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Michael Clements for the Denton Record-Chronicle

Football capsules: Argyle opens District 4-4A play against Decatur

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Through the entirety of the nondistrict schedule, No. 3 Argyle controlled its opponents with ease and played only one game decided by less than three possessions — a 49-34 win over Celina.

After a week off, the Eagles (5-0) will look to continue their dominance in Friday's District 4-4A opener against Decatur.

Argyle enters as a heavy favorite, thanks in large part to how explosive its offense has been through five games. The team is averaging an eye-popping 48.8 points per game, scoring fewer than 40 points just once — a 27-7 road win over Paris. Quarterback Jon Copeland (1,366 yards, 16 TDs) has the offense rolling and has yet to miss a beat.

But as good as the offense has been, the defense has stepped up as well. Argyle is giving up an average of less than 14 points, and in three of their wins the Eagles have held opponents to seven or fewer points. Chase Petter (50 tackles, six for losses, three sacks), Hayden Clearman (42 tackles), Gage Campbell (42 tackles, eight for losses) and Blake Ramsey (three interceptions) have led the effort defensively.

The combination of offensive and defensive strength will make Argyle a tough matchup for any team in district play.

Decatur (3-2) travels to Argyle after a bye of its own, looking to build on a 61-28 win over Bridgeport. Decatur's wins have come against teams with a combined record of 2-14, and the team is winless against programs with a winning record.

Argyle has won eight straight district openers.

McKinney North at Lake Dallas

Where: Falcon Stadium

Time: 7 p.m.

Records: Lake Dallas (3-2, 2-0 district), McKinney North (3-2, 1-1)

What's on the line: The Lake Dallas Falcons have gotten off to hot start in District 14-5A, outscoring opponents 97-38, but face a stout opponent in McKinney North on Friday. The Bulldogs average 41 points and have still lost two games. The Falcons are averaging 48 points in district play, so something has to give between these two.

Iowa Park at Krum

Where: Bobcat Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Krum (1-5), Iowa Park (3-3)

What's on the line: Krum is hoping to forget the last few weeks, as the Bobcats have one win and multiple lopsided losses. With district play beginning this week, the defending District 3-4A champion Bobcats hope to get things going against Iowa Park, which Krum defeated last season in triple overtime.

Pilot Point at Callisburg

Where: Wildcat Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Pilot Point (1-4), Callisburg (1-4)

What's on the line: Callisburg was one of two wins the Bearcats recorded last season, a 50-13 blowout of the Wildcats. Pilot Point, which has lost four straight since its opening victory over Krum, hopes for a repeat of last year, as the Wildcats also are struggling. If the Bearcats can get their rushing attack going, they can begin District 5-3A play with a much-needed win. Depending on how the rest of the season pans out, this game could get Pilot Point back to the playoffs.

Liberty Christian at Dallas Parish Episcopal

Where: Gloria H. Snyder Stadium

Time: 7 p.m.

Records: Liberty Christian (3-2, 1-1), Dallas Parish Episcopal (2-3, 0-2)

What's on the line: In a tough district, every game counts, especially for teams fighting for a spot in the playoffs. For the Liberty Christian Warriors, it's been tough to find a rhythm on offense — until last week when they shut out Plano John Paul II 50-0. Quarterback Nate Hayden completed seven passes for 189 yards and an 88-yard touchdown to Cole Croce in the win, and Andre Washington paced Liberty's rushing attack with eight carries for 123 yards. As for Dallas Parish Episcopal, the Panthers are struggling to find their offense after a 53-7 loss to Plano Prestonwood.

Nevada Community at Aubrey

Where: Chaparral Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m. 

Records: Aubrey (4-1), Nevada Community (2-3)

What's on the line:  Aubrey closed out its nondistrict schedule with a big win over Pottsboro before last week's bye. The Chaparrals have won three straight despite battling a ton of injuries, and have a chance to take the first step toward the District 5-4A championship in their opener against Nevada Community. The Braves have lost three straight but do have a road win over Farmersville (5-1) earlier this year.

Ponder at Brock

Where: Eagle Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m. 

Records: Ponder (2-3), Brock (4-1)

What's on the line: Ponder has yet to string together back-to-back wins and ended the nondistrict portion of its schedule with a tough 28-8 loss to Santo. After a week off, the Lions face their toughest challenge of the District 4-3A season — No. 7 Brock. The Eagles' only loss came to Midland Christian in Week 2, and Ponder will need to find a way to slow the explosive Brock offense to get off on the right foot in district play.

Wichita Falls Hirschi at Sanger

Where: Indian Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m. 

Records: Sanger (2-3), Wichita Falls Hirschi (4-1)

What's on the line: Sanger ran into the brick wall that is No. 6 Midlothian Heritage two weeks ago, and will be looking to bounce back in Friday's District 4-4A opener. Wichita Falls Hirschi has an impressive 4-1 mark, but the Huskies have yet to beat a team with a winning record. Their only loss, a 42-35 shootout against a tough Graham team, came Sept. 14. Sanger's CJ Jackson is a proven leader, but the Indians will need a strong defensive effort to pull out a win.

Calvary at Ovilla Christian

Where: Curtistene S. McCowan Middle School, Glenn Heights

Time: 7:30 p.m. 

Records: Calvary (3-3), Ovilla Christian (2-4)

What's on the line: Calvary struggled against Gilmer Union Hill last week in a 60-14 loss, and the Lions are looking for their first win since Sept. 22. Ovilla Christian, which also has lost two straight, may provide the perfect opportunity to get back on track. The Eagles are giving up an average of more than 50 points per game, something the Calvary offense will aim to take advantage of Friday night.