ARYLE — The homecoming king and queen weren’t the only royalty at Argyle’s Eagle Stadium on Friday night.
University of Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema and running backs coach Joel Thomas watched from the sideline, with a special interest in Argyle kicker Cole Hedlund, who has already verbally committed to the Razorbacks.
Hedlund made the trip worthwhile for his future coaches. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior kicked field goals of 49, 46, and 50 yards to help the Eagles remain undefeated in District 10-3A with a 53-7 victory over Frisco Lone Star.
Hedlund now has 45 career field goals, moving into sole possession of second place in state history and is now only three shy of tying the state record of 48, held by Tomas Sanchez of Fort Worth Arlington Heights (1995-98). He needs only five more to tie the national record of 50 set by Jimmy Stevens (Oklahoma City’s Heritage Hall, 2003-06).
Hedlund is 13-of-16 this season on field-goal attempts (and 49-of-49 on extra points), and has kicked six field goals of 46 yards or more this season, including a career-high 57-yarder. His 25 field goals in 2011 broke state and national records for most field goals made in a season.
His older brother, Chad, who also played for Argyle, is the starting kicker at Wake Forest.
Hedlund was not the only king on the field for the Eagles (8-0, 2-0). Nick Ralston rushed for 126 yards and scored four touchdowns, Texas Tech commit Ian Sadler — who was selected homecoming king—scored twice, and Connor Wilson, also a Texas Tech commit, sacked Lone Star quarterback Jason Shelley in the end zone for a safety for the state’s No. 2 ranked Class 3A team.
The Eagles, as they have all season, dominated on both sides of ball, taking advantage of excellent field position and utilizing their defensive strength to shut down the Rangers.
Argyle finished with 467 yards total offense, including 389 on the ground, and held Lone Star to 185 yards. The Rangers’ only score, a 6-yard run by Ramon Harris in the fourth quarter, came against Argyle’s second-team defense. The Eagles’ starting defense has given up just seven points in the first half through eight games this season, while the offense has accounted for 309 first-half points.
Lone Star, which started the season with five straight victories, dropped to 5-4 overall and 0-3 in district.
Argyle took advantage of excellent field position—mainly due to ineffective Lone Star punting and Hedlund’s first two field goals — to build a 29-0 lead at halftime.
The Rangers’ first punt of the game went for only 9 yards, giving Argyle its first possession on the Lone Star 40. Five plays later, Sadler scored on a 10-yard run with 7:47 left in the first quarter.
The Rangers went three-and-out and this time Argyle needed just two plays to score. Wilson zig-zagged his way for a 60-yard run, and Ralston went the final 20 to put the Eagles up 14-0.
Lone Star was forced to punt again, but the snap to punter Chase Moake was in the ground and Moake was unsuccessful attempting to pass for a first down, giving Argyle the ball on the Rangers’ 27. Argyle needed just one snap to score again as Ralston went left for a 27-yard TD run.
Another poor Lone Star punt, this one for 8 yards, gave Argyle the ball at the Rangers’ 36, and four plays later, Hedlund connected from 49 yards out.
Lone Star’s Austin Bonner intercepted a Brandon Boyzuick pass early in the second quarter at the Rangers’ 15. Shelley lost 6 yards on first down, then on second down dropped back to pass and was tackled in the end zone by a blitzing Wilson for an Argyle safety.
Hedlund pushed the Argyle lead to 29-0 with his 46-yard field goal midway through the second quarter.
Lone Star came close to scoring in the final seconds of the first half, but Cameron Scott’s 32-yard field-goal attempt missed just left.
In the third quarter, Ralston added TD runs of 8 and 10 yards, and Sadler scored from 21 yards out. Harris put Lone Star on the board with a 6-yard scoring run with 8:49 left in the game. Hedlund added his 50-yard field goal with 4:55 remaining.
Argyle 53, Frisco Lone Star 7
Frisco Lone Star
AY — Ian Sadler 10 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Nick Ralston 20 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Nick Ralston 27 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Cole Hedlund 49 FG
AY — Connor Wilson 0 safety, ball carrier tackled in endzone
AY — Cole Hedlund 46 FG
AY — Nick Ralston 8 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Ian Sadler 21 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Nick Ralston 10 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
LS — Ramon Harris 6 run (Cameron Scott kick)
AY — Cole Hedlund 50 FG
Rushing — AY: Nick Ralston 12-126, Connor Wilson 2-87, Colton Hinnrichs 1-35, Sam Sizelove 2-32, Ian Sadler 2-31, Terry Moore 4-29, Taylor Sweatt 3-19, Brandon Boyzuick 2-18, Drew Estrada 1-12, J.C. Chalk 1-1, Cooper Rodgers 1--1, LS: Ramon Harris 16-44, Jason Shelley 22-16, Robert Hall 2-12, Chase Moake 2-7.
Passing — AY: Brandon Boyzuick 5-10-1-65, Cooper Rodgers 1-3-0-13, LS: Jason Shelley 9-19-0-91, Chase Moake 1-3-0-15.
Receiving — AY: Jon Pucciarello 3-39, Ian Sadler 2-26, Drew Estrada 1-13, LS: Michel Bordes 4-53, Ramon Harris 3-38, Robert Hall 1-19, Chase Moake 1-1, Kerron Dedrick 1--5.