Denton Ryan defensive tackle Ernest Brown IV (99) follows Frisco Lone Star quarterback Jason Shelley (18) in the first half during a high school football game between Frisco Lone Star and Denton Ryan at C. H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, Texas Friday September 16, 2016. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)
It was an interesting week for Denton-area teams. Argyle traveled all the way to Abilene Wylie just to have its game canceled due to bad weather, and several more teams were on bye weeks. That left us with only a few games to focus on, including another big win for Denton and a battle of state-ranked teams between Ryan and Frisco Lone Star. My compadre, Adam Boedeker, and I want to help you ease into the work with by once again taking a look back at the week that was.
Frisco Lone Star at Ryan
SG: Now that was a statement win. I never doubted Ryan’s ability, nor its coronation as one of the top teams in Class 5A coming into the season. But I’d been asked time and time again over the last few weeks what was wrong with Ryan. The answer: absolutely nothing. Ryan has beaten four teams that are either ranked in the state, or at the minimum, ranked in this area. The Raiders decimated a Lone Star team that, despite this loss, is extremely talented and should still be in the conversation for state title contenders. Ryan did it by utilizing its countless weapons on offense, and a superior defense that simply dominates every single week. Ryan is loaded, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
AB: I heard a lot of talk about how Lone Star was the best team Ryan had seen so far this year. While that might be true, I wouldn’t count out Lancaster in that conversation just because of the comparison of defenses, and that showed itself on Friday as Ryan’s offense, led by Spencer Sanders, had its way with the Rangers. Sure, Jason Shelley and Lone Star got some of its own as well, but Ryan’s defense proved to be the far better unit. I’ve said it for a while (Trailblazer, I know), but this Raiders team is built for a very deep playoff run, so buckle up. Now, the Raiders prepare for a cupcake district schedule with what will be most likely their only test in crosstown foe Denton.
Denton at Keller Timber Creek
SG: Denton played an opponent higher than itself in classification for the first time this season, and kudos to the Broncos for coming away with a win. If you didn’t read Patrick Hayslip’s story, Denton rallied in the fourth quarter and Caleb Osuofa was dynamite with 180 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Now it’s time for District 5-5A, and a battle with crosstown rival Ryan awaits this Friday. I’m still not convinced Denton is the team to knock Ryan from its perch, but with the way the Broncos are playing right now, I’m pretty sure they are thinking otherwise.
AB: The Broncos faced arguably their toughest challenge on Thursday night and answered the bell in an 11-point victory over a previously unbeaten, upstart Timber Creek team. And the Broncos did it on the road. Once again, running back Caleb Osuofa stepped up with a huge performance and might be on his way to making people forget about Xavier Scott just a bit. Osuofa racked up over 180 yards on the ground and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns (three on the night) to help the Broncos pull away and remain undefeated. Now, the wait will be on to see where Denton stands in the AP poll heading into Friday’s clash with Ryan.
Braswell at Kaufman
SG: Braswell enters its bye week still looking for answers. Personnel changes on both sides of the ball – namely a new quarterback — are leading to points on the scoreboard, but the end result remains the same after a 42-3 loss Friday to Kaufman that pushed Braswell’s record to 0-4. The trick now is finding a way to compete against a District 5-5A slate that includes two state-ranked teams. And of course, the Bengals start off with one of them next week when they face Ryan. Braswell will be great eventually. For now, this season will continue to be a struggle.
AB: Once again, the Bengals were just utterly outmatched and outmanned. And this time, it was at the hands of a Class 4A team — albeit a really good one. Braswell was held without a touchdown for the third time in four games, managing just a lone field goal in the blowout loss. As expected, it’s taking the Bengals a while to find their identity, and it isn’t surprising to see them struggling so horribly with the circumstances under which the school opened.
Lake Worth at Krum
SG: Do you guys get the feeling Lake Worth was in the wrong place at the wrong time? Krum came into Friday licking its wounds after a tough loss to Sanger, so I’m pretty sure there aren’t many teams that would want to face the Bobcats next. Lake Worth had that unenviable task and Krum decimated them to the tune of 616 total yards for a 65-7 win.
AB: This game was a mismatch on paper, and it didn’t take long to show that way in real life. I covered this game and left thoroughly impressed with a Krum team I knew was senior-heavy and incredibly solid. It wasn’t the fact the Bobcats ran away with a 65-7 win that impressed me as much as the fact they handled a team they should’ve handled in dominant fashion without their starting quarterback. And make no mistake, Brandon Reeves didn’t miss a beat as Krum scored on its first six possessions and Reeves scored four rushing touchdowns while throwing just one incompletion.
Benbrook at Aubrey
SG: Another blowout where one of our area teams came out on top. But for me, the story over the last few weeks for Aubrey has been the play of Gatlin Grisso. Running back Pablo Vera went down last week with an ankle injury, and all Grisso has done is in the meantime is carry his team on his back. In this game, he carried the ball for 62 yards and a score, caught another ball for a score, and add a 99-yard interception return for a score.
AB: Aubrey feasted on the first-year varsity program as Gatlin Grisso had another monster game. Grisso is replacing starting running back Pablo Vera, and while his rushing numbers were nothing eye-popping, the junior did have a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown and a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown as time expired in the first half. The Chaparrals are putting together a pretty formidable offense and can hold opponents, too. It’s looking like they could put together another successful playoff run down the road.
S&S Consolidated at Ponder
SG: Seeing Ponder win practically every week has been a breath of fresh air. A school normally known for its greatness on the basketball court clearly has more to show off as the Lions are now coming off a big win over S&S where they scored 35 points with just one touchdown. Jonathan Aguilar proves every week just how dominant he can be, and his score late in the fourth sealed it. Congrats, Ponder.
AB: The Lions continued their successful start to their season with a come-from-behind win over S&S Consolidated, and they did it thanks to a big second-half orchestrated by quarterback Shane Scott. The Ponder signal-caller didn’t put up huge stats, but he scored two touchdowns, including the Lions’ first of the second half. Running back Jonathan Aguilar rushed for 151 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.