Weekend Recap: The first cut

Argyle kicker Cole Hedlund set the national record for most career field goals made as the No. 1 Eagles advanced in the Class 3A Division II playoffs. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

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.

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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: Denton ISD rolls again

Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard and the Wildcats had plenty of reasons to be happy after a 35-17 victory against Flower Mound Marcus. (David Minton/DRC)

For a second straight week, Denton ISD finishes a weekend of football without a loss across the ledger.

Denton, Guyer and Ryan all rolled in their third games of the season, with the Broncos pulling off the most lopsided victory.

Around the area, Argyle cruised and Sanger finally stopped a 14-game losing streak.

With all that being said, Adam Boedeker and I take a look at the big wins across the city and the notable area games from last weekend.

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Weekend recap: Pilot Point almost statebound

Pilot Point pitcher Skylar Cagle, seen here against Ponder, pitched her third no-hitter of the year in Game 1 of Pilot Point's series win against Commerce. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

At the start of the weekend, two area baseball teams and two area softball teams were still in the hunt to reach the state tournament.

At the end of the weekend, Pilot Point’s softball team was the lone team still clinging to state tournament aspirations.

Pilot Point is one of eight teams left in the Class 2A playoffs after the Lady Cats swept Commerce in the 2A regional semifinals. Sanger’s softball team was eliminated by Van, while Krum and Argyle’s teams got knocked out of the 3A baseball playoffs.

Let’s recap the weekend.

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State softball polls: 5-4A, 5-5A well represented

In this week’s version of the Texas Girls Coaches Association state softball polls, three area teams earned Top 25 spots.

In Class 4A, Guyer checks in at No. 21. Sanger is holding on to the No. 10 spot in Class 3A and Pilot Point is the No.1 team in Class 2A (Oh, and the Lady Cats defeated Leonard 18-0 on Friday).

Take a closer look at District 5-4A and 5-5A and you’ll see how competitive things are in both of those districts.

District 5-4A currently has four teams in the Top 25. Fort Worth Brewer (15), Wichita Falls Rider (19), Trophy Club Nelson (20) and Guyer (21) are all up there. There’s no other district in the state with as many ranked teams in there, however Forney is apparently good enough to be ranked twice (17 and 22, respectively).

District 5-5A, Ryan’s district, might trump Guyer’s district. There are three teams in the Top 20 — Flower Mound (12), Flower Mound Marcus (13) and Lewisville (19). The only other district in the state with three Top 25 teams is 4-5A (Richland, Southlake Carroll, Keller).

Keep in mind that nobody take all rankings with a couple spoonfuls of salt, as it’s far from an exact science.

 

DRC Power Rankings: Week 2

Argyle quarterback Brandon Boyzuick (3) and the Eagles rebounded from a loss to Abilene Wylie in Zero Week and hold the No.1 spot in this week's power rankings. ((Kelley Chinn/Special Contributor))

For the first time in what has to be a long, long time, Ryan, Guyer and Lake Dallas all lost in the same week. Those three teams were in the top three spots in the power rankings last week. But since they all lost and Argyle completely dominated Fort Worth Nolan, the Eagles claimed the No.1 spot for this week.

Ranking (previous week’s ranking)

1. Argyle (4). Last week: d. Fort Worth Nolan, 28-7

Argyle bumps up to No.1 because the Eagles looked pretty impressive against the defending TAAPS Division I state champions. And Ian Sadler didn’t look like he was coming off of ACL surgery. He looked like a kid who gave Nolan fits and scored a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown and a punt return touchdown.  Argyle faces Paris, the defending District 15-3A champs, this week.

2. Ryan (1). Last week: lost to Wichita Falls Rider, 21-15.

Ryan probably should have won that game against Rider last week, but Ryan didn’t and doesn’t drop too far in the “rankings” because Guyer and Lake Dallas got throttled by two really good teams. Since Ryan’s not as talented as it has been in years past, the first two games have been really exciting. I’m still waiting to see how Ryan does against 5A competition. I’ll be waiting until Sept. 28 when Ryan plays McKinney.

 3. Guyer (2). Last week: lost to Colleyville Heritage, 54-38.

Well, it looks like my alma mater is doing what it does best – winning in the regular season before losing in the first round of the playoffs. In a battle of future Red River rivals, Oklahoma-bound  Heritage QB Cody Thomas outshined Texas-bound Guyer QB Jerrod Heard. A Guyer win this weekend against Flower Mound Marcus (which should happen, since Marcus is without starting quarterback Cole Erwin because he tore his ACL) will keep some of the Wildcats faithful from slipping into a slight panic.

4. Liberty Christian (–). Last week: d. Sanger, 38-6.

Liberty looked really good against a really young and inexperienced Sanger squad that’s been banged up. Liberty won a game despite picking up 289 yards of total offense, which is a testament to the four turnovers Sanger committed and the Warriors’ defense. To Liberty’s credit, it hasn’t lost yet. That might change when the Warriors play Celina this Friday. If Liberty pulls off a win, the Warriors will prove, TAAPS school and all, that they’re to be taken seriously.

5. Lake Dallas (3). Last week: lost to Frisco Centennial, 42-14.

I debated about keeping Krum in the No.5 spot, but since it barely beat Farmersville, that wasn’t going to happen. Pilot Point is 2-0, but the Bearcats beat a Class A team. Basically, there wasn’t much else to do but to have the Falcons hold down the final spot in the power rankings. Granted, they didn’t play an awful game against Frisco Centennial, definitely not 28 points worse than their opponents. But last week wasn’t the best week for the Falcons. I really like Lake Dallas’ defense and think the team definitely can make a solid postseason run. But it’ll take some time to get adjusted to a new offensive and defensive schemes and new key personnel.