ARGYLE — Six pre-district games. Six blowouts. No major injuries. Throw in a bye week to rest up and safe to say the Argyle Eagles are ready for district play.
The state’s No. 4-ranked Class 3A team rolled to 66-7 rout of Dallas Madison on Friday night, improving the Eagles to 6-0 going into their bye week. When the Eagles return on Oct. 17 at Carrollton Ranchview for their first District 10-3A game, they will begin their quest for a sixth straight district championship.
The Eagles have been simply dominating this season. They defeated Abilene Wylie 38-0, Fort Worth Nolan 44-21, Paris 53-7, Kennedale 45-7 and Wilmer-Hutchins 52-12, before dismantling Madison on Friday, coming up three points shy of tying a school record for points scored in a game.
The game was over by halftime as the Eagles, behind three touchdowns each from Nick Ralston and Texas Tech commit Ian Sadler, ran up 52 points. Sadler added a fourth touchdown catch in the second half and finished with 98 yards on five catches.
Quarterback Brandon Boyzuick, who sat out last week’s game recovering from a left ankle injury, returned to action Friday and completed 8 of 11 passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns in limited time. Backup Cooper Rodgers completed 6 of 9 passes for 134 yards and two TDs. Ralston finished the night with 10 carries for 119 yards and three scores.
Once again the Eagles were able to play most of their reserves in the second half.
While Ralston and Sadler did the damage offensively in the first half to put the game away, the Argyle defense smothered the Trojans, holding them to minus-30 yards total offense in the first two quarters. The Trojans were 0 for 6 on passing attempts and had just two first downs, one by penalty. Argyle, on the other hand, had 346 yards total offense in the first half.
Madison (2-4) finished with 44 yards of total offense, all on the ground. The Trojans avoided the shutout when Tre Garner broke a 54-yard run down the sideline late in the third quarter.
But the Trojans could not stop the Eagles, who finished with 498 total yards, including 260 yards rushing.
Sadler’s 44-yard punt return midway through the first quarter set up fellow Texas Tech commit Connor Wilson’s 6-yard touchdown run to open the scoring. Sadler set up the second Argyle score as well. He broke a 31-yard run to the Madison 29, and two plays later, Ralston scored from 16 yards out.
David Garcia’s 24-yard punt gave Argyle the ball at midfield on the ensuing possession. Boyzuick completed an 11-yard pass to Sadler, a 26-yard pass to Jon Pucciarello, and Ralston completed the drive with a 12-yard scoring run just before the end of the first quarter.
On the next drive, Madison was penalized 15 yards, fumbled the snap, and on fourth-and-32, Garcia’s punt netted just 8 yards. Argyle took over at the Madison 25, and two plays later Boyzuick hit Sadler for a 12-yard scoring strike.
Boyzuick added a 13-yard scoring pass to Sadler before yielding to Rodgers, who capped his first drive with a 4-yard TD run by Ralston to give the Eagles a 42-0 lead with 5:32 left in the half.
Rodgers threw a 46-yard TD pass to Sadler, and Arkansas commit Cole Hedlund’s 49-yard field goal just before halftime pushed Argyle’s lead to 52-0.
Sadler’s fourth touchdown of the night, a 16-yard pass from Rodgers, came midway in the third quarter, and Chase Green capped the Argyle scoring with a 35-yard run on the second play of the fourth quarter.
Argyle 66, Madison 7
AY — Connor Wilson 6 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Nick Ralston 16 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Nick Ralston 12 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Ian Sadler 12 pass from Brandon Boyzuick (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Ian Sadler 13 pass from Brandon Boyzuick (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Nick Ralston 4 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Ian Sadler 46 pass from Cooper Rodgers (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Cole Hedlund 49 FG
AY — Ian Sadler 16 pass from Cooper Rodgers (Cole Hedlund kick)
MI — Trey Garner 54 run (David Garcia kick)
AY — Chase Green 35 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
Rushing — AY: Nick Ralston 10-119, Taylor Sweatt 6-57, Ian Sadler 2-33, Chase Green 2-29, Hudson Speed 4-21, Connor Wilson 1-6, Cooper Rodgers 1--5, MI: Trey Garner 17-92, Derrick Blakemore 2-3, Chris Hamilton 2-3, Demuntray Wheatley 1--6, Keonta Wilson 6--16, Draylon Jeffery 6--32.
Passing — AY: Cooper Rodgers 6-9-0-134, Brandon Boyzuick 8-11-0-104, MI: Keonta Wilson 0-5-0-0, Draylon Jeffery 0-4-0-0.
Receiving — AY: Ian Sadler 5-98, Jon Pucciarello 3-55, Drew Estrada 2-37, Reese Thompson 1-28, Sam Sizelove 2-14, J.C. Chalk 1-6.