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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At this point, nothing Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson does can surprise his head coach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Several Argyle football players have something Tren’Davian Dickson wants — something Dickson could have already if not for some personal stubbornness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ROYSE CITY — After months of lopsided wins, Argyle is proving it can eke out a few nail-biters. With 1:11 left on the clock Friday, Argyle defensive back Zach Zembraski intercepted Texarkana Liberty-Eylau quarterback Ke’mon Freeman deep in Leopard territory to preserve a 45-42 win in the Class 4A Division I Region II final at Royse City ISD Stadium.
Argyle quarterback Cooper Rodgers knew before the season that there might be some doubters. He figured some fans wondered how good the Eagles — who won the Class 3A Division II state title last year — would be after losing 29 seniors to graduation. With so many key players gone, who could blame them?
FORNEY — Surrendering two third-quarter touchdowns to fall behind by two possessions Saturday, Pilot Point was down but not out. Responding with two touchdowns and a two-point conversion to tie the game at 27 with 1:21 remaining and Mineola heading into a treacherous wind, the Bearcats looked to be headed to overtime. However, Mineola quarterback Jeremiah Crawford completed just his second pass of the game, a short, quick throw to tight end Brent Wells for a 60-yard touchdown with 41 seconds left to secure a 34-27 victory in a Class 3A Division I regional semifinal at City Bank Stadium.
MESQUITE — For what it’s worth, Argyle coach Todd Rodgers said his team’s goal heading into Friday’s game was to force Kennedale — a team known for its bruising rushing attack — into passing situations. The plan worked, though Rodgers didn’t anticipate having to wait until the last minute of regulation.
ARLINGTON — Guyer picked the wrong time to play one of its most sloppy games of the year on Saturday night, as the Wildcats’ first-half mistakes and Southlake Carroll quarterback Ryan Agnew were too much for Guyer to overcome as the Wildcats fell 58-42 in a late Class 6A Division II playoff game at AT&T Stadium.
JUSTIN — Brick by brick the Denton Broncos built their program up after several consecutive losing seasons while their opening-round playoff win against Birdville gave them their first playoff win since 2002, but on Friday at Northwest ISD Stadium in the Class 5A Division I Region I area round, the Broncos ran into an offensive buzz saw in the reigning Class 4A Division II state champion Aledo Bearcats.
There are not many teams in Texas that can claim an all-time series advantage over Southlake Carroll. Yet, when Guyer and Carroll take the field at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium at 8 tonight, the Dragons will be in that unfamiliar position. Guyer won its first two meetings against Carroll in 2010 — a game that saw the Wildcats end Carroll’s 47-game home winning streak and a playoff win in the regional final en route to Guyer’s first state championship game appearance.
COMMERCE — This was Travis Garrett’s night to shine. The senior quarterback for Pilot Point rushed for 118 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 130 yards, including a 79-yard scoring strike to RyLee Hellman, leading the Bearcats to a 35-13 victory against New Boston in the Class 3A Division I area playoff Friday night at Texas A&M-Commerce Memorial Stadium.