Weekend Recap: Everyone’s a winner

Argyle senior running back Nick Ralson and the Eagles picked up a 42-35 win over Denison in the Southwest Showcase on Friday at AT&T Stadium. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

Most area high school football fans slept easy on Friday night.

The area picked up many wins across the board, with a couple of schools opting for a dramatic victory.

Guyer needed a last-second field goal to knock off one of the top teams in Class 5A, while Ryan kept its first win of the season fully slipping away (I talked about that here the other day).

Well, you know the drill. Adam Boedeker and I break down the area’s top games in this week’s installment of the Weekend Recap.

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Three takes: Ryan-Hebron

Ryan was in jeopardy of doing something it hadn’t done in seven seasons.

If the Raiders couldn’t find a way to beat Hebron on Friday night, Ryan was looking at the first 0-2 start to the season since 2007.

But the Raiders recovered from last week’s season-opening loss to Rockwall to pick up a 27-21 win against Hebron at Hawk Stadium on Friday night. Not only did the Raiders avoid dropping back-to-back games to open the season, but Dave Henigan picked up his first victory as Ryan’s head coach.

In the final minutes of the contest, it seemed as if the first victory of the season was going to slip out of Ryan’s grasp. But the Raiders survived at the place known as The Woodshed (which is awesome) and handed Hebron its second loss of the season in as many games.

Here are a few takeaways from Friday night’s contest.

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Halftime thoughts: Ryan 20, Hebron 7

CARROLLTON — Ryan leads Hebron 20-7 after two quarters of tonight’s nondistrict matchup at The Woodshed.

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What you need to know: Hebron

Treyvon Hughes (left) and Carson Proffitt may have graduated from Hebron, but the Hawks still carry a strong team into Friday night's nondistrict game against Ryan. (Special contributor to The Dallas Morning News/Matt Strasen)

For the past two years, Ryan-Hebron has been a district matchup. Hebron got the best of the Raiders the last two years, but both suffered the same playoff fate.

The University Interscholastic League’s biennial realignment took the teams out of the district, but that didn’t stop Hebron head coach Brian Brazil and Denton ISD athletic director Joey Florence from scheduling the fixture during nondistrict play.

Here’s what you need to know (and then some) about the Hebron Hawks.

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Texas Tech offers Argyle junior tight end J.C. Chalk

Argyle junior tight end J.C. Chalk picked up an offer from Texas Tech on Wednesday. Chalk orally committed to Clemson in June. (For the Denton Record-Chronicle/Matt Garnett)

Argyle junior tight end J.C. Chalk picked up another offer this evening. Here, I’ll let him tell the story.

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Ryan RB Maurice Gordon expected to be a big piece for the Raiders (VIDEO)

Ryan head coach Dave Henigan said senior running back Maurice Gordon (above) will be a big key to the Raiders' success this season. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton )

Maurice Gordon’s performance against Rockwall last week shouldn’t have been a surprise.

The Ryan senior running back saw a heavy workload in the first game of the season. He carried the ball 23 times for 143 yards and Ryan’s lone touchdown in a 21-13 loss to the Yellowjackets.

Gordon said on Tuesday that Kansas State has started to show more interest in him, but the Wildcats have yet to offer the senior.

Ryan head coach Dave Henigan talked about Gordon’s value to the team and what he brings to the Raiders on a weekly basis.

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Argyle checks in at No. 12 in TGCA poll

When we saw first installment of the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s state volleyball poll, we were a little shocked.

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Weekend Recap: The start of a new season

Top-ranked Allen corralled Guyer at the Tom Landry Classic in the season opener for both schools. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

So, how does it feel to have football in your lives again? Feels pretty good, huh? Yeah, that’s what I figured.

Last week was the week many of you were waiting for (OK, I was waiting on it, too). The first week of the football season included some big matchups in the state and a preview of what to expect in the weeks to come.

Fellow Record-Chronicle high school scribe Adam Boedeker and I break down last week’s big games in the first installment of the weekend recap.

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Guyer moves down, Argyle goes up in this week’s AP poll

Allen took down Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson and the Wildcats in the Week One matchup at the Tom Landry Classic. Guyer is ninth in this week's Associated Press Class 6A poll, two spots down from last week. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

Guyer may have opened the season with a 14-point loss against one of the nation’s best teams, but the Wildcats’ performance was apparently good enough to keep them ranked as one of the top 10 teams in Class 6A.

Guyer drops two spots to No. 9 in this week’s Associated Press 6A state poll. Allen, the team the Wildcats lost to, remains solidly in first place after receiving 19 of 25 first-place votes.

The area’s biggest winner was Argyle. The Eagles jumped up two spots to earn a fourth-place ranking in the Class 4A poll following last week’s 34-28 win against Abilene Wylie in the season opener.

Somebody also voted Argyle as the best team in Class 4A. Abilene Wylie was one of four teams to receive a single vote in this week’s poll

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:

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Three Takes: Ryan-Rockwall

Ryan running back Maurice Gordon and the rest of the Raiders lost to Rockwall in the season opener on Friday night. (For the Denton Record-Chronicle/Maegan Puetz)

Nobody really knew what to expect when Ryan stepped onto the turf at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex for the season opener.

This year’s version of the Raiders looked completely different from the squad Ryan fielded the previous two seasons.

A new head coach, a freshman quarterback and an influx of underclassmen were all making their Ryan varsity debuts, adding to the normal excitement the first game of the season. Ryan lost to Rockwall 21-13 in Friday night’s season opener, but the game offered a glimpse into what to expect this season.

We’ll add a new staple on the blog this season with a Saturday morning with a few quick takes from the previous night with Three Takes. Take a seat, grab some coffee and let’s look back at last night’s game.

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