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Argyle, Abilene Wylie renew rivalry with tonight's matchup

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After last season's regular-season matchup between Argyle and Abilene Wylie was canceled due to lightning, the teams met in the third round of the playoffs with the Bulldogs claiming a 35-14 win.

The highly anticipated rematch arrives at 7:30 p.m. Friday when Wylie visits Argyle.

The Eagles' offense has been just about unstoppable through three games this season, as Argyle enters Week 4 scoring an average of more than 53 points per game. The Eagles defeated Celina 49-34 last week, securing their second straight victory over their archrival and continuing the early-season success of coach Todd Rodgers and company.

The Argyle offense has thrived behind the play of quarterback Jon Copeland, who is torching opposing secondary units while completing more than 68 percent of his passes. He's thrown for 872 yards and 11 touchdowns, utilizing the playmaking ability of Wes McCollum (396 yards, five TDs) to make an early impact.

Don Williams has provided balance on the ground, averaging more than 6 yards per carry while rushing for 318 yards and five touchdowns for Argyle.

For the Eagles (3-0) to continue their red-hot start, their defense will need to force the Wylie offense to make some mistakes, as the Bulldogs are coming off a tough 24-23 loss to Denison.

Quarterback Tyler O'Connor made his first start for Wylie (2-1) in place of Sam King, who was lost to a knee injury in a 42-17 win over Class 5A Lubbock Monterey. O'Connor threw two interceptions in the loss, and the Eagles will be out to win the turnover battle again.

Argyle will be looking to get off to a 4-0 start for the fourth time in the last five seasons, and a win over the Bulldogs would move the Eagles to 4-2 in their last six meetings.

Ponder at Sadler S&S Consolidated

Where: Ram Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Ponder (1-2), Sadler S&S Consolidated (3-0)

What's on the line: It's been a tough nondistrict schedule for Ponder, and that will only continue this week as the Lions travel to take on Sadler S&S Consolidated. The Rams are undefeated and logged a 17-10 win over Callisburg last week. Ponder is coming off a 49-7 loss to Holliday and will look to get back on track behind senior Kaden McEwen (311 yards, four TDs).

Bridgeport at Sanger

Where: Indian Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Sanger (1-2), Bridgeport (0-3)

What's on the line: The Sanger Indians finally put on the offensive display many knew they were capable of last week in a 49-7 blowout of Krum. It was the first win for Sanger, and this week should provide an opportunity to keep that momentum rolling. Dameon Moser rushed for 123 yards and four TDs last week, so the Indians will look to get him going early again as they try to even their record.

Aubrey at Benbrook

Where: Herman Clark Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Aubrey (2-1), Benbrook (1-2)

What's on the line: Aubrey has been hit by injuries harder than any other team in the Denton area. The Chaparrals have several starters battling injuries, including Division I prospects Gatlin Grisso and Jordan Redfearn. Aubrey should handle Benbrook even with the injury bug lingering, but guys like Spencer Nuemann and Pablo Vera will have to continue to step up and play well on both sides of the ball.

Calvary at Savoy

Where: Robert F. Hodge Field

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Calvary (2-1), Savoy (0-3)

What's on the line: Calvary is rolling heading into this week's matchup against Savoy, and the Lions have a shot to win their third straight game — this time against a winless Cardinals team. Quarterback Jacob Helzer had a career day for Calvary last week, rushing for 202 yards and five touchdowns in a 32-30 win over Christian Homeschool Athletes of North Texas. 

Krum at Lake Worth

Where: Kittrell Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Krum (0-3), Lake Worth (0-3)

What's on the line: After winning 10 games a season ago, the Krum Bobcats are still looking for that elusive first win. They might have their best chance with a fellow winless Lake Worth team. Krum is banged up but hopes to turn its season around before district play starts with a win over the host Bullfrogs.

Pilot Point at Gunter

Where: Tiger Stadium 

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Pilot Point (1-2), Gunter (3-0)

What's on the line: Pilot Point is coming off a tough rivalry loss in the Battle of 377 against the Aubrey Chaparrals. Since their Week 1 win over Krum, the Bearcats haven't seen much of their offense. With a tough matchup against Gunter, the Bearcats will have their hands full with a stout Gunter defense. Pilot Point needs some life before heading into another test against Brock.