Jerrod Heard and the Guyer Wildcats waltzed into the 4A DI semifinals with a 53-28 win against Birdville. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
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.
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.
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.
Coppell constricted Ryan's offense to 195 yards in a 28-3 win against the Raiders. Still, Ryan clinched its 14th straight playoff berth. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
Every year it always feels like things are moving faster, where two months ago feels like two weeks ago.
We’re almost at the end of the regular season before leaves could change colors. But the true sign of a Texas autumn comes in two weeks, when the playoffs start and teams chase state the dream they had since August.
Last weekend, Guyer picked up another easy win, while Ryan and Denton each lost to very good teams. Sanger had a narrow win over winless Bridgeport, while Liberty Christian dropped a close contest to Fort Worth Nolan.
Adam Boedeker and I delve into all of those games in today’s Weekend Recap.
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.
Defensive lineman Thomas Ferguson and the Guyer Wildcats rolled in a 66-7 over Denton for the Wildcats' second straight District 5-4A win. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
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.
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.