What you need to know: Keller Fossil Ridge

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson runs the ball in last week's win over Justin Northwest. (Matt Garnett/For the Record-Chronicle)

After playing a couple of lesser teams Guyer looked to be on its way to dominating before the games got close late, the Wildcats come into Friday night’s matchup with Keller Fossil Ridge with no surprise in store.

It’s pretty much a well known fact this game is likely to decide the District 5-6A title as both teams are 2-0 in district play and Fossil Ridge is undefeated on the year while Guyer has one loss to top-ranked Allen.

It’s a high-profile game in the state this week, and Guyer will be looking to step up its game from the past two weeks in close victories over Keller and Justin Northwest.

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What you need to know: Keller Timber Creek

Ryan coach Dave Henigan looks on from the sidelines. Henigan and the Raiders look to continue their impressive defensive play from last week on the road against Keller Timber Creek on Thursday. (Matt Garnett/For the Record-Chronicle)

Ryan coach Dave Henigan preached all last week about the importance of protecting the ball on offense and playing sound defense. He got just that in a 17-13 win over Trophy Club Nelson. The Raiders’ defense pitched a shutout for the game’s final 45 minutes while the offense rallied to nab the team’s first win in District 5-6A.

This week, Ryan faces a Keller Timber Creek squad still looking for its first winning season. After a 3-0 start, the Falcons have combined to score 17 points in lopsided losses to Nelson and Keller Fossil Ridge. They do present some challenges, though, so this should be an interesting battle.

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Guyer drops a spot, Argyle still No. 2 in AP poll

Guyer sophomore QB Shawn Robinson throws a pass during Friday's win at Justin Northwest. (Matt Garnett/For the Record-Chronicle)

In the latest AP poll, Guyer (4-1, 2-0 in District 5-6A) dropped a spot to No. 10 in the Class 6A poll after a surprisingly-close win over Justin Northwest. Argyle (5-0) stands pat at No. 2 in the Class 4A poll.

The Eagles were on a bye week, but return to action this Thursday in the District 9-4A opener against Carrollton Ranchview. Guyer hosts Keller Fossil Ridge on Friday in a battle for early supremacy in district play.

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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. (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.

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What you need to know: Trophy Club Nelson

Ryan's Keith Cole is dragged down by a Wylie East defender. (DRC File Photo)

Ryan is already behind the eight ball, so to speak, in District 5-6A after last week’s 37-29 loss at Keller Central. The funny thing is, the Raiders could have just as easily won this game had it not been for five turnovers. That’s right, five turnovers — and three were in the first half.

This week, the team comes back to the friendly confines of C.H. Collins Athletic Complex to host Trophy Club Nelson. The Raiders are hoping to avoid an uncharacteristic 0-2 district start. How uncharacteristic is it? Well, you’ll just have to wait and read my game advance story in tomorrow’s paper.

Game: Ryan (2-2, 0-1) vs Trophy Club Nelson (2-2, 1-0), 7 p.m., C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

Series record: This is the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

What happened last week: Well, the Raiders scored just eight points in the first half thanks to three critical turnovers. The first came immediately after their own defense forced a Keller Central punt. Ryan returned that punt down to the Chargers’ 20-yard line but fumbled the ball at the nine-yard line two plays later. Quarterback Spencer Sanders was intercepted twice in the first half. Even with the miscues, Ryan was a touchdown and two-point conversion shy of tying the game up near the end of regulation.

Trophy Club Nelson had a much better night, in contrast. Quarterback Preston Haire threw for 218 yards and three touchdowns on just eight completions. Wide receiver Pascal Mondombo caught four of those balls for 161 yards. He accounted for all three scores. This took a lot of pressure off running back Courtney Miles, who is usually the focal point of the Bobcats’ offense. He carried the ball just 12 times for 54 yards and a score.

What to expect: A lot of Courtney Miles. This kid already has a 300-yard rushing game and another where he rushed for 294 against Birdville. Ryan coach Dave Henigan told me his defense prides itself on being able to stop the run, but admitted Miles is easily one of the best — if not the best — running back they’ve faced so far this season. The key to the game will be eliminating turnovers. If the Raiders can do that, they will be right back in the thick of this very impressive district race.

