PILOT POINT — Digging themselves a 21-0 first-quarter hole with two early interceptions and flimsy defense, the Pilot Point Bearcats’ perfect record looked seriously in doubt. With the Van Alstyne Panthers blocking a punt with 1:37 remaining and scoring to draw within a point at 49-48 with just nine seconds left on a fourth-and-10 play, they decided to go for the win on the 2-point conversion after Pilot Point was tagged with an offsides penalty.
One quick 17-second stretch to close the first half on Friday was a perfect microcosm of just how explosive Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson and the offense he runs can be on a weekly basis.
ARGYLE — As far as Taylor Sweatt is concerned, what happened defensively in Argyle’s District 6-4A (Division I) shootout win last week was a mirage. Sweatt insists Friday’s dismantling of Wilmer-Hutchins is a more appropriate indicator of what to expect from the Eagles going forward.
ARGYLE — A big showdown took place at Warrior Stadium Friday night as Liberty Christian looked to knock off the undefeated Dallas Bishop Dunne Falcons, who were coming off a big win against Plano Prestonwood last week.
KELLER — Ryan’s Alan Rojas continues to one-up himself. A week after forcing two fourth-quarter turnovers in a key win for the Raiders, Rojas intercepted Keller Fossil Ridge quarterback Bryce Baccarini and returned it 84 yards for a touchdown with 38 seconds left.
Sanger running back Tre’von Jackson has been ruled out of tonight’s District 6-4A (Division I) game against Carrollton Ranchview with a left ankle injury suffered in last week’s win over Dallas Carter, Indians coach Chuck Galbreath confirmed Thursday.
When the District 5-6A alignment was released in February, the Guyer Wildcats saw plenty of familiar faces from their time in the state’s largest classification in 2010 and 2011, their previous two years in District 5-4A with Trophy Club Nelson, and of course their old crosstown foes at Ryan.
FORT WORTH — Lake Dallas defeated another Fort Worth opponent Thursday, but it wasn’t as easy as the final score indicated.
Ryan coach Dave Henigan was a spectator at Apogee Stadium for last year’s Class 5A Division II Region I semifinal between Ryan and Keller Fossil Ridge, when the Raiders clawed back from a 31-point hole to stun the Panthers.
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After Denton’s season-defining win against Saginaw Boswell a week ago, the Broncos were set on not letting the success get to their heads. Against District 5-5A unbeaten Fort Worth Brewer on Friday at Bronco Field, Denton had its best start to a game this season with standout performances from quarterback Christian Rodriguez, wideout Key’Andre Hearvey and a stout defense as it defeated the Bears 50-14 to remain the only undefeated team left in the district while moving to 6-0 for the first time since 1987.
Coming off two straight unconvincing wins to open district play, Guyer’s football team was itching to get back on the field Friday night against previously unbeaten Keller Fossil Ridge. After Friday night’s game that could very well decide the District 5-6A title, the Wildcats proved any recent doubters wrong with a resounding 43-3 win to hand the Panthers their first loss of the season at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.
SANGER — Sanger jumped all over Dallas Carter in Friday’s District 6-4A (Division I) opener, but it almost came at a big price. With 10:27 left in the first half, the Indians’ star running back, Tre’von Jackson, was dragged down hard on a late hit at the Carter 8-yard line and had to be carted off the field with an apparent ankle injury. He did not return to the game, but it did little to slow down Sanger’s offense in a 48-0 rout at Indian Stadium.
LAKE DALLAS — Keegan Brewer finally had a coming out party, and it was at the expense of the Birdville Hawks. The junior wide receiver scored five touchdowns — three through the air and two on the ground — and made a key fourth-quarter interception as Lake Dallas beat the Hawks, 47-26 Friday at Falcon Field.
CALLISBURG — Travis Garrett and DaCoven Bailey connected for three passing scores as Pilot Point’s undefeated season rolled on with a 57-7 beating of Callisburg in a district opener Friday night.
