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Football: Argyle inching closer to rare mark

ARGYLE — Argyle’s 31-game win streak has helped it garner some much-deserved recognition as one of the state’s elite programs. A win in today’s Class 4A Division I final would put the Eagles in a decidedly less-populated category by matching a feat only three teams have accomplished in the last 15 years.

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Football: Sweatt equity

ARGYLE — Taylor Sweatt started this season as a free safety, and a very good one at that. It can be argued, though, that the Argyle coaching staff’s decision to switch him to middle linebacker solidified the Eagles’ eventual run to today’s Class 4A Division I final in Arlington.

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Football: Rattlers’ star receiver wants it his way

Several Argyle football players have something Tren’Davian Dickson wants — something Dickson could have already if not for some personal stubbornness.

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Notebook: Rodgers ready for last job

ARGYLE — When Argyle senior Cooper Rodgers steps onto the field today at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium, he’ll have a chance to do something most former ball boys could only dream of: starting at quarterback...

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Renowned just off the field

An Argyle High School senior is making a name for himself in the Texas high school football arena, and it’s not for his performance on the field.

Football: Ryan, Guyer players earn all-state honorable mention

For the first time, the Denton school district had two teams competing this season in the state’s largest football classification, but the city was shut out from inclusion on the first or second teams of The Associated Press’ Class 6A all-state team, which was released Thursday.

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Football: Denton’s Hearvey makes all-state first team

In their 2013 finale against Trophy Club Nelson, the Denton Broncos lost 28-21, but it was a late fourth-down conversion for a touchdown by wide receiver Key’andre Hearvey that breathed life into a comeback that fell just short.

High school football: Local athletes among tops of Class 4A All-State team

A few days before they take the field at AT&T Stadium with a shot to earn back-to-back state championships, the Argyle Eagles were well-represented on Tuesday with the release of the Associated Press Class 4A all-state team.

Football: Bearcat Bailey makes Class 3A all-state honorable mention

DaCoven Bailey did a little bit of everything for Pilot Point this season, and the junior do-it-all threat was a big reason why the Bearcats made a run to the third round of the playoffs before falling by a touchdown to Mineola, who will play in the Class 3A Division I state title game on Thursday against Cameron Yoe.

Football: Argyle advances to state final

ALEDO — Perhaps nobody can slow down Argyle running back Nick Ralston quite like Graham’s defense. The Steers couldn’t stop him entirely, though, and with the game on the line late in the fourth quarter, the Arizona State commit churned out just enough yards before turning things over to his teammates to finish the job.

Football: Eagle defense shines in clutch

ALEDO — With 12 seconds to play and Graham looking to force overtime or use a miracle to win and advance to the state final Friday night, Steers quarterback Landry Turner looked to senior wide receiver Todd Parker for a quick completion with one timeout remaining.

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Football: Eagles get semifinal rematch

ARGYLE — When Argyle outslugged Graham this season in a rematch of last year’s Class 3A Division II semifinal, running back Nick Ralston needed a staggering 46 carries to pace the Eagles’ ground game.

Football: Estrada coming into his own

ARGYLE — Argyle wide receiver Drew Estrada knows there are worse things teammates and coaches could do than compare him to a former Eagles standout.

Football: Argyle holds on for region title

ROYSE CITY — After months of lopsided wins, Argyle is proving it can eke out a few nail-biters. With 1:11 left on the clock Friday, Argyle defensive back Zach Zembraski intercepted Texarkana Liberty-Eylau quarterback Ke’mon Freeman deep in Leopard territory to preserve a 45-42 win in the Class 4A Division I Region II final at Royse City ISD Stadium.

Football: Doubters beware

Argyle quarterback Cooper Rodgers knew before the season that there might be some doubters. He figured some fans wondered how good the Eagles — who won the Class 3A Division II state title last year — would be after losing 29 seniors to graduation. With so many key players gone, who could blame them?

Football: Ryan’s Bolisomi bound for TCU

David Bolisomi has enjoyed every minute of the recruiting process that has seemingly taken up a huge chunk of his time over the last few months.

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Football: Mineola shakes off Pilot Point’s fourth-quarter rally

FORNEY — Surrendering two third-quarter touchdowns to fall behind by two possessions Saturday, Pilot Point was down but not out. Responding with two touchdowns and a two-point conversion to tie the game at 27 with 1:21 remaining and Mineola heading into a treacherous wind, the Bearcats looked to be headed to overtime. However, Mineola quarterback Jeremiah Crawford completed just his second pass of the game, a short, quick throw to tight end Brent Wells for a 60-yard touchdown with 41 seconds left to secure a 34-27 victory in a Class 3A Division I regional semifinal at City Bank Stadium.

