Guyer senior running back Anthony Taylor (10) and sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) celebrate in the end zone after one of Guyer's many touchdowns against Plano on Saturday at AT&T Stadium. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
It’s been a pretty usual thing for us to see two high schools from Denton ISD in the Texas high school football playoffs, and that’s the case this year, too. It’s a different duo this year, but the results were the same as both Guyer and Denton won their playoff openers.
Steve Gamel and I recap the area playoff action from the weekend and look ahead a bit to Round 2 with this week’s recap.
Plano quarterback Brooks Panhans runs during a game against Flower Mound Marcus at Clark Stadium in Plano on Oct. 30. It was Panhans' first game back from an injury he suffered in Plano's season-opener. He's now healthy and will take on Guyer in Saturday's playoff opener at AT&T Stadium. (Jim Tuttle/The Dallas Morning News)
It’s here, folks. The most wonderful time of the high school football year, otherwise known as the Texas high school playoffs. In particular, the first two rounds are usually particularly juicy, akin to the NCAA basketball tournament.
Guyer, which finished the regular season as the 10th-ranked Class 6A team in Texas, is fresh off a thorough whuppin’ of a crosstown rival and its first district title as a member of the state’s largest classification. So here’s all you need to know about Guyer’s first step in what they hope is a six-game postseason run.
Argyle quarterback Cooper Rodgers (10) launches the ball to a open receiver during their game at Indian Stadium Friday in Sanger. (James Coreas/For the DRC)
From this point on, it’s all about what you do on the field. Let’s be frank, high school football polls are kind of silly, anyway, and the same can be said about just about any poll in sports.
The final Associated Press high school poll was released Monday and two area teams held their respective places as we head into the postseason where rankings no longer matter (if they ever did).
Guyer stayed put at No. 10 in the Class 6A poll, and Argyle remained at No. 2 in Class 4A, where the Eagles have been since their Week 3 win over Graham.
Ryan senior running back Maurice Gordon (28) is slammed by Guyer senior defensive back Ian Edwards (12) and junior defensive back Brandon Daniel (16) on Friday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
There were two key, highly anticipated rivalry games being played in Week 11. Instead, the two games were decided by a combined final of 96-14. Oh well, it’s playoff time now, which brings on a whole new level of excitement.
Let’s take a look at the best games (and some not-so-good) from around the area in our Week 11 recap.
Guyer's J.W. Walsh (4) is brought down by Ryan's Alex De La Torre (33),Colby Boliver (31) and Jonny Paramore (11), during a playoff football game, Saturday, December 5, 2009 at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton. (David Minton/DRC)
There may or may not be playoff implications on the line when Guyer and Ryan square off on Friday night at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, but after such a long hiatus between rival games, it’s a safe bet the playoff atmosphere will remain.
Guyer is on a mission and seems impossible to beat, but anything is possible when these two teams meet. I truly believe that despite Ryan’s struggles — and the playoff implications that may or may not be present — this will be a better game than what most people expect going in. For that, I’m all in!
Check out tomorrow’s paper for in-depth coverage from your favorite Ryan and Guyer beat reporters. I’ll have an in-depth game advance story while Adam Boedeker plans on taking you on a trip down memory lane by highlighting some key moments in this awesome rivalry after seeing all of the games except for the first installment in 2006.
As for the game itself, both of us will be in the press box with dueling Twitter accounts as the game plays out. And, of course, the fallout stories will be in Saturday’s paper.
For now, here are some need-to-knows. Enjoy!
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.