BRIDGEPORT — The Krum Bobcats and Bridgeport Bulls waited more than three hours during a weather delay Friday night before resuming play just moments before midnight. The wait didn’t hamper the Bulls as they rolled to a 32-13 victory over Krum in the district opener for both squads.
CARROLLTON — For the entirety of the first half on Thursday, no one on the playing surface at Standridge Stadium paid much attention to the giant videoboard with the word “Defense” sprawled across it. By the time the District 6-4A (I) opener between Carrollton Ranchview and Argyle ended, Argyle had done enough defensively to pull out a 72-42 win in a game that featured 1,233 yards of total offense, including 755 in the first half.
KELLER — Late in Thursday’s game against Keller Timber Creek, Ryan defensive back Alan Rojas was praying for one more chance at a big play to seal a win for his team. Earlier in the night, Rojas’ muffed punt halted an otherwise strong start for Ryan while breathing new life into the Falcons’ offense.
Waiting until the last play of the game to grasp hold of a 5-0 start and 2-0 start in District 5-5A with their 47-43 win against Saginaw, the Denton Broncos are riding high. But coach Kevin Atkinson doesn’t want to see his team regress after their biggest win in recent program history when they face the other district unbeaten team in Fort Worth Brewer at homecoming today at Bronco Field.
Trey Woods will make his 38th start as a varsity football player for Guyer tonight when the Wildcats host Keller Fossil Ridge in a pivotal game that should clear up the path to a District 5-6A title. Of his 37 previous starts, Woods has left the field a winner 33 times.
Ryan defensive tackle Ken McLaurin didn’t waste time moving on after last week’s win against Trophy Club Nelson. McLaurin, a junior whose seven tackles — three behind the line of scrimmage — and two sacks highlighted a dominating night for the Raiders’ defense in a 17-13 District 5-6A win, said he didn’t get overly excited about turning in arguably his best performance of the season. And likely, not much will change if he does it again.
It had been 21 years since Denton High School’s football team started a season 5-0, and not only are this year’s Broncos’ winning ways breeding confidence on the field, but their success has infused the school with a spirit and pride that haven’t been seen in a long time.
The Denton Broncos biggest game of the season so far gave them their closest challenge, with the game coming down to the final play. Saginaw Boswell had the ball at the seven-yard line with time for one last play, but Denton’s Key’Andre Hearvey deflected the final pass in the right corner of the end zone to secure a 5-0 start for the Broncos and a 47-43 victory at Bronco Field on Friday.
JUSTIN — For the second consecutive week, a few mistakes and blown assignments put Guyer’s game somewhat in doubt in the closing minutes. And for the second consecutive week, Guyer’s starting running back put the game on ice in the closing minutes with a dominant rushing display to wind the clock and keep the Wildcats unbeaten early in the district season with a 43-33 win against Justin Northwest on Friday.
DALLAS — Dallas Bishop Lynch faced a fourth-and-1, down by six with 5:43 left in the game. Liberty Christian’s defense readied for Rawleigh Williams III, who leads all area private schools in rushing attempts and yards. But the call was a quarterback keeper, and Liberty Christian’s defense swarmed the line of scrimmage, and stopped the signal caller half a yard shy of the first down. Four plays later, a 26-yard Drew Hunnicutt touchdown sealed the game for the Warriors.
Denton coach Kevin Atkinson wasn’t willing to proclaim that his team would start the season undefeated through their first four games, but as the Broncos prepare to face their stiffest test of the season today at home against Saginaw Boswell, Atkinson thinks his team is right where he expected them to be.
Ryan will try to avoid an 0-2 start in District 5-6A tonight, something that hasn’t happened to the program in 17 years but often spells doom for a team’s playoff chances. The Raiders (2-2, 0-1 in district) have made the postseason in each of the last 14 seasons but are coming off a 37-29 district-opening loss to Keller Central where they turned the ball over five times. Yet everyone seems unfazed as they are ready to host Trophy Club Nelson at 7 p.m. at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.