I was sitting in the office this morning flipping through the pages of our preseason magazine, and the thought occurred to me that it still doesn't seem like that long ago that we were pushing to get the magazine out before the start of the regular season. And now here we are going into Week 8.
I know I sound like a broken record, but every season flies by fast. This year is no exception as we are about a month away from the playoffs. It's going to be a fun ride down the stretch.
Here are some quick thoughts on six games from the week that was in the Denton area:
I had a gentleman in the press box Friday ask me who the top guys are for the Eagles. I wasn't trying to be sarcastic, but I did say something to the effect that he could probably just take his pick from the roster — because they're everywhere. Argyle is loaded and proved it again in this lopsided win over Decatur. The Eagles scored 45 straight points in this one and have now scored a combined 126 points in back-to-back wins over Decatur. If they stay healthy, expect to see more of these outcomes moving forward in District 4-4A Division I.
I didn't know what to think of Guyer coming into the season. The Wildcats lost a ton on defense and also had new faces offensively. There have been a few ups and downs as a result but, with a win over previously-unbeaten McKinney, the Wildcats are starting to put their struggles behind them. Not only was this their second district win in a row, but it was convincing. Our own Brady Keane said the Lions' run game was completely bottled up, and the stats prove it with just 69 rushing yards on 27 carries. This win should keep Guyer in a prime position to make the playoffs yet again.
After losing four in a row, Denton needed this win in a bad way. And while it didn't do much to get them back near the top of the leaderboard, it was a giant step in the right direction. They key here was the Broncos' ability to protect the football. After turning the ball over six times against Sherman, they only turned the ball over twice this past week. Coaches and players try not to look too far ahead, but the Broncos' next two games are at Denison and at Wichita Falls Rider. Winning both is crucial, and the best way to do that is to protect the ball.
I don't have a ton of thoughts on the outcome of this game, but what I do want to do is remind everyone that last week I predicted this Thursday's game against Wichita Falls will go in Braswell's favor. That's right, I'm picking Braswell to win. Wichita Falls is struggling, and I think the Coyotes are ripe for the picking. I think Braswell's players know it, and the coaching staff knows it, too. If you're going to get your first ever win this season, here's your best chance.
Lake Dallas came into this one riding a two-game winning streak to open District 14-5A play. But both those wins were over lower-rung teams. McKinney North, which rushed for 273 yards in this win, is not one of those bottom dwellers and represents a loaded second half of the season for the Falcons. Lake Dallas will face The Colony, Carrollton Creekview, Little Elm and Prosper to close out the year. Do I think Lake Dallas can win all four? Yes. But they'll first have to fix whatever went wrong in this last game — and fast.
Andre Washington's 287 rushing yards and three scores is proof that Liberty Christian has figured something out on offense — namely, keep giving the ball to Andre. In the Warriors' last two wins, Washington has rushed for 410 yards and five touchdowns. His performance Friday was crucial as the Warriors only won by five points. It's no secret that Liberty's defense is one of the best in TAPPS. If it's offense is truly starting to gain steam, look out.
STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.