Football: Guyer pops Plano, 59-28

ARLINGTON — Shawn Robinson admitted to having some jitters when he took the field at AT&T Stadium on Saturday for the first time in his career. In his playoff debut, it didn’t take long for him to get rid of them.

Football: Broncos beat Birdville

JUSTIN — Amassing a two-possession lead by halftime and holding the Class 5A leading rusher Isaiah Duarte to just 72 yards in the first half, the Denton Broncos had their lead, but the Birdville Hawks weren’t going to go quietly. Duarte finished with 212 yards and four touchdowns with the Hawks scoring 19 fourth-quarter points to set up one final drive, but on fourth-and-10 at midfield with less than a minute remaining, defensive lineman Adam Bershell’s outside rush helped him come up with his third sack of the game to allow Denton to secure the 40-33 victory for the Class 5A bi-district championship at Northwest ISD Stadium on Friday.

Football: Robinson, Guyer open on big stage

The last time the Guyer Wildcats were in the postseason in the state’s largest classification, they had their earliest playoff exit in program history when they were bounced in the second round by Mansfield in 2011. That Guyer team started seven sophomores — a stark contrast from its senior-laden team the prior year that went to the Class 5A Division II final in the program’s first year playing with the state’s biggest schools.

Football: Rodgers fuels Argyle rout

SAGINAW — If Argyle quarterback Cooper Rodgers continues to have nights like he did on Friday, the Eagles may be harder to beat in the playoffs than they already are.

Football: Freshman QB helps Sanger to playoff win

SAGINAW — Two weeks ago, freshman C.J. Jackson was quarterbacking Sanger’s junior varsity team. On Friday, he led the Indians to a 31-21 win against Springtown in the Class 4A bi-district matchup to send Sanger to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in nine years.

Football: Wichita Falls eliminates Lake Dallas

SPRINGTOWN — A 14-0 lead in the first quarter seemed comfortable enough for a Lake Dallas team that rolled into the Class 5A playoffs. But the Falcons hadn’t played a team like Wichita Falls since Week 1.

Football: Bailey sparks Bearcats to win

BEDFORD — All DaCoven Bailey needed was a little help from his defense. The junior running back did his part Friday night in Pilot Point’s Class 3A bi-district playoff game against Red Oak Life, rushing for six touchdowns and finishing with 298 yards on 24 carries.

Football: Howell scores four times as Liberty cruises

GROESBECK — Liberty Christian running back Kylen Howell had only 10 yards rushing on six carries Friday night against the Tomball Concordia Lutheran Crusaders but scored three rushing touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a 50-20 victory in the TAPPS Division I playoffs.

Football: Krum rolls to playoff win

FORT WORTH — Krum was desperate to taste some playoff success. Dallas Lincoln obliged, over and over again. The Bobcats rolled up 390 total yards, 327 of that rushing, and scored five touchdowns off Lincoln turnovers — the Tigers had six for the game — while cruising to a 40-6 win in a Class 4A Region I Division II bi-district game at Brewer Bear Stadium.

Football: Ponder hits Wall in loss

STEPHENVILLE — Entering the playoffs for the first time in program history, the Ponder Lions had a stiff test against the Wall Hawks, who advanced to the Class 2A state championship game a season ago.

Football: Birdville back is Broncos’ first playoff test

The Denton Broncos’ fast start to the season, their win over Saginaw Boswell in the final seconds and their first playoff berth since 2010 highlight their season so far, but tonight against Birdville, all of those peaks climbed are merely hills compared with the task ahead.

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Football: Brewer, Holder give Lake Dallas balance

Lake Dallas wide receiver Keegan Brewer is focused on scoring touchdowns. He’s just never kept track. Brewer, a junior, was floored when he heard the numbers — 21 touchdowns, 18 of them receiving — earlier this week. Coupled with his 1,002 yards, he is ranked fifth in the Dallas-Fort Worth area among Class 5A receivers heading into Friday’s Region I Division II bi-district tilt against Wichita Falls — slated for 7:30 p.m. at Springtown.

Football: Ten area teams still alive

The UIL and TAPPS playoffs get underway this week, and the Denton area will be well represented with 10 teams securing berths in the battle for state titles.

Football: Jumping out fast

On Thursday night, before Ryan and Guyer had even taken the field at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, the Raiders received bad news when they were eliminated from postseason contention. Friday night was no better for Ryan thanks to a dominant display by the Wildcats, who cruised to a 52-7 win against their crosstown foe.

Football: Coyotes top Broncos in battle for momentum

Despite the absence of importance in their final game of the regular season, the Denton Broncos came into Friday’s contest against Wichita Falls with the hope that it would serve as a dress rehearsal for next week’s playoff game against Birdville. However, the Coyotes also had designs on entering the playoffs on a high note as they shot out to a 28-0 lead on the way to a 49-14 blowout at Bronco Field.

Football: Perfect Argyle crushes Sanger

SANGER — Another year, another undefeated regular season for Argyle, which dispatched injury-stricken Sanger with ease 44-7 on Friday in the regular season finale.

Football: Pain of streak’s end temporary

When Joey Florence took over at Ryan before the 2000 season, he inherited a Raider program that, historically, was in rough shape. The Raiders were coming off a one-win season in 1999, and won two games the year before that.

Football: Bearcats drop season finale

PILOT POINT — Pilot Point receiver RyLee Hellman caught a 44-yard touchdown pass to pull the Bearcats within six of Farmersville with 4:36 remaining, but the Farmers quickly answered on Darrin Pennington’s 55-yard scoring run to seal the 42-28 victory.

Football: Anna beats Aubrey for final playoff spot

ANNA — Anna came from behind in the second half to make a playoff statement in a 20-14 win against the Aubrey Chaparrals on Friday night.

