The layers of ice and snow blanketed across regions of Texas forced high school football coaches to reschedule and relocate this weekend’s games. Guyer, Ryan and Argyle moved their respective playoff games to Monday.
ARGYLE — The play may not have gone exactly how it was drawn up, but when Hunter Shoemake got his hands on the ball with a chance to steal a win for Argyle, he made the most of it. Shoemake drilled an off-balance 3-pointer as time expired to lift the Eagles to a 50-47 win Tuesday over Fort Worth Nolan Catholic (2-4).
With Ryan’s only returning starter and a few other key contributors from last season still wearing their football pads, Ryan boys coach Bryce Overstreet said the team was working on keeping things simple early in the season.
At the moment, the Guyer football team is focused on defending its Class 4A Division I state championship, but after what they hope is a Dec. 20 title game at AT&T Stadium, the Wildcats will shift their attention.
Keller Fossil Ridge scored 31 points before Ryan could even pick up a first down in Saturday afternoon’s Class 5A Division II regional semifinal. What occurred after that point, which came late in the second quarter, seemed unfathomable. Ryan pulled off the largest comeback in school history to defeat Fossil Ridge 42-37 at Apogee Stadium.
LUBBOCK — For the second straight week, Guyer’s D.J. Breedlove had the type of performance that can carry a team to victory in the postseason. The only difference in Saturday afternoon’s regional semifinal against Amarillo was that Breedlove got a lot of help from his friends.
WICHITA FALLS — Krum capped Saturday’s action in the Fantasy of Lights Tournament with wins over Wichita Falls and Amarillo Palo Duro.
DALLAS — Argyle senior Ian Sadler ensured that his final high school contest wasn’t a second-straight playoff loss to Gilmer. In Friday’s Class 3A Division II regional semifinal, Sadler scored five total touchdowns and lifted Argyle to a 45-38 win against Gilmer at Kincaide Stadium.
DALLAS — The clock showed 4:52 reaming in the fourth quarter and Argyle quarterback Brandon Boyzuick knew the season was on the line. So did running back Ian Sadler. So did center Hayden Hood. They knew this drive would determine whether the Eagles would continue on in the Class 3A Division II Region II football playoffs.
KELLER — Liberty Christian showed Friday at Keller ISD Stadium that its offense can put up points, but an early turnover put the Warriors in a hole they couldn’t quite dig out of against familiar nemesis Fort Worth Nolan Catholic, and they were eliminated 55-20 in the TAPPS Class 5A Division I semifinals.
Coming off a state tournament appearance in 2012, the volleyball season didn’t end like Argyle would have liked in 2013, but the Lady Eagles still had plenty to remember in a year that saw them eliminated by eventual Class 3A champion Decatur.
Guyer came into Tuesday night’s nondistrict game against North Crowley facing a distinct height disadvantage.
Argyle’s defense anchored the Lady Eagles against Denton on Tuesday and their first-quarter lead was never seriously challenged, but Argyle coach Skip Townsend stressed the importance of not taking a team lightly.
The first overtime went scoreless, and the thrilling, second overtime saw each team post eight points to send it to a third extra session, where Ryan persevered with a 62-58 victory at home Monday afternoon against Denton.
ARGYLE — The Argyle Eagles broke away in the second half Monday night for a 52-43 victory over Decatur.
WACO — Saturday night’s win over Austin St. Michael’s Catholic was akin to an exorcism for the Liberty Christian Warriors. Next up, maybe a little revenge. The Warriors (9-3) finally took care of an old playoff nemesis, beating the Crusaders 48-28 at Waco ISD Stadium.
Sharing athletes is nothing new to the Ryan basketball team. Playing without five varsity players who instead suited up for the football team in a playoff game Saturday morning in Arlington, the inexperienced Raiders fell behind early en route to a 52-47 loss to Decatur at Billy Ryan Gym.
MANSFIELD — Guyer running back D.J. Breedlove wasn’t perfect Friday night. But on a night when the weather and wet footballs caused headaches for both teams, Breedlove did plenty right in helping Guyer to a 42-13 win over Waco in the area round of the Class 4A Division I playoffs at Vernon Newsom Stadium.
PROSPER — Junior Nick Ralston set a school record for most yards rushing in a game with 365 yards on 28 carries and a school record for most touchdowns in a game with five to lead No. 1 Argyle to a 55-27 victory over Melissa in the Class 3A Division II area round Friday at B.W. Durham Stadium.
PONDER — Ponder started slow but erupted for 44 second-half points and used a lopsided advantage from the free-throw line to beat Sanger 79-62 on Friday night.
KELLER — Sean Choate led a trio of double-digit scorers Friday as the Guyer boys edged out Grapevine 62-59 in the Keller Timber Creek tournament.
ARGYLE — In a Nov. 1 rout of Aubrey, Argyle lost perhaps the heart and soul of its football team when four-year starting linebacker Sam Sizelove was lost for the season with torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his knee early in the game.
KELLER — The Guyer Wildcats held Frisco to just nine points in the third quarter and trailed by just one point going into the fourth, but the Raccoons outscored Guyer 25-15 in the final frame to open the Keller Timber Creek tournament with a 68-57 win Thursday.
In the middle of a week of preparation for what is expected to be one of Guyer’s toughest games of the season, the Wildcats’ senior quarterback took a break on Monday evening. Jerrod Heard was honored during a news conference at Guyer with an official invitation to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the prestigious high school All-American game.