Football: Argyle dominates Celina, wins 10-3A title

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Argyle running back Nick Ralston (22) attempts to outrun Celina defender Trenton Hambrick (52), Friday, November 9, 2012, at Bobcat Stadium in Celina.
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CELINA — Argyle extended its streak of consecutive district titles at the expense of one of Class 3A’s perennial state powers Friday night.

The Eagles won their fifth district title in a row as it dominated Celina 45-7 to win the District 10-3A championship.

Argyle (9-1, 4-0 district) will be District 10-3A’s top seed in the Class 3A Division II playoffs and will face Bridgeport in a bi-district playoff at Flower Mound Marcus at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The Bobcats (8-2, 3-1) advance to the Class 3A Division II playoffs as the district runner-up and will face Krum at 7 p.m. Thursday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton.

Domination might be an understatement. The Eagles held Celina to 58 total yards, six first downs and forced eight punts. The Bobcats also committed 10 penalties.

“We played real well defensively tonight,” Argyle head coach Todd Rodgers said. “It was nice to see the team play with so much focus. These kids put a lot of work into this, and it showed tonight.”

The most positive play of the night for Celina came early in the contest, as Nick Grant recoveredrunning back Nick Ralston’s fumble at the Eagles’ 34 and returned it for a touchdown, giving the Bobcats a 7-0 lead. At that point, it seemed the game would be the competitive contest most expected.

It went downhill fast. Celina found yards nearly impossible to come by and Argyle’s top two scorers — wide receiver Ian Sadler and running back Nick Ralston — went into high gear.

Sadler connected with quarterback Brandon Boyzuick for three touchdowns in the contest, with the first two — from 21 and 31 yards out — giving Argyle a 14-7 first-quarter lead. Eagles defensive back Connor Wilson set up the first score by intercepting Celina quarterback Nathan Elliott, who threw for only 11 yards.

Sadler also added a 5-yard touchdown run. He finished the night with nine catches for 180 yards.

Ralston, meanwhile, made a healthy living on counter plays as the left side of Argyle’s offensive line opened up holes most of the evening. Ralston nearly had 100 yards rushing by halftime and finished the game with 158 yards on 29 carries. Ralston scored twice, both coming from 7 yards out.

Boyzuick finished 11-of-20 passing for 200 yards. He did throw an interception and lost a fumble, part of three Argyle turnovers on the night. But the defense played so well, those turned out to be minor mistakes.

The Eagles are riding a nine-game winning streak, following an opening-week 31-14 loss to Abilene Wylie. Since that loss, Argyle has outscored its opponents 418-62. The Eagles shut out two of those opponents and gave up 10 or more points twice, with the most points coming against Dallas Madison, which scored 18.

“When I came here, the community was hungry,” Rodgers said. “All I did was give it a little direction. The kids support what we do, the families support what we do, the community supports what we do, the school board supports what we do. It’s we. It’s not me.”

Argyle 45, Celina 7

Argyle

14

10

14

7

45

Celina

7

0

0

0

7

 

SCORING SUMMARY

FIRST QUARTER

C — Nick Grant 34 fumble return (Fabian Aguirre kick)

A — Ian Sadler 21 pass from Brandon Boyzuick (Cole Hedlund kick)

A — Ian Sadler 31 pass from Brandon Boyzuick (Cole Hedlund kick)

SECOND QUARTER

A — Cole Hedlund 26 FG

A — Nick Ralston 7 run (Cole Hedlund kick)

THIRD QUARTER

A — Ian Sadler 5 run (Cole Hedlund kick)

A — Ian Sadler 13 pass from Brandon Boyzuick (Cole Hedlund kick)

FOURTH QUARTER

A — Nick Ralston 7 run (Cole Hedlund kick)

 

TEAM STATISTICS

 

A

C

First Downs

19

6

Rushing Yards

41-190

32-47

Passing Yards

200

11

Passing

11-20-1

6-21-1

Punts-Avg

0-0.00

8-31.00

Penalties

5-41

10-74

Fumbles-Lost

2-2

2-0

 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing — A: Nick Ralston 29-158, Brandon Boyzuick 3-14, Ian Sadler 2-8, Brayden Helliker 2-6, Terry Moore 2-3, Jon Pucciarello 2-1, Chance Bode 1-0, C: Ben Thiel 3-25, Deshawn Davis 9-22, Connor Torbert 6-11, Dalton Hamilton 1-4, Nick Grant 1-1, Willie Sims 5-1, Nathan Elliott 7--17.

Passing — A: Brandon Boyzuick 11-20-1 200, C: Nathan Elliott 6-21-1 11.

Receiving — AY: Ian Sadler 9-180, Chance Bode 1-23, Nick Ralston 1--3, C: Cash Conder 2-14, Deshawn Davis 1-8, Connor Torbert 2-2, Willie Sims 1-(-13).


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