Heading into last week’s state semifinal against Highland Park, Guyer head football coach John Walsh caught wind of an alarming statistic from one of his team’s potential opponents in the state championship game.
Argyle had a chance to bring home its first football state championship two years ago, when seemingly nothing went its way.
Three Ryan football players were honored by the state’s sports writers when The Associated Press Class 5A all-state team was released on Thursday.
Sometime next summer, Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard and San Antonio Northside Brennan defensive end Derick Roberson will probably find a quiet place in Austin to sit and talk about their final high school football game. By then, if they stick to their verbal commitments, they’ll be teammates playing for the Texas Longhorns.
John Bachtel jokes that his Fairfield Eagles didn’t know how cold it could be to play a Texas high school football playoff game in December.“By this time of the year, we’re usually practicing inside and watching everybody else,” he said with a laugh. “So it’s been a lot of fun to see all the Christmas lights and still be playing.”
ARGYLE — For every yard he’s gained this season, for every record-setting touchdown he’s scored, Nick Ralston has been driven by a single goal: to win a state championship.
Days before attempting to defend its Class 4A Division I state championship Friday night at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium, the Guyer football team was recognized Wednesday when The Associated Press released its Class 4A all-state team.
Argyle senior Cole Hedlund racked up another accolade in a season during which he established himself as one of the best kickers in high school football history.
The Guyer Wildcats and Argyle Eagles returned to practice Monday in preparation of their UIL state championship games this week at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium.
Two Pilot Point defensive linemen were honorable mention selections on this year’s Associated Press Class 2A all-state team.
ALLEN — Another deficit, another December playoff game and another thriller. Guyer was held to no points through the first three quarters of Saturday’s Class 4A Division I state semifinal against Highland Park before roaring back for a 22-16 win to complete yet another rally in its relatively short playoff history.
JUSTIN — Argyle’s first-half defense has given opponents fits this season. For the 11th time this season, Argyle’s defense held its opponent scoreless in the first half. And for the third time in school history, the Eagles will be playing for a state championship.
Of all the weeks for Guyer to face its first true passing team of the year, Wildcats coach John Walsh probably would not have preferred this one.
Argyle has lost only once in its previous 26 games, but there’s a small blemish that is unaccounted for in the midst of that run.
Two area high school football teams are one victory away from playing for the state’s biggest prize. Argyle and Guyer advanced to their respective state semifinal matchups following wins on Monday.
In a playoff run filled with unbelievable victories, Ryan ran out of magic against Cedar Hill. The Raiders couldn’t erase a 23-point halftime deficit, and the Cedar Hill Longhorns held on for the 52-29 victory in the Class 5A Division II Region I final on Monday at Apogee Stadium.
Jerrod Heard has shown a tendency over his career to play better as the games get bigger. That was clear last postseason, when Heard had his two biggest games in the final two games of Guyer’s state championship season. On Monday night at UNT’s Apogee Stadium, Heard got a head start while vaulting his team into the Class 4A Division I state semifinal for the second straight season with a 53-28 win over Birdville in the Class 4A Division I Region I final.
Ryan coach Joey Florence knew by halftime of Monday’s playoff grudge match with Cedar Hill that his defense had played way too many snaps.
There was nothing ice-cold about the Guyer Wildcats on Monday night.
On paper, tonight’s regional final rematch between Guyer and Birdville looks to be a classic matchup of strength vs. strength — Birdville’s top-ranked rushing offense in the area and Guyer’s No. 1 rush defense.
The layers of ice and snow blanketed across regions of Texas forced high school football coaches to reschedule and relocate this weekend’s games. Guyer, Ryan and Argyle moved their respective playoff games to Monday.
Keller Fossil Ridge scored 31 points before Ryan could even pick up a first down in Saturday afternoon’s Class 5A Division II regional semifinal. What occurred after that point, which came late in the second quarter, seemed unfathomable. Ryan pulled off the largest comeback in school history to defeat Fossil Ridge 42-37 at Apogee Stadium.
LUBBOCK — For the second straight week, Guyer’s D.J. Breedlove had the type of performance that can carry a team to victory in the postseason. The only difference in Saturday afternoon’s regional semifinal against Amarillo was that Breedlove got a lot of help from his friends.
DALLAS — Argyle senior Ian Sadler ensured that his final high school contest wasn’t a second-straight playoff loss to Gilmer. In Friday’s Class 3A Division II regional semifinal, Sadler scored five total touchdowns and lifted Argyle to a 45-38 win against Gilmer at Kincaide Stadium.
DALLAS — The clock showed 4:52 reaming in the fourth quarter and Argyle quarterback Brandon Boyzuick knew the season was on the line. So did running back Ian Sadler. So did center Hayden Hood. They knew this drive would determine whether the Eagles would continue on in the Class 3A Division II Region II football playoffs.
KELLER — Liberty Christian showed Friday at Keller ISD Stadium that its offense can put up points, but an early turnover put the Warriors in a hole they couldn’t quite dig out of against familiar nemesis Fort Worth Nolan Catholic, and they were eliminated 55-20 in the TAPPS Class 5A Division I semifinals.
WACO — Saturday night’s win over Austin St. Michael’s Catholic was akin to an exorcism for the Liberty Christian Warriors. Next up, maybe a little revenge. The Warriors (9-3) finally took care of an old playoff nemesis, beating the Crusaders 48-28 at Waco ISD Stadium.
PROSPER — Junior Nick Ralston set a school record for most yards rushing in a game with 365 yards on 28 carries and a school record for most touchdowns in a game with five to lead No. 1 Argyle to a 55-27 victory over Melissa in the Class 3A Division II area round Friday at B.W. Durham Stadium.
MANSFIELD — Guyer running back D.J. Breedlove wasn’t perfect Friday night. But on a night when the weather and wet footballs caused headaches for both teams, Breedlove did plenty right in helping Guyer to a 42-13 win over Waco in the area round of the Class 4A Division I playoffs at Vernon Newsom Stadium.