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Weekend Recap: High School football is back, ladies and gents

The high school football season is here, folks. The Denton Record-Chronicle covered seven games involving nine area teams between Thursday and Saturday, and our writers — including yours truly — saw everything from a herculean performance in a battle of ranked teams to a few comebacks, blowouts and a first-time head coach leading his team to victory.

So sit back, relax and enjoy some of my quick thoughts as we take a trip back to the week that was.

Ryan 57, Lancaster 40

Everybody is talking about Ryan quarterback Spencer Sanders. The Oklahoma State pledge passed for 313 yards, rushed for 174 and accounted for six touchdowns while looking like part-man, part-cyborg. But I've got to give props to Ryan's defense. Yes, they gave up 40 points, and yes, defensive coordinator Shane Tolleson jokingly said he had "no comment" after the game. But for a unit hit hard by graduation, I'm impressed. Ryan forced four turnovers and thwarted two 2-point conversions. Not bad against a Lancaster team that, like Ryan, is expected to make a deep run.

Guyer 37, Mansfield Lake Ridge 21

As good as Guyer is, even coach John Walsh admits his Wildcats have a habit of losing season openers. But for the second year in a row, Guyer found a way to overcome an early surge from Lake Ridge to pull away. This year's win was impressive in that Guyer scored 34 unanswered points and did so with new running backs. Kaedric Cobbs, a transfer from Melissa, carried the ball 20 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Guyer defense forced two interceptions.

Denton 20, Lake Dallas 15

We see you, coach Billy Miller. Miller picked up his first win as a head coach against a good Lake Dallas team that should be just fine moving forward. And here's the thing: Denton really needed this win, too. Miller has a lot of new faces on both sides of the ball. After two underwhelming preseason scrimmages, it was easy to think lack of experience would force the program to take a step back this season. So far, so good. Denton scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, then relied on its defense to hold on for the win.

Haslet Eaton 37, Braswell 3

A clean sweep for Denton school district teams was not to be as Braswell suffered a rough loss to Eaton. But remember, this was a 55-0 game last year. Thursday's game was 16-3 at halftime, and I remember thinking Braswell was getting the ball first to start the second half and could easily get right back in. That didn't happen, but there were bright spots. The biggest was quarterback Greyson Thompson, who played well and made several really nice throws. But for the Bengals to win games, they have to fix their run defense. Eaton rolled up 214 rushing yards.

Argyle 42, Lovejoy 21 

Argyle players and coaches took last year's early playoff exit hard and have been itching to prove a point in 2017. If Saturday's opener is any indication, mission accomplished. Argyle faced Lovejoy for a second straight year and absolutely rolled. Jon Copeland will be fine at quarterback, and I was impressed by new receiver Wes McCollum. Defensively, the Eagles held Lovejoy to one touchdown after the first quarter.

Pilot Point 35, Krum 14

It had to be tough for Krum not to have coach Gary Robinson on the sideline. Robinson resigned two days before the opener due to family health-related issues, and we here at the DRC wish him and his family the best. The game still had to be played, though, and Krum never could get in gear. Pilot Point missed the playoffs the past two seasons, so this was a good start for the Bearcats.

Aubrey 44, Bowie 0

Aubrey blew the doors off Bowie without star do-it-all standout Gatlin Grisso. The Washington State commit missed the game with a hamstring injury but had to be all smiles as his team tallied nearly 430 yards of offense. Aubrey has something special brewing after making the playoffs in each of the past two seasons. Imagine what the Chaparrals will do when Grisso is back.

STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.