Eagles roll in 10-3A opener at Ranchview
CARROLLTON — Argyle coach Todd Rodgers admitted Thursday’s District 10-3A opener had a different feel to it. After all, the Eagles were coming off a bye week and their routine was thrown off slightly by having a game one day earlier than normal.
But the awkward feeling didn’t last long, as the Eagles (7-0, 1-0 district) scored the bulk of their points in the first half and showed no signs of rust in a convincing 65-9 win over Carrollton Ranchview.
It was the district opener only for Argyle, which outgained Ranchview 414-145 and picked up its 20th consecutive district win. Argyle’s last district loss was to Celina on Nov. 7, 2008.
“It’s always a little sketchy coming back from an off week. Playing on a Thursday night makes the week a bit odd too, but I was very pleased,” Rodgers said. “The kids have been waiting for district to start, and it was quite obvious they were pumped up and ready to go.”
Argyle, No. 2 in The Associated Press’ 3A poll, has outscored its opponents 363-63 this season and came in averaging an area-leading 49.7 points per game.
The Eagles found practically every way to score Thursday. Nick Ralston rushed for 86 yards and accounted for two of the team’s three rushing touchdowns. Brandon Boyzuick completed eight of 15 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns, and the team added two scores off a fumble recovery and a punt return to open the second half.
Argyle’s Cole Hedlund, an Arkansas commit, booted field goals of 52, 36 and 19 yards. His last one came with 47 seconds left in regulation and put him five shy of breaking the state record for career field goals of 48 set by Thomas Sanchez of Fort Worth Arlington Heights in 1998.
Ranchview (4-4, 0-2) was held to one first down and 42 yards in the first half.
The Wolves punted the ball eight times for an average of just over 27 yards, which continually gave the Eagles excellent field position.
Argyle’s longest scoring drive of the first half was six plays (twice). For the game, the Eagles had three scoring drives of two plays or less.
Hedlund’s first field goal gave his team an insurmountable 31-0 lead with 8:01 left in the second quarter. A few minutes later, Reese Thompson intercepted Wolves quarterback Keidrien Wadley, which led to the Eagles adding 17 points in the final 6:34 of the first half for a 48-0 lead.
During that surge, Hedlund punched through a 36-yard field goal to cap a four-play drive. Boyzuick then fired back-to-back touchdown passes to Drew Estrada and Jon Pucciarello from 30 and 51 yards out, respectively.
Things didn’t get any easier for Ranchview in the second half. Colton Hinnrichs recovered a fumble at the Wolves’ 4-yard line 1:35 into the third quarter for a 55-0 lead.
With 8:17 left in the frame, Hunter Treadwell returned a punt 54 yards for another touchdown.
Ranchview didn’t notch its first points until the 3:17 mark of the third quarter. It added another touchdown just over one minute later.
“After the bye week, you just have to come out prepared and ready to play,” Texas Tech commit Ian Sadler of Argyle said. “Our mentality coming into games is getting every player better every week, even if we are up by a lot.”