Weekend Recap: Area thrives while the city sleeps

 

Lake Dallas junior quarterback Dagan Haehn had a big night as the Falcons defeated Dallas Kimball in Week Four action. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

If you wanted to see a good high school football game last week, you had to go outside Denton’s city limits. All three Denton ISD teams were off last Friday as they prepared for the start of district play.

That put the spotlight on the teams around the area. And they didn’t waste their opportunities to shine.

Adam Boedeker and I take a look at some of the big games around the area in this Denton ISD-free edition of the Weekend Recap.

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Weekend Recap: Denton ISD, Sanger roll

Ryan senior running back Tyrone Williams scored two touchdowns in Ryan's 33-0 win over Lewisville on Friday night. Ryan, Denton and Guyer all won their respective games last week. (Al Key/Denton Record-Chronicle)

 

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.

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Weekend Recap: Guyer, Denton, Argyle cruise

Guyer notched a 66-3 victory against rivals Lake Dallas last weekend in one of the weekend's lopsided victories. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

The closer the calendar shifts to November, the clearer district races are starting to look. Across the area, things are starting to shape up how we thought they would when the season started.

For another week, Guyer and Argyle played up to their lofty state rankings, while Ryan lost its first game of the season and Sanger’s winning streak was halted in a big District 9-3A contest. It’s Monday, so that means Adam Boedeker and I break down last weekend’s action.

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Weekend Recap: Florence gets No.200

Ryan head coach Joey Florence and the Raiders celebrate their 13-10 win over Flower Mound Marcus last Friday. Florence earned his 200th career coaching victory. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

There were multiple moments on Friday night where some of the area’s strongest figures looked vulnerable.

For most of Friday night, it looked as if Ryan head coach Joey Florence had to wait another week to notch his 200th head coaching victory. Over in Trophy Club, Guyer and Texas-bound quarterback Jerrod Heard struggled against a vastly improved Nelson squad.

But at the end of the night, Florence and Heard both finished with a win. Other area schools also picked up key wins last Friday night. Adam Boedeker and I take a look back at last weekend’s action.

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Weekend Recap: A Night of Routs

Ryan wide receivers Trent Willis and Jordan Murray celebrate during Ryan's 49-20 victory over McKinney on Friday night. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

At a few games around the area, the outcome had been decided before the the bands could leave the bleachers for their halftime performance.

We’re five weeks into the season, and Guyer, Ryan and Argyle look as good as advertised, while Lake Dallas shows some young promise as we get into the heart of the season. Adam Boedeker and I break down the weekend’s top city and area games.

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Ex-Lake Dallas QB Franklin named starter at Mizzou

Former Lake Dallas quarterback James Franklin was tabbed as the starter for Missouri this season. (Associated Press)

News broke on Thursday night that former Lake Dallas standout and current Missouri senior James Franklin will be starting for the Tigers in 2013.

In 2012, Franklin completed 59.4 percent of his passes, threw for 1,562 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Franklin battled through injuries last season and was knocked out of two games he started.

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy said on Twitter last night that Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel confirmed his decision about two weeks before the season starts on Aug. 31 against Murray State.

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Q&A with Dartmouth QB Dalyn Williams

Current Dartmouth QB Dalyn Williams, seen here vaulting over Stephenville defenders, has jumped into the discussion of best quarterbacks in the Ivy League after a stellar freshman season. (Mike Mezuel II/For the Denton Record-Chronicle)

Yesterday, after our story on Lake Dallas alumnus and Dartmouth quarterback being named the Ivy League Freshman of the Year, I received a call from Williams about doing the interview for the  story.

While I couldn’t go back and magically insert his quotes and thoughts into the story (and as much as I’d like to do that), I figured I’d throw pieces of our conversation up here for you all to read.

He talks about whether or not he’s playing baseball next year, about taking over as the starter and his future at Dartmouth.

Also, it’s not in here, but he did manage to use the term “gregarious” in our conversation to describe his personality. I still don’t know what that means without looking it up.

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