I filed my game story Friday and was in the elevator at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex when I felt my phone blowing up in my back pocket. All that time focusing on the game I was covering and I lost track of what was going on with the rest of the Denton-area games.
Thanks to Twitter and a few unread texts, I learned it was another wild week. Ryan, Denton, Argyle and Liberty Christian all remained unbeaten. Meanwhile, we had one game end in overtime and another on an onside kick and last-second field goal. Then there were a few sad notes, as three of our teams simply can't catch a break and remain winless.
Denton-area teams went 7-6 this week. Here's a recap and thoughts on some of those games.
I predicted the Raiders would win this game but give up 30 points in the process. I was right on the victory and way off on the points-against. Ryan held Poteet to 211 yards in a game that was never close. This goes to show how elite Ryan is. The Raiders' offense is what it is — explosive and unstoppable. Its defense, minus nine starters from last year, is still not one to be trifled with.
I picked Guyer to win and felt good about it at first. Then quarterback Luke Stillwell hurt his knee and things went south for the Wildcats. Stillwell will be all right, folks, but it will be interesting to see how long he's out. Sophomore Trace Jewell, who wasn't available last week, will start Friday against Dallas Kimball. And word on the street is that he's really good.
This was a battle between two of our area teams, and it was a doozy. Of the four unbeaten teams we have left, the Broncos are the hardest to put away in the clutch. First was a comeback win over Lake Dallas, now this win over a tough Sanger team where the Broncos' defense pitched a second-half shutout and Landry Kinne found Brooks Bedinger for a late game-winning touchdown. New coach Billy Miller has something brewing. Meanwhile, Sanger is still looking for its first win.
Braswell is going to get a win at some point, but right now the Bengals are so far away from doing it. The fact is the Bengals can't stop anyone's run game. Eaton proved that last week and Independence added insult to injury with its 266 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground this week. The offense is starting to score points but Braswell has been outscored 95-22.
The Falcons got a win in the most unconventional way possible. Marcial Apaez executed an onside kick before eventually booting a 32-yard field goal in the closing seconds. Lake Dallas turned the ball over three times, but Ryan Depperschmidt went off with 105 rushing yards and four touchdowns. He also threw for 186. This was big for Lake Dallas, which evened its record at 1-1.
Liberty Christian is off to a great start, and this was easily one of the bigger upsets of the week. Celina is traditionally one of the best teams in the state, and Liberty held the Bobcats to nine points while scoring a win courtesy of a late interception from Kason Howell. Congrats to coach Barton Hundley, who has a defense that seemingly can contend with anyone.
Argyle could play for a state title right now. Jon Copeland threw for five touchdowns, Wes McCollum had 163 receiving yards and two touchdowns, and the running back duo of Don Williams and Noah Lang combined for four scores in a game that was not competitive. Next up is Celina, which should go in Argyle's favor, then a shot at revenge against Abilene Wylie, which bounced the Eagles from the playoffs last year. I might have to clear my schedule for that game.
STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.