Game-changers of the Week

The Denton Record-Chronicle recognizes athletes and their game-changing performances. Email nominations to drcsports@dentonrc.com.

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No. 1 Allen whips Wildcats

ALLEN — After last season’s opening game against top-ranked Allen proved to be a coming-out party for Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson, the 2015 edition proved to be the same for an experience-rich Allen...

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Scott, Atkinson spark Denton in 56-6 rout

As Denton transitions into the beginning of its season, they have several questions to answer as they look to emulate last season’s historic start. The Broncos had several holes to fill on defense, and the offensive line that was decimated due to graduating seniors is looking to cement itself around new starting quarterback Colt Atkinson.

Sanders, Ryan blast Rockwall in opener

ROCKWALL — Since suffering a season-ending knee injury late last season, Ryan quarterback Spencer Sanders has been waiting for the chance to show what he can do. Before that injury, he showed flashes of...

Falcons’ Frederickson flings three TDs

CORINTH — Two-year starter and all-district quarterback Dagan Haehn may be injured to start Lake Dallas season, but his presence in the backfield lived on through his replacement, Spencer Frederickson. Frederickson threw three touchdown passes in his first career start, and the Falcons beat Frisco Wakeland 41-14 in their season opener at Falcon Stadium on Friday night.

Argyle overcomes sloppy start for win

ABILENE — As good as Week 1 games go, Argyle and Abilene Wylie’s contest was fairly similar to last year’s season opener. Last season, the Eagles defeated the Bulldogs 34-28 in a contest some Argyle fans thought they should have lost with all the mistakes the made.

Celina overpowers Liberty Christian

ARGYLE — Overthrown receivers and dropped passes hurt the Liberty Christian Warriors in their season-opening game Friday night, a 35-20 loss to the Celina Bobcats.

Pilot Point defeats Krum

PILOT POINT — In a game marred by penalties and turnovers, the Pilot Point Bearcats outlasted the Krum Bobcats in a sloppy 20-6 win at Massey Stadium.The teams combined for 27 penalties and seven turnovers.

Ponder shuts out host Castleberry

FORT WORTH — The Ponder Lions, under first-year head coach Rusty Ballard, used big plays and a strong defensive effort to shut out Fort Worth Castleberry 21-0 Friday night at W.O. Barnes Stadium.

Sanger rips Melissa, 55-20

SANGER — Looking to get off to a fast start for the 2015 season, the Sanger Indians dominated both sides of the ball on the way to a 55-20 season-opening win Friday night against Melissa at Indian Stadium.

Pottsboro blanks Chaps in opener

AUBREY — Pottsboro senior quarterback Zane Pritchett was a dominating force against the Aubrey Chaparral’s on Friday night, both through the air and on the ground, racking up 276 yards and accounting for six touchdowns in a 45-0 Pottsboro win.

Harvest Christian pounds Calvary

The Watauga Harvest Christian Saints, aided by four costly turnovers by the Calvary Lions, jumped out to a 45-8 halftime lead on their way to a 57-34 victory in the season opener for both teams Friday night.

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Football: Ryan ‘sharp’ in first practice

Ryan coach Dave Henigan wasn’t sure which one of his players was the first to walk through the door to the field house on Monday.

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Football: Wildcats hoping defense has caught up to offense

At this time a year ago, the Guyer defense was supposed to be an experienced unit that would help Shawn Robinson transition into his new role as the Wildcats’ quarterback as a young sophomore.

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Football: Atkinson helps carry load while Scott is limited

Denton running back Xavier Scott can do only so much during the Broncos’ opening fall practice of the season.

Football: Coaches focus on tackling to improve safety

Matt Fischer knows his job as a middle school coach for Denton ISD, a hotbed for Texas football talent, has always been more about teaching the basics and maximizing participation than winning games.

