Football: Eagles still tuning up for district play

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ARGYLE — Before the Argyle Eagles closed out practice Wednesday afternoon, the voice of coach Todd Rodgers echoed off the empty bleachers at Eagle Stadium as he chastised his team during a kickoff coverage drill.

It was another step for the Eagles in their preparation for another rung on the schedule in tonight’s nondistrict game at Kennedale.

The Eagles enter the game with a 3-0 record and as the No. 4 team in Class 3A, according to The Associated Press.

Argyle has adjusted to offensive coordinator Shay Nanny’s new offense, and has pulled off three resounding victories with three games to go before District 10-3A play begins in almost a month.

“We’re trying to get to the starting blocks for district as healthy, as experienced, as versed as we possibly can be,” Rodgers said.

The Eagles have a few more weeks to refine things before they begin their defense of the district championship.

Last week against Paris, Argyle cruised to a 53-7 victory. Texas Tech-bound wide receiver Ian Sadler accounted for five touchdowns, and Argyle scored all of its points in the first half.

Kennedale (1-2) is coming off a win against Wilmer-Hutchins and features a run-heavy offense. So far this season, Kennedale’s wing-T offense has attempted seven passes. The rushing attack has accounted for 96 percent of the team’s offensive plays.

Meanwhile, Argyle has been getting accustomed to Nanny’s system. Nanny previously was the offensive coordinator at Hebron and moved over to Argyle in the spring, following the retirement of former offensive coordinator Jeff Harp.

“It’s a lot of getting used to still, but it’s a lot of the same concepts that we had last year,” senior quarterback Brandon Boyzuick said. “It’s still pretty new, and we’re starting to get the hang of it.”

For the Eagles, tonight’s matchup represents another opportunity to fine-tune things across the board as the team gears up for district play and a possible playoff run.

Argyle has four seniors who have orally committed to Football Bowl Subdivision universities (linebacker Sam Sizelove, Kansas State; defensive back Connor Wilson, Texas Tech; kicker Cole Hedlund, Arkansas; Sadler, Texas Tech).

Defensive lineman Micah Capra said the team’s remaining nondistrict games are about fine-tuning things on both sides of the ball before district play begins Oct. 17 against Carrollton Ranchview. Through three games, Capra said, he likes what he’s seen.

“I think we’ve played great,” Capra said. “We’ve made a lot of changes with the new offense. We’ve put some new stunts in on defense, but all of our players are picking it up really well. There’s always room for improvement, and we need a lot more improvement, but for now we’re doing good for where we are.”

If the team continues to improve like it has through the first three games of the season, Argyle could be on its way to checking off the main goal that’s on the top of the list for the state’s top teams.

“We’re just trying to get better every week,” Boyzuick said. “Ultimately our goal is to win the state championship. That’s always been our goal. That’s what our main focus is, but we have to take it week by week and not lose focus on the task at hand.”

 

BEN BABY can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @Ben_Baby.


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