What you need to know: Frisco Lone Star

The Denton Ryan football team runs onto the field at the start of the game, Thursday, September 8, 2016, in Wylie, Texas.  Jeff Woo/DRC

The Denton Ryan football team runs onto the field at the start of the game, Thursday, September 8, 2016, in Wylie, Texas. Jeff Woo/DRC

I have some breaking news for everybody today. I recently caught up with Ryan offensive coordinator Conroy Hines, who gave me some extra-special insight into the game plan for Friday’s Class 5A mega battle against Frisco Lone Star. And I gotta tell ya, it’s a doozy.

The plan: The Raiders will actually try to have a lead at halftime.

Hines was, of course, making light of the fact that the Raiders have trailed in the second half of all three games this season. In each case, his offense came to life and pulled out another win. But that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t prefer a faster start.

You got to think that Frisco Lone Star, which played in a state title game last year, will make Ryan pay dearly should it fall behind for a fourth-straight week. Ryan, however, has played a brutal schedule and is clearly hard to beat. It’s a matchup a lot of people have been waiting a long time for.

Same drill, folks. I’ve got some great stuff jam packed into tomorrow’s game advance story. But in the meantime, here are some things you need to know.

The Game: No. 3 Ryan (3-0) vs No. 5 Frisco Lone Star (3-0), Friday, 7 p.m. at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. (rankings per The Associated Press’ Class 5A state poll)

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

What happened last week: Ryan rallied from a slim halftime deficit to beat Wylie East 40-21. Spencer Sanders accounted for five touchdowns (three rushing) in the win. Lone Star found itself in a back-and-forth battle with Lovejoy early on, but thanks to its quarterback, Jason Shelley, the Rangers won easily, 62-31.

What to expect: This is clearly the toughest battle either team has faced this season, so expect anything. Despite the Raiders’ slow starts offensively, they know how to dominate in the second half. Defensively, this unit is, as Frisco Lone Star coach Jeff Rayburn told me earlier this week, “Stinkin’ good!” Lone Star has Jason Shelley, and he hasn’t lost much lately.

Final say: I’m giving Ryan the edge because, well, I’ve seen the Raiders play for three straight weeks and they just wear people out on both sides of the ball. With that said, I don’t think Lone Star is the type of team you want to play from behind against, mainly because you could be trailing by two or three touchdowns instead of two or three points. It’s a game that could see both teams light up the scoreboard, but in the end, Ryan will hang on for the win.

Prediction: Ryan 35, Frisco Lone Star 27

What you need to know: Kaufman

Frisco Independence running back Brandon Williams (32) is gang tackled by Braswell s Donovun Longoria (23), Luis Hrenandez (40), Brendan Aland (44) and Devin Aguilar (27) during their game at C.H. Collins Friday September 2, 2016, in Denton, Tx. Photo by Al Key/for the DRC Frisco Independence running back Brandon Williams (32) is gang tackled by Braswell s Donovun Longoria (23), Luis Hrenandez (40), Brendan Aland (44) and Devin Aguilar (27) during their game at C.H. Collins Friday September 2, 2016, in Denton, Tx. Photo by Al Key/for the DRC

Frisco Independence running back Brandon Williams (32) is gang tackled by Braswell s Donovun Longoria (23), Luis Hrenandez (40), Brendan Aland (44) and Devin Aguilar (27) during their game at C.H. Collins Friday September 2, 2016, in Denton, Tx. Photo by Al Key/for the DRC Frisco Independence running back Brandon Williams (32) is gang tackled by Braswell s Donovun Longoria (23), Luis Hrenandez (40), Brendan Aland (44) and Devin Aguilar (27) during their game at C.H. Collins Friday September 2, 2016, in Denton, Tx. Photo by Al Key/for the DRC

Braswell travels to play Class 4A Kaufman Friday. The Lions are coming off their best finish in school history and have 12 returning starters, so the Bengals will have a tough test on a long road trip.

We will have an advance in tomorrow’s paper on head coach Cody Moore’s assessment of the Lions, and a few players’ take on Kaufman. For now, here’s some brief notes.

