Volleyball: Guyer moves to 6-0 in 5-6A by beating Nelson

Guyer didn’t make things easy on itself in a pivotal District 5-6A match Tuesday night, but the Lady Wildcats made a statement by remaining unbeaten in district play and handing Trophy Club Nelson its first district loss.

Volleyball: Sanger holds off Aubrey in three-set decision

AUBREY — Late in the opening set of Tuesday’s District 9-4A match against Sanger, Aubrey was awarded a crucial point only to have it reversed by officials seconds later.

Volleyball roundup: Denton now 6-0 in district

AZLE — Denton improved to 6-0 in its first season in District 5-5A with a 20-25, 26-24, 25-19, 25-21 victory at Azle on Tuesday.

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Football: Taylor-made finish

It was no coincidence on Friday night when Guyer senior running back Anthony Taylor took three straight handoffs in the closing minutes of Guyer’s District 5-6A opener against Keller before the Wildcats were able to line up in a victory formation and kneel the ball to secure a victory. That’s because Taylor was one of the few players Guyer coach John Walsh had trust in to close the game out in what ended up being a wildly sloppy second half for the two-time reigning state champions in a 40-33 win against Keller.

Football: Broncos roll past Rangers for 4-0 start

FORT WORTH — Everything the Denton Broncos did in preparation for Friday’s district-opening showdown on the road against Saginaw Chisholm Trail was done with one word in mind — fast. The Broncos used an early Chisholm Trail turnover and a quick score to get themselves off on the right foot on the way to a two-possession lead at halftime, as they eventually defeated the Rangers 50-14 to move to 4-0 on the season.

Football: Keller Central holds off Ryan

KELLER — It is possible to make a few mistakes against a quality football team and hobble home with a victory. But when those errors add up, they become crippling. Ryan couldn’t overcome a slew of turnovers and penalties and lost to Keller Central 37-29 on Friday night at Keller ISD Athletic Complex.

Football: Liberty snaps long skid against Nolan, 47-7

ARGYLE — Talk about snapping a losing streak. For the last six years, Fort Worth Nolan has been a giant thorn in Liberty Christian’s side. During that stretch, the Vikings — who have won three straight TAPPS state titles — not only won every meeting against the Warriors, but did so with relative ease. On Friday, the Warriors likely felt as if they made up for all those losses in one game while scoring 27 straight points en route to a dominating 47-7 win in the TAPPS DI-I opener at Warrior Stadium.

Football: Argyle rides 28-point quarter to victory

PARIS — Two pass plays of more than 40 yards ignited Argyle as part of a 28-point second quarter, which propelled the Eagles to a 38-14 win over Paris on Friday at Wildcat Stadium.

Football: Falcons open district play with win over Grapevine

CORINTH — Courtenay Holder wasted no time making an impact in his team’s district opener. The junior running back, a week after scoring five touchdowns, went 74 yards on the first play of the game for a Lake Dallas touchdown, and the Falcons never looked back in their 49-21 win over Grapevine.

Football: Pilot Point Bearcats beat Bonham to stay perfect

PILOT POINT — There was a big turnout at Massey Stadium for the Pilot Point Bearcats’ homecoming game Friday night against the Bonham Warriors (0-5).

Football: Jackson romp highlights rout

WHITESBORO — When he saw the opening at the line, Tre’von Jackson immediately realized he had a lot of empty space in front of him — 99 yards, to be precise.

Football: Ponder outlasts Tom Bean

TOM BEAN — Despite a quick start, the Ponder Lions needed a big defensive stand deep in their end of the field to finalize their 14-10 nondistrict victory over Tom Bean on Friday.

Football: Ranchview corrals Chaps

CARROLLTON — The Carrollton Ranchview Wolves started off slow against the Aubrey Chaparrals, only up 7-0 at half, but they turned it around quickly with a few big plays to win their homecoming game 29-7.

Football: Bobcats shine for homecoming

KRUM — The Krum Bobcats put on an offensive show for their homecoming as they beat the Boyd Yellowjackets 38-22 on Friday night.

