The Denton Record-Chronicle recognizes athletes and their game-changing performances. Email nominations to email@example.comDane Ledford, QB, ArgyleLedford threw for 203 yards and three touchdowns,...
Ryan coach Dave Henigan has been telling his team for the past few weeks that adversity was on its way. But as dominant as the Raiders had been playing, he began to think they didn’t believe him. Perhaps they do now. Ryan lacked its typical explosiveness on offense for a second straight week, and its defense struggled to contain Keller Timber Creek for most of the night before escaping with a 21-14 win Friday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex to remain perfect in District 5-6A.
FORT WORTH — Down four points in the fourth quarter and facing a fourth-and-2 on their 31-yard line with less than four minutes left in the game, Xavier Scott and the Denton Broncos knew Brewer was going to bring the house to stop the run. So before the play, Scott looked to his teammates and said “be ready.” Scott was preparing his team for him to bounce the play outside the tackles to try to get the first down. Not only did Scott bounce the play outside, but he rumbled off a 56-yard run to get the ball to the Bears’ 13-yard line. Two plays later, Scott punched in the go-ahead touchdown to put Denton (5-2, 2-1 District 5-5A) ahead 40-37.
ARGYLE — The keys to the Argyle Eagles’ 63-7 victory against District 6-4A foe Carrollton Ranchview were their ability to stay healthy throughout the lopsided win, spread the ball around on offense and use their depth they had on both sides of the ball.
ARGYLE — Liberty Christian’s Nick Starkel and Justus Lee delivered a one-two knockout punch Friday night against TAPPS District 1-1 rival Midland Christian. Starkel, the Warriors’ quarterback who has verbally committed to Oklahoma State, threw for a season-high 403 yards and touchdown strikes of 54 and 47 yards to Lee, leading Liberty Christian to a 26-5 win against the Mustangs.
ARGYLE — Just as it appeared Krum had battled back and was poised to punch back in a battle of Class 4A heavyweights, Argyle junior Maddie DeGuire stepped to the service line Friday and delivered a knockout blow to put a stamp on the first round of district play and lead No. 2 Argyle to a four-set win over No. 4 Krum.
FORT WORTH — Battling through a five-set match, the Denton Lady Broncos took down Fort Worth Brewer 25-18, 21-25, 16-25, 25-23, 15-10 on Friday.
When the 2015 season began, Guyer coach John Walsh knew his offense might go through some early growing pains after losing three key senior wide receivers a year ago. What he’s seen has been a bit surprising because Guyer waited until Friday’s Week 5 win against Justin Northwest for its first productive passing game.
With each passing match being the next in line of what has been a dominant run through District 5-6A action for the Guyer volleyball team, coach Addie Mack gives her team goals to shoot for in the course of a match — more than just wins and losses.
When Denton faced Wichita Falls just less than a month ago, it pushed the Lady Broncos to four sets, but they still came away victorious despite feeling like they could have done much better defensively.
KRUM — Krum pushed its winning streak to 13 matches with Tuesday’s 25-16, 25-10, 25-12 sweep of Aubrey, setting up a showdown of unbeatens against Argyle for the early lead in District 9-4A.
GAINESVILLE — The Argyle Lady Eagles notched their fourth win in district play with a 25-4, 25-17, 25-10 sweep against Gainesville.
Guyer junior quarterback Shawn Robinson is a big believer in the idea of trusting the process, and the mantra has been drilled into his mind this season with good reason. With a group of largely inexperienced and young wide receivers at his disposal, the Guyer passing game has seen some well-publicized struggles through the first part of the regular season despite having one of the nation’s top-ranked quarterbacks under center.
JUSTIN — It’s the midway point of the regular season, and Ryan’s defense is getting stingier by the week. Ryan held Trophy Club Nelson’s high-octane offense to 183 yards while forcing two turnovers and stuffing 14 plays for negative yardage in a 20-3 District 5-6A win Friday at Northwest ISD Stadium. Ryan has allowed 62 points in its first five games, and only 9 over the past two weeks.
SAGINAW — After each team traded blows in a contentious first half, Denton found itself staring at a 10-point deficit early in the third quarter. Denton didn’t give in, though, fighting back to tie the game at 31 just a few minutes later. With its defense finally delivering a clutch stop, the Broncos seemed poised to take the lead.
CORINTH — Dagan Haehn tore his ACL five months ago, but there was no way to tell watching him throw four touchdown passes in the first half on Friday. After debuting last week, Haehn started at quarterback for the first time this season, leading Lake Dallas (4-2, 2-0 district) on five straight scoring drives to open the game in a 62-10 win against Fort Worth Carter-Riverside (4-2, 1-1) at Falcon Stadium.
AUBREY — The Aubrey Lady Chaparrals defeated Gainesville on Friday in a 25-21, 25-14, 25-15 sweep.
After claiming their first two sets against Azle, the Denton Lady Broncos took a 10-point lead in the third frame and looked to have righted the ship after a disappointing start to the set.
Tuesday’s loss to Keller was by no means a death knell for Ryan’s playoff chances. But saying it didn’t make things more difficult nearing the midway point of the District 5-6A schedule would be an understatement.
SANGER — After her team had blown a fairly comfortable first-set lead against Aubrey on Tuesday night, Sanger coach Tammy Niemczyk had seen enough.