The Game: Braswell (0-3) at Kaufman (1-2), Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Kaufman Lions Stadium

What happened last week: The Bengals trailed by two points at halftime against Reedy, but ultimately lost the contest 28-12. Braswell did find a new starting quarterback in former third-string signal caller sophomore Palmer Campbell and recorded the first points in program history with running back Ki’Andre Jackson’s 58 and 70-yard touchdown runs.

Kaufman lost to Bishop Lynch 28-14 and recorded five turnovers. Starting quarterback Jefferson Fritz did not play against Lynch due to a foot injury he sustained the week prior.

What to expect: Moore is preparing his defense as if the dynamic Fritz will play, but it has been reported as of Monday’s practice Fritz is highly unlikely to see the field. If Fritz can’t play, wide receiver Jacob Nalls will likely get the start.

Although the Lions pride themselves as a run-first team, the Bengals’ defense has to prepare for anything. Kaufman’s two scores against Lynch were through the air on passes of 73 and 79 yards. They ran the ball 32 times to only 15 passes, but Braswell’s secondary must stay back to avoid the deep play.

Final say: I believe the Bengals will be able to continue to move the ball on offense, and we’ll see one maybe two explosive pass plays that go for touchdowns. Moore has been waiting for that explosive pass play, so it’s possible we’ll see Campbell hit one of his receivers deep. Defensively, the Bengals have to force Kaufman into third-and-long situations and get off the field when that time comes.

Former Guyer standout inks with Raiders

Oklahoma State's Jimmy Bean speaks to reporters at Cotton Bowl Media Day, Monday, December 30, 2013, in Arlington, TX. David Minton/DRC

Oklahoma State’s Jimmy Bean speaks to reporters at Cotton Bowl Media Day, Monday, December 30, 2013, in Arlington, TX. David Minton/DRC

Jimmy Bean looked like he was a lock to be the first Guyer football player drafted by an NFL team.

The formerly underweight, long and rangy defensive end filled out at Oklahoma State and turned into one of the better defensive ends in the Big 12 before suffering a season-ending knee injury in a game against Texas Tech last season, effectively ending Bean’s collegiate career.

To show what NFL teams thought of Bean, he was still invited to the NFL combine last winter in advance of the draft even though he couldn’t partake in much of the drills, but teams still wanted to get a look at him and most importantly put him through the interview process.

By the time the draft rolled around, it was decided Bean’s knee still wasn’t 100 percent and teams passed on him. On Wednesday, Bean signed a deal to join the practice squad of the Oakland Raiders, putting him on the road to beginning his NFL career.

The 6-5, 264-pound (his measurements at the combine) Bean will now (theoretically) be on the same defensive line as former Ryan standout Mario Edwards Jr., who was drafted in 2015 out of Florida State.

Argyle, Denton, Ryan all hold steady in AP poll

Argyle sophomore quarterback Hayden Clearman (12) throws a pass during a down, Friday, September 9, 2016, in Argyle, Texas.  Jeff Woo/DRC

Argyle sophomore quarterback Hayden Clearman (12) throws a pass during a down, Friday, September 9, 2016, in Argyle, Texas. Jeff Woo/DRC

Another week, another set of rankings in the newest Associated Press Texas high school football state poll, and several area teams stayed steady in the rankings in their respective classifications.

In Class 5A, Ryan stayed put at No. 3, well behind Cedar Park and Aledo and just ahead of No. 4 Manvel. It’s hard to imagine that order changing at all as long as both teams keep winning, and it really doesn’t matter. The Denton Broncos moved up one spot in the poll from No. 8 to No. 7. Ryan’s matchup this weekend is a biggie, as Frisco Lone Star moved up a spot to No. 5.

In Class 4A, which for whatever reason isn’t broken up into Division I and Division II, still has Argyle solidly at No. 2 behind West Orange-Stark, which is a Division II school meaning the Eagles are the top team among Division I schools. The Eagles’ matchup this weekend against Abilene Wylie will be a top-10 game as Wylie is No. 9 in the poll.