Volleyball roundup: Guyer moves to 5-0 in district

Guyer survived a thrilling five-set match against Keller on Friday to improve to 5-0 in District 5-6A, winning 25-23, 24-26, 25-13, 21-25, 18-16.

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Football: Broncos start district play against Rangers

The Denton Broncos have shot out to a perfect nondistrict start, showing off a balanced offense and a dynamic defense. But when they face Saginaw Chisholm Trail on the road today, they’re preparing to start the first of two new seasons — the district schedule and the playoffs.

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Football: Wildcats open district play

The last time Guyer faced a spread offense, the Wildcats’ defense was torched by one of the nation’s top-ranked programs and standout quarterback Kyler Murray of Allen. While the spread offense the Wildcats will face tonight is a significant step down from Allen, Guyer’s defensive personnel is wanting to make a statement in the team’s District 5-6A opener against Keller at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

Football: Raiders starting district on the road

There was something missing in last week’s Ryan football practices. The crispness and intensity in midweek drills were absent during a week where Ryan and the rest of the teams in District 5-6A were resting. As soon as this week’s practices started, worries about any extended sluggishness disappeared.

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Football: Key takeaway

Most of the time, when a team wins the turnover battle, it wins the game. Through three games, the Denton Broncos have forced 10 turnovers — with four in each of their past two games — and are off to a 3-0 start.

Volleyball: Lady Broncos prevail in five after dropping two straight sets

In a showdown between two District 5-5A unbeatens, the Denton Lady Broncos waited until the last minute to pull a victory out of the fire as they overcame visiting Wichita Falls Rider 25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 28-30, 17-15 on Tuesday night.

Volleyball: Ryan avoids sweep but loses to Panthers

By the time Ryan got acclimated to the speed of Tuesday night’s District 5-6A match, Keller Fossil Ridge was a few points away from sweeping the Lady Raiders for its first district win.

Volleyball: Argyle falls short in battle of ranked teams

DECATUR — Prior to Tuesday’s highly anticipated match at Decatur, Argyle coach Clark Oberle jokingly warned a group of officials on the court that they’d better plan for a late night.

Volleyball roundup: Lady Falcons cruise in three

CORINTH — After a close opening set, Lake Dallas cruised in the next two en route to a 25-23, 25-14, 25-11 sweep of Fort Worth Eastern Hills.Adrianna Nolly had a team-high 10 kills for Lake Dallas. Bailie...

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Football: Pilot Point finishes strong, knocks of Gunter, 31-15

PILOT POINT — After falling behind 15-14 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, Pilot Point closed Friday night’s game against Gunter with 17 straight points for a 31-15 win that kept the team undefeated this season.

Football: Argyle upends Graham

GRAHAM — Nick Ralston has done a lot in his four seasons as a varsity running back for Argyle. But the senior Arizona State pledge has never had a game like the one he had on Friday night, and he knows he will be paying for it today. Ralston rumbled for 192 yards on an unprecedented 46 carries and scored four times on the ground to lift third-ranked Argyle to a 35-27 win over No. 4 Graham in a pivotal Class 4A nondistrict affair at Newton Field.

Football: Jackson untouchable in Sanger rout

LONE GROVE, OKLA. — In many ways, it was expected to see Sanger running back Tre’von Jackson put up another big rushing performance on Friday at Lone Grove. Yet as the night wore on, the game turned into a battle of one-upmanship between Jackson and Longhorns running back Jeremy Lewis.

Football: Holder powers Falcons to victory

CORINTH — What looked like an easy 48 minutes for Lake Dallas turned into a slugfest against Dallas Kimball in the home opener for the Falcons on Friday, but the hosts prevailed with a 49-34 win that saw Courtenay Holder hit paydirt five times.

Football: Ponder outlasts Howe

PONDER — The Ponder Lions celebrated their homecoming with an offensive shootout, as they beat the Howe Bulldogs 27-20 on Friday night.

Football: Krum prevails with help of interceptions

PARADISE — Krum Bobcats safety Jacob Spencer had two interceptions but it was his second pick with 1:30 left that halted any chance the Paradise Panthers had at coming back Friday night, as they lost a close-fought battle 27-20.

