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.

Football: Turnovers aid Falcon win

LUCAS — The Lake Dallas Falcons forced five Lucas Lovejoy turnovers and Falcon junior quarterback Dagan Haehn threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 106 yards in a 35-17 Falcon win Friday at Leopard Stadium.

Football: Liberty puts chill on Melissa

ARGYLE — In a game that featured unseasonably chilly temperatures and a high number of flags, the Liberty Christian Warriors dominated the Melissa Cardinals (0-3) 34-7 Friday night.

Football: Ponder bounces back to beat Nocona

NOCONA — The Ponder Lions rebounded from a loss last week by defeating the Nocona Indians on the road 27-3 Friday night.

Football: Heath Fulton rips visiting Calvary

HEATH — The Calvary Lions saw their record fall to 1-2 for the season Friday night as the Heath Fulton Academy Falcons rolled to a 51-6 victory.

Volleyball: Ryan battles in five-set loss to Lady Texans

The Ryan Lady Raiders made a strong opening statement against the Justin Northwest Lady Texans in the District 5-6A opener for both teams before losing in five sets, 25-21, 13-25, 25-18, 15-25, 13-15.

Volleyball roundup: Guyer sweeps Timber Creek

Emily Hill piled up 15 kills, nine digs and nine aces to help lead the Guyer Lady Wildcats to a 26-24, 25-8, 25-17 win against Keller Timber Creek to open District 5-6A action on Friday.

Football: Ryan holds off Wylie East’s comeback attempt

The legs Ryan were depending on Thursday night were off the field in the first half. Ryan senior running back Maurice Gordon, Ryan’s main source of offense for the first two games of the season, left the game and never stepped back onto the field.

Football: Guyer to take on Wichita Falls Rider

Before Guyer begins its swim through the new District 5-6A in a couple of weeks, the Wildcats finish up their nondistrict slate tonight against a familiar foe. After playing their first two games of the season against programs they’d never previously faced, Guyer will host Wichita Falls Rider, which is receiving votes in the Associated Press Class 5A state poll. The Raiders have been a district bunkmate of Guyer’s in every year of the Wildcats’ existence except for the 2010 and 2011 seasons, when Guyer was in the state’s largest classification.

Football: Denton aims for a quick start tonight

Through the first two weeks of the season, the Denton Broncos have earned the wins they’ve desired, but the games haven’t exactly started according to plan. Against Carrollton Creekview today in their first home game of the season, the Broncos will look to start fast and head into their bye week with a perfect 3-0 record.

Volleyball: Ryan volleyball gets set for district play

Ryan coach Cindy Williams and the players on Ryan’s volleyball team feel the same way about this season. The feeling around the team coming into District 5-6A is something the players and coach haven’t felt in the last two years. Even after Tuesday night’s loss to Decatur, the defending champions in the state’s third biggest classification, Williams saw a sense of urgency that had been absent for a long time.

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Football: Ryan set to face Wylie East

Ryan sophomore linebacker Tyreke Davis was still on the practice field while the majority of his teammates filed into the football field house after Monday afternoon’s practice. Davis was still finishing up extra drills, serving his punishment for turning in his grade sheet a day late. “It doesn’t feel good,” Davis said as he was still trying to catch his breath.

Volleyball: Guyer sweeps Wichita Falls

Guyer capped its nondistrict schedule on Tuesday with another dominating performance, but coach Addie Mack said none of the early-season success will matter if the Lady Wildcats can’t handle the challenges that await them in District 5-6A.

Volleyball: Denton dominates against Fossil Ridge

Junior outside hitter Kenzie Dozier credited her setters and the defense for why she had such a productive game against Keller Fossil Ridge on Tuesday. With District 5-5A play just around the corner, Dozier’s team-leading 13 kills helped the Lady Broncos rediscover some much-needed chemistry on the way to a swift sweep of the Lady Panthers 25-14, 25-14, 25-19.

Volleyball roundup: Lake Dallas takes down Wichita Falls Rider in four

CORINTH — In their final tune-up before district play begins, the Lake Dallas Lady Falcons defeated Wichita Falls Rider 12-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-23 on Tuesday night.

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Football: Argyle gets late touchdown to edge Denison

ARLINGTON — Argyle’s offense may be shaky at times, but the Eagles still have a flare for dramatics. Quarterback Cooper Rodgers found Dane Ledford for a 56-yard touchdown pass with 26 seconds left to nab a 42-35 win against Denison in the opening game of the Southwest Showcase at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Friday.

Football: Guyer kicker shakes off nerves, drills winner

ENNIS — At the end of the summer, and even into the start of fall workouts, Guyer coach John Walsh didn’t have a clue who Antonio Terzini was. After Friday night’s Guyer win over Ennis, Terzini will have a much larger social circle.

Football: Scott’s five scores give Broncos win

GRANBURY — The Denton Broncos have a saying they repeat frequently. “Run to win.” After leading his team to its first win of the season against Wilmer-Hutchins, junior running back Xavier Scott found a way to outdo himself. Scott rushed for 304 yards and five touchdowns to guide the Broncos to a 48-28 win over Granbury in a turnover-laden tilt on the road on Friday.

Football: Ryan stops late rally to knock off Hebron

CARROLLTON — It looked like Ryan had its first win of the season all but wrapped up on Friday night. But Hebron made sure Ryan didn’t get to fully exhale and exult until the final snap of the ballgame. Ryan thwarted Hebron’s last-minute rally to pick up 27-21 victory at Hawk Stadium. It was Ryan’s first win of the season and the first victory under Ryan coach Dave Henigan.

Football: Pilot Point cruises past Anna, 49-21

ANNA — Scoring touchdowns isn’t easy, but Pilot Point made it look that way in Friday night’s 49-21 win against Anna (1-1).

Football: Jackson rushes for 327 and six TDs in Sanger rout of Plainview

SANGER — Tre’von Jackson rushed for 327 yards and six touchdowns on 20 carries to lead the Sanger Indians to a 57-31 win Friday night over the Plainview Indians from Ardmore, Okla.

Football: Big plays key Lake Dallas victory

FRISCO — Lake Dallas mixed a big-play offense with timely plays on defense to pick up its first win of the season, defeating Frisco Centennial 56-35 on Friday night at Frisco ISD Memorial Stadium.

Football: Starkel fuels lopsided win for Liberty

ARGYLE — There’s something about playing Springtown that brings out the best in Liberty Christian. A week after getting steamrolled by Celina, the Warriors got five touchdown passes from quarterback Nick Starkel and cruised to a 54-20 win against the Porcupines at Warrior Stadium. Liberty Christian (1-1) is now 3-0 against Springtown over the past three seasons.

Football: Burkburnett takes advantage of key fumble in win

AUBREY — A key fumble in the fourth quarter transformed a close contest into a 41-28 Burkburnett runaway victory over Aubrey.

Football: Callisburg beats Ponder with late TD

PONDER — The Ponder Lions’ offense got hot Friday night, but their defense could not stop a potent Callisburg attack, which led to a 31-22 loss.