Here is The Associated Press high school poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, and the team’s ranking in last week’s poll:

Class 6A
School Total Points Prv
1. Allen (22) (3-0) 244 1
2. DeSoto (1) (3-0) 213 2
3. Converse Judson (2) (3-0) 211 3
4. Lake Travis (2-1) 148 5
5. Euless Trinity (3-0) 131 7
6. Austin Westlake (2-1) 128 6
7. Cedar Hill (2-1) 99 8
8. Cibolo Steele (2-1) 64 9
9. Galena Park North Shore (2-1) 44 10
10. The Woodlands (3-0) 40 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, San Angelo Central 27. 12, Katy 12. 13, Round Rock Cedar Ridge 7. 14, Dickinson 3. 15, Tyler 2. 15, Southlake Carroll 2.

Class 5A
School Total Points Prv
1. Cedar Park (14) (3-0) 233 1
2. Aledo (5) (3-0) 222 2
3. Denton Ryan (2) (3-0) 200 3
4. Manvel (4) (3-0) 194 4
5. Frisco Lone Star (3-0) 142 6
6. Richmond Foster (3-0) 114 7
7. Denton (3-0) 65 8
8. Lancaster (2-1) 58 9
9. Texarkana Texas (3-0) 45 10
10. Waxahachie (3-0) 36 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, College Station 18. 12, Temple 11. 13, Lubbock Cooper 9. 13, Grapevine 9. 15, Crosby 5. 16, Highland Park 4. 17, Port Neches-Groves 3. 18, Dripping Springs 2. 18, Georgetown 2. 20, Canyon 1. 20, Cleburne 1. 20, Waco 1.

Class 4A
School Total Points Prv
1. West Orange-Stark (16) (3-0) 236 1
2. Argyle (7) (3-0) 221 2
3. Gilmer (3-0) 176 4
4. Waco La Vega (1) (3-0) 175 3
5. Carthage (3-0) 155 5
6. Cuero (1) (3-0) 116 7
7. China Spring (3-0) 109 8
8. Liberty Hill (2-0) 53 9
9. Abilene Wylie (2-1) 36 10
10. Henderson (3-0) 28 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Geronimo Navarro 13. 12, Van 12. 12, Celina 12. 14, La Grange 9. 15, Kennedale 8. 16, El Campo 7. 16, Sweetwater 7. 18, Robinson 1. 18, Alvarado 1.

Class 3A
School Total Points Prv
1. Brock (21) (3-0) 246 1
2. Newton (3) (3-0) 215 3
3. Franklin (1) (3-0) 194 4
4. Malakoff (2-0) 173 5
5. Sunnyvale (3-0) 125 7
6. La Marque (3-0) 96 8
7. Cameron Yoe (2-1) 95 2
8. White Oak (3-0) 79 10
9. Big Sandy Harmony (3-0) 25 NR
10. Canadian (1-2) 21 6

Others receiving votes: 11, East Bernard 16. 12, Grandview 15. 13, Crockett 14. 13, Wall 14. 15, Cisco 9. 15, Hallettsville 9. 17, Eastland 6. 17, George West 6. 17, Sonora 6. 20, Elysian Fields 3. 21, Mineola 2. 21, Coleman 2. 21, Bishop 2. 21, Waskom 2.

Class 2A
School Total Points Prv
1. Refugio (22) (2-0) 246 1
2. Bremond (3) (3-0) 223 2
3. Iraan (3-0) 190 3
4. Stratford (2-0) 165 4
5. Albany (3-0) 149 5
6. Mart (3-0) 119 6
7. Tenaha (3-0) 102 7
8. Lovelady (2-0) 76 9
9. Shiner (2-1) 46 10
10. Wellington (3-0) 27 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Muenster 11. 12, Goldthwaite 5. 13, Price Carlisle 4. 13, Weimar 4. 15, Mason 3. 16, Alto 1. 16, Anson 1. 16, Christoval 1. 16, Post 1. 16, Yorktown 1.

