Mwaniki leads Guyer to close win in first career start

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.


Denton pulls away from Rider to claim playoff spot

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.

Ryan Raiders roll over Wichita Falls Coyotes

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 runs past Braswell

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.

Al Key

Defense leads Argyle over Sanger

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.

Ponder shuts the door on Paradise

PONDER -- In a crucial District 4-3A match-up, the Ponder Lions (5-3) handled the Paradise Panthers 26-14 at home.

Krum closes in on District 3-4A title

GRAHAM — The Krum defense came up with possibly the play of the year as the Bobcats moved one step closer to the District 3-4A championship Friday night with a 42-35 victory against the Graham Steers.

Pottsboro bests Pilot Point in heated game

PILOT POINT — Pilot Point gave up a combined 22 points in wins against Callisburg and Whitesboro, but Pottsboro presented a challenge the Bearcats couldn’t overcome in a 45-14 loss Friday night.

Aubrey blanks Caddo Mills behind Grisso, D

CADDO MILLS — Gatlin Grisso and Pablo Vera combined for more than 200 yards rushing to lead the Aubrey Chaparrals to a 28-0 victory against Caddo Mills on Friday night.

Liberty Christian rides strong second half to 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.

Calvary drops fourth straight

WATAGUA — The Calvary Lions saw their losing skid reach four games Friday night as the Watagua Harvest Christian Academy Saints rolled to a 44-6 victory.

LeBlanc fitting in nicely on Ryan defense

Ryan defensive lineman Dayton LeBlanc said he noticed while watching film recently that, without him on the field, the Raiders still would be unbeaten heading into tonight’s District 5-5A game at Wichita Falls.

Battle for position awaits Denton

Last week, the Denton Broncos found themselves their most heart-pounding game of the season and escaped with a 21-20 win against Denison to move to 3-1 in District 5-5A.

Sanders leads Lake Dallas to 42-14 win over Carrollton Creekview

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.

DISD teams head off to regional

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.


Mwaniki gets start at QB for Guyer

Thabo Mwaniki has done a little bit of everything for Guyer’s football team since being called from junior varsity just a few games into his sophomore season.

O-line a bright spot for Braswell

It’s tough to find a bright spot after losing the first seven games of Braswell’s inaugural season, but for coach Cody Moore, he quickly says its the offensive line.“Of any group on our team, [our offensive...

Tonight’s high school football games

Blue-Grey Cats

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.

Tonight’s high school football game

Game changers of the week

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


Ryan stuffs Sherman star

Ryan coaches warned their defensive guys all week about Sherman running back Nathaniel Omayebu, whose 1,200-plus rushing yards through seven weeks were more than what any Class 5A ball carrier in the Dallas-Fort Worth area had.

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Allen whips Guyer, 42-7

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.


Denton nips Denison

Scoring only one touchdown in the first half and facing a six-point deficit, Denton coach Kevin Atkinson challenged his offense to step up to the plate in Friday’s second half against Denison.

Wichita Falls runs over Braswell

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.

Falcons fall short in battle of big plays

CORINTH — Lake Dallas made big plays. It was the ones it gave up that ended up hurting it. Despite two passing touchdowns of at least 80 yards, Lake Dallas fell 65-42 against The Colony on Friday.

Ledford, Harper, Sadler lead Eagles past Leopards

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.

Al Key

Sanger Indians rally past Bulldogs

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.

Aguilar powers Ponder to victory over Boyd

BOYD — Ponder’s Jonathan Aguilar rushed for 106 yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns to help lead the Lions to a 58-32 victory against the Boyd Yellow Jackets Friday night.

Pilot Point rallies late to defeat Whitesboro

WHITESBORO — The Pilot Point Bearcats, after opening the season with five straight losses, are now 2-0 in District 5-3A after scoring a heart-stopping 10-9 victory against Whitesboro on Friday night.

Krum Bobcats beat Bulls with help of miscues

KRUM — It was a shootout, but costly turnovers by the Bridgeport Bulls let the Krum Bobcats improve to 7-1 after the Bobcats knocked off the Bulls 47-35 on Friday in District 3-4A action.

Liberty Christian knocks off Trinity Christian

ADDISON — Liberty Christian seized an opportunity and the moment Friday night against Addison Trinity Christian, which was without starting quarterback Court Walker. The Warriors spoiled Trinity’s homecoming...

Chaps cruise past lowly Bonham

AUBREY — Aubrey took care of business during homecoming, beating the Bonham Warriors soundly with a dominating rushing attack Friday night at Chaparral Stadium.

High School Football Games


Guyer takes run game to Allen, where yards are tough to gain

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?

Denton hosts Denison with eye on second

The Denton Broncos pushed their District 5-5A record to 2-1 with last Friday’s 36-14 win at Wichita Falls, but they came home seeing plenty of room for improvement, particularly on the offensive line.

Ryan hungry after long bye

Every team has a different opinion on bye weeks.The obvious benefit is to regroup and heal nagging bumps and bruises. But if a week off comes too early in the schedule, or too late, someone will find a...

Bengals, Coyotes seek guaranteed first win

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.

Sanger holds off Hirschi in delayed game

WICHITA FALLS — Sanger coach Chuck Galbreath admitted his team was given a gift when severe weather pushed Thursday night’s District 4-4A, Division I opener against Wichita Falls Hirschi back two days.

Game Changers of the Week

The Denton Record-Chronicle recognizes athletes and their game-changing performances. Email nominations to drcsports@dentonrc.com.Bailey Blackney, DL, GuyerBlackney racked up just four tackles, but three...


Guyer rides ‘D’ to rout of Lions

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.

Bronco defense dominates Coyotes

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 hands Braswell 42-7 loss

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.

With Ledford back, Argyle rips Decatur

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.

Krum takes triple-OT thriller

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.

McKinney North drops Lake Dallas to .500

McKINNEY — Lake Dallas had scored at least 40 points in three consecutive games. The streak ended rather abruptly in a 28-14 loss to McKinney North on Friday.

Al Key

No. 1 Brock whips Ponder 56-6

PONDER — The Brock Eagles were the top-ranked Class 3A team in the state coming in Friday night’s meeting with the Ponder Lions, and Brock did nothing to hurt its ranking, dominating the Lions 56-6 in the District 4-3A opener.

Late Liberty rally not enough vs. Parish

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.


Bearcats pick up first win

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.

Grisso scores five TDs in blowout

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.