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Slamming the door

ALLEN — Argyle running back Don Williams saw his role expand exponentially Saturday.

Guyer takes opener

Guyer could not have ended the first half of Friday’s season opener against Mansfield Lake Ridge in much worse fashion. It didn’t take long for the Wildcats to make up for their mistakes.

Ryan rallies for win over Lancaster

LANCASTER — Better late than never. That’s pretty much the feeling fans had watching Ryan’s offense sputter its way through the bulk of Friday’s season opener only to somehow stay within striking distance before churning out 28 straight points in the second half to pull out a 35-23 win against Lancaster at Beverly D. Humphrey Tiger Stadium.

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Denton Broncos pound it on the ground, top Lake Dallas

CORINTH — With the graduation of its top running back from a season ago, the question marks surrounding Denton’s backfield are abundant as it entered the season without a true bell cow. On Friday at Falcon Stadium, the Broncos answered those questions with exclamation marks as they posted more than 300 yards on the ground on the road in a 42-28 win against Lake Dallas.

Late Melissa score spoils Liberty rally

Tate Whittington simply was not to be denied. Melissa’s junior quarterback scored from 5 yards out with 48 seconds left to help turn back Liberty Christian 48-42 on Friday night at Apogee Stadium.

Vera scores four TDs as Aubrey slips past Bowie

BOWIE — With 58 seconds to play, Aubrey junior running back Pablo Vera powered his way into the end zone for his fourth touchdown of the night to give the Aubrey High School Chaparrals a 26-20 victory against the Bowie High School Jackrabbits.

Sanger defense shines in opening rout

SANGER — If there were any questions surrounding Sanger’s defense heading into its season opener against Graham on Friday night, its performance silenced the critics. Returning only five starters from last year, the Sanger defense played fast and physical all game in a convincing 45-7 win against the Steers at Indian Stadium.

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Krum blanks Pilot Point

KRUM — It took a little while for the Krum High School offense to get going, but after a sluggish first quarter, the Bobcats began to find their rhythm en route to a 29-0 victory against Pilot Point High School.

Ponder opens with road victory

FORT WORTH — The Ponder Lions, powered by a running game led by Jonathan Aguilar and a strong defensive effort, rolled to a 35-14 season-opening victory over the Benbrook Bobcats on Friday night.

Live Oak overpowers Lions

WACO — The Waco Live Oak Falcons rode the passing of quarterback Matt Bailey and the running of Cole Jahrmarkt to overwhelm the Calvary Lions 51-6 on Friday night.

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Tigers by the tail

JUSTIN — Braswell quickly found itself with its back against the ropes Thursday in its first varsity football game. Seven minutes into the first quarter, Haslet Eaton had scored twice before putting the pedal to the floor en route to a 55-0 win over the Bengals at Northwest ISD Stadium.

Adversity, Eagles up first for Wildcats

Guyer coach John Walsh raved about the experience and talent filling his team’s defensive backfield and the senior presence in the linebacker corps throughout fall workouts.

Ryan gets top-10 tilt for opener

It’s no secret Ryan is among the favorites to compete for a state title in Class 5A. To live up to that hype, the Raiders first must overcome a front-loaded schedule highlighted by three other ranked teams.

Bronco defense, Falcon O-line start year in spotlight

Denton and Lake Dallas are entering their season opener with some known commodities, but they are still in the process of filling in the final puzzle pieces of their teams.

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Steve Gamel: Braswell High will be all right, folks

JUSTIN — Don’t fret, Bengals fans. Good things are on the horizon. I realize that’s easy to say — or in this case, write — for a guy who sits up in the press box each week chomping on hot dogs while keeping stats and second guessing coaches for their play calling. I get that I’m not in the stands with you.

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Football: Braswell up for program’s first game today

On the first day of practice, coach Cody Moore said he’s not worried about any of the 10 opponents that Braswell will face this year. That was just more than three weeks ago, and now Braswell is hours away from kickoff against Haslet Eaton. It’s safe to say Moore has the Eagles on his mind.

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Guyer set for physical test as teams hold final scrimmages

There might not be a team in Texas that can provide a physical test like state powerhouse Euless Trinity. If there is, it might be Guyer, and at 7 p.m. Friday the teams will square off in their lone preseason scrimmage at Guyer before the Wildcats open the regular season Aug. 26 at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex against Mansfield Lake Ridge.

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Argyle sophomore Carter commits to play baseball at TCU

It takes a special player to get big-time college offers at 15 years old. At Argyle, that is starting to become old hat.

Raiders’ Steward commits to UTSA

Ryan High School defensive lineman Javaris Steward announced Friday that he has verbally committed to Texas-San Antonio, possibly putting an end to an intriguing recruiting process that saw him decommit from two high-profile programs.

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Scrimmages give teams better look at battles

After two weeks of practice, the Braswell Bengals will hit someone other than one another. The Bengals will host Fort Worth Western Hills at 10 a.m. Saturday in a scrimmage at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. It will be an exciting moment for Braswell, whose coaching staff is trying to fit all the puzzle pieces together heading into the team’s inaugural season.

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Guyer confident in Stillwell’s abilities at QB

Luke Stillwell seemingly was born to be the starting quarterback at Guyer High School.

Jimmy Isbell: Opportunity available all around at Braswell

In late May, I asked for a meeting with Braswell High School athletic coordinator and head football coach Cody Moore — if for nothing more than to simply get to know him. Even though he had no clue who I was and probably had better things to do than chew the fat with a wide-eyed reporter, he was gracious enough to make it happen.

DISD to begin season ticket sales

Season tickets sales and renewals for the 2016 football season for Braswell, Denton, Guyer and Ryan will begin Monday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex and Denton High School.

