The first round of the high school football playoffs is always a mixed bag. You have these fantastic games between evenly matched teams that come down to the wire, and then others that feature one team playing an opponent that is severely outmatched. That was the case this past week.
In the eight games played that featured Denton-area teams, two were decided by four points or less. Another was by 11 points, and five more were, to put it mildly, lopsided.
In the end, four Denton-area teams lived to play during Thanksgiving week. Here are a few brief thoughts on the week that was.
Most people may have been a tad surprised to see Ryan's offense start as slow as it did — the Raiders had a 14-3 lead and less than 200 yards at halftime. But this is exactly what happened against Brewer last year, and in each case the Raiders started slow and went on to cruise to a lopsided win. It's unrealistic to think Ryan will start fast in every postseason game moving forward, but if it keeps finishing the way it did Thursday, and the defense keeps playing lights-out, most teams in Class 5A Division I won't be able to keep up. Ryan plays Birdville next.
It appears everything that could go wrong did go wrong for the Guyer Wildcats. Not only did a penalty flag in the closing seconds negate what likely would have been the winning touchdown, but running back Kaedric Cobbs simultaneously battled a banged-up shoulder and an asthma attack. The result was Guyer losing in the first round for the first time. It also was the first time Nelson beat Guyer, which I honestly didn't see coming. You have to believe Guyer will be back stronger than ever next year, but this one is bound to sting for a while.
What a game. Lake Dallas wasn't a popular pick to win this game, mainly because there was so much hype around Reedy being 9-1 and making the playoffs for the first time. On top of that, someone told me the Falcons were banged up in several key spots. But in the playoffs, expect the unexpected. Quarterback Ryan Depperschmidt turned in another stellar performance and scored his fourth rushing touchdown with five minutes to play, then got a turnover from his defense to secure the win. The Falcons play North Forney next.
This was another exciting game, as the Chaps battled back-and-forth with Canton before notching the win. There wasn't a single turnover from either team in this game, but the Aubrey defense came away with three big stops, including one in the closing minutes. You know you've got a deep roster when you can lose several key starters early in the regular season and still keep yourself in playoff contention. That's what the Chaps have done this year, and on Friday they kept that streak going by rolling up 329 rushing yards. Aubrey will play Texarkana Pleasant Grove next.
This was one of those games that was over within the first two minutes. Argyle started fast and led 49-0 by halftime. The road will get harder for the Eagles, who play Levelland next. But they appear to be cruising right now and are still a solid pick to make it to the Class 4A Division I title game. Incidentally, two-win Snyder was held to 245 yards in Friday's loss and didn't cross midfield in the first half.
STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.