Argyle holds steady, Guyer resurfaces in polls

Guyer senior running back Anthony Taylor (10) powers past tackle attempts by Keller Timber Creek on Thursday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

After a one-week absence that was created by Cedar Hill’s thrashing of DeSoto, the Guyer Wildcats are back in the Associated Press Class 6A top 10 after that same Cedar Hill team was whupped by Mansfield, of all people. Guyer is back at No. 10 with one week remaining in the regular season.

In Class 4A, Argyle held steady at No. 2, where it’s been since early in the season after a big road win over Graham. The Eagles received two first-place votes and just narrowly edged Gilmer for that No. 2 spot behind Navasota, who’s been No. 1 all season.

Follow the jump for the rest of the AP polls:

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Weekend recap: Playoff spots and district titles galore!

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.

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Ryan football: UPDATED playoff scenarios

With Keller Central’s win over Trophy Club Nelson last night, Ryan’s playoff scenarios have changed from what I posted earlier in the week. What you will see below is way more than what I could include in today’s advance story, so I’m putting them here instead.

I’ve checked these through coach Dave Henigan as well — and I might have made his head hurt like mine already does trying to figure this all out. :) Enjoy!

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What you need to know: Justin Northwest

Maurice Gordon slips past a Keller defender last week at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. (David Minton/the Record-Chronicle)

I spent most of last weekend looking at the wealth of playoff scenarios that exist in order for Ryan to make the playoffs for a 15th-straight season. I went over those in a separate blog post on Monday, but it all starts with a Raider win over Justin Northwest.

Northwest is a hard nut to crack. While the Texans are not very good on defense (my opinion), they boast one of the best — if not the best — passing attacks in District 5-6A (mostly everyone’s opinion). Their record (4-4, 2-3) suggests they should be easy prey for the Raiders, but we all know this district is full of surprises. Throw in Ryan’s unfortunate turnover woes and a few injuries at key spots, and you have an interesting contest with plenty of playoff implications.

Below are some tidbits to mull over heading into Friday’s game. I’ll, of course, have an advance story in Friday’s paper — where I will dive deeper into the match up. Oh, and don’t forget to leave early with hefty traffic looming. Here are some alternate directions.

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What you need to know: Keller Timber Creek

Guyer senior running back Anthony Taylor (10) runs for yardage in a game earlier this season against Keller. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

All that separates Guyer from its first district championship at the state’s largest classification is a new program riding a five-game losing streak after starting the season 3-0 before hitting the District 5-6A schedule. The Wildcats are still a bit shorthanded defensively, but will have plenty of firepower in Thursday night’s game against the Falcons as they look to continue to build toward being playoff ready with the postseason just two weeks away.

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Ryan vs Justin Northwest — ALTERNATE DIRECTIONS

Those of you heading out to see Ryan against Justin Northwest on Friday night at Northwest ISD Stadium might want to check out the alternate directions below. The race this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway is projected to bring in some hefty traffic, which means if you were planning to take the typical route of I-35W to Hwy 114, you’ll be lucky to make it to the game by the fourth quarter.

Courtesy of Ryan coach Dave Henigan, here are some alternate directions. Enjoy!

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Ryan football: Playoff Scenarios for Week 9

Ryan sophomore defensive end Earnest Brown (99) and junior defensive tackle Ken McLaurin (5) leap onto Keller junior running back Tyler Tutt (3). (David Minton/DRC)

Let’s start off this week with some positivity, shall we? I’m sure a lot of you Ryan fans are worried about the team’s playoff chances following Friday’s crushing 35-14 loss to Keller. I know exactly where you are coming from, but I’m here to tell you all is not lost.

Don’t quote me on these, but this is what I’ve been able to figure out so far for this coming week ONLY. It looks like Ryan has a chance to clinch a playoff spot this week assuming all the stars align.

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Guyer drops out of top 10, Argyle still holding steady

Argyle senior running back Nick Ralston carries the ball against Carrollton Ranchview earlier this season. The Eagles remained steady at No. 2 in the Associated Press' Class 4A state poll. (Matt Garnett/For the Record-Chronicle)

After a few weeks holding steady at No. 10 in the Associated Press Class 6A poll, it appears voters have had enough of Guyer, as the Wildcats were dropped to the dreaded “others receiving votes” category, or basically 11th in the state.

Meanwhile, Argyle held steady at No. 2 in Class 4A, where the Eagles have been since their nondistrict showdown with Graham, which ended in an Argyle win. The Eagles have now won 24 straight games and will most likely have yet another undefeated regular season. Pretty impressive stuff.

Want to know where your team stacks up? Follow the jump. Oh, and Pilot Point isn’t yet in the Class 3A poll, but they’re getting some more love this week after improving to 8-0.

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Weekend recap: Fast starts aren’t always the way to go

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson threw for nearly 300 yards and rushed for more than 200 after a slow start to beat Trophy Club Nelson on Friday night. (Matt Garnett/For the Record-Chronicle)

Guyer got off to another slow start, and ended up rolling. Denton got off to a great start, and ended up tanking. Note to self: Just start average, and everything will work itself out.

Steve Gamel and I take a look at some of the top area games over the weekend in our weekly recap. Enjoy. It’s good for the soul.

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Guyer front seven majorly shorthanded

r senior defensive lineman Carl Thompson (2) grabs Allen junior running back David Feliciano (7), in a game earlier this season. Thompson, along with fellow defensive starters Michael Carrillo and Tevan McAdams, will miss Friday's game against Trophy Club Nelson. (David Minton/DRC)

When Guyer takes the field against Trophy Club Nelson tonight, the Wildcats will be preparing for a heavy dose of senior running back Courtney Miles, the district’s top rusher in just about every category — carries, yards, touchdowns, just to name a few.

The Wildcats have plenty of firepower to combat Miles up front, but they’ll be missing some key cogs to their top-notch run defense as they’ll be without three starters: defensive tackle Carl Thompson, linebacker Michael Carrillo and defensive end Tevan McAdams.

Thompson, a Kansas pledge, along with Carrillo are the heart and soul of the Guyer defense and huge parts of of the Wildcats’ run defense. Thompson has drawn double-teams all season and has still managed to wreak havoc in opposing backfields. He is out indefinitely, though not for the rest of the season, with an undisclosed injury suffered in practice this week.

Carrillo is being held out of the game due to a minor hamstring issue, and Guyer head coach John Walsh said he’d play if the game was of more importance. McAdams, a speed rusher off the edge, who has forced a couple of big turnovers this year, is suspended for the game for violating team policy. He’ll return next week against Keller Timber Creek.

McAdams has a more-than-capable replacement at end in Cameron Wax, who has played plenty this season and made his presence felt. Stepping in for Carrillo will be Dale Hodge, a player Guyer coaches have been pretty big on for quite some time. P.J. Brousard and Tim Burley will fill the void left by Thompson, which might be the biggest void of them all due his tendency to draw constant double-teams.