Ryan player to watch: LB Nick Watts

Trophy Club Nelson player to watch: RB Courtney Miles

What you need to know: Justin Northwest

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) runs the ball against Keller on Friday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Guyer opened District 5-6A play with a win last week, but it wasn’t a pretty one for the Wildcats, who watched a 40-12 lead evaporate into a 40-33 win in a matter of about seven minutes.

Guyer looked a bit off all night, but held the Indians at bay before a few sloppy plays and some blown coverage helped Keller mount an improbable comeback that almost resulted in a disastrous loss for the No. 9 Wildcats.

This week, the Wildcats take a step up in competition and take a short road trip to Northwest ISD Stadium to face Justin Northwest.

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Argyle, Guyer stand pat in AP state poll

Argyle's Nick Ralston scores a two-point conversion against Celina at Eagle Stadium back on Sept. 12 in Argyle. The Eagles remained steady at No. 2 in the Class 4A state poll. (Matt Garnett/For the Record-Chronicle)

As the majority of the state began district play on Friday, two area teams remained steady in the Associated Press high school football poll, which released Monday.

Guyer (3-1, 1-0 District 5-6A) remained at No. 9 in the Class 6A poll after a narrow escape against a Keller team that wasn’t expected to provide much of a test. Argyle (5-0) remained at No. 2 in Class 4A heading into its bye week and received two first-place votes behind No. 1 Navasota.

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Weekend Recap: District slate kicks off

 

Guyer picked up a win in its 5-6A opener, but head coach John Walsh wasn't pleased with his team's second-half performance. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

After a slow weekend with a lot of teams on bye, the area was back in full swing on Friday night as we got underway with Class 6A and 5A district schedules — where the games actually count.

Ben Baby peaced out on Sunday to head south on I-35. It was a good run for Ben, our trusty Ryan beat writer. Now, he’ll be replaced by Steve Gamel, who starts on Monday and will be a part of this weekly thing with me next week. But this week, it’s all Boedeker, all the time. I apologize in advance.

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BREAKING: Local players impacted by NCTC bus crash UPDATE: All local girls safe

There was a tragic accident on Interstate 35 in Oklahoma late Friday night involving the North Central Texas College softball team, which was returning home to Gainesville after playing in Oklahoma.

Various media reports are reporting three people were killed in the accident, caused when a semi crossed the median into the southbound lanes and struck the team’s bus, according to a story from NBCDFW. KFOR.com in Oklahoma is reporting three are dead and at least 15 are injured from the wreck.

There are several local players listed on the Lady Lions’ roster, and we’re working to confirm their well-being.

I got up with Guyer softball coach Keith Medford, who confirmed former Guyer player Molly Dolezel was given a ride back by her mother and was not on the bus. The same goes for Denton native Gracie Blagg, who was home-schooled and didn’t play for a high school team.

Ryan head coach Aimee Foutch said she spoke with Ryan-ex Megan Durante’s father, who said all he knew was Durante had suffered a gash to the head and he was on his way to get her, so it seems she avoided serious injury, fortunately. She said she would give an update when she got one.

Other local players who we haven’t yet accounted for include Emily Gibbons, who is listed as being a Denton native on NCTC’s roster and was home-schooled like Blagg. (UPDATE: As of 12:40 a.m. Saturday, I got an email from Gibbons’ mother saying she was also not on the bus and is OK). The only player now who we haven’t confirmed safety for is former Sanger player Savannah Matheus.

According to Matheus’ Twitter, it looks like she was on the bus, as this was posted approximately 10 minutes before the accident happened around 9 p.m.

(UPDATE: As of 12:54 a.m. Saturday, I got an email with a link to Matheus’ aunt’s Facebook post saying she’d talked to Savannah, who was indeed on the bus but was thankfully not seriously injured. That means all of our local players are accounted for and are safe.)

 

Halftime thoughts: Keller Central 14, Ryan 8

It’s halftime here at the Keller ISD Athletic Complex. Keller Central leads Ryan 14-8 in the District 5-6A opener for both schools.

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