Argyle up, Guyer down in AP poll; Sanger gets a vote

A win didn’t help Guyer hold on to its previous ranking in the Associated Press Class 6A poll.

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Weekend Recap: Everyone’s a winner

Argyle senior running back Nick Ralson and the Eagles picked up a 42-35 win over Denison in the Southwest Showcase on Friday at AT&T Stadium. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

Most area high school football fans slept easy on Friday night.

The area picked up many wins across the board, with a couple of schools opting for a dramatic victory.

Guyer needed a last-second field goal to knock off one of the top teams in Class 5A, while Ryan kept its first win of the season fully slipping away (I talked about that here the other day).

Well, you know the drill. Adam Boedeker and I break down the area’s top games in this week’s installment of the Weekend Recap.

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Three takes: Ryan-Hebron

Ryan was in jeopardy of doing something it hadn’t done in seven seasons.

If the Raiders couldn’t find a way to beat Hebron on Friday night, Ryan was looking at the first 0-2 start to the season since 2007.

But the Raiders recovered from last week’s season-opening loss to Rockwall to pick up a 27-21 win against Hebron at Hawk Stadium on Friday night. Not only did the Raiders avoid dropping back-to-back games to open the season, but Dave Henigan picked up his first victory as Ryan’s head coach.

In the final minutes of the contest, it seemed as if the first victory of the season was going to slip out of Ryan’s grasp. But the Raiders survived at the place known as The Woodshed (which is awesome) and handed Hebron its second loss of the season in as many games.

Here are a few takeaways from Friday night’s contest.

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Halftime thoughts: Ryan 20, Hebron 7

CARROLLTON — Ryan leads Hebron 20-7 after two quarters of tonight’s nondistrict matchup at The Woodshed.

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What you need to know: Ennis

 

Ennis senior defensive end/linebacker James Lockhart (9) during the first half of a high school football game against Mansfield Timberview at Vernon Newsom Stadium in Mansfield, Friday, August 29, 2014. Mansfield Timberview won 34-21. (Brandon Wade/The Dallas Morning News contributor)

There was a time a few years ago when it looked as if Guyer and Ennis would be on a crash course to play in the Class 4A state semifinal, but instead, the Wildcats had to deal with Longview for two straight seasons before finally getting the best of the Lobos in 2010 in Class 5A.

Now, we’re finally going to see that matchup. Since those days, Guyer has established itself as one of the top programs in the state, while Ennis took a few really bad years before bouncing back to a state championship contender this year at the newly named Class 5A (formerly Class 4A).

So follow the jump, and learn everything you to know about Friday’s game between two of the best 0-1 teams in the state, the loser of which will most likely be the best 0-2 team in the state.

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What you need to know: Hebron

Treyvon Hughes (left) and Carson Proffitt may have graduated from Hebron, but the Hawks still carry a strong team into Friday night's nondistrict game against Ryan. (Special contributor to The Dallas Morning News/Matt Strasen)

For the past two years, Ryan-Hebron has been a district matchup. Hebron got the best of the Raiders the last two years, but both suffered the same playoff fate.

The University Interscholastic League’s biennial realignment took the teams out of the district, but that didn’t stop Hebron head coach Brian Brazil and Denton ISD athletic director Joey Florence from scheduling the fixture during nondistrict play.

Here’s what you need to know (and then some) about the Hebron Hawks.

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Texas Tech offers Argyle junior tight end J.C. Chalk

Argyle junior tight end J.C. Chalk picked up an offer from Texas Tech on Wednesday. Chalk orally committed to Clemson in June. (For the Denton Record-Chronicle/Matt Garnett)

Argyle junior tight end J.C. Chalk picked up another offer this evening. Here, I’ll let him tell the story.

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Ryan RB Maurice Gordon expected to be a big piece for the Raiders (VIDEO)

Ryan head coach Dave Henigan said senior running back Maurice Gordon (above) will be a big key to the Raiders' success this season. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton )

Maurice Gordon’s performance against Rockwall last week shouldn’t have been a surprise.

The Ryan senior running back saw a heavy workload in the first game of the season. He carried the ball 23 times for 143 yards and Ryan’s lone touchdown in a 21-13 loss to the Yellowjackets.

Gordon said on Tuesday that Kansas State has started to show more interest in him, but the Wildcats have yet to offer the senior.

Ryan head coach Dave Henigan talked about Gordon’s value to the team and what he brings to the Raiders on a weekly basis.

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Argyle checks in at No. 12 in TGCA poll

When we saw first installment of the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s state volleyball poll, we were a little shocked.

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Weekend Recap: The start of a new season

Top-ranked Allen corralled Guyer at the Tom Landry Classic in the season opener for both schools. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

So, how does it feel to have football in your lives again? Feels pretty good, huh? Yeah, that’s what I figured.

Last week was the week many of you were waiting for (OK, I was waiting on it, too). The first week of the football season included some big matchups in the state and a preview of what to expect in the weeks to come.

Fellow Record-Chronicle high school scribe Adam Boedeker and I break down last week’s big games in the first installment of the weekend recap.

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