haehn. Haehn suffered a knee injury in the Falcons’ spring game that previous offseason and Frederickson was his replacement during that stretch. Now that Haehn has graduated, Frederickson has started every game this season.

Frederickson passed for 173 yards and four touchdowns in the latest win. If he misses any time, Ryan Depperschmidt would be the likely replacement.

Lake Dallas (2-2, 1-0 District 14-5A) hosts Carrollton R.L. Turner Friday.

 

Guyer tight end gets apology from Plano coaches

Area standout Denton Guyer High School tight end Brian Polendey (83) gets a block on Plano Senior High School defensive lineman Daniel Tolliver (40) during the second half as Plano Senior High School hosted Denton Guyer High School at John Clark Field in Plano on Friday night, September 23, 2016.  (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Area standout Denton Guyer High School tight end Brian Polendey (83) gets a block on Plano Senior High School defensive lineman Daniel Tolliver (40) during the second half as Plano Senior High School hosted Denton Guyer High School at John Clark Field in Plano on Friday night, September 23, 2016. (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Plano coaches apologized to Guyer tight end Brian Polendey and head coach John Walsh after seeing film on Saturday of a cheap shot that appeared to be an attempt to hurt the Miami recruit’s right knee late in the first quarter of Friday night’s District 6-6A opener.

Coaches’ film from the game shows Guyer handing the ball off to a running back and running right while Polendey, a senior, is blocking away from the play on the left side.

He is engaged with Plano’s outside linebacker when a defensive end leaves his man, runs away from the play and the ball-carrier and dives at Polendey’s knee, which buckled as a result.

“The play was going away from me, and I was blocking down on their linebacker and felt someone diving to my leg,” Polendey said. “I didn’t know if someone threw him there or what, but it completely took out my knee.”

Longtime Plano coach Jaydon McCullough said the type of play is not one he or his staff supports, and he said his player had been reprimanded. He declined to detail the punishment.

“I’ve already spoke to [Walsh] about it,” McCullough said. “We don’t condone that. We don’t teach it. It’s been addressed. The player has been reprimanded. It wasn’t malicious. The kid started crying when we talked to him about it. I don’t know why he did it. We’ve apologized to [Polendey] and the Denton Guyer football team.”

Polendey said Plano defensive coordinator Brent Graham called him on Saturday afternoon to apologize.

“I’m not angry with Plano or something,” Polendey said. “I thought they played a good game and good luck to them this season. I just want everyone to be safe. I don’t want to see anyone get a career-ending injury or anything like that.”

Plano, which lost the game 34-24 after allowing Guyer to run for 353 yards and five touchdowns, has a history of similar play.

In a 2014 game against Plano, Hebron star offensive lineman Zach Rogers, who is now at Arkansas, suffered a broken ankle on a similar play — one Walsh said he also saw film of on Saturday morning.

“I’ve been coaching for 22 years, and I’ve never seen anything like that,” Walsh said. “When the video hit the media this morning, I was told about the Hebron thing and I called [Hebron coach Brian Brazil] and he told me what had happened with them. I watched that, too. I’m not going to assume anything, but I know it’s a very unethical play.”

On Friday night, no penalty was called on the play in question, and Guyer coaches didn’t realize what had happened until running backs coach Michael Sampson saw the play in film review around 4 a.m. Saturday. It was clear then what had happened.

“We all watched it when we got to school [Saturday] morning at 8 o’clock,” Walsh said. “My initial reaction was just anger. The game we play, the safety of my boys is the utmost importance.”

Polendey said he felt fortunate to not have suffered a serious injury on the play.

“Initially, it really did hurt,” he said. “That part of my knee isn’t covered and the way he hit me, it was his helmet on my knee. If my leg had been locked out and straight, I probably wouldn’t be walking today.

“I didn’t think it was that bad until I saw it on film. On the play after that he tried to do the same thing to another kid on our team. It wasn’t just one play. It was more than just one time.”

Once he saw the play on film, Polendey said he was “pretty mad.”