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Football: Edwards leads trio of local hopefuls in 2015 NFL Draft

Mario Edwards Jr. isn’t the type of guy who is used to playing the waiting game. As a national-championship-winning defensive end at Florida State, and before that as a standout for Ryan, Edwards regularly chased down those who tried to elude him and didn’t let many escape his clutches.

Football: Denton aims for another solid season

As the spring football season arrives today for the Denton Broncos after one of the most prolific seasons in program history, the coaches prepare for a miniature season of observing and evaluating while the players come together as a team and work on elevating their strength to new levels.

Football: Wildcats seek new WR standout

Last year, the Guyer football team had the luxury of being loaded with experienced, quality players at wide receiver. Heading into the 2015 season, that luxury has turned into a huge question mark.

Football: Ryan makes return to spring practices

For a long time, Ryan has been one of those programs that doesn’t participate in spring football. Now the Raiders will, but that doesn’t mean spring ball is here to stay.

Football: Replacing Tauaefa a spring focus for Falcons

CORINTH — Lake Dallas coach Michael Young will keep a close watch on his defensive line when spring football practices begin today, now that Josiah Tauaefa isn’t plugging up holes.

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Football: Thompson decides on Rice

It wasn’t long after Guyer defensive lineman Carl Thompson committed to Kansas that his senior season began unraveling.

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Football: Ryan’s Bolisomi makes it official with Horned Frogs

Like many Denton-area recruits, Ryan’s David Bolisomi didn’t get much sleep Tuesday night in anticipation of national signing day. The mammoth offensive tackle said he stayed up until 3 a.m. watching ESPNU but didn’t skip a beat when he woke up before dawn to head in for his big day.

Denton delivers with four letters of intent

On one of the biggest days of high school athletes’ lives, the Denton football team had four players sign national letters of intent Wednesday.

Tauaefa, Montgomery sign to FBS programs

CORINTH — To say Lake Dallas’ Josiah Tauaefa and Dalton Montgomery traveled separate paths in their football careers would be an understatement. While Tauaefa’s skills were evident early on — he quickly developed into the face of the Falcons’ defense — Montgomery entered the program as a lanky and awkward big man before maturing into one of the program’s more dominant offensive linemen.

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Football: ‘Tote the rock a lot’

It was late September and the football season wasn’t even a month old, yet it was clear that Argyle running back Nick Ralston was going to be one of the more dominating players in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Football: Guyer WR Honey commits to SMU

Guyer head coach John Walsh is excited to see one of his own players play college football in the area and help bring the Mustangs back to prominence as senior wide receiver Alex Honey committed to SMU late Sunday evening.

Football: Guyer tight end Dillman commits to UNT

Guyer tight end Kevin Dillman committed to North Texas on Friday night, bringing his wild recruiting process to an end and giving the Mean Green arguably one of their top recruits of the last several years.

Football: Guyer QB Robinson named sophomore All-American

At this point, nothing Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson does can surprise his head coach.

Football: Against all odds

When Argyle hoisted the Class 3A Division II state championship trophy a year ago, it was far from a shocker. In many ways, the Eagles, like several Denton-area teams, were expected to win championships — and most lived up to the hype.

Football: All-district lists full of area talent

Several Denton-area football players were honored by their respective districts’ coaches for their performance in the district portions of their seasons.

Football: Snakebit in double OT

ARLINGTON — Argyle running back Nick Ralston would have carried the ball a hundred times Friday. It seems like a far-fetched proposition, but Ralston was well over 50 carries when the Eagles, who trailed Navasota by a touchdown in double overtime, called his number on a fourth-and-5 play.

Football: Eagles’ streak ends

ARLINGTON — At some point, Friday night’s result was bound to happen. Argyle entered the Class 4A Division I state championship game riding the state’s second-longest win streak, having won its previous 31 games.

Notebook: Heartbreak ends ‘most special experience’

ARLINGTON — Argyle coach Todd Rodgers and his quarterback son, Cooper, never once downplayed their relationship throughout the course of the season. They just didn’t have time to talk about or reflect on it while focusing on the program’s title defense.

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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.