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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What you need to know: Keller Central

Keller Central quarterback Jake McClurg and the Chargers square off against Ryan in tonight's District 5-6A opener. (The Dallas Morning News file photo)

Ryan head coach Dave Henigan likes to break the football schedule into three seasons.

There’s nondistrict (Season One), district (Season Two) and the postseason (Season Three), all riveting portions of a sitcom that could be called “Hen’s Flock.”

I’d definitely watch it, especially if it included great moments like this:

I mean, how could you not watch?

Well, Season One is in the books. Ryan starts Season Two on Friday night against Keller Central in the district opener for both schools.

Here’s what you need to know about the Keller Central Chargers.

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Coach’s Corner: Tyreke Davis becoming dual threat for Ryan (VIDEO)

Prior to last week’s week of rest for the Ryan football team, the Raiders picked up a decisive win against Wylie East.

Ryan sophomore Tyreke Davis played a big role in the Raiders’ nondistrict win in Week Three. The starting Ryan linebacker filled in at running back for the Raiders. Ryan head coach Dave Henigan talks about the sophomore’s importance to the team as it begins District 5-6A play this week against Keller Central.

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Argyle, Decatur volleyball teams continue rivalry tonight

Argyle senior Katy Keenan (right) and the Lady Eagles will face Decatur tonight in a rematch of last year's 3A Region II quarterfinal game. It might not be the only time the two teams play this season. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

Tonight’s volleyball match between Argyle and Decatur could serve as a glimpse of what to expect this postseason.

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Weekend Recap: Area thrives while the city sleeps

 

Lake Dallas junior quarterback Dagan Haehn had a big night as the Falcons defeated Dallas Kimball in Week Four action. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

If you wanted to see a good high school football game last week, you had to go outside Denton’s city limits. All three Denton ISD teams were off last Friday as they prepared for the start of district play.

That put the spotlight on the teams around the area. And they didn’t waste their opportunities to shine.

Adam Boedeker and I take a look at some of the big games around the area in this Denton ISD-free edition of the Weekend Recap.

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Argyle moves up in AP poll, Guyer holds after bye week

After Lubbock Cooper upset top-ranked Stephenville on national television last Thursday, everybody figured a new team would take the top spot in the Associated Press’ Class 4A state poll.

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