“I wasn’t aware of how bad it was,” he said. “I was just like ‘Wow.’ There’s a difference between playing physical football and hurting people. When you’re playing physical football, you’re not trying to hurt people. You’re just trying to win games.

“On a couple of plays last night, I think the refs might’ve missed it because the play was going away from us and that stuff was happening. It’s important to pay attention to that stuff if you’re the ref because you can’t just let that stuff go on.”

Guyer (3-1, 1-0) continues district play on Friday when it hosts Plano East, while Plano (2-2, 0-1) travels to McKinney.

 

What you need to know: Plano

Rowlett High defensive back Dylan Bauer (19) forces Plano High running back Kyron Cumby (2) to fumble the ball on a long run during the second half at Homer B Johnson Stadium in Garland, Texas, Friday, September 9, 2016. The fumble eventually led to a Rowlett touchdown.(Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

Rowlett High defensive back Dylan Bauer (19) forces Plano High running back Kyron Cumby (2) to fumble the ball on a long run during the second half at Homer B Johnson Stadium in Garland, Texas, Friday, September 9, 2016. The fumble eventually led to a Rowlett touchdown.(Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

Well, folks. It all starts tonight. In the most cliche manner possible, high school football coaches will tell you ad nauseam about how there are three seasons in the high school football season (nondistrict, district and playoffs). As cliche as it is, it’s very true, and this week begins Guyer’s schedule in its new District 6-6A, which features the four largest enrollments in the state. It’s truly the district of the big boys as Guyer will meet four teams with 3,000 or more kids on top of Guyer’s enrollment.

Want another cliche? These district games will all be competitive. There don’t appear to be any true slouches.

Guyer begins its 6-6A slate against Plano, one of the two teams in the district Guyer has seen before, and here’s all you need to know about the big matchup.

The Game: Guyer (2-1) at Plano (2-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Plano’s John Clark Stadium

Series Record: Guyer leads the all-time series 1-0, winning a 59-28 game in the bi-district round of the 2014 playoffs. Guyer led that game 56-14 after three quarters.

What happened last week: Well, a bye for both teams. But two weeks ago, Plano had four lost fumbles in a 31-7 loss to Rowlett after starting the year 2-0. Guyer routed an overmatched, undermanned Dallas Kimball team with a 63-7 thrashing in which Guyer’s starters were gone after one half.

What to expect: Two run-heavy teams and hopefully, for my selfish-sportswriter-on-deadline self, a fast game. Seriously, Plano is roughly 80 percent run, 20 percent pass. Guyer has rushed for 1,079 yards and passed for just 272 yards in its three games. That’s essentially an 80-20 split as far as yardage totals go. One difference between the two seems to be explosiveness on offense. Though Guyer runs the ball a lot, it is explosive in doing so. Plano, though it has explosive backs, is more of a plodding, 3-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust offense behind a very impressive offensive line.

Final say: Because of that, I think Guyer wins this game fairly easily. For a half or maybe even three quarters, it’ll be a good, competitive game but ultimately Guyer’s playmakers will take over and make the game a pretty easy Guyer win.

Score prediction: Guyer 55, Plano 28

What you need to know: Ryan vs Denton

Denton senior quarterback  Colt Atkinson (3) throws the ball on the run during a play, Thursday, September 15, 2016, in Keller, Texas, Jeff Woo/DRC

Denton senior quarterback Colt Atkinson (3) throws the ball on the run during a play, Thursday, September 15, 2016, in Keller, Texas, Jeff Woo/DRC

Well here we are, folks. The District 5-5A schedule is upon us and we get a prime matchup right out of the gate when old rivals reunite for Ryan vs Denton. The last time these two teams met was in 2011, and though that match up didn’t turn out so well for the Broncos, this year’s installment is a whole lot sweeter given that both teams are ranked so highly in The Associated Press’ Class 5A poll.

As you’ll see below, I do believe the road to a district title still goes through Ryan. They’re just too good to think otherwise. But with that said, I’ve been impressed with the way Denton has rebounded over the last few seasons, and this year is certainly no exception. It’s two unbeaten teams going at it. Anything can happen, right?!

