Weekend recap: Denton’s streak ends

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.

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What you need to know: Keller Central

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.

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Weekend recap: Statement wins for all!

 

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.

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Guyer receivers making things tough on opponents

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.

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What you need to know: Keller Fossil Ridge

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.

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Weekend Recap: Denton ISD, where winners live

Denton junior running back Xavier Scott breaks free against Saginaw Boswell on Friday en route to a huge night in a huge Denton win. (James Coreas/For the Record-Chronicle)

All three Denton ISD teams came home Friday night with wins under their belts, and all three wins were meaningful district victories.

Take a look at the weekend recap with yours truly, and our new full-time Ryan beat writer, the legendary Steve Gamel.

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What you need to know: Justin Northwest

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) runs the ball against Keller on Friday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Guyer opened District 5-6A play with a win last week, but it wasn’t a pretty one for the Wildcats, who watched a 40-12 lead evaporate into a 40-33 win in a matter of about seven minutes.

Guyer looked a bit off all night, but held the Indians at bay before a few sloppy plays and some blown coverage helped Keller mount an improbable comeback that almost resulted in a disastrous loss for the No. 9 Wildcats.

This week, the Wildcats take a step up in competition and take a short road trip to Northwest ISD Stadium to face Justin Northwest.

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Argyle, Guyer stand pat in AP state poll

Argyle's Nick Ralston scores a two-point conversion against Celina at Eagle Stadium back on Sept. 12 in Argyle. The Eagles remained steady at No. 2 in the Class 4A state poll. (Matt Garnett/For the Record-Chronicle)

As the majority of the state began district play on Friday, two area teams remained steady in the Associated Press high school football poll, which released Monday.

Guyer (3-1, 1-0 District 5-6A) remained at No. 9 in the Class 6A poll after a narrow escape against a Keller team that wasn’t expected to provide much of a test. Argyle (5-0) remained at No. 2 in Class 4A heading into its bye week and received two first-place votes behind No. 1 Navasota.

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Weekend Recap: District slate kicks off

 

Guyer picked up a win in its 5-6A opener, but head coach John Walsh wasn't pleased with his team's second-half performance. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

After a slow weekend with a lot of teams on bye, the area was back in full swing on Friday night as we got underway with Class 6A and 5A district schedules — where the games actually count.

Ben Baby peaced out on Sunday to head south on I-35. It was a good run for Ben, our trusty Ryan beat writer. Now, he’ll be replaced by Steve Gamel, who starts on Monday and will be a part of this weekly thing with me next week. But this week, it’s all Boedeker, all the time. I apologize in advance.

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BREAKING: Local players impacted by NCTC bus crash UPDATE: All local girls safe

There was a tragic accident on Interstate 35 in Oklahoma late Friday night involving the North Central Texas College softball team, which was returning home to Gainesville after playing in Oklahoma.

Various media reports are reporting three people were killed in the accident, caused when a semi crossed the median into the southbound lanes and struck the team’s bus, according to a story from NBCDFW. KFOR.com in Oklahoma is reporting three are dead and at least 15 are injured from the wreck.

There are several local players listed on the Lady Lions’ roster, and we’re working to confirm their well-being.

I got up with Guyer softball coach Keith Medford, who confirmed former Guyer player Molly Dolezel was given a ride back by her mother and was not on the bus. The same goes for Denton native Gracie Blagg, who was home-schooled and didn’t play for a high school team.

Ryan head coach Aimee Foutch said she spoke with Ryan-ex Megan Durante’s father, who said all he knew was Durante had suffered a gash to the head and he was on his way to get her, so it seems she avoided serious injury, fortunately. She said she would give an update when she got one.

Other local players who we haven’t yet accounted for include Emily Gibbons, who is listed as being a Denton native on NCTC’s roster and was home-schooled like Blagg. (UPDATE: As of 12:40 a.m. Saturday, I got an email from Gibbons’ mother saying she was also not on the bus and is OK). The only player now who we haven’t confirmed safety for is former Sanger player Savannah Matheus.

According to Matheus’ Twitter, it looks like she was on the bus, as this was posted approximately 10 minutes before the accident happened around 9 p.m.

(UPDATE: As of 12:54 a.m. Saturday, I got an email with a link to Matheus’ aunt’s Facebook post saying she’d talked to Savannah, who was indeed on the bus but was thankfully not seriously injured. That means all of our local players are accounted for and are safe.)