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.
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.
Ryan senior running back Tyrone Williams scored two touchdowns in Ryan's 33-0 win over Lewisville on Friday night. Ryan, Denton and Guyer all won their respective games last week. (Al Key/Denton Record-Chronicle)
It’s no longer an anomaly when the three Denton ISD schools win on the same weekend.
Ryan, Denton and Guyer each came up with big victories in last week’s action, with Guyer’s win over Rider the game that was mostly in question for much of the night.
In area play, Sanger is making everybody forget about last season’s winless campaign and continued to roll with a win over Krum, while Lake Dallas’ 11-year playoff streak was snapped.
If you missed any or all of it, don’t fret. Adam Boedeker and I look back at last week’s area action.
Guyer notched a 66-3 victory against rivals Lake Dallas last weekend in one of the weekend's lopsided victories. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
The closer the calendar shifts to November, the clearer district races are starting to look. Across the area, things are starting to shape up how we thought they would when the season started.
For another week, Guyer and Argyle played up to their lofty state rankings, while Ryan lost its first game of the season and Sanger’s winning streak was halted in a big District 9-3A contest. It’s Monday, so that means Adam Boedeker and I break down last weekend’s action.
Ryan head coach Joey Florence and the Raiders celebrate their 13-10 win over Flower Mound Marcus last Friday. Florence earned his 200th career coaching victory. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
There were multiple moments on Friday night where some of the area’s strongest figures looked vulnerable.
For most of Friday night, it looked as if Ryan head coach Joey Florence had to wait another week to notch his 200th head coaching victory. Over in Trophy Club, Guyer and Texas-bound quarterback Jerrod Heard struggled against a vastly improved Nelson squad.
But at the end of the night, Florence and Heard both finished with a win. Other area schools also picked up key wins last Friday night. Adam Boedeker and I take a look back at last weekend’s action.
Defensive lineman Thomas Ferguson and the Guyer Wildcats rolled in a 66-7 over Denton for the Wildcats' second straight District 5-4A win. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
At this point in the season, it’s fairly easy to see which teams might be playing into late November and early December — the time of the year when you’re playing the best teams in the state without a margin for error.
There’s no reason not to consider Guyer as one of Class 4A’s best teams, despite its No.6 ranking in the Associated Press polls (that ranking makes absolutely no sense). In Class 3A, Argyle has looked flawless through six games this season, including a blowout of Dallas Madison this weekend.
Let’s take a look back at Guyer-Denton and some of our top area games.