Same drill, folks. I’ve got some great stuff jam packed into tomorrow’s game advance story, plus, Denton High reporter Patrick Hayslip will have a feature on running back Caleb Osuofa. But in the meantime, here are some things you need to know.

The Game: No. 3 Ryan (4-0) vs No. 6 Denton (4-0), Friday, 7 p.m. at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

Series Record: Ryan leads the all-time series 13-3. Ryan has won the last 12 meetings.

What happened last week: Ryan used a quick start on offense and a dominating defensive effort to suffocate Frisco Lone Star in a 51-34 win. One night earlier, Denton corralled Keller Timber Creek, 37-28. Both teams are 4-0 entering this pivotal District 5-5A opener.

What to expect: Ryan’s defense has been put through some serious challenges over the first month of the season, and that unit has answered the bell every time. I expect the Raiders will come after Denton quarterback Colt Atkinson early and often, as well as try to bottle up new running back Caleb Osuofa. Both of those guys are dangerous playmakers, but in order to put them in a position to make those plays, the Bronco offensive line must find a way to give them time and create holes to run through. For Ryan, everything goes through quarterback Spencer Sanders, but it appears the running game is back in the hands of Tyreke Davis. Expect Davis, who also plays linebacker, to get a ton of carries right away.

Final say: Denton fans may get irate at me, but it’s nothing personal. As great as Denton has played this season, I think the Broncos will have their hands full with Ryan. In the previous 12 meetings that Ryan has won, Denton has averaged 10.5 points per game against the Raiders. Meanwhile, Ryan averaged 43. Ryan has had one of the toughest nondistrict schedules in the area, and I have to think this district schedule overall is a bit lighter in comparison. Furthermore, Ryan has not lost to Denton in football since 1999. I just can’t see that streak ending Friday. Ryan wins big.

Prediction: Ryan 41, Denton 13

Q&A time! Plano Wildcats edition

Denton Guyer sophomore running back Noah Cain (7) hurdles senior fullback Trevor Caples (22) as DeSoto senior linebacker Orion Smith (15) moves in for the tackle during the second half of a high school football game at Eagle Stadium in DeSoto, Texas, Friday, September 2, 2016. (Jeffrey McWhorter/Special Contributor)

Denton Guyer sophomore running back Noah Cain (7) hurdles senior fullback Trevor Caples (22) as DeSoto senior linebacker Orion Smith (15) moves in for the tackle during the second half of a high school football game at Eagle Stadium in DeSoto, Texas, Friday, September 2, 2016. (Jeffrey McWhorter/Special Contributor)

Since most of the teams in the new District 6-6A are new to Guyer, Guyer fans and myself, I’ve decided to try something new this year.

Matt Welch, of Star Local Media, has covered pretty much all of these teams with the exception of Guyer and Wylie for years, so we’re going to do a Q&A each week about Guyer’s upcoming game.

This week, of course, it’s the battle of the Wildcats. Guyer and Plano have met once before in a bi-district playoff game in 2014. Guyer won that one easily, but Plano has a new defensive look and appears to be bound for another playoff season.

Without further delay, here’s the “conversation” Matt and I had over good ol’ electronic mail, along with a score prediction from each of us.

Continue reading

AP poll sweetens Ryan-Denton matchup

Denton Ryan senior wide receiver Jimmy Love (13) tries to evade tackles from Wylie East senior defensive back Corey Gentle (4) and junior linebacker Justin Smith (12), Thursday, September 8, 2016, in Wylie, Texas.  Jeff Woo/DRC

Denton Ryan senior wide receiver Jimmy Love (13) tries to evade tackles from Wylie East senior defensive back Corey Gentle (4) and junior linebacker Justin Smith (12), Thursday, September 8, 2016, in Wylie, Texas. Jeff Woo/DRC

The new AP poll is out, a little bit later than usual, and there isn’t much change to speak of in terms of our area teams.