Football: Celina rips Krum, takes district crown

CELINA — In their final game of the regular season, the Celina Bobcats defeated the Krum Bobcats 52-7 to capture the District 3-4A title.

Football: Liberty earns playoff berth

PLANO — Quarterback John Copeland passed for four touchdowns and ran for another as Liberty Christian (6-4, 4-3), rolled past Plano John Paul II (0-10, 0-7) 52-34 in a TAPPS 1-I regular season finale.

Football: Calvary wins district title

The Calvary Lions, needing a victory over the Plainview Christian Eagles to claim the district championship, jumped out to a quick lead Thursday night and rolled to a 51-6 triumph.

Football: Breckenridge blanks Ponder

BRECKENRIDGE — In the regular-season finale, the Ponder Lions couldn’t get anything right as the Breckenridge Buckaroos scored a 34-0 victory Friday night.

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Football: Series paused after playoff classic

The last time Guyer and Ryan met, it was arguably one of the biggest days of football in Denton school district history.

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Football: Rivalry resumes

When Guyer and Ryan renew their crosstown rivalry tonight, one team will look to wrap up a dominating run in District 5-6A before turning its attention to the postseason. The other will play for nothing more than pride.

Football: Broncos look to hit high note

With it looking as if Denton would need to win its final two games to secure its first playoff berth since 2010, the magnitude of last Friday’s game at Saginaw saw an unexpected change in importance and emotion.

Football: Falcons hang on to win 6-5A title

FORT WORTH — It wasn’t pretty, but Lake Dallas finished its district schedule undefeated. The Falcons (9-1, 6-0 District 6-5A) defeated the Fort Worth Dunbar Wildcats 45-36 on Thursday, capping an undefeated run through the district with their ninth consecutive win overall to claim the 6-5A championship. The win also gives the Falcons a top seed in the Class 5A Division II playoffs.

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Football: Ryan’s playoff fate on line

Ryan needs just about everything to go its way this week to make the playoffs for a 15th straight year, beginning tonight when the Raiders will watch for the outcome of a game that could end their postseason hopes before they even take the field Friday against Guyer.

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Football: Turnovers crush Ryan

JUSTIN — Ryan did everything it could in the first half of Friday’s District 5-6A game against Justin Northwest to pull out a win and improve its playoff chances. What happened over the final two quarters undid all of it.

Football: Denton prevails, clinches playoff berth

SAGINAW — Heading into Friday’s road tilt against Saginaw, the Denton Broncos were reeling from two consecutive losses and searching for improved defense after surrendering 77 combined points against Wichita Falls Rider and Azle.

Football: Pilot Point falls at Pottsboro

POTTSBORO — Zane Pritchett and the Pottsboro defense knew they had a tall order Friday, playing Pilot Point with a district title on the line. But Pritchett ran for 259 and two touchdowns on 27 carries and added three takeaways on defense to lift Pottsboro (8-1, 4-0) to a 22-7 win over No. 16 Pilot Point (8-1, 3-1) and to clinch the District 5-3A Division I championship.

Football: Argyle secures share of district title

ARGYLE — A few weeks ago, Argyle had a decent test from an explosive Carrollton Ranchview team in the Eagles’ quest for yet another district championship. Since then, Argyle has encountered nothing but minor speed bumps, with its most recent coming in Friday night’s 65-14 win over Dallas Pinkston, which clinched at least a share of the District 6-4A (Division I) championship for Argyle.

Football: Celina stifles Aubrey in 49-0 blowout

CELINA — The Celina Bobcats’ offense scored at will and their defense showed no mercy toward the Aubrey Chaparrals on Friday night in a 49-0 victory.

Football: Krum Bobcats batter Bonham

KRUM — It was senior night for the Krum Bobcats on Friday, and they handedly defeated District 3-4A opponent Bonham, 56-3.

Football: Falcons pop Parrots, 59-35

CORINTH — It was senior night at Lake Dallas Friday when the Falcons matched up against Fort Worth Polytechnic. But it was a pair of juniors who led the Falcons to another big victory.

Football: Ponder rallies past Bowie

PONDER — The Ponder Lions rallied with a late fourth-quarter touchdown to come from behind and defeat the Bowie Jackrabbits 24-20 Friday night to clinch their first-ever playoff berth.

Football: Sanger wins, wraps up playoff berth

DALLAS — Already missing starting running back Tre’von Jackson, Sanger lost quarterback Brandon Mann on Friday night but rolled on to a 40-14 win against district opponent Wilmer-Hutchins to secure a playoff spot.

Football: Prestonwood tops Liberty

ARGYLE — Hard times continue for Liberty Christian as the Warriors’ losing streak was extended to three games with a 45-38 loss to the Plano Prestonwood Christian Lions on Friday night.

Football: Calvary rolls past Christ the King

LUBBOCK — The Calvary Lions, riding another multiple-touchdown performance from quarterback Keishun Cuchens, rolled to a 75-28 rout of Lubbock Christ the King Cathedral on Thursday night.

Football: Guyer dances to 5-6A title

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson didn’t have to dig too deep into the Wildcats’ playbook to find success Thursday night. In fact, he didn’t even have a chance.

Football: Ryan’s playoff hopes coming down to wire

If Ryan expects to challenge for a playoff spot out of District 5-6A, it undoubtedly must avoid the turnovers that have plagued the team all season.

Football: Broncos need wins to make playoffs

Jetting out to a 6-0 start, the Denton Broncos were riding high. Now, after two consecutive losses that have tested their trust and belief, they are faced with needing to win their remaining games to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

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Football: Carrillo, Wildcats seek better showing

In last week’s win over Trophy Club Nelson, Guyer’s traditionally strong run defense allowed Bobcat running back Courtney Miles to run for 181 yards before he left with an injury two series into the second half.