AMARILLO — Perhaps the one statistic that hasn’t been emphasized enough during Ryan’s impressive playoff run — and really the bulk of this season — has been its ability to protect the football.Rarely have...
Denton and Amarillo school district officials have agreed to move today’s Class 6A Division 1 regional round game between Ryan and Amarillo Tascosa to 3 p.m. Monday after a winter storm has most of West Texas and the Panhandle covered with ice and snow.
ARGYLE — Lucas Shigley’s 13 points helped drive Argyle to a 44-42 victory Tuesday against Decatur.
As the Broncos made their third-quarter run, McKinney North’s turnovers began to snowball and Denton’s offense began to flourish.
SANGER — Sanger hosted an exciting season opener, as they took Lake Country into overtime and came away with a 99-97 victory. Chandler Cockrell drained a three with two seconds remaining to seal the win for the Indians.
GARLAND — Argyle’s two previous trips to the state tournament ended in disappointment. The third time, as they say, was the charm. Armed with a roster loaded with seven single-minded seniors, Argyle rolled to its first state title Saturday with a 25-17, 25-23, 25-16 sweep of Bushland in the Class 4A final at the Curtis Culwell Center.
MARBLE FALLS — The Argyle Lady Eagles expended every ounce of energy competing in six games in three days, and it paid off Saturday as they came away champions of the Marble Falls tournament.
CARROLLTON — Quarterback James Helzer threw for 432 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Calvary Lions to a 68-56 victory over Dallas Tyler Street Christian Academy on Saturday night to advance to the semifinals of the TAPPS six-man Division II playoffs.
ALLEN — Guyer coach John Walsh’s play-calling identity has long been one to score as many points as quickly as possible. But in Friday’s Class 6A Division II area-round playoff game against Southlake Carroll, Walsh threw the Dragons a curveball. Guyer, knowing the potency of the Dragons’ offense, executed its game plan to perfection in rolling up 544 yards on the ground and milking the clock en route to a 48-35 win against the Dragons, avenging a loss in the same round of the playoffs a year ago.
ARLINGTON — Sometimes, you have to give a team the credit it deserves. It’s no secret Ryan has had its doubters this season. Fueled by a battered defense that forced four second-half turnovers, Ryan’s offense rallied from a five-point hole in the fourth quarter with two touchdowns in the final 8:50 — both from sophomore quarterback Spencer Sanders — to steal a 43-35 win in a wild finish at AT&T Stadium.
JUSTIN — Facing the Aledo Bearcats for the second consecutive season in the Class 5A Division I Region I area round at Northwest ISD Stadium, the Denton Broncos knew they had to put together a near perfect game to take down the defending state champs. It was Aledo that played the mistake free game, using a balanced blend of run and pass to expose the Denton defense and with the Bearcats scoring on their first three drives of the game, the Broncos were facing a severe uphill climb from the get-go. Denton’s offense struggled and Aledo kept its foot on the gas pedal and breezed its way into the regional semifinals with a 52-3 victory on Friday.
ROYSE CITY — Turnovers ultimately kill a team’s momentum, and forcing turnovers is a message Argyle coach Todd Rodgers and the Eagles’ defensive coaches drill into the defense every week. The Eagles used that type of defense then used a number of offensive weapons and a deadlock defense to topple the Pirates 59-34 in its Class 4A Division I area round game at Royse City ISD Stadium Friday.
BEDFORD — The Lake Dallas defense allowed Burleson to drive the ball to the red zone, but facing a fourth-and-13, it needed a stop. As Burleson quarterback Preston Paden dropped back, it quickly became apparent he had no chance. The pocket collapsed, and several Lake Dallas defenders reached Paden with enough force that his helmet popped off and skittered backward 5 feet for a turnover on downs. Already up by two touchdowns, Lake Dallas cruised the rest of the way for a 35-14 win on Friday at Pennington Field.
The Denton Broncos did just about all they could to improve their playoff positioning from a season ago. They already have one more win than last season with nine, and their 6-1 District 5-5A record earned them a share of the district crown for the first time since 1999.
As Ryan gets set for its second-round playoff showdown tonight against South Grand Prairie, Raider coach Dave Henigan said his team is playing at an exceptionally high level and has just as much momentum as its opponent.
ROYSE CITY — Sanger coach Chuck Galbreath knew his team’s playoff road would be a tough one, and following its 48-9 loss to Texarkana Liberty-Eylau in a Class 4A Division I area-round game at Royse City ISD Stadium on Thursday, Galbreath addressed his team at eye level as most of his players welled up.
When Argyle junior Halee Van Poppel noticed earlier this postseason that some of her senior teammates were perhaps getting too fixated on the state tournament, she warned them about the dangers of looking ahead.
The last two seasons for Guyer’s volleyball program have seen the Lady Wildcats hit several milestones — first playoff appearance in the state’s largest classification, along with the first win at that level, a run to the regional quarterfinals in 2014 and back-to-back District 5-6A championships.
Ponder’s Brady Anderson, seated, signed a national letter of intent to Texas A&M-Commerce to play basketball. Anderson, who has multiple all-district, all-area and all-state honors, was joined at the signing on Friday by, from left, Ponder High School Principal Shawn Simmons, parents Bryan and Lisa Anderson and Ponder basketball coach Jude Stanley.
ARLINGTON — In one of Denton’s strangest and lowest-scoring games of the season, its usual offensive suspects were nowhere to be found, with the Broncos totaling 154 yards of offense and running back Xavier Scott bottled up for just 32 yards on 16 carries.
FORT WORTH — A week after surrendering 63 points in the first half to Conner Pingelton and the high-octane Celina offense, the Krum defense returned to form and held the Godley Wildcats scoreless on its way to a 28-0 victory in the bi-district round of the Class 4A Division II playoffs at Saginaw Chisholm Trail.
Ryan surrendered more points and yards on Friday than it had in any game this season, but with its offense moving the chains at will and Plano East consistently shooting itself in the foot, it was hardly a cause for concern. Spencer Sanders threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns, Tyreke Davis added two more scores on 144 rushing yards and the Raiders’ defense stiffened when it needed to on its way to forcing two crucial turnovers in a 56-33 win in a Class 6A Division I Region I bi-district game at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.
Memories of last year’s playoffs have faded and a host of players have claimed new roles, but the Denton Broncos’ winning ways seem to be here to stay. For the second straight year, the Broncos match up with one of District 6-5A’s best in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs. The Broncos drew Birdville last season, and at 9 p.m. today in the fourth scheduled game at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium, Denton dances with Grapevine, which has the same five-game winning streak and 8-2 overall record as the Broncos.
ABILENE — The Denton Lady Broncos showed they can compete with Class 5A’s second-ranked volleyball squad, Canyon Randall, on Friday in the Region I semifinals at McMurry’s Kimbrell Arena. As was the case all night, though, Randall had an answer each time Denton tried to pull away en route to a 25-16, 25-20, 22-25, 25-23 victory for the Lady Raiders.
JUSTIN — It’s been three years since Lake Dallas advanced past the second round of the playoffs. In other words, nobody on the team has been here before. The Falcons made it that far Friday, beating Fort Worth Brewer 49-14 in a Class 5A Division II bi-district playoff game at Justin’s Northwest ISD Stadium. They’ll play Burleson next week.