We’re halfway through the high school football playoffs, and three area teams still have a shot of winning a state title. Adam Boedeker and I break down last week’s game and this week’s matchups in this week’s episode of Game Changers. Game Changers is a joint production between the Mayborn School of Journalism and the Denton Record-Chronicle.
A chance of bad weather this weekend has forced some teams around the area to change some playoff games.
But as for now, Ryan and Guyer will still play on Saturday.
Fellow DRC writer Adam Boedeker first tweeted out Tuesday morning that Guyer and Birdville’s Class 4A Division I regional final may be moved to Monday, Dec. 9, if the weather doesn’t cooperate.
According to Denton ISD athletic director Ken Purcell, both Ryan and Guyer will play on Monday if the teams can’t play on Saturday. That determination will be based on Saturday’s road conditions.
“If the roads are clear and the teams can safely make it to Apogee Stadium and [Justin] Northwest, then we’ll play,” Purcell said.
Ryan is currently scheduled to play Cedar Hill on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Apogee Stadium in the Class 5A Division II Region I final. Guyer is slotted to play Birdville on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Justin Northwest.
Boedeker said Guyer and Birdville also had Thursday night locked down, but Birdville opted against it because it had a few injuries.
Purcell said if the games can’t be played on Saturday, they will be moved to Monday at 2 p.m. at the same locations. It’ll depend on if the buses of each can safely make it to the respective stadiums.
If both teams play on Monday, it’ll could make for a stretch of three games played in 12 days, something that’s far from ideal before the state finals.
Boedeker will keep you posted on Saturday about Guyer, and I’ll do the same for Ryan. You can follow us on Twitter at @aboedeker or @Ben_Baby.
Every two years, people across the state frantically stare at maps and numbers and try to predict what classifications high schools fall in.
If you think about it for too long, there’s a strong chance aspirin will be needed.
Well the University Interscholastic League eliminated some of the drama this year when it announced the enrollment numbers for each classification, 6A to A (Class 5A was renamed 6A, 4A renamed 5A, and so on down to six-man).
While we still have to wait until February to see what districts schools will fall in, we do know what classifications our 10 area public schools will fall in.
With that being said, here are three things to look out for in the 2014-16 realignment.
The area’s four remaining playoff teams remained unscathed and a couple of those teams defeated old rivals to keep their state championship hopes alive. It was a great week of football, and it sets up a great way to unwind after Thanksgiving this Thursday.
If you missed any of last weekend’s action, fear not. Stay warm and grab some hot chocolate as Adam Boedeker and I look back at the most recent slate of playoff games.
The first round of the high school football playoffs turned out as expected, with the exception of a couple of contests.
Argyle and Guyer look like legitimate contenders to reach the state championship game, while Ryan’s defense did just enough to help the Raiders advance to a big showdown against Waco Midway this week. Sanger and Pilot Point both dropped close contests, while Krum had the unfortunate task of playing Argyle in the first round.
You know the drill. Adam Boedeker and I look back at the initial slate of playoff games and look at what’s ahead in the second round.
After Gilmer’s upset loss to Kilgore last week, Argyle moved up one spot to No. 1 in the Associated Press Class 3A state poll. The Eagles received 14 first-place votes.
Guyer, the defending Class 4A Division I state champions, remain ranked at No. 7 in the Class 4A polls.
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:
|1. Allen (17)||(10-0)||231||1|
|2. DeSoto (6)||(10-0)||215||2|
|3. Katy (1)||(10-0)||199||3|
|4. Galena Park North Shore||(10-0)||160||4|
|5. Houston Lamar||(9-0)||131||5|
|6. Smithson Valley||(10-0)||106||6|
|7. Cibolo Steele||(9-1)||93||7|
|8. Southlake Carroll||(9-1)||66||8|
|9. Pflugerville Hendrickson||(10-0)||52||9|
Others receiving votes: 11, Spring Westfield 12. 12, Coppell 10. 13, Longview 4. 14, Euless Trinity 3. 14, Cedar Hill 3. 14, SA Reagan 3. 14, San Angelo Central 3. 18, Mission Sharyland 2. 18, Dallas Skyline 2.
There were many reasons for teams to play well on the final weekend of the regular season.
For some teams, it was a chance to get in the postseason or gain favorable seeding. For others, it was a final tune-up before the playoffs begin. And for others, it was showing things aren’t what they used to be.
Adam Boedeker and I take a look back at the end of the regular season and what the future holds for some of the area’s teams.
The following is a little insight into the mind of a high school beat writer:
I won’t lie. It’s been pretty fun covering Guyer football for the past several years. I’ve seen several players that have gone on to have successful careers on Saturdays, and over the past couple of years, I’ve also seen a lot of horrible football games.
Guyer is good. They were a really good 5A team, and they’re a flat-out dominant 4A team, to the point where it becomes a challenge trying to come up with angles and advances of games you know are going to be blood-lettings.
With that said, I can’t imagine how hard it is for kids to get motivated for a game against a team that is 0-6 in district play, like Guyer did for Thursday’s regular-season finale. The Wildcats are looking to hit the postseason on a high note and defend their Class 4A Division I state championship, which they’re favored to do. After that, though, things will get interesting.
Guyer won Thursday’s game 70-7 over FW Brewer in a game that you honestly have to wonder if Guyer would’ve been better off not playing when it comes to preparing for the postseason.
Guyer is expected to move up to Class 6A (just a new, fancy name for Class 5A) and return to where they were for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. In 2010, Guyer’s first in the state’s largest classification, the Wildcats lost a heartbreaker in the Class 5A Division II state championship after a remarkable run through the postseason which saw them knock off state powers like Cedar Hill, Southlake Carroll and Longview en route to the title game.
I thought, with this last Class 4A district game in the history books, that we’d take a look at the difference between playing Class 4A football and playing Class 5A, soon-to-be 6A football.
It’s no longer an anomaly when the three Denton ISD schools win on the same weekend.
Ryan, Denton and Guyer each came up with big victories in last week’s action, with Guyer’s win over Rider the game that was mostly in question for much of the night.
In area play, Sanger is making everybody forget about last season’s winless campaign and continued to roll with a win over Krum, while Lake Dallas’ 11-year playoff streak was snapped.
If you missed any or all of it, don’t fret. Adam Boedeker and I look back at last week’s area action.
Last week, Denton and Guyer picked up easy wins in District 5-4A play, while Ryan suffered its first loss of the season against Hebron.
If you missed it, don’t worry. We have highlights. You know what else we have? We have Adam Boedeker in a tie.
That’s right. Our dear, bearded friend, Adam, makes his debut on this week’s episode of Game Changers. That alone is a reason to watch. So now is a great time to hit play if you haven’t done so already.