Weekend recap: It’s not how you start…

Denton Ryan senior wide receiver Jimmy Love (13) tries to evade tackles from Wylie East senior defensive back Corey Gentle (4) and junior linebacker Justin Smith (12), Thursday, September 8, 2016, in Wylie, Texas.  Jeff Woo/DRC

Denton Ryan senior wide receiver Jimmy Love (13) tries to evade tackles from Wylie East senior defensive back Corey Gentle (4) and junior linebacker Justin Smith (12), Thursday, September 8, 2016, in Wylie, Texas. Jeff Woo/DRC

In a week that didn’t feature a whole lot in the way of big matchups in the area, there were a few that stood out in the gaggle of duds. Ryan remained unbeaten with a win over yet another quality opponent. Argyle avenged a crushing loss from last season, and Sanger got the best of Krum in a matchup of top-notch area Class 4A squads. Steve Gamel and I take a look back on the weekend in our weekly recap…

Ryan at Wylie East

AB: So the general theme surrounding Ryan so far this season has been the Raiders’ slow offensive starts. While that’s been true, the Raiders’ offense still has some players, most notably under center. When you have that, you’re usually going to end up being OK, and Spencer Sanders saw to it again on Thursday with a phenomenal second half to help Ryan run away with a convincing win over a good Wylie East team. The Raiders arguably have the toughest nondistrict schedule in the state in Class 5A, and they’ve got a 3-0 record with another big clash coming against Frisco Lone Star. Yeah, the offense has had its share of problems, but with a defense like that and the playmakers on offense, Ryan is going to be very tough to beat.

SG: Another great win for Ryan. While sitting in the press box prior to Thursday’s game, I overheard a few Mesquite Poteet coaches talking. Ryan had rallied the previous week in the second half to pick up the win, and those coaches kept saying their kids gave Ryan everything they could. That was a true statement, and it’s true for each of Ryan’s first three opponents. All of them are good teams, but they don’t have what Ryan has. People keep asking me what’s wrong with Ryan? Honestly, the Raiders are playing good teams, so it’s going to be a tough road. But their punishing defense wears teams down, and despite its slow starts, the offense has too many weapons to be held down for four quarters.

Guyer at Dallas Kimball

AB: There really wasn’t much to say about this game. Kimball was vastly overmatched, and while I commend the Knights’ coaches for wanting a matchup with Guyer, you have to wonder if it was even too much of a step up in weight class. Truthfully, it’s hard to imagine what good Kimball gets out of a 63-7 thrashing, and the same goes for Guyer. One thing Guyer did get was some confidence heading into its bye week and the subsequent District 6-6A opener against Plano. Luke Stillwell opened up the passing game that had accounted for 39 yards in two games by throwing for more than 200 yards and four touchdowns in one half of action. The Wildcats had shown they could throw the ball in a scrimmage against Euless Trinity, and they reaffirmed it Friday, albeit in a gross mismatch.

SG: Without having read my buddy Adam’s assessment of the Wildcats’ latest win, I’m sure I am echoing his thoughts when I say kudos should go out to Dallas Kimball for stepping up to ask Guyer for this Week 3 game. Most people may not know that. It was a tall order and a game Kimball was destined to lose, but it shows what type of program Kimball wants to be. As for the game, there’s really not much to say because the Wildcats dominated in every way possible. I hear Adam had his story written by halftime – must be nice.

The Colony at Denton

AB: The Broncos continue to find ways to win tight games behind a solid running game and a defense that won’t crack. The latest victim was The Colony, who couldn’t get a late big play to topple the Broncos. Denton will face another test this weekend against an upstart, unbeaten Keller Timber Creek that might be finding its identity after a few lean years upon the school opening. The Broncos should be favored, but going on the road on a short week won’t be easy for the Broncos.

SG: Denton found itself in another tight game going into the second half, but flexed its muscle in route to another solid win. The Broncos came into this week at No. 8 in The Associated Press’ Class 5A poll, and you have to believe they will stay ranked for the rest of this season. Caleb Osuofa is turning out to be a solid running back, and Colt Atkinson is doing some good things under center. Up next is a matchup against Class 6A Keller Timber Creek. I’ve never really thought too highly of Timber Creek as an opponent, but it’s a chance to build momentum heading into the District 5-5A opener against Ryan.

Braswell at Frisco Reedy

AB: To be perfectly honest, I was starting to wonder what I was going to write each week for Braswell’s games in these recaps after the Bengals were outscored 112-0 in their first two games. But they put on a good showing on Thursday night at the Ford Center at the Star — Frisco’s new monstrosity of a stadium. Cody Moore has still yet to find his high-flying passing attack he led at Mesquite Horn and Rockwall prior to starting the Braswell program, but he did find a 100-yard back in Ki’Andre Jackson. It’s going to be a lean year for Braswell, who saw its best chance at a win escape it, but with each passing week the Bengals seem to be improving.