Argyle, which drove all the way to Abilene for a much-hyped game with Wylie on Friday only to have it canceled due to lightning, remained strong at No. 2 in the Class 4A poll.

The only movement among area teams was Denton moving up a spot to No. 6 in the 5A poll, making Friday’s District 5-5A opener between Denton and Ryan a No. 3 vs. No. 6 matchup.

Here is The Associated Press high school poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, and the team’s ranking in last week’s poll:

Class 6A
School Record Total Points Prv
1. Allen (22) (3-0) 243 1
2. Converse Judson (2) (4-0) 211 3
(tie) DeSoto (1) (3-0) 211 2
4. Lake Travis (3-1) 145 4
5. Euless Trinity (3-0) 142 5
6. Austin Westlake (3-1) 117 6
7. Cedar Hill (2-1) 96 7
8. Cibolo Steele (3-1) 68 8
9. The Woodlands (4-0) 49 10
10. Galena Park North Shore (2-1) 43 9

Others receiving votes: San Angelo Central 30. Round Rock Cedar Ridge 5. Katy 5. Austin Bowie 5. Dickinson 3. Beaumont West Brook 1. Southlake Carroll 1.

Class 5A
School Record Total Points Prv
1. Cedar Park (12) (4-0) 229 1
2. Aledo (5) (3-0) 222 2
3. Denton Ryan (4) (4-0) 206 3
4. Manvel (4) (3-0) 193 4
5. Richmond Foster (4-0) 137 6
6. Denton (4-0) 78 7
7. Lancaster (3-1) 70 8
8. Waxahachie (4-0) 69 10
9. Texarkana Texas (4-0) 64 9
10. Frisco Lone Star (3-1) 46 5

Others receiving votes: College Station 22. Grapevine 15. Lubbock Cooper 9. Dallas Highland Park 5. Port Neches-Groves 4. Dripping Springs 3. Canyon 2. Cleburne 1.

Class 4A
School Record Total Points Prv
1. West Orange-Stark (15) (4-0) 237 1
2. Argyle (6) (3-0) 220 2
3. Carthage (3-0) 186 5
4. Waco La Vega (2) (4-0) 177 4
5. Cuero (1) (4-0) 136 6
6. China Spring (1) (4-0) 130 7
7. Gilmer (3-1) 77 3
8. Henderson (4-0) 69 10
9. Abilene Wylie (2-1) 46 9
10. Geronimo Navarro (4-0) 33 NR

Others receiving votes: Van 19. Celina 12. Liberty Hill 9. Sweetwater 8. El Campo 8. Kennedale 4. Stafford 3. Gladewater 1.

Class 3A
School Record Total Points Prv
1. Brock (19) (4-0) 244 1
2. Newton (5) (4-0) 218 2
3. Franklin (1) (4-0) 200 3
4. Malakoff (3-0) 179 4
5. Sunnyvale (4-0) 136 5
6. Cameron Yoe (3-1) 104 7
7. White Oak (4-0) 88 8
8. Big Sandy Harmony (4-0) 61 9
9. Canadian (2-2) 28 10
10. Crockett (4-0) 26 NR

Others receiving votes: Wall 17. La Marque 16. Grandview 14. Cisco 10. Sonora 10. East Bernard 6. Elysian Fields 4. George West 4. Hallettsville 3. Mineola 3. Rockdale 3. Coleman 1.

Class 2A
School Total Points Prv
1. Refugio (21) (3-0) 246 1
2. Bremond (3) (4-0) 212 2
3. Iraan (1) (4-0) 177 3
4. Albany (4-0) 162 5
5. Mart (4-0) 136 6
6. Tenaha (4-0) 113 7
7. Lovelady (3-0) 83 8
8. Shiner (3-1) 74 9
9. Stratford (2-1) 56 4
10. Wellington (4-0) 48 10

Others receiving votes: Price Carlisle 6. Muenster 5. Goldthwaite 5. Crawford 4. Evadale 1. Christoval 1. Mason 1.

