All three Denton ISD teams won — in very different fashions — and several of the area’s better teams were able to pull out victories, as well. Steve Gamel and I take a look at the weekend’s action, as we keep our fingers crossed for a Lone Star American League Championship Series (I’m a Rangers die-hard, and Steve is a Houston native who claims the Astros and Red Sox). Anyway, here goes nothing…
Guyer at Keller Fossil Ridge
AB: Once again, the Guyer passing attack showed some umph, as quarterback Shawn Robinson passed for more than 200 yards for the second consecutive game. Sure, it’s not the 300-yard games he was putting up last season, but this is a different team and head coach John Walsh has said all season that all he needs from the passing game is 150 yards yards if his excellent rushing attack is putting up 300, which they do on the reg. That was led by Myron Mason on Thursday against Fossil Ridge, as Mason put up his second 100-yard rushing night in as many games at Keller ISD Stadium and also notched his second kickoff return for a touchdown in as many games in the Wildcats’ second home when he returned the opening kick of the game 88 yards to paydirt. The Wildcats should roll from now until the Week 11 clash with crosstown foe Ryan, who will also likely be undefeated in district play (and overall).
SG: Keller ISD Stadium is becoming a second home for the Wildcats, who absolutely demolished Keller Fossil Ridge last Thursday night en route to a 50-20 win. Guyer has four Thursday night games at Keller ISD – which I know my buddy Adam loves — and has outscored opponents 112-64 in two of those games. Much of that is because of Myron Mason, who is as big a playmaker right now as any team in our coverage area. Mason returned a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown against Keller Fossil Ridge and added 136 rushing yards and another score in the rout. Guyer is now one of two unbeaten teams in District 5-6A – the other being Ryan – and it’s looking more and more like both teams could be playing for some big hardware come Week 10. Assuming they both continue on their current pace.
Keller Timber Creek at Ryan
AB: I remember the story of the 2014 Ryan season, and no, I’m not going to say the fact they missed the postseason for the first time in 15 years — that’s been beaten into the ground, and this team is obviously a different bunch as evidenced by their 6-0 record. But, the reason for that 5-5 record a year ago was turnovers, and lots of ‘em, and that seems to be a problem all the sudden once again for the Raiders. I’ve got news for Ryan, the Raiders can turn the ball over against the likes of Trophy Club Nelson and Keller Timber Creek and still get away with a win, but against Keller Fossil Ridge and Keller, they’re going to be in trouble because both of those offenses, particularly Keller’s, can make you pay for mistakes. With another year of experience under Spencer Sanders’ belt, I think he’ll turn it around and the offense will get back on track, but time will tell.
SG: For those of you who haven’t seen Ryan’s last two games, let me clarify that the Raiders’ lack of scoring is more of a bi-product of untimely miscues than simply not moving the chains. Ryan is moving the ball – the team racked up 319 yards in the latest win over Keller Timber Creek – but several key drops, turnovers and penalties have killed drives where it seems like a score is imminent. Ryan turned the ball over three times against the Falcons, twice off interceptions, and has averaged 20.5 points per game over their last two wins. The good news is the Raiders are 6-0, and even though this latest game was a bit too close for comfort, the defense never broke and still only surrendered 14 points. Ryan has a big test on the horizon against Keller Fossil Ridge, followed by a Thursday nighter at Keller on Oct. 22. The offense needs to get rolling again.