SG: At 0-3, surely the Bengals’ coaching staff is looking at third-string quarterback Palmer Campbell as a realistic starter for this week’s game against Kaufman. Palmer stepped in against Reedy this past week as the starter due to injuries, and completed 16 of 25 passes for 88 yards. According to our Jimmy Isbell, coach Cody Moore lamented over not giving Palmer more chances to rack up yardage in a game the Bengals only lost, 28-12. There are no moral victories, but that’s a step forward for a team that had been outscored 112-0 coming in. Oh, and another thing – good job to Ki’Andre Jackson, who rushed for 160 yards and scored both touchdowns.

Celina at Argyle

AB: This one had to feel good for Argyle. True, Celina is obviously not the same team that walloped Argyle a year ago and went on to play in the Class 4A Division II state championship game — a game the Bobcats lost after starting quarterback Conner Pingleton broke his arm early in the game. Pingleton is still there, but something isn’t the same because the Bobcats aren’t nearly the team they were a year ago. However, with Argyle’s dynamic senior quarterback Dane Ledford out with a wrist injury, the Eagles are far from full strength either. And the Eagles put it on Celina in a big way to avenge last year’s loss and remain unbeaten on the year heading into a big road game at Abilene Wylie.

SG: Hayden Clearman, everybody. I don’t want to take away from a defense that did a tremendous job completely shutting down Celina’s offense, but the sophomore under center looked tremendous. And I can say that because I was there. Clearman threw just four incomplete passes while rolling up 226 yards and three touchdowns. That type of performance is just what the doctor ordered for an Argyle offense that soon enough will have Tulane commit Dane Ledford (wrist) back at quarterback. Until then, Clearman is no slouch.

Krum at Sanger

AB: This game lived up to the billing as one of the better matchups of the weekend as Sanger ended up pulling out a 14-6 win in what was expected to be a defensive clash. Krum will be just fine after a loss to a big 4A school, and Sanger rebounded nicely from a close loss to a big Class 5A school in Denton last week. Sanger’s offense is proving to be really versatile with CJ Jackson throwing for 300 yards one week and Dameon Moser throwing up 100-plus on the ground in a grind-it-out game the following week. With the Indians’ defense as good as ever, this team has a chance to be special later in the year.

SG: Neither Adam nor I got to see this game, which we pegged as a potential classic coming in. At 2-0, Krum looked red hot. Even Sanger’s wide-open passing attack appeared to be on-point. What ended up happening was a tight game that saw Sanger capitalize on a solid showing from Dameon Moser in a 14-6 win. Opponents really need to take Sanger a bit more seriously. As for Krum, one loss doesn’t break this season. They’ll be fine.

 

 

Ryan-ex Choplick earns Rangers monthly award

Former Ryan and Oklahoma starting pitcher Adam Choplick throws against TCU on Sunday May 11, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas.  (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron T. Ennis)  MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUT

Former Ryan and Oklahoma starting pitcher Adam Choplick throws against TCU on Sunday May 11, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron T. Ennis) MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUT

Adam Choplick capped off his first full minor-league season in style on Thursday when he was awarded the Rangers’ Minor League Player of the Month honor for August/September for the Low-A affiliate (since the minor-league season creeps into September much like the big-league year creeps into October).

Choplick, who pitched all season for Low-A Hickory in the South Atlantic League, had 35 relief appearances this season for the Rangers’ affiliate and the 6-9 lefty compiled a season ERA of 3.32 with a 2-2 record. He struck out 74 batters in 59 2/3 innings of work and opposing hitters hit .239 against him.

In August and September, Choplick had nine outings and saw his ERA dip by more than a full run to his season-ending 3.32. In those nine games, Choplick allowed just two earned runs (both in one game) in 18 2/3 innings with 23 strikeouts and allowed just 11 hits. He also earned a save on Aug. 18.

