The weekend’s high school football playoff games aren’t the only things to be cancelled.
In boys basketball, the Sanger tournament has been cancelled. The mix of sleet, snow and terrible road conditions have forced the cancellation of Saturday’s games. They were only able to get four games in on Thursday before the rest of the games were scrapped.
Georgetown East, Liberty Christian and Sherman all pulled out of the tournament completely on Thursday.
Ryan was scheduled to face Frisco, but that game won’t happen. Sanger head coach Rob Sikora said the Indians will now face Aubrey on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Sanger.
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.
Paul Hunter and Ryan ran away from Flower Mound in a 54-14 win to close the regular season. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
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.
It’s still hard to fathom that this week is the final week of the regular season.
For everybody that isn’t a Ryan fan, your team has played nine games this season, with one more remaining on the regular season slate. We’ve got some interesting games around the area in the final week of the regular season, and we’ve also got some noteworthy contests people might want to keep their eyes on.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.