Football: Calvary’s playoff run ends, 54-8

AVALON — Calvary’s march through the TAPPS Six-Man Division II playoffs came to an abrupt and resounding halt Saturday as Waco Live Oak Classical handed the Lions a 54-8 loss in the state semifinals.

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Football: Eagles rally past Wildcats

MESQUITE — For what it’s worth, Argyle coach Todd Rodgers said his team’s goal heading into Friday’s game was to force Kennedale — a team known for its bruising rushing attack — into passing situations. The plan worked, though Rodgers didn’t anticipate having to wait until the last minute of regulation.

Football: Ralston defends streaks

MESQUITE — Argyle had a streak to uphold in its regional semifinal playoff game against fellow unbeaten Kennedale. Senior running back Nick Ralston was hoping to keep a streak of his own alive.

Football: Determined Bearcats to take on Mineola

After two consecutive 7-3 regular seasons, with Pilot Point missing the postseason in 2012 but making the playoffs in 2013 before falling in the first round, this season’s success has been a product of some trying times in the program.

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Football: Argyle runs into fellow undefeated team

ARGYLE — Just over a month ago, Argyle picked apart an overwhelmed Wilmer-Hutchins team to set in motion a streak of six lopsided wins that, in recent weeks, include back-to-back blowouts to open the Class 4A Division I playoffs.

Football: Dragons light up Guyer

ARLINGTON — Guyer picked the wrong time to play one of its most sloppy games of the year on Saturday night, as the Wildcats’ first-half mistakes and Southlake Carroll quarterback Ryan Agnew were too much for Guyer to overcome as the Wildcats fell 58-42 in a late Class 6A Division II playoff game at AT&T Stadium.

Football: St. Thomas ousts Liberty

HOUSTON — Houston St. Thomas used a big defensive stop early in the fourth quarter to preserve a 20-7 win over Liberty Christian in Saturday’s TAPPS regional playoff game at Granger Stadium.

Football: Calvary posts 87-41 playoff win

CARROLLTON — It took the Calvary Lions more than a quarter to shake off the rust from not playing in more than two weeks. Dallas Tyler Street Christian wished it had taken much longer.

Football: Bearcats blast Broncos

JUSTIN — Brick by brick the Denton Broncos built their program up after several consecutive losing seasons while their opening-round playoff win against Birdville gave them their first playoff win since 2002, but on Friday at Northwest ISD Stadium in the Class 5A Division I Region I area round, the Broncos ran into an offensive buzz saw in the reigning Class 4A Division II state champion Aledo Bearcats.

Football: Wildcats look to keep edge on Carroll

There are not many teams in Texas that can claim an all-time series advantage over Southlake Carroll. Yet, when Guyer and Carroll take the field at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium at 8 tonight, the Dragons will be in that unfamiliar position. Guyer won its first two meetings against Carroll in 2010 — a game that saw the Wildcats end Carroll’s 47-game home winning streak and a playoff win in the regional final en route to Guyer’s first state championship game appearance.

Football: Argyle tames Lions in rout

CARROLLTON — Argyle running back Nick Ralston didn’t break many tackles on Friday. He didn’t have to.Kaufman’s defense barely laid a finger on the Arizona State commit, who rumbled his way to 305 yards...

Football: Pilot Point bounces New Boston

COMMERCE — This was Travis Garrett’s night to shine. The senior quarterback for Pilot Point rushed for 118 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 130 yards, including a 79-yard scoring strike to RyLee Hellman, leading the Bearcats to a 35-13 victory against New Boston in the Class 3A Division I area playoff Friday night at Texas A&M-Commerce Memorial Stadium.

Football: Powerful Vernon ousts Bobcats, 52-14

BOWIE — It’s hard to lose; it’s even harder for a season to end with a loss. As Krum huddled up after losing in its area playoff game, players embraced and shed a few tears. Seniors took in their final moments in a Bobcat uniform.

Football: Paris eliminates hobbled Indians, 28-16

DENISON — When Sanger lost its star running back in the sixth game of the season and then lost its senior quarterback three weeks later, it would have been easy for Chuck Galbreath’s team to fold under the pressure of trying to move the ball without its two key offensive players.