What you need to know: Dallas Kimball

Kimball running back Devodrick Johnson (5) races up the field during first half of Kimball's matchup against Carter on Sep. 2, 2016, at Kincaide Stadium in Dallas, Texas. (Andrew Buckley/Special Contributor)

Kimball running back Devodrick Johnson (5) races up the field during first half of Kimball’s matchup against Carter on Sep. 2, 2016, at Kincaide Stadium in Dallas, Texas. (Andrew Buckley/Special Contributor)

Last week came with a lot of hype and excitement for Guyer, and it ended in a big thud of the Wildcats’ pride as they were beaten soundly by not only a very good DeSoto team but their former quarterback, Shawn Robinson.

Now, Guyer is 1-1 after a two-week gauntlet of nondistrict play and the Wildcats will wrap up their tuneup schedule Friday in a game that, quite frankly, is pretty dumbfounding to even think about how it came about in the first place.

Kimball’s coach called Guyer coach John Walsh around February’s realignment and asked him to play, and it’s not very often when teams call Guyer asking for games, so Walsh took it. Turns out, this game could very well be the biggest mismatch Guyer has had over a team since the Wildcats broke through and got good in 2008.

Anyway, on to the game and what to expect in Friday’s game against the 0-2 Knights.

The Game: Guyer (1-1) vs. Dallas Kimball (0-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Dallas’ Sprague Athletic Complex

Series Record: This is the first-ever meeting between the programs.

What happened last week: Guyer got its game plan rolling early and took a 3-0 lead over DeSoto six minutes into the game after the Eagles had run just three offensive plays and turned the ball over. Then things got bad for Guyer in a hurry, thanks in large part to two bad snaps on punts that resulted in 16 easy points. The Wildcats moved the ball well in the second half, but at that point, against that offense, it didn’t really matter.

Kimball had trouble getting any kind of offense together as they lost to crosstown foe Carter by a score of 9-7. That’s the same Carter squad that Class 4A Argyle beat 49-21 last year, just to put it in some perspective.

What to expect: Not much if you want to see a good football game. If you want to see Guyer work out some kinks and get ready for district play, you’re going to love it though. The Wildcats will open up the passing attack after junior quarterback Luke Stillwell completed just seven passes in Guyer’s first two games this year. That will change, as John Walsh will probably put the gas pedal down on Guyer’s offense for a half, bring his starters out for one series in the third quarter and then put in the reserves. Quite frankly, this game feels like Kimball should be getting a $1 million payout to be a sacrificial lamb (see UNT’s payout to go play Florida), except for the fact it’s the Knights’ home game.

Kimball does have one elite player in QB/athlete/linebacker Devodrick Johnson, who has 19 FBS offers from some big boys on the college football landscape. In fact, he’d committed to Texas A&M but decommitted last month. He’ll play a little bit of quarterback, a little bit of running back and a little bit of wide receiver, but his future is at linebacker.

Final say: This will be a game where you starters for a half, and then it’s time for everyone’s favorite kid and grandkid to get in the game. That said, I’d bet on Kimball to win the halftime performance.

Score prediction: Guyer 63, Dallas Kimball 6

 

What you need to know: Frisco Reedy

Braswell junior running back Ki’Andre Jackson (15) slips away from Haslet Eaton junior defensive lineman Nicholas Lanum (94), Thursday, August 25, 2016, at Northwest ISD stadium in Justin, Texas. David Minton/DRC

Braswell junior running back Ki’Andre Jackson (15) slips away from Haslet Eaton junior defensive lineman Nicholas Lanum (94), Thursday, August 25, 2016, at Northwest ISD stadium in Justin, Texas. David Minton/DRC

Braswell has an uphill battle ahead that is only going to get steeper as the season progresses. For now, the Bengals must focus on Thursday’s opponent, Frisco Reedy.

We will have an advance in tomorrow’s paper with reactions from a few players and head coach Cody Moore’s take on the Lions. Until then, here’s some brief notes.

The Game: Braswell (0-2) at Frisco Reedy (1-1), Thursday, 7 p.m. at The Ford Center at The Star.

What happened last week: Reedy — also in its first year of varsity football — recorded its first win in program history; a 43-38 win over Braswell’s Week 1 opponent, Haslet Eaton. Against Independence, Braswell couldn’t move the ball on offense, recording three first downs and 61 total yards in a 57-0 loss. Defensively, the Bengals gave up over 300 yards on the ground for the second straight week.

