Weekend recap: Rivalry week

Ryan wins the coin toss before kickoff against Guyer, Friday, November 6, 2015, at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

Ryan wins the coin toss before kickoff against Guyer, Friday, November 6, 2015, at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

District titles were decided in two big rivalry games in the area, and another was won on the road out in Wichita Falls. Steve Gamel and I look back at what was an exciting weekend in area high school football in our weekly recap.

Ryan at Guyer

AB: Steve likes to make it sound like I thought Guyer winning was a slam dunk, but that’s far from the truth. I will say this: I thought Ryan would have to force some turnovers to beat Guyer, and the Raiders didn’t. They just beat Guyer. It was impressive. I didn’t think Guyer played badly. In fact, after their first three drives against Ryan’s vaunted defense, they led 14-7 — a pretty good place to be in. After that, the Wildcats were outscored 24-0 before they found the scoreboard again. Guyer head coach John Walsh said his offense didn’t execute in the second half. I don’t have a keen enough football eye to notice that, but I thought it was a well-played game by both teams. Ryan’s defense is every bit as good as advertised despite giving up a season-high 28 points. Shawn Robinson had his best game of the year against the second-best defense he’s seen all year, and that’s a good sign moving forward for the Wildcats. I think both of these teams are going to be tough outs in the playoffs though both will be underdogs in their second-round matchups. Oh, and one more thing: I was uber impressed with Ryan sophomore quarterback Spencer Sanders. Dude had an amazing night.

SG: Several members of the Ryan coaching staff came up to me before Friday night’s showdown to say they were surprised I picked them to beat Guyer. Apparently, I was in the minority. One prediction had Guyer rolling up 42 points. Another one said Guyer would at least score 31. Either way, unbeaten Ryan was a decided underdog coming in. That says a ton about Guyer and what they can and have done on both sides of the ball. But the Raiders’ win says a lot for how far they’ve come dating back to last year’s 5-5 finish. Ryan is the top seed in Class 6A Division I, and should be recognized as a top-tier team. The key was Ryan’s offense. Spencer Sanders guided a unit that struggled with consistency throughout district play to a mistake-free 31-28 win. Guyer played great despite the loss — especially quarterback Shawn Robinson, who I can’t say enough of — and should be more than fine going forward.

Denton at Wichita Falls

AB: As good as Guyer and Ryan both are, I’m starting to think that outside of Argyle, the Broncos might be best set up to make a deep playoff run. Denton came from behind and got a game-winning field goal to beat Wichita Falls on the road on Thursday and cap their season with yet another win. Xavier Scott is a running back you can lean on in the playoff run, and I fully expect the Broncos to do just that even though they like to fling the ball around – it’s a lot easier to turn around and hand it off. The Broncos made history by claiming their first district title since the year after I graduated from high school (that’s a long time ago, folks) and now they have a chance to make more, and more meaningful, history in the coming weeks.

SG: It came down to a field goal, and that’s totally OK. Congrats to the Broncos for clinching the District 5-5A crown for the first time since 1999 on a night where they had to travel to Wichita Falls and rise up against a solid Coyote team. Robert Reyes’ 24-yard boot couldn’t have come under more pressure. Per our own Patrick Hayslip, Denton quickly fell behind 13-0 before it could blink. The Broncos still trailed 20-7 early in the third quarter. After crawling all the way back, there was no way Reyes could miss that kick. And he didn’t. Xavier Scott did what he normally does and the defense came away with at least one turnover to put the Broncos in a position to win. Now comes the playoffs and a chance to make a seriously long run should all the stars align.

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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.

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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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.

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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Price out, Liberty Christian searching for new coach

Greg Price reacts to a referee call during a game in 2012. Price is out at Liberty Christian after four seasons as the Warriors head coach and 17 years on staff.

The second head coach in Liberty Christian football history is out, and the Warriors are searching for a new head coach after Greg Price was fired.

Price is no longer the head coach and athletic director and a search is underway for his replacement. Assistant athletic director Zack Vest is acting as the interim AD.

“I haven’t really been given a real reason yet,” Price said. “The reason that was given to me, which I don’t want to go in to, was only said to me for the first time ever when I was removed. There was no warning or anything. I don’t think the reason given to me was legitimate, personally. It was the first time it’s ever been said to me.”

“I do know Liberty Christian is a special place. My girls have grown up there. My wife and children will still be there because it’s a special place. It’s the only job I’ve ever had. I’m going to miss it. I’m heartbroken and shocked, all at the same time.”

Price took over prior to the 2009 season when he replaced the late Mark Bowles, who started the program and was the head coach for 26 seasons, winning three state championships. Price was on Bowles’ staff starting in 1997 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2003. Price won one state championship with the Warriors, as the team’s offensive coordinator in 2007.

In his five seasons as head coach, Price’s record was 41-23 as the Warriors reached the TAPPS state semifinals in 2010 and 2013 and the state championship in 2009.

Price announced the move on Twitter late Thursday night.

 

 

 

Weekend Recap: Three’s Company

Argyle's Ian Sadler and Brandon Boyzuick celebrate during the Eagles' 45-38 win against Gilmer in the 3A Division II regional semifinals.

There’s only three weeks left in the high school football season, and after last weekend’s round of games, we still have three teams left in the playoffs.

Guyer cruised to an expected victory, while Argyle announced itself as the frontrunner for the 3A Division II state title and Ryan pulled off one of the most incredible comebacks you will ever see.

Adam Boedeker and I take a look back at those games and Liberty Christian’s loss to Fort Worth Nolan in today’s Weekend Recap.

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Liberty Christian OL Brad Lundblade narrows offer list

A strong case could be made for Brad Lundblade’s supremacy over all other offensive lineman in our area. The senior right guard at Liberty Christian is highly regarded by Warriors head coach Greg Price, and he’s long been fawned over by Football Bowl Subdivision schools.

Lundblade, listed at 6-3 and 287 pounds by Rivals.com, has received 11 FBS offers so far and said he’s been talking to a few Big 12 Conference schools like Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and TCU.

With a couple months before national signing day, it seems he has trimmed his list down to three schools.

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Weekend Recap: Almost the end

Coppell constricted Ryan's offense to 195 yards in a 28-3 win against the Raiders. Still, Ryan clinched its 14th straight playoff berth.

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.

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Game Changers: Oct. 22

Game Changers: Oct. 22 from Ben Baby on Vimeo.

Last week, Denton and Guyer picked up easy wins in District 5-4A play, while Ryan suffered its first loss of the season against Hebron.

If you missed it, don’t worry. We have highlights. You know what else we have? We have Adam Boedeker in a tie.

That’s right. Our dear, bearded friend, Adam, makes his debut on this week’s episode of Game Changers. That alone is a reason to watch. So now is a great time to hit play if you haven’t done so already.

 

Weekend Recap: Florence gets No.200

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.

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.

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