Football: Early stumble

Guyer’s early mistakes and the machine otherwise known as Allen football were too much for the Wildcats to overcome on Friday night as they dropped their season opener in a historic game on the Texas high school football landscape.

Football: Broncos cruise past Eagles

DALLAS — Junior running back Xavier Scott had only fumbled twice in his varsity career heading into the Broncos’ season-opening game at Wilmer-Hutchins on Friday. On Denton’s first offensive possession of the game, Scott fumbled to squander supreme field position away at the Eagles’ 20-yard line. But that didn’t deter Scott from refocusing and putting the team on his shoulders to the tune of 160 yards and three touchdowns as the Broncos took down Wilmer-Hutchins 28-14.

Football: Rockwall spoils Ryan’s hopes for a debut victory

Ryan knew what it needed to accomplish if it wanted to pick up a win against Rockwall on Friday night. For most of the contest at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, the Raiders contained Rockwall’s high-powered offense. But three big plays — all of which ended in points for Rockwall — stifled hopes of a glorious debut for many of Ryan’s players and coaches.

Football: Turnovers fuel Argyle win in home opener

ARGYLE — After winning its first state title last year, Argyle didn’t play its best football in Friday’s season opener. Thanks to Abilene Wylie, the Eagles avoided what could have been a rare loss.

Football: Wakeland downs Lake Dallas in shootout

FRISCO — Lake Dallas never recovered from a rough start in their season opener Friday night against Frisco Wakeland.

Football: Anderson TD carries Ponder

PONDER — In a rematch from last season, the Ponder Lions held on to get a 7-0 win against the Fort Worth Castleberry Lions on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

Football: Bearcats bulldoze Bobcats

KRUM — Pilot Point took the early lead and never let up, defeating Krum 30-7 in the season opener for both schools Friday night.

Football: Big plays burn Aubrey in 34-3 setback

POTTSBORO — Big pass plays and a steady running game from Pottsboro overwhelmed the Aubrey Chaparrals 34-3 in the season opener for both teams.

Football: Sanger outguns Melissa

MELISSA — It wasn’t the start to their season Sanger had envisioned, immediately giving up an opening 53-yard kickoff return and a 14-yard touchdown pass to fall behind 7-0 against Melissa on Friday night.

Football: Celina rips visiting Liberty

CELINA — The Celina Bobcats began the season with a 47-21 victory over the visiting Liberty Christian Warriors on Friday night.

Football: Calvary rolls 74-28 in opener

Calvary senior quarterback Keishun Cuchens accounted for seven touchdowns as he led the Lions to a season-opening 74-28 rout of Greenville Christian at Bronco Field on Friday night.

Friday night game capsules

Football: Guyer prepared for battle of champs

With Guyer’s relatively quick ascension into powerhouse territory over the past half-decade, the Wildcats have forgotten what it is like to be an underdog.

Football: Ryan plays on without seniors, Florence

The moments before the first game of the season will be different for everybody in Ryan’s locker room tonight.

Football: Denton gets fast Eagles for opener

Russian psychologist Ivan Pavlov was famous for helping introduce the idea of classical conditioning, in which he conducted an experiment with a dog, meat powder and a bell.

Pigskin preview coming Thursday

Football season begins this week, and the Denton Record-Chronicle has all the information to put what local teams face in context in its annual magazine.

Ryan season ticket sales end Thursday

Season ticket sales for Ryan games will end at 5 p.m. Thursday. Ryan’s five-game packet costs $40. Ryan season tickets can be purchased at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. Ticket prices at the gate are $9 for reserved seats and $8 for general admission.

Video: Ryan head coach Dave Henigan talks about freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders

Ryan head coach Dave Henigan talks about freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders, who will make his first varsity start this Friday in the season-opener against Rockwall.

Football: Robinson finds stride

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson didn’t get off to a sterling start in Friday night’s scrimmage against the state’s No. 5 team in The Associated Press’ preseason Class 6A poll.

Football: Sanders shines as Ryan starter

A two-play stretch in Friday night’s scrimmage between Ryan and Grapevine offered a glimpse into what the season could be like for Ryan freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders.

Football: Broncos find defense to be strength

Denton coach Kevin Atkinson had been worrying about his offense in the weeks of practice leading up to Friday’s scrimmage against Little Elm at Bronco Field.

Football: Denton teams head into final tuneups

Over the years, Guyer coach John Walsh has tested his relatively young program against some of the most tradition-rich teams in the state.

Football: Private schools bunched up; Argyle tops 4A SportsDay poll

Imagine if the UIL had put back-to-back state champions Allen and Denton Guyer in the same district and added recent state champions Cedar Hill, Southlake Carroll and Euless Trinity. That’s the type of district some area private school coaches may feel like they’re in this season.

Football: Raiders ‘better’ after scrimmage

The referees may have thrown their arms upward to signal touchdowns Friday night, but the scoreboard didn’t change in Ryan’s scrimmage against North Crowley.

Football notebook: Ryan to scrimmage Panthers

Ryan coach Dave Henigan knows his depth chart looks a little murky with the season opener against Rockwall looming Aug. 29.

Football: Eagles, Wildcats start year ranked

The Guyer Wildcats and Argyle Eagles landed spots in The Associated Press’ preseason poll released Wednesday.

