Here are my thoughts on five more football games from around the Denton area:
Ryan's defense may be younger, but the Raiders are proving this is a championship-caliber unit and that they are not afraid to hit. They left no doubt about that while holding Sherman to just 77 yards in the second half Friday while forcing two turnovers. Ryan is giving up an average of 18.9 points per game, which isn't far off from last year's mark of 17 points per game. They've also forced 12 turnovers. The defense is clearly good at giving the ball right back to its offense, which practically scores on every drive.
Denton is one of those teams you really want to do well. Coach Billy Miller is as positive as they get, and he's got plenty of talent to work with. But at the end of the day, the Broncos are incredibly young and the growing pains are evident every single week. Turnovers and penalties continue to mount — Denton lost two of five fumbles against Denison and had three touchdowns called back on penalties — and now the injury bug is rearing its ugly head. At 1-3 in District 5-5A, this team can't afford another loss.
Look, there aren't many teams that can say they've managed to beat Allen, let alone hang with them over four quarters. The Eagles are simply on a completely different playing field than everyone else, and they proved that by hanging 45 points on a really good Guyer team. At 2-2 in District 6-6A, Guyer now sits in a tie with Wylie for the fourth and final playoff spot with three games to play. I still think Guyer gets in, though it's been a long time since we've talked about Guyer potentially eking into the playoffs.
I picked Lake Dallas to win because I saw The Colony earlier this season and felt like the Falcons matched up well. Not to mention, I can't imagine Lake Dallas missing the playoffs for a second straight year. That's what likely would have happened if the Falcons hadn't won, but now they're tied for second place with Little Elm and in the driver's seat with winless Carrollton Creekview coming to town. The star of this game was Lake Dallas' defense, which pitched a second-half shutout while forcing a turnover and holding the typically run-heavy Cougars to 89 rushing yards.
Sanger did exactly what it needed to do to stay relevant in the District 4-4A Division I playoff chase. It's no secret the Indians have a talented roster with the likes of quarterback CJ Jackson and running back Dameon Moser, but I've been surprised by how rough a year it has been for new coach Cole Ford. Sanger has yet to win more than two games in a row and came into this game having lost by the exact same score to Wichita Falls Hirschi. It doesn't get easier considering they'll face Argyle next, but for now all that matters is the Indians control their own destiny.
STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.