ARGYLE — Argyle's Ian Sadler is on a serious roll. Coming off a historic performance last week at Frisco Lone Star, where he scored a touchdown throwing, catching, running and returning the ball, Sadler worked his magic again by scoring five touchdowns in the first half as Argyle rolled past Aubrey 54-6 on Friday night at Eagle Stadium.
Sadler scored three rushing touchdowns in the first half and returned two punts for scores as Argyle built a near insurmountable 47-6 halftime lead. Sadler nearly scored on a third return late in the first half but was tripped up with only the kicker to beat.
The junior has taken four punts back for scores this season on only six punt returns. But don’t give all the credit to Sadler.
“They’re unreal,” Sadler said describing the blocking he gets from his teammates. “The blocks that I get when I’m running, it’s just crazy. It gives me chills.”
Argyle running back Nick Ralston also had an impressive outing, rushing for 213 yards and two scores. The sophomore showed his versatility late in the second quarter when he a caught screen pass out of the backfield from junior quarterback Brandon Boyzuick and raced 24 yards for a score to make it 40-6 with four minutes left in the half.
“With Nick at running back this year, he’s unbelievable,” Sadler said. “And Brandon is making all the right reads. I’m excited for Celina.”
Argyle picked up where it left off in the second half as Ralston broke loose on the second play from scrimmage. Ralston found room down the left sideline and stiff-armed an Aubrey defender to the ground before cutting back across the field for a 51-yard touchdown run.
Argyle’s defense set the tone early as juniors Connor Wilson and Sam Sizelove, who are first and second on the team in tackles, delivered big hits throughout the game. Junior defensive tackle Hunter Stewart also had an impact with two fumble recoveries, one in each half.
“We came out tonight and knew what we had to take care of,” Wilson said. “We really executed fundamentally and played our ‘A’ game just like we expected.”
Down by 14 points early in the first quarter after Ralston’s touchdown run and Sadler’s first punt return score, Aubrey running back Robert DeLa Torre provided a spark for the Chaparrals when he carried the ball around the left end and outran the defense on his way to 96-yard score. DeLa Torre also stepped up on defense, intercepting Boyzuick’s pass attempt near the goal line with 10 seconds left in the first half.
Argyle head coach Todd Rodgers celebrated his 47th birthday on Friday night and the Eagles wanted this one for their coach. Rogers has led Argyle to four straight district titles and nine straight playoff appearances.
“We all like coach Rodgers and enjoy playing for him,” Wilson said after the game. “He’s awesome.”
Argyle will travel to face district rival Celina, which, like the Eagles, haven’t lost a game since the first week of the season. Both squads are undefeated in district play and will square off for the District 10-3A championship. Kickoff is schedule for 7:30 at Bobcat Stadium.