ALLEN — Argyle running back Don Williams saw his role expand exponentially Saturday.
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.
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.
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 — 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It takes a special player to get big-time college offers at 15 years old. At Argyle, that is starting to become old hat.
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.
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.
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.
Entering his senior season with a wealth of college offers, Denton High School’s Grant Polley has drawn interest from around the country.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Kobe Boyce has lived in Corinth his entire life, but Lake Dallas football coach Michael Young just recently got to know him.
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.
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.