Top 5 games of 2013: No. 2 — Argyle vs. Fairfield, football

Ian Sadler and the Argyle Eagles vaulted over Fairfield in the Class 3A Division II football state championship game, one of the best games of 2013.

During the final three days of the University Interscholastic League state football championships, 221,339 people watched the state’s best football games at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium.

But the 22,071 in attendance for the Class 3A Division II state championship saw Argyle and Fairfield put on the weekend’s most thrilling game.

Argyle finally added the state’s most cherished trophy to its showcase in one of the best games of 2013.

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Argyle’s Hedlund leads AP 3A all-state selections; Sadler on second team

Argyle's players surround kicker Cole Hedlund after he set the national record for most career field goals made. He was the area's lone first-team selection on the Associated Press Class 3A all-state team.

Four Argyle players were named to the Associated Press Class 3A all-state team.

Four other Eagles and Sanger running back Tre’von Jackson were honorable mention selections as well.

The only first-teamer was Argyle senior kicker Cole Hedlund. Hedlund has orally committed to Arkansas. Earlier this season, he set the national record for most career field goals.

Argyle offensive lineman Hayden Hood, wide receiver Ian Sadler and defensive lineman Micah Capra were second-team selections. Linebacker Sam Sizelove (committed to Kansas State), defensive back Connor Wilson (committed to Texas Tech) and offensive lineman Michael Castle were honorable mention selections. Hedlund was also honorable mention as a punter.

I’m shocked that Sadler (committed to Texas Tech) wasn’t a first-team selection. I figured Sadler or Carthage quarterback Blake Bogenshutz weren’t named as the Offensive Player of the Year. But Fairfield running back Larry Rose is plenty deserving of the award.

Argyle’s numbers weren’t that impressive because the starters hardly played in the second half this season.

In the end, I’m sure Argyle head coach Todd Rodgers would rather have healthy players instead of players with gaudy numbers.

Here’s the full list of the Associated Press Class 3A all-state team.

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Weekday Recap: Argyle, Guyer advance

Jerrod Heard and the Guyer Wildcats waltzed into the 4A DI semifinals with a 53-28 win against Birdville.

It took a while for the roads to thaw out and the weekend’s slate of football games to wrap up.

But when the ice somewhat melted, Guyer and Argyle moved closer to an appearance in the state championship game. Ryan’s valiant season ended after what looked like another improbable comeback was going to occur.

Adam Boedeker and I look back at Monday’s action and look forward to this weekend’s state semifinal games.

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Weekend Recap: Three’s Company

Argyle's Ian Sadler and Brandon Boyzuick celebrate during the Eagles' 45-38 win against Gilmer in the 3A Division II regional semifinals.

There’s only three weeks left in the high school football season, and after last weekend’s round of games, we still have three teams left in the playoffs.

Guyer cruised to an expected victory, while Argyle announced itself as the frontrunner for the 3A Division II state title and Ryan pulled off one of the most incredible comebacks you will ever see.

Adam Boedeker and I take a look back at those games and Liberty Christian’s loss to Fort Worth Nolan in today’s Weekend Recap.

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Gilmer coach compares Ian Sadler to LaMichael James

Gilmer head coach compared Argyle WR Ian Sadler to current San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James. Argyle faces Gilmer in 3A DII regional semifinal this Friday.

Earlier this week, I asked both Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor and Argyle head coach Todd Rodgers when was the last time the two coaches weren’t scouting each other.

They both guessed it’s been four to five years. So at this point, I’m sure there isn’t either coach hasn’t seen from the other team. It also means Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor has seen plenty of footage of Argyle senior wide receiver Ian Sadler.

“I’ve watched Ian Sadler play way too many ball games,” Traylor said.

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Game Changers: Nov. 12

Game Changers: Nov. 12 from Ben Baby on Vimeo.

If you missed any of last week’s action, don’t worry.

On this week’s Game Changers, Adam Boedeker and take a look at key games from the final week of the regular season, as well as look at future playoff scenarios and last week’s top performers. We’ve got big touchdown plays from Ian Sadler, Jerrord Heard and Cole Carpenter, so if you haven’t clicked play yet, you really have no good reasons for not doing so yet.

Game Changers is a joint production between the Mayborn School of Journalism at North Texas and the Denton Record-Chronicle.

Game Changers: Nov. 5

Game Changers: Nov. 5 from Ben Baby on Vimeo.

We’re only one week away from the end of the regular season. Guyer picked up another easy win, while Ryan and Denton lost in Week 9. Adam Boedeker and I take a look at all of that, including the area’s playoff scenarios and the week’s top performers on this week’s episode of Game Changers. Game Changers is a joint production by the Denton Record-Chronicle and the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas.

Weekend Recap: Top teams roll

Defensive lineman Thomas Ferguson and the Guyer Wildcats rolled in a 66-7 over Denton for the Wildcats' second straight District 5-4A win.

At this point in the season, it’s fairly easy to see which teams might be playing into late November and early December — the time of the year when you’re playing the best teams in the state without a margin for error.

There’s no reason not to consider Guyer as one of Class 4A’s best teams, despite its No.6 ranking in the Associated Press polls (that ranking makes absolutely no sense). In Class 3A, Argyle has looked flawless through six games this season, including a blowout of Dallas Madison this weekend.

Let’s take a look back at Guyer-Denton and some of our top area games.


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Argyle’s Ian Sadler commits to Texas Tech

Argyle's Ian Sadler (5) orally committed to Texas Tech today. The junior wide receiver was a big threat for the Eagles all season.

National Signing Day isn’t coming up anytime soon, but Argyle wide reciever/punter/running back/insert position here Ian Sadler already knows where he’s going to sign next February.

According to multiple reports, Sadler committed to Texas Tech today at their spring game. Sadler, if you don’t remember, was a very strong candidate to win the DRC all-area MVP award. 

If you need a refresher on his stats, here’s what they were after last season.

51 carries for 404 yards, 15 TDs, 1 fumble lost; 50 catches for 1,050 yards and 12 TDs; 3-for-5 for 100 yards and 1 TD passing; 9 kickoff returns, 35.6 yards per return, 2 TDs; 15 punt returns, 31.1 yards per return, 4 TDs; 40.4 yards per punt with eight inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.

That’s right. He’s also not a bad punter. And you know you’ve done something right when you have one of the top current Texas Country artists give you an unsolicited shout-out.

Not too shabby, Sadler. We’ll have more about this later on in the week. But until then, watch below.