It was a light week of high school football in the Denton area last week. Five teams were on a bye, leaving us with just seven games on the docket between Thursday and Friday.
The results were a mixed bag. Guyer rebounded quite nicely to get back into the playoff race in District 6-6A while Denton's disappointing loss to Sherman may come back to haunt the Broncos in a few weeks. Meanwhile, Braswell, Calvary and Krum were all manhandled, but Ryan, Liberty and Lake Dallas are feeling pretty good about themselves heading into Week 7.
Here's what it all means as we take a look back at five of the bigger games from last week.
This game got out of hand quickly as Ryan led 41-0 by halftime. But was that really a surprise to anyone? That's not me being ugly — I just think we're talking about teams that right now are on different ends of the spectrum. Braswell's best option was to focus on trying to get better in the second half, and I think they did that. Now we look to the rest of the season. My feelings on the Raiders are the same as they should remain unbeaten in district. But I don't think another 0-10 season is a foregone conclusion for the Bengals. Circle your calendars for Oct. 19 vs Wichita Falls.
The last time Denton lost three games in a row was in 2013, so the odds on them losing a fourth straight game at Sherman, at least in my mind, were slim to none. But clearly I was wrong as the Broncos turned the ball over six times Friday and now sit 0-2 in District 5-5A. Denton's remaining games are Wichita Falls (0-2), Denison (1-0), Wichita Falls Rider (2-0) and Braswell (0-1). On paper, they should beat Wichita Falls and Braswell, but realistically, they need to win out and finish 4-2. Any other scenario is muddied, to say the least.
Kaedric Cobbs is the crown jewel of Guyer's offense. The sophomore running back has 15 — yes, 15 — touchdowns, and nine of those scores are in district. Keeping him healthy and on fresh legs down the stretch will be crucial as this win only pulled the Wildcats to .500 in District 6-6A. They're currently tied for fourth with McKinney Boyd. The next two games will be very telling for Guyer's playoff chances as they face unbeaten McKinney, then the machine that is Allen. Those teams will undoubtedly try to take Cobbs out of the equation. And if they do, who will step up?
This winning streak to open District 14-5A play has been great for Lake Dallas. But, and I'm not trying to sound like Debbie Downer here, the days of playing mediocre opponents are over. If the Falcons want to make it back to the postseason after missing last year, they must prove they can hang with the rest of the field — starting with McKinney North. Lake Dallas went 2-3 down the stretch last year and barely missed qualifying for the playoffs. So you have to think just one more win this year will make a significant difference. Lake Dallas has the athletes to do it, too.
All storylines out of Argyle this season have focused on the Warriors' defense, which undoubtedly is a juggernaut unit. The offense, however, has kept Liberty from becoming a dominant program. They appear to have found some new life after scoring more points in one game than they did in their first four games combined (38). The Warriors passed for 201 yards and rushed for 156 more. Not a bad outing as they ready to prove it wasn't a fluke against Dallas Parish Episcopal.
STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.