Guyer senior running back Anthony Taylor (10) and sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) celebrate in the end zone after one of Guyer's many touchdowns against Plano on Saturday at AT&T Stadium. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
It’s been a pretty usual thing for us to see two high schools from Denton ISD in the Texas high school football playoffs, and that’s the case this year, too. It’s a different duo this year, but the results were the same as both Guyer and Denton won their playoff openers.
Steve Gamel and I recap the area playoff action from the weekend and look ahead a bit to Round 2 with this week’s recap.
Guyer senior wide receiver Adam Scott (1) and senior tight end Xavier Brown (80) celebrate after a touchdown against Keller Timber Creek on Thursday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
Guyer clinched its district championship after Keller lost. Argyle clinched no worse than a share of district championship with a big rival game coming on Friday. Denton clinched its first playoff berth in the Kevin Atkinson era, and Ryan is fighting to keep a historic playoff streak alive. It was a busy week in area high school football, and my cohort Steve Gamel and I relive it here.
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.
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.
David Haynes and the Wildcats bowled over the Wichita Falls Rider in a Week Two matchup between old District 5-4A rivals. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)
For the second straight week, defeat is a word that hasn’t been associated with many of our local teams. The area’s heavy hitters came up with solid performances for a second straight week, including another undefeated weekend for Denton ISD’s teams.
In the area, Argyle and Lake Dallas came up with huge victories against some good ball clubs.
My usual Monday-morning accomplice, Adam Boedeker, is still getting back from vacation with his family so I’ll be riding solo today in this installment of the weekend recap.
Let’s take a look back at a very good weekend for the area.
Denton High added another high profile assistant to its football coaching staff this summer.
Gary Joe Kinne has accepted an offer to join the Broncos, according to Denton ISD spokesperson Sharon Cox.
Hunter Dozier has continued to make his ascent up the minor-league ranks before I can get my morning cup of coffee.
Guyer first baseman James Farris (left) is congratulated by teammate Daulton Horton after a home run in Friday's win over Trophy Club Nelson. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
With the Guyer baseball team’s 7-2 win over rival Lake Dallas on Tuesday night, and a little bit of help from Azle, the Wildcats clinched a playoff spot with three games remaining in the regular season. For Guyer, now it’s all about seeding and pecking order, and well, trying to avoid finishing third or fourth and facing Saginaw Boswell or Birdville in the first round of the playoffs.
Guyer is now in second place by itself, and if the Wildcats can take care of the eliminated Wichita Falls Rider Raiders on Friday, will have a matchup for first place in 5-4A next Tuesday at home against first-place Wichita Falls Coyotes. Rider is out of the playoffs for the first time since 2001, according to our friend Zach Duncan at the Times Record News. Guyer already beat the Coyotes once this season, and with a win would have the season sweep.
Here’s a look at the current 5-4A standings with three games to play:
1. Wichita Falls (9-2); 2. Guyer (8-3); 3. Trophy Club Nelson (7-4); 4. Lake Dallas (7-4); 5. Azle (4-7); 6. Wichita Falls Rider (4-7); 7. Fort Worth Brewer (3-8); 8. Denton (2-9).
Justin Griffin (left) and the rest of Guyer's boys basketball team topped DeRodney Thomas and Denton in one of the top five games in 2013. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
Each year, there are a few games that make you forget about everything else that was going on before you took your spot in the bleachers. Among the vast amount of blowouts and lopsided wins, some of the area’s high schools gave us some great contests in 2013.
So from now until New Year’s Eve, I’ll bring you the top five games of the year. We’ll finish up with the game of the year on Dec. 31.
Today we’ll start with No. 5, Guyer and Denton’s boys basketball game in January.
Coppell constricted Ryan's offense to 195 yards in a 28-3 win against the Raiders. Still, Ryan clinched its 14th straight playoff berth. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
Every year it always feels like things are moving faster, where two months ago feels like two weeks ago.
We’re almost at the end of the regular season before leaves could change colors. But the true sign of a Texas autumn comes in two weeks, when the playoffs start and teams chase state the dream they had since August.
Last weekend, Guyer picked up another easy win, while Ryan and Denton each lost to very good teams. Sanger had a narrow win over winless Bridgeport, while Liberty Christian dropped a close contest to Fort Worth Nolan.
Adam Boedeker and I delve into all of those games in today’s Weekend Recap.