AUBREY — The Argyle Eagles may be playing next week for their sixth straight district football championship without their star defensive leader Sam Sizelove.
The Eagles won handily Friday night over District 10-3A opponent Aubrey, 59-8, but the big news going forward could revolve around their stalwart linebacker Sizelove, who is committed to Kansas State.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior, captain, and team leader — making his 52nd consecutive varsity appearance going back to the 2010 season opener — suffered a knee injury on the third play of the second quarter.
In on offense, Sizelove caught a short pass from Brandon Boyzuick in the flat and was immediately taken down by an Aubrey defender. Sizelove immediately grabbed his right knee. He was examined on the sideline for several minutes with teammates surrounding him, before being taken to the locker room. He sat in a cart for much of the second half, and after the game had his right leg in a soft cast and was on crutches.
Sizelove said he will get examined again today, but added he was told it was “a torn ACL-MCL,” referring to the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament. “I’ll still be there to support my team, coaching from the sidelines. We’ve got a lot of good players who are going to step in.”
Sizelove said he reached back to catch Boyzuick’s pass and “when I spun around, he [Aubrey defender] knocked against my knee. He made a good play; it was a clean play.”
Head coach Todd Rodgers said Sizelove’s status won’t be confirmed until he is examined more fully today. Sizelove had 79 tackles going into Friday’s game, with four sacks and 11 tackles for loss. He also had nine pass receptions for 166 yards and two touchdowns.
Against the Chaparrals, the Eagles took care of business quickly and efficiently. Ian Sadler, who is committed to Texas Tech, scored three times in the first half, twice on kick returns, and the Eagles, as they have all season, built an overwhelming lead.
Nick Ralston scored twice, Reese Thompson added a scoring run, and Arkansas commit Cole Hedlund moved closer to the state record for most field goals with a 31-yarder to help the Eagles to a 45-0 halftime lead. In the second half, Taylor Sweatt scored on a short run, and Cooper Rodgers and Drew Estrada teamed up on a 57-yard TD pass for the Eagles (9-0, 3-0 district), the state’s No. 2-ranked team.
Argyle can win its sixth straight district title Friday at home against Celina, which is also 9-0 and 3-0 in district. Argyle has gone four seasons without losing a district game.
Aubrey (2-7, 1-2) can still make the playoffs with a win next week over Carrollton Ranchview, or if it doesn’t lose by more than eight points. The outcome of that game will determine whether Argyle goes Division I or II in the playoffs.
Argyle 59, Aubrey 8
AY — Ian Sadler 100 kickoff return (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Cole Hedlund 31 FG
AY — Ian Sadler 58 punt return (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Reese Thompson 26 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Nick Ralston 18 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Nick Ralston 7 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Ian Sadler 49 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Taylor Sweatt 3 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Drew Estrada 57 pass from Cooper Rodgers (Cole Hedlund kick)
AU — Mark Steinhoff 1 run (Matt Duncan run)
Rushing — AU: Sam Heath 8-67, Matt Duncan 21-32, Mark Steinhoff 3-14, Tyler Williams 2-5, Daniel Rodriguez 1-2, Cole Cannon 6--12, Mason Robinson 4--20, AY: Nick Ralston 9-86, Ian Sadler 3-80, Taylor Sweatt 3-28, Reese Thompson 1-26, Hunter Treadwell 1-13, Drew Estrada 1-10, Jon Pucciarello 1-7, Hudson Speed 1-7, Terry Moore 1-5, Chance Bode 1-2, Connor Wilson 1-0, Cooper Rodgers 1--9, Brandon Boyzuick 1--13.
Passing — AU: Cole Cannon 1-2-0-1, Mason Robinson 0-5-0-0, AY: Cooper Rodgers 4-5-0-85, Brandon Boyzuick 2-3-0-18, Jon Pucciarello 0-1-0-0.
Receiving — AU: Will Green 1-1, AY: Drew Estrada 1-57, Chase Green 2-22, Hunter Treadwell 1-15, Jon Pucciarello 1-6, Sam Sizelove 1-