Thabo Mwaniki made the first start at quarterback of his life on Friday night, and the 17-year-old Guyer senior gave a mixed review of his performance in the Wildcats’ win against Wylie. The Wildcats scored a 35-23 win against Wylie, but that was about all Mwaniki was happy about.
Yielding an opening touchdown and throwing an interception on their second offensive play of the game, the Denton Broncos found themselves facing at a two-possession deficit just a handful of minutes into their showdown against District 5-5A foe Wichita Falls Rider. But Denton’s defense forced a turnover on downs at its own 12-yard line to restore the ball to its offense and the Broncos never looked back as they surrendered just six points the rest of the game on the way to a 31-13 win Friday at Bronco Field.
WICHITA FALLS — It seems like forever and a day since Ryan was last tested by another team. On Friday, not only did Wichita Falls fail to push the fourth-ranked Raiders to the brink, it got run out of its stadium. Ryan scored 56-straight points, forced four turnovers and added a pooch-kick recovery for good measure while rolling to a 56-14 District 5-5A win against the Coyotes at Memorial Stadium.
DENISON — Denison’s quick-tempo offense can score as fast as it lines up for the next play. Braswell did not have an answer for it all night. The Yellow Jackets — led by a heavy ground attack headlined by running backs Tre’Lon Lyday and Kenny Gaffney’s 186 combined rushing yards and four touchdowns — defeated Braswell 49-20 at Munson Stadium on Friday.
The Argyle Eagles offense may get most of the attention, but on this Friday night, credit their defense for getting a big District 4-4A victory against Sanger. Junior running back Don Williams rushed for 173 yards and one touchdown on 31 carries, and Dylan Sadler added a critical late field goal, but it Argyle’s defense that made the difference with two crucial stops, one with 1:16 left, to lead the Eagles to a 27-21 win.
ARGYLE — Never mind that Liberty Christian was down 14-0 at halftime, or that Kason Howell wasn’t on the team’s roster for the first game. Liberty Christian beat Bishop Lynch 17-14 on Friday, scoring all of their points unanswered in the second half while Howell punctuated the comeback with a game-winning touchdown run.
CARROLTON – In his head, Drew Sanders knew immediately he was going to score a touchdown. His legs did the rest, carrying the freshman quarterback 60 yards into the end zone halfway through the third quarter. The sprint was Sanders’ most impressive play from Lake Dallas’ 42-14 win against Carrollton Creekview on Thursday, but it was far from the only highlight. With the two quarterbacks in front of him injured, Sanders filled in seamlessly, rushing 19 times for 176 yards and four touchdowns.
The Denton school district will be well represented at the Region I cross country meet next weekend in Lubbock as the Braswell girls and Denton High boys were two of five squads to finish in the top three at Thursday’s District 5-5A meet at North Lakes Park.
Krum football players Raymond Barrington, left, Justus Martinez, center, and Everett Gunnoe have been selected to play in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl on Dec. 22 at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium. The three were honored at a ceremony Friday before the Krum-Bridgeport game.
ALLEN — For a few moments in the beginning of Friday’s showdown between Guyer and Allen, it appeared the Wildcats might knock off the state’s top-ranked team and hand the Eagles their first home loss in the fourth season they’ve played in their $60 million stadium.
WICHITA FALLS — Braswell geared up all week long to stop Wichita Falls’ run game. The Bengals knew it was coming, but they couldn’t stop it. Heading into the District 5-5A contest, Braswell’s defense surrendered 299 yards per game to opposing backfields, and on Friday night at Memorial Stadium, it gave up 255 yards on the ground in a 40-9 loss to Wichita Falls. The win was the first of the season for the Coyotes.
GAINESVILLE — The score may have reflected an easy win for Argyle, but the Eagles have some areas to clean up, especially with Sanger coming to town next week. Dane Ledford threw for 209 yards and three touchdowns, two to Casey Harper, and Dylan Sadler returned a punt 52 yards for a touchdown to lead Argyle to a 48-20 District 4-4A victory against Gainesville.
SANGER — For the second straight week, the Sanger Indians struggled out of the gate and trailed at halftime. But once again, the Indians came out of the locker room with new life, relying on the arm of quarterback CJ Jackson in 41-26 comeback win against Burkburnett on Friday night.
Before he even heard the full question, the smile flashed across Brian Polendey’s face. What’s going to give in an anticipated matchup between the best rushing attack in Dallas-Fort Worth and the area’s second-best run defense?
Winning is more enjoyable than losing. Braswell coach Cody Moore has had his share of victories over the last 12 years, and he’s eager to get a win with the Bengals. The same thing can be said for Braswell’s next road opponent, Wichita Falls.
For the second consecutive week, Guyer allowed its opponent to jump out to a quick lead. And for the second straight week, the Wildcats’ defense played shutout football after an initial setback as Guyer rolled to a 42-7 win against McKinney on Friday night.
WICHITA FALLS — Forcing five turnovers, including two returned for touchdowns, Denton’s defense had perhaps its most productive game of the season. The Broncos sputtered with inconsistency on offense, but the timely turnovers were enough as they took down winless Wichita Falls 36-14 on Friday at Memorial Stadium for their second consecutive District 5-5A win.
SHERMAN — Braswell entered its game against Sherman without a healthy quarterback, so it had to resort to its leading wide receiver, Jaeden Johnson. Sherman’s run defense — along with two first-half fumbles and an interception converted into three touchdowns — stymied Johnson and Jackson, who combined for 17 carries for 46 yards in Braswell’s 42-7 loss at Bearcat Stadium on Friday.
DECATUR — Argyle’s Dane Ledford showed zero signs of rust Friday in his first start at quarterback in six weeks. The Tulane commit rebounded from a wrist injury he suffered in the season opener with 289 passing yards and four touchdowns, and with a steady run game in tow, powered No. 2 Argyle to a 64-35 win against Decatur in the District 4-4A Division I opener for both teams at Eagle Stadium.
IOWA PARK — Krum’s Brandon Reeves started the scoring Friday night at Hawk Stadium, and he ended it, too. In between was more than three hours of thrilling football between the Bobcats and Iowa Park in a District 3-4A, Division II opener. Krum ended Iowa Park’s bid for a perfect season with a triple-overtime 56-54 victory.
ARGYLE — The Liberty Christian Warriors were at their best in the fourth quarter Friday night against Dallas Parish Episcopal. Unfortunately, it was too late. Jeremy Hodge scored five touchdowns to help the Panthers build a 28-point cushion, and they withstood a 21-point fourth-quarter outburst by Liberty Christian for a 55-34 TAPPS District 1, Division I road victory.
PILOT POINT — Pilot Point coach Rob Best knew before the season began his team’s nondistrict schedule would be brutal. But after going 0-5 to start the year, the Bearcats wasted no time against Callisburg on Friday, proving things would be different in District 5-3A (Division I) play.
NEVADA — Aubrey running back Gatlin Grisso scored five touchdowns — three on the ground and two receiving — to help spark the offensive attack in the Aubrey Chaparrals’ 43-16 victory against Nevada Community on Friday night in the District 5-4A opener.