Football: Aubrey falls to 0-4 with loss to Panthers

AUBREY — In what was a fast-paced game from the beginning, the Aubrey Chaparrals (0-4) could not keep up with Van Alstyne’s dominating offense, losing 55-14 Friday night.

Football: Calvary drops 80-75 barnburner

The Denton Calvary Lions, behind the play of Keishun Cuchens, had their best offensive night of the season on Friday night, but it still wasn’t enough as the Forestburg Longhorns scored with 20 seconds remaining in the game for a 80-75 victory at Bronco Field.

Volleyball roundup: Guyer stays unbeaten in district with win

The Guyer Lady Wildcats continued their undefeated start in their new district on Friday, defeating the Ryan Lady Raiders 25-11, 25-20, 25-16 at home.

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Football: Argyle enters top-four tilt

ARGYLE — Last season, in a Class 3A Division II semifinal, state powers Argyle and Graham were poised for an epic clash between two loaded teams with a trip to AT&T Stadium on the line.

Football notebook: Falcons learn from miscues

Lake Dallas has won its past two games in fairly convincing fashion. The season opener, however, didn’t go quite so well for the Falcons, and a lot of their misfortune that night against Frisco Wakeland came on their own accord.

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Volleyball notebook: Ryan, Guyer battle in district

The last time Ryan and Guyer played each other, Addie Mack was seated on the Ryan bench. Mack was an assistant coach for the Lady Raiders for eight seasons before she got her chance to become a coach at the school across town. Aside from the rekindling of the Guyer-Ryan rivalry, the upcoming District 5-6A contest is extra special for the Guyer coach.

Volleyball: Calvary conquers Krum

Lady Lions work out issues while posting four-set road victoryKRUM — Late in Tuesday’s nondistrict match at Krum, Calvary coach Jennifer Bramlett continued to throw in the occasional offensive wrinkle...

Volleyball: Ryan snaps long drought in district play

The drought is over. Ryan defeated Keller Timber Creek 25-21, 25-16, 25-21 on Tuesday at Billy Ryan Gym on a night full of firsts for the Lady Raiders. Ryan’s first District 5-6A win snapped a 23-game...

Volleyball roundup: Lady Wildcats roll past Keller Fossil Ridge

KELLER — Miles Baker notched a match-high 36 kills Tuesday to lead Guyer past Keller Fossil Ridge 25-18, 25-20, 25-22.

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Mauck: Football royalty on Argyle’s sideline

Carl Mauck was a man of few words on and off the field during the 34 years he spent in the NFL as a player and coach.

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Football: Balanced Broncos go to 3-0

After relying on the running game in their first two victories, the Denton Broncos knew that they were going to see Friday’s opponent Carrollton Creekview focus on stopping it. Instead, they went to the air for a more balanced attack.

Football: Guyer whips Rider, 66-0

The numbers that truly showed how dominating Guyer was against Wichita Falls Rider were not on the scoreboard at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. Evidence of Guyer’s thorough victory over the Raiders was in the box score of Friday night’s nondistrict contest.

Football: Pilot Point shuts out Aubrey, 47-0

PILOT POINT — DaCoven Bailey stopped on a dime, cut back to avoid a tackler and easily angled into the end zone for what would have been 44-yard score — until a late holding penalty called it back. Again, he weaved his way through tacklers on the next play for a touchdown, but again, it was called back by another holding penalty. But no penalty was stopping Bailey when he was handed the ball for the third straight play and cut back on the right side for a 17-yard touchdown run, just part of his performance that led Pilot Point (3-0) to a 47-0 win against Aubrey (0-3) on Friday night.

Football: Big second half sends Argyle over Celina

ARGYLE — With less than a minute left on the clock and his team ahead by 12, Argyle running back Nick Ralston was still being asked to chew up some final yards.

Football: Sanger defense shines in blanking Krum

SANGER — Sanger defensive coordinator Adam Shaw stressed to his unit to stay focused on Friday night and they met the challenge by holding the Krum Bobcats scoreless in Sanger’s 31-0 victory.