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Communication key as Braswell begins

As coaches, players and athletic trainers drove to C.H. Collins Athletic Complex early Monday morning, the lights of the stadium were lit, and for a second, it seemed like it was just hours before a Friday night kickoff.

Argyle players aware of expectations

ARGYLE — Coach Todd Rodgers didn’t have to tell his football players at Argyle High School what was expected during the first day of fall practice on Monday morning.

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Old habits die hard for Denton

As much as Monday represented the official start to a new season for the Denton High School Broncos, it also was coach Kevin Atkinson’s first opportunity to motivate his entire team in a several months.

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Ryan relying on veteran defense for title pursuit

At this time last year, Ryan High School had experienced players back at several key positions, and a handful of younger guys eager to make plays.

Guyer’s Mwaniki commits to Cowboys

As a middle schooler at Harpool, Thabo Mwaniki watched from afar as a trio of Guyer High School football players excelled in the Big 12 at Oklahoma State.

Football: Area teams eager to kick off fall practices

Ryan coach Dave Henigan may very well have an easy road ahead. With 15 starters back, the Raiders are experienced, star-studded and among the favorites to compete for a Class 5A state championship.

Belton tight end commits to UNT

Remington Lutz has all the tools to be a dynamic threat as a pass-catching tight end. The Belton standout jumped at the chance to develop them at the college level late Monday when he committed to North Texas.

Denton’s Polley changes commitment, now headed to Colorado instead of KU

Entering his senior season with a wealth of college offers, Denton High School’s Grant Polley has drawn interest from around the country.

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Ryan QB named MVP at Sanders camp

All in all, it was an impressive Saturday for Ryan High School quarterback Spencer Sanders. Sanders, who will be a junior this fall, was named MVP at his position at Deion Sanders’ Prime21 Camp presented by Under Armour on Saturday in Dallas.

Guyer offensive lineman Mallory commits to Tulane

The senior class at Guyer added another Football Bowl Subdivision commitment late Monday when offensive lineman Gage Mallory verbally committed to Tulane.

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Broncos’ Miller commits to Colorado for football

As a three-sport athlete, Chris Miller has been at the heart of Denton’s recent resurgence. He anchored a relay team to the state track and field meet, added depth to an already deep basketball squad and injected the football team with some of the best speed and athleticism it’s seen in several seasons.

Krum’s Barrington invited to super regional combine

Krum’s Raymond Barrington has been selected to participate in the Blue-Grey Southwest Super Regional Combine on Friday and Saturday at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium.

Football: ‘When We Were All Broncos’ set for TV debut

After spending time riding the film festival circuit, When We Were All Broncos will make its television debut on KERA-TV (Channel 13) at 9 p.m. Friday. The documentary, directed by David Barrow, chronicles the journey of the racially integrated 1972 Denton High School football team and its role in Denton and the recently desegregated South.

Argyle's Ledford commits to Tulane

It took one season as Argyle’s starting quarterback for Dane Ledford to catch the eye of college coaches.

Football: Guyer, Lake Dallas spring games today

Guyer fans will get a glimpse of their future under center tonight as the Wildcats wrap up spring football with their annual spring game, with kickoff set for 6:45 p.m. at Guyer.

Football: Ryan and Denton opt to skip spring ball

While two local teams begin spring practice today, two have decided against it.

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Football: Guyer ready to roll with new starting QB

The news of a couple of weeks ago involving the transfer of Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson to DeSoto sent shockwaves not only throughout the Texas high school football landscape, but also Guyer’s fieldhouse.

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Football: Robinson leaving Guyer

The popular phrase two years ago when Shawn Robinson arrived at Guyer was that the rich were simply getting richer. Coming off six straight seasons of having a future Football Bowl Subdivision quarterback under center, another one fell in Guyer’s lap.

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Football: Guyer safety verbally commits to Northwestern

Bryce Jackson makes it very clear academics are important to him and his future, and that’s evident from a quick glance at the Guyer safety’s football scholarship offer list.

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Lake Dallas defensive back Kobe Boyce commits to Texas

Kobe Boyce has lived in Corinth his entire life, but Lake Dallas football coach Michael Young just recently got to know him.

Football: Steward returns to Ryan

Javaris Steward, a playmaking defensive end who quickly made a name for himself at Ryan as a sophomore two seasons ago before moving to California for family reasons, is back in Denton and has enrolled at the school.

Football: Ryan end Brown commits to Northwestern

Ryan’s Earnest Brown IV isn’t used to letting anyone down. At least that’s how he felt when he decided to verbally commit to Northwestern on Tuesday night.

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Football: Ryan’s McLaurin goes with SMU

Just because Ken McLaurin committed to SMU in October didn’t mean the chase for his services was over. McLaurin was a highly touted defensive tackle for Ryan and said he racked up 17 Division I offers.

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Football: Bearcats’ Bailey bound for Big Ten

As of a few weeks ago, Pilot Point’s DaCoven Bailey didn’t have too much in the way of offers, lacking in serious Division I interest. But that didn’t get Bailey down. He knew that one way or another he would be playing football for someone next year.

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Football: Chalk signs with Clemson

ARGYLE — Football has always been a big part of life for J.C. Chalk. Chalk is the grandson of well-known college player and coach Gene Stallings, so in many ways he was born with the game coursing through his veins. Chalk just needed to find where his athletic skill set fit best.

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Liberty’s Starkel gives A&M needed QB

ARGYLE — Liberty Christian quarterback Nick Starkel has had quite the whirlwind of a recruiting process in the last year since he verbally committed to Oklahoma State in April of his junior year.