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Football: Guyer defense has adapted all season

Before this season began, when Guyer was ready to break in a highly touted yet unproven quarterback in Shawn Robinson, the general thought around the program was that the Wildcats’ defense would lead the way early on.

Football: Broncos looking for shootout with Aledo

After earning its first playoff win since 2002 with a bi-district victory over Birdville, the Denton football program is riding high, but with a state power next on the docket, the Broncos aren’t basking in their recent success.

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Football: Guyer pops Plano, 59-28

ARLINGTON — Shawn Robinson admitted to having some jitters when he took the field at AT&T Stadium on Saturday for the first time in his career. In his playoff debut, it didn’t take long for him to get rid of them.

Football: Broncos beat Birdville

JUSTIN — Amassing a two-possession lead by halftime and holding the Class 5A leading rusher Isaiah Duarte to just 72 yards in the first half, the Denton Broncos had their lead, but the Birdville Hawks weren’t going to go quietly. Duarte finished with 212 yards and four touchdowns with the Hawks scoring 19 fourth-quarter points to set up one final drive, but on fourth-and-10 at midfield with less than a minute remaining, defensive lineman Adam Bershell’s outside rush helped him come up with his third sack of the game to allow Denton to secure the 40-33 victory for the Class 5A bi-district championship at Northwest ISD Stadium on Friday.

Football: Robinson, Guyer open on big stage

The last time the Guyer Wildcats were in the postseason in the state’s largest classification, they had their earliest playoff exit in program history when they were bounced in the second round by Mansfield in 2011. That Guyer team started seven sophomores — a stark contrast from its senior-laden team the prior year that went to the Class 5A Division II final in the program’s first year playing with the state’s biggest schools.

Football: Rodgers fuels Argyle rout

SAGINAW — If Argyle quarterback Cooper Rodgers continues to have nights like he did on Friday, the Eagles may be harder to beat in the playoffs than they already are.

Football: Freshman QB helps Sanger to playoff win

SAGINAW — Two weeks ago, freshman C.J. Jackson was quarterbacking Sanger’s junior varsity team. On Friday, he led the Indians to a 31-21 win against Springtown in the Class 4A bi-district matchup to send Sanger to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in nine years.

Football: Wichita Falls eliminates Lake Dallas

SPRINGTOWN — A 14-0 lead in the first quarter seemed comfortable enough for a Lake Dallas team that rolled into the Class 5A playoffs. But the Falcons hadn’t played a team like Wichita Falls since Week 1.

Football: Bailey sparks Bearcats to win

BEDFORD — All DaCoven Bailey needed was a little help from his defense. The junior running back did his part Friday night in Pilot Point’s Class 3A bi-district playoff game against Red Oak Life, rushing for six touchdowns and finishing with 298 yards on 24 carries.

Football: Howell scores four times as Liberty cruises

GROESBECK — Liberty Christian running back Kylen Howell had only 10 yards rushing on six carries Friday night against the Tomball Concordia Lutheran Crusaders but scored three rushing touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a 50-20 victory in the TAPPS Division I playoffs.

Football: Krum rolls to playoff win

FORT WORTH — Krum was desperate to taste some playoff success. Dallas Lincoln obliged, over and over again. The Bobcats rolled up 390 total yards, 327 of that rushing, and scored five touchdowns off Lincoln turnovers — the Tigers had six for the game — while cruising to a 40-6 win in a Class 4A Region I Division II bi-district game at Brewer Bear Stadium.

Football: Ponder hits Wall in loss

STEPHENVILLE — Entering the playoffs for the first time in program history, the Ponder Lions had a stiff test against the Wall Hawks, who advanced to the Class 2A state championship game a season ago.

Football: Birdville back is Broncos’ first playoff test

The Denton Broncos’ fast start to the season, their win over Saginaw Boswell in the final seconds and their first playoff berth since 2010 highlight their season so far, but tonight against Birdville, all of those peaks climbed are merely hills compared with the task ahead.

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Football: Brewer, Holder give Lake Dallas balance

Lake Dallas wide receiver Keegan Brewer is focused on scoring touchdowns. He’s just never kept track. Brewer, a junior, was floored when he heard the numbers — 21 touchdowns, 18 of them receiving — earlier this week. Coupled with his 1,002 yards, he is ranked fifth in the Dallas-Fort Worth area among Class 5A receivers heading into Friday’s Region I Division II bi-district tilt against Wichita Falls — slated for 7:30 p.m. at Springtown.