Weekend recap: Big wins all around

Denton Ryan defensive tackle Ernest Brown IV (99) follows Frisco Lone Star quarterback Jason Shelley (18) in the first half during a high school football game between Frisco Lone Star and Denton Ryan at C. H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, Texas Friday September 16, 2016. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)

Denton Ryan defensive tackle Ernest Brown IV (99) follows Frisco Lone Star quarterback Jason Shelley (18) in the first half during a high school football game between Frisco Lone Star and Denton Ryan at C. H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, Texas Friday September 16, 2016. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)

It was an interesting week for Denton-area teams. Argyle traveled all the way to Abilene Wylie just to have its game canceled due to bad weather, and several more teams were on bye weeks. That left us with only a few games to focus on, including another big win for Denton and a battle of state-ranked teams between Ryan and Frisco Lone Star. My compadre, Adam Boedeker, and I want to help you ease into the work with by once again taking a look back at the week that was.

Frisco Lone Star at Ryan

SG: Now that was a statement win. I never doubted Ryan’s ability, nor its coronation as one of the top teams in Class 5A coming into the season. But I’d been asked time and time again over the last few weeks what was wrong with Ryan. The answer: absolutely nothing. Ryan has beaten four teams that are either ranked in the state, or at the minimum, ranked in this area. The Raiders decimated a Lone Star team that, despite this loss, is extremely talented and should still be in the conversation for state title contenders. Ryan did it by utilizing its countless weapons on offense, and a superior defense that simply dominates every single week. Ryan is loaded, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

AB: I heard a lot of talk about how Lone Star was the best team Ryan had seen so far this year. While that might be true, I wouldn’t count out Lancaster in that conversation just because of the comparison of defenses, and that showed itself on Friday as Ryan’s offense, led by Spencer Sanders, had its way with the Rangers. Sure, Jason Shelley and Lone Star got some of its own as well, but Ryan’s defense proved to be the far better unit. I’ve said it for a while (Trailblazer, I know), but this Raiders team is built for a very deep playoff run, so buckle up. Now, the Raiders prepare for a cupcake district schedule with what will be most likely their only test in crosstown foe Denton.

Denton at Keller Timber Creek

SG: Denton played an opponent higher than itself in classification for the first time this season, and kudos to the Broncos for coming away with a win. If you didn’t read Patrick Hayslip’s story, Denton rallied in the fourth quarter and Caleb Osuofa was dynamite with 180 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Now it’s time for District 5-5A, and a battle with crosstown rival Ryan awaits this Friday. I’m still not convinced Denton is the team to knock Ryan from its perch, but with the way the Broncos are playing right now, I’m pretty sure they are thinking otherwise.

AB: The Broncos faced arguably their toughest challenge on Thursday night and answered the bell in an 11-point victory over a previously unbeaten, upstart Timber Creek team. And the Broncos did it on the road. Once again, running back Caleb Osuofa stepped up with a huge performance and might be on his way to making people forget about Xavier Scott just a bit. Osuofa racked up over 180 yards on the ground and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns (three on the night) to help the Broncos pull away and remain undefeated. Now, the wait will be on to see where Denton stands in the AP poll heading into Friday’s clash with Ryan.

Braswell at Kaufman

SG: Braswell enters its bye week still looking for answers. Personnel changes on both sides of the ball – namely a new quarterback — are leading to points on the scoreboard, but the end result remains the same after a 42-3 loss Friday to Kaufman that pushed Braswell’s record to 0-4. The trick now is finding a way to compete against a District 5-5A slate that includes two state-ranked teams. And of course, the Bengals start off with one of them next week when they face Ryan. Braswell will be great eventually. For now, this season will continue to be a struggle.

AB: Once again, the Bengals were just utterly outmatched and outmanned. And this time, it was at the hands of a Class 4A team — albeit a really good one. Braswell was held without a touchdown for the third time in four games, managing just a lone field goal in the blowout loss. As expected, it’s taking the Bengals a while to find their identity, and it isn’t surprising to see them struggling so horribly with the circumstances under which the school opened.

