There’s embarrassment of riches, and then there’s the Guyer quarterback situation.
Liberty Christian didn’t have to look far to find its next head football coach.
When Guyer’s football program lost two assistant coaches to head coaching jobs two weeks ago, the Wildcats had some voids to fill.
On the heels of two straight state championships, longtime Guyer assistant Oschlor Flemming is striking while the iron is hot.
For years, Dave Henigan could be spotted in the Ryan football fieldhouse. He can be found on the team portraits hanging on the walls, his brief stint as Ryan’s offensive coordinator cemented in pictures from the Raiders’ rise to one of the state’s best football programs.
The finalist for the vacant Ryan head football coach and athletic director positions will be presented at tonight’s school board meeting, Denton ISD athletic director Joey Florence said Monday.
New Texas football coach Charlie Strong has made his intentions perfectly clear since taking over the Longhorn program from Mack Brown last month.
ARGYLE — For years, people in Argyle knew the class of 2014 was going to be special. Then the Eagles won their first football state championship. On the heels of that accomplishment, five players signed national letters of intent to Football Bowl Subdivision schools on national signing day.
CORINTH — Ever since Lake Dallas’ Josh Jackson put on his first set of shoulder pads and cleats, his aspirations and focus have been locked on playing college football.
It’s been a long time coming for Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard. Despite a few bumps in the road, the senior is set to sign his national letter of intent today to play college football for Texas, where he committed to following his sophomore season before he was a two-time state champion.
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — For the last couple of weeks, Joey Florence has tried to adjust to his new life as the Denton school district athletic director. After 14 years of success as Ryan’s head coach, he’s coming across new firsts in his new position, and Monday was no different.
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — Lake Dallas and Denton will have to adjust to life without each other for the next two years. The two schools were separated when the University Interscholastic League released its 2014-16 biennial realignment and reclassification Monday morning.
ARGYLE — Coaches in the former Class 3A who now are in the new Class 4A knew Monday’s biennial UIL realignment would bring plenty of uncertainty.
A white piece of paper taped beside the door of the head coach’s office at the Ryan fieldhouse offers instructions to find the person to contact if you need anything, because there isn’t anybody in the office at the moment.
For the first time since the turn of the millennium, the Ryan football head coaching position is vacant. Joey Florence took over as the Denton school district’s athletic director after 14 years as Ryan’s head coach and athletic director, and the Raiders are looking for someone to fill the void.
Entering the 2013 football season, it was already established that the Denton Record-Chronicle’s All-Area MVP would be a two-horse race between dynamic players.
ARLINGTON — As the Guyer Wildcats were on the field at AT&T Stadium celebrating their 31-14 win over San Antonio Northside Brennan on Friday night, a special chant broke out from the visitors’ side of the stadium.
ARLINGTON — San Antonio Northside Brennan came into Friday night’s Class 4A Division I state title game against defending champ Guyer with some eye-popping defensive stats on its side. Perhaps that’s why the Bears deferred to the second half after winning the opening coin toss to establish their dominance right off the bat. Brennan’s momentum, however, quickly died at the hands of the defending state champions as the Wildcats scored early and used a great defensive effort of its own to knock off the Bears 31-14 to claim their second straight state championship at AT&T Stadium in front of 20,142 people.
ARLINGTON — For years, Argyle was considered one of the state’s best 3A programs. After two previous state championship game losses, the Eagles finally have the hardware to merit their ranking among the state’s elite. Argyle held off the Fairfield Eagles for a 38-33 victory in the Class 3A Division II state championship game at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium on Friday. The win gives Argyle its first football state championship in school history.
ARLINGTON — Winning a Texas high school football championship once can be quite an accomplishment. Winning twice in a row? Now that is pretty darn special. The Guyer Wildcats celebrated their second straight Class 4A Division I state title Friday night with a 31-14 victory over San Antonio Brennan, becoming just the fifth program since Class 4A was split into divisions in 1996 to repeat as state champions in either 5A or 4A Division I.
ARLINGTON — For a lot of people, it was a shock to see Ian Sadler miss the first-team cut on this year’s Associated Press Class 3A all-state team. And though he didn’t directly say he felt snubbed, perhaps Sadler had something extra to prove.
ARLINGTON — One of the biggest plays in Argyle’s 38-33 win against Fairfield in the Class 3A Division II state championship game was installed into the playbook on Aug. 6, a day after teams were allowed to practice this season.
Heading into last week’s state semifinal against Highland Park, Guyer head football coach John Walsh caught wind of an alarming statistic from one of his team’s potential opponents in the state championship game.
Argyle had a chance to bring home its first football state championship two years ago, when seemingly nothing went its way.
Three Ryan football players were honored by the state’s sports writers when The Associated Press Class 5A all-state team was released on Thursday.
Sometime next summer, Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard and San Antonio Northside Brennan defensive end Derick Roberson will probably find a quiet place in Austin to sit and talk about their final high school football game. By then, if they stick to their verbal commitments, they’ll be teammates playing for the Texas Longhorns.
John Bachtel jokes that his Fairfield Eagles didn’t know how cold it could be to play a Texas high school football playoff game in December.“By this time of the year, we’re usually practicing inside and watching everybody else,” he said with a laugh. “So it’s been a lot of fun to see all the Christmas lights and still be playing.”
ARGYLE — For every yard he’s gained this season, for every record-setting touchdown he’s scored, Nick Ralston has been driven by a single goal: to win a state championship.
Days before attempting to defend its Class 4A Division I state championship Friday night at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium, the Guyer football team was recognized Wednesday when The Associated Press released its Class 4A all-state team.
Argyle senior Cole Hedlund racked up another accolade in a season during which he established himself as one of the best kickers in high school football history.
The Guyer Wildcats and Argyle Eagles returned to practice Monday in preparation of their UIL state championship games this week at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium.
Two Pilot Point defensive linemen were honorable mention selections on this year’s Associated Press Class 2A all-state team.
ALLEN — Another deficit, another December playoff game and another thriller. Guyer was held to no points through the first three quarters of Saturday’s Class 4A Division I state semifinal against Highland Park before roaring back for a 22-16 win to complete yet another rally in its relatively short playoff history.
JUSTIN — Argyle’s first-half defense has given opponents fits this season. For the 11th time this season, Argyle’s defense held its opponent scoreless in the first half. And for the third time in school history, the Eagles will be playing for a state championship.