What to expect:  Expect Reedy to go with a heavy dose of the ground game that helped it amass nearly 300 yards a week ago. Braswell has yet to prove it can stop the run, but there will be a heavy emphasis on it if the Bengals hope to notch a win.

Final say: Is this the week we see Braswell reach the end zone? I think so, but realistically it will be a tall order for this young program to overcome Reedy. That’s why we play the game, though. The Bengals will have a great opportunity to play at The Star, easily one of the highlights of Braswell’s opening campaign.

 

What you need to know: Wylie East

Ryan head football coach, Dave Henigan talks to his team after the first day of practice.

Ryan head football coach, Dave Henigan talks to his team after the first day of practice.

Ryan should be feeling pretty good about itself heading into Thursday’s game against Wylie East. Sure, there are things to clean up — including the need to start games faster — but let’s not forget the Raiders’ schedule thus far has not been easy. To come away with two road wins against Lancaster and Mesquite Poteet is a good thing.

Up next is Wylie East, which has a running back in Eno Benjamin who is doing a little bit of everything — including being their starting quarterback? It’s true. As I explain in my advance story that comes out tomorrow, Ryan has had luck over the last two years in slowing down Wylie East’s monster running back, but will it happen again? That’s the focus.

Please read tomorrow’s paper. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know.

The Game: Ryan (2-0) vs Wylie East (2-0), Thursday, 7 p.m. at Wylie ISD Stadium.

Series Record: Ryan leads the all-time series 3-1.

What happened last week: After another slow start, Ryan held Mesquite Poteet to three points in the second half en route to a 24-13 win. Ryan scored 17 second-half points to erase a 10-7 halftime deficit. Wylie East dominated Hallsville, 49-0. Both teams are now 2-0 heading into this Week 3 encounter.

What to expect: A lot of Iowa commit, Eno Benjamin. He is Wylie East’s all-purpose running back who is now their quarterback, too. That means Benjamin, who rushed for more than 4,300 yards and 66 touchdowns over the previous two seasons, will have the ball in his hands practically every play. It’s an intriguing matchup between a solid athlete like Benjamin and a Ryan defense that has been playing lights out so far this season. Ryan has failed to produce points early on in both its games thus far, and will need to buck that trend to improve to 3-0.

Final say: A few people laughed at me last year when I predicted Ryan would jump out and beat Wylie East, 42-10. Ryan bailed me out with a 43-20 win, so clearly I wasn’t that far off. I think Ryan wins this game, too, but given Ryan’s slow starts as of late, my latest prediction is a bit more tame. Either way, I think Ryan rolls behind a revived offense and a steady defense that finds a way to contain Benjamin.

Prediction: Ryan 30, Wylie East 14

AP Poll Week 2: Argyle no longer No. 1 in 4A, Ryan and Denton looking good in 5A

Argyle Eagles head coach Todd Rodgers gather the team for a prayer after the game during the second half of a 4A High School State Semifinals football game between Argyle Eagles Vs Abilene Wylie Bulldogs on Friday, December 11, 2015, in Waco, Texas. DRC Jose Yau

Argyle Eagles head coach Todd Rodgers gather the team for a prayer after the game during the second half of a 4A High School State Semifinals football game between Argyle Eagles Vs Abilene Wylie Bulldogs on Friday, December 11, 2015, in Waco, Texas. DRC Jose Yau

There was plenty of movement in The Associated Press’ state poll this week. The biggest of those moves was Argyle, which fell from its top spot in Class 4A to No. 2 despite improving to 2-0 with its win over La Grange. That makes West Orange-Stark your new No. 1 team in Class 4A.

In Class 5A, Ryan held firm at No. 3 behind Cedar Park and Aledo while Denton moved all the way up to No. 8 following its win over Sanger.