Lake Worth at Krum

SG: Do you guys get the feeling Lake Worth was in the wrong place at the wrong time? Krum came into Friday licking its wounds after a tough loss to Sanger, so I’m pretty sure there aren’t many teams that would want to face the Bobcats next. Lake Worth had that unenviable task and Krum decimated them to the tune of 616 total yards for a 65-7 win.

AB: This game was a mismatch on paper, and it didn’t take long to show that way in real life. I covered this game and left thoroughly impressed with a Krum team I knew was senior-heavy and incredibly solid. It wasn’t the fact the Bobcats ran away with a 65-7 win that impressed me as much as the fact they handled a team they should’ve handled in dominant fashion without their starting quarterback. And make no mistake, Brandon Reeves didn’t miss a beat as Krum scored on its first six possessions and Reeves scored four rushing touchdowns while throwing just one incompletion.

Benbrook at Aubrey

SG: Another blowout where one of our area teams came out on top. But for me, the story over the last few weeks for Aubrey has been the play of Gatlin Grisso. Running back Pablo Vera went down last week with an ankle injury, and all Grisso has done is in the meantime is carry his team on his back. In this game, he carried the ball for 62 yards and a score, caught another ball for a score, and add a 99-yard interception return for a score.

AB: Aubrey feasted on the first-year varsity program as Gatlin Grisso had another monster game. Grisso is replacing starting running back Pablo Vera, and while his rushing numbers were nothing eye-popping, the junior did have a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown and a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown as time expired in the first half. The Chaparrals are putting together a pretty formidable offense and can hold opponents, too. It’s looking like they could put together another successful playoff run down the road.

S&S Consolidated at Ponder

SG: Seeing Ponder win practically every week has been a breath of fresh air. A school normally known for its greatness on the basketball court clearly has more to show off as the Lions are now coming off a big win over S&S where they scored 35 points with just one touchdown. Jonathan Aguilar proves every week just how dominant he can be, and his score late in the fourth sealed it. Congrats, Ponder.

AB: The Lions continued their successful start to their season with a come-from-behind win over S&S Consolidated, and they did it thanks to a big second-half orchestrated by quarterback Shane Scott. The Ponder signal-caller didn’t put up huge stats, but he scored two touchdowns, including the Lions’ first of the second half. Running back Jonathan Aguilar rushed for 151 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Football: Ryan’s Javaris Steward no longer on team

Ryan High School senior defensive lineman Javaris Steward (5), Friday, August 12, 2016, in Denton, Texas. David Minton/DRC

Javaris Steward

Javaris Steward is no longer a member of the Ryan High School football team.

The senior defensive lineman and University of Texas at San Antonio commit did not play in Friday’s 51-34 win over Frisco Lone Star and was not on the game roster that evening. Head coach Dave Henigan confirmed Steward’s departure from the football team Sunday, but wouldn’t comment further on the reasons. It is also unclear if Steward is still a student at Ryan.

“He is no longer a part of our team,” Henigan said.

Steward has had a roller-coaster high school career, which saw him play football in two states and also decommit from two high-profile Football Bowl Subdivision programs before settling on a third in August. He played for Ryan as a sophomore before moving to California for family reasons in 2015.

His mother passed away shortly thereafter. He played his entire junior season for Pomona High School in southern Calif.

Steward returned to Ryan in March, and through the team’s first three games this season, he was in on 15 tackles with two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Five of his tackles were for loss.

He originally verbally committed to USC in October before switching to UCLA in February. Both commitments happened while he was in California. He then decommitted from the Bruins roughly two months later. He committed to UTSA on Aug. 12.

“I’ve been hit up on Twitter by a few people who hope that I stick with this school this time,” Steward said after his commitment to UTSA. “I just didn’t feel comfortable [with USC or UCLA]. I think this is the right fit this time. I think I’m going to stick with it.”

Verbal commitments are nonbinding. The first day Steward could sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 1.

Ryan is 4-0 and ranked No. 3 in The Associated Press’ Class 5A poll.

STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.