Football: Guyer-Ryan, Argyle set for TV games

The high school football schedule for TXA-TV (Channel 21) was released Tuesday, and there are a couple of Denton-area games that fans will be able to watch on tape delay.

Football: Back to business

As soon as the Guyer football team was finished celebrating its second straight Class 4A Division I state championship in December, coach John Walsh was salivating at what he had returning on defense.

Football: Atkinson: ‘They’re buying what we’re selling’

In their first fall practice of the season and their third under coach Kevin Atkinson, the Denton Broncos are buying into the core football principles and acclimating to the team’s standards.

Football: Guyer quarterback Kevin Dillman ruled ineligible

Nearly six months to the day after Kevin Dillman enrolled at Guyer, the highly rated quarterback was ruled ineligible for varsity competition on Monday morning at a University Interscholastic League hearing.

Football: New districts mean new opportunities for local teams

Lake Dallas coach Michael Young has plenty of reasons to be excited and optimistic as the Falcons begin football workouts today. For starters, a lot of his sophomore starters from a 6-4 2013 campaign are now juniors with more experience under their belts. Also, while there are not a ton of new faces on the roster, the Falcons have fresh faces to go up against once the season begins in less than three weeks.

Football: UIL denies Guyer's Kevin Dillman eligibility

Guyer quarterback Kevin Dillman, who came to Guyer in January from La Mirada, California, was denied a waiver request for UIL eligibility on Monday morning in Austin.

Football: Denton ISD season tickets on sale Monday

Football season tickets will go on sale for the three Denton high schools — Denton, Guyer and Ryan — beginning Monday.

Football: ‘Good to be back’

The Ryan football team gathered around coach Dave Henigan on the practice field Monday morning before the day got hotter and the task got longer.

Football notebook: Energy, excitement mark champs’ workout

ARGYLE — There are a lot of new faces in the Argyle football program, but Monday morning brought the same level of excitement to the Eagle fieldhouse as always at this time of year.

Football: Midnight practice on tap for some as workouts begin

Anticipation of the start of football season starts at different times for different people. For some, it’s when the calendar flips from July to August. Others get the itch around the end of spring practice, while others were ready for the season when the last one ended.

Football: Purcell lands gig on FSSW

Ken Purcell was three hours away from retiring as the Denton school district’s athletic director when Jon Heidtke approached him on the sideline at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium in December.

Football: Coaches on the fringes

Spotting the top high school coaches in the state wasn’t too hard to do at this year’s state 7-on-7 tournament in College Station earlier this month. They were all in the end zone wearing name tags, standing on the fringes of the field a few yards from their typical spots on the sideline.

Football: Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson receives offer from Texas

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson picked up his second collegiate offer a month before he starts his first game for the Wildcats.

Working on his swing

Sweat trickles from Jeffrey Barnett’s brow and drops onto his damp black T-shirt as he guides his partner up and down the dance floor while music ranging from Al Green to Maroon 5 blares over the sound system.

Football: Mean Green standout Patrick Cobbs added to Ryan staff

Patrick Cobbs was looking to further a football career that includes a record-setting tenure at North Texas and five years in the NFL.

Football: Guyer QB Moore going back to Prosper

The once-crowded quarterback derby at Guyer heading into the 2014 season suddenly is much clearer. Shawn Robinson, who started as a freshman for Saginaw Chisholm Trail last season, won Guyer’s starting job in spring practice, while backup David Haynes moved to wide receiver. That left Prosper move-in David Moore as Robinson’s backup after the three-way battle concluded. Those plans changed in a hurry Monday when Moore headed back to Prosper.

Football: Eagles, Bearcats, Falcons go winless

COLLEGE STATION — Argyle and Pilot Point were unable to find success in the Division II championship bracket at the state 7-on-7 football tournament.

Football: Argyle, Pilot Point advance at 7-on-7

COLLEGE STATION — Argyle and Pilot Point earned slots in today’s Division II championship bracket action at the state 7-on-7 football tournament following strong showings in Thursday’s pool play.

Football: 7-on-7 event gives teams extra practice time

Argyle was one disputed call away from winning a state 7-on-7 tournament championship in 2013.

DRC

Derek Thompson to coach football, basketball at Denton

Derek Thompson knew that if he didn’t play football beyond his days at North Texas he would follow in his mother’s footsteps and coach on the high school level.

Football: Guyer offense shows potential

Guyer coach John Walsh knows he and his staff will be relying on an experienced defense early in the 2014 season while a new quarterback and an entirely new offensive line are thrown into the varsity fire.

Football: Broncos exercise competitive spirit

Less than a minute into the second half of Denton’s spring game at Bronco Field, wide receiver Key’andre Hearvey was tagged with an offensive pass interference penalty and fell to his knees in disbelief.

Football: Wildcats answer call of spring

There are a couple of big questions the Guyer football coaching staff has been looking to answer this spring, but for the most part, the 2014 edition of the Wildcats will look pretty similar to the one that defended its Class 4A Division I state championship at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium in December.

Football: Broncos’ growth to be on display

Propagating timber bamboo is how Denton head coach Kevin Atkinson sees the growth of his football team and with today’s spring game celebrating the Broncos development; it’s also time to see some tangible maturation.