Here is The Associated Press high school poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, and the team’s ranking in last week’s poll:

Class 6A
School Total Points Prv
1. Allen (21) (2-0) 241 2
2. DeSoto (3) (2-0) 224 3
3. Converse Judson (1) (2-0) 198 4
4. Katy (1-1) 142 5
5. Lake Travis (1-1) 126 8
6. Austin Westlake (1-1) 122 1
7. Euless Trinity (2-0) 112 10
8. Cedar Hill (1-1) 74 9
9. Cibolo Steele (1-1) 41 7
10. Galena Park North Shore (1-1) 22 6

Others receiving votes: 11, Lufkin 16. 12, Houston Lamar 12. 13, San Angelo Central 11. 14, The Woodlands 9. 15, Pearland 7. 16, Dickinson 6. 17, Manor 4. 18, Mansfield 2. 18, Odessa Permian 2. 18, Richmond George Ranch 2. 21, Tyler 1. 21, Southlake Carroll 1.

Class 5A
School Total Points Prv
1. Cedar Park (14) (2-0) 231 1
2. Aledo (7) (2-0) 222 2
3. Denton Ryan (2) (2-0) 198 3
4. Manvel (2) (2-0) 190 4
5. Temple (2-0) 151 5
6. Frisco Lone Star (2-0) 127 6
7. Richmond Foster (2-0) 89 9
8. Denton (2-0) 32 NR
9. Lancaster (1-1) 21 NR
10. Texarkana Texas (2-0) 19 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Waxahachie 18. 11, Dallas Highland Park 18. 13, College Station 14. 14, Grapevine 10. 15, CC Calallen 7. 16, Waco 5. 17, Crosby 4. 18, Canyon 3. 18, Dripping Springs 3. 18, Lubbock Cooper 3. 18, Boerne-Champion 3. 22, Mansfield Legacy 2. 22, Mansfield Timberview 2. 22, Port Neches-Groves 2. 25, Hutto 1.

Class 4A
School Total Points Prv
1. West Orange-Stark (10) (2-0) 229 2
2. Argyle (13) (2-0) 228 1
3. Waco La Vega (1) (2-0) 191 3
4. Gilmer (2-0) 178 4
5. Carthage (2-0) 148 5
6. Kennedale (2-0) 101 7
7. Cuero (1) (2-0) 95 8
8. China Spring (2-0) 80 10
9. Liberty Hill (2-0) 38 NR
10. Abilene Wylie (1-1) 16 6

Others receiving votes: 11, Henderson 15. 12, Celina 13. 13, La Grange 12. 14, Geronimo Navarro 9. 15, Van 6. 16, Texarkana Liberty-Eylau 4. 16, El Campo 4. 18, Navasota 2. 18, Pampa 2. 18, Sinton 2. 21, Sweetwater 1. 21, Bridge City 1.

Class 3A
School Total Points Prv
1. Brock (18) (2-0) 241 1
2. Cameron Yoe (3) (2-0) 223 2
3. Newton (4) (2-0) 196 3
4. Franklin (2-0) 169 4
5. Malakoff (2-0) 159 6
6. Canadian (1-1) 80 9
7. Sunnyvale (2-0) 72 NR
8. La Marque (2-0) 37 NR
9. Waskom (1-1) 35 5
10. White Oak (2-0) 29 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, East Bernard 26. 12, Big Sandy Harmony 21. 13, Crockett 14. 14, Wall 13. 15, Grandview 9. 16, Mineola 8. 17, Kountze 7. 18, Gunter 6. 18, Cisco 6. 20, Odem 4. 21, Sonora 3. 21, Teague 3. 21, Hitchcock 3. 21, Boling 3. 21, Hallettsville 3. 26, Rockdale 2. 26, Shallowater 2. 28, Elysian Fields 1.

Class 2A
School Total Points Prv
1. Refugio (20) (2-0) 245 1
2. Bremond (5) (2-0) 229 2
3. Iraan (2-0) 182 4
4. Stratford (2-0) 160 5
5. Albany (2-0) 147 6
6. Mart (2-0) 107 7
7. Tenaha (2-0) 85 8
8. Muenster (2-0) 67 9
9. Lovelady (1-0) 50 10
10. Shiner (1-1) 38 3

Others receiving votes: 11, Alto 23. 12, Post 15. 13, Wellington 13. 14, Goldthwaite 7. 15, Weimar 3. 16, Seagraves 2. 16, Price Carlisle 2.