Football: Turnovers crush Ryan

JUSTIN — Ryan did everything it could in the first half of Friday’s District 5-6A game against Justin Northwest to pull out a win and improve its playoff chances. What happened over the final two quarters undid all of it.

Football: Denton prevails, clinches playoff berth

SAGINAW — Heading into Friday’s road tilt against Saginaw, the Denton Broncos were reeling from two consecutive losses and searching for improved defense after surrendering 77 combined points against Wichita Falls Rider and Azle.

Football: Pilot Point falls at Pottsboro

POTTSBORO — Zane Pritchett and the Pottsboro defense knew they had a tall order Friday, playing Pilot Point with a district title on the line. But Pritchett ran for 259 and two touchdowns on 27 carries and added three takeaways on defense to lift Pottsboro (8-1, 4-0) to a 22-7 win over No. 16 Pilot Point (8-1, 3-1) and to clinch the District 5-3A Division I championship.

Football: Argyle secures share of district title

ARGYLE — A few weeks ago, Argyle had a decent test from an explosive Carrollton Ranchview team in the Eagles’ quest for yet another district championship. Since then, Argyle has encountered nothing but minor speed bumps, with its most recent coming in Friday night’s 65-14 win over Dallas Pinkston, which clinched at least a share of the District 6-4A (Division I) championship for Argyle.

Football: Celina stifles Aubrey in 49-0 blowout

CELINA — The Celina Bobcats’ offense scored at will and their defense showed no mercy toward the Aubrey Chaparrals on Friday night in a 49-0 victory.

Football: Krum Bobcats batter Bonham

KRUM — It was senior night for the Krum Bobcats on Friday, and they handedly defeated District 3-4A opponent Bonham, 56-3.

Football: Falcons pop Parrots, 59-35

CORINTH — It was senior night at Lake Dallas Friday when the Falcons matched up against Fort Worth Polytechnic. But it was a pair of juniors who led the Falcons to another big victory.

Football: Ponder rallies past Bowie

PONDER — The Ponder Lions rallied with a late fourth-quarter touchdown to come from behind and defeat the Bowie Jackrabbits 24-20 Friday night to clinch their first-ever playoff berth.

Football: Sanger wins, wraps up playoff berth

DALLAS — Already missing starting running back Tre’von Jackson, Sanger lost quarterback Brandon Mann on Friday night but rolled on to a 40-14 win against district opponent Wilmer-Hutchins to secure a playoff spot.

Football: Prestonwood tops Liberty

ARGYLE — Hard times continue for Liberty Christian as the Warriors’ losing streak was extended to three games with a 45-38 loss to the Plano Prestonwood Christian Lions on Friday night.

Football: Calvary rolls past Christ the King

LUBBOCK — The Calvary Lions, riding another multiple-touchdown performance from quarterback Keishun Cuchens, rolled to a 75-28 rout of Lubbock Christ the King Cathedral on Thursday night.

Football: Guyer dances to 5-6A title

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson didn’t have to dig too deep into the Wildcats’ playbook to find success Thursday night. In fact, he didn’t even have a chance.

Football: Ryan’s playoff hopes coming down to wire

If Ryan expects to challenge for a playoff spot out of District 5-6A, it undoubtedly must avoid the turnovers that have plagued the team all season.

Football: Broncos need wins to make playoffs

Jetting out to a 6-0 start, the Denton Broncos were riding high. Now, after two consecutive losses that have tested their trust and belief, they are faced with needing to win their remaining games to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Cross country: Pair running to boost DHS profile

After a strong showing at the district meet and narrowly missing out on sending the boys team to regionals, Denton qualified two individuals for today’s Region I cross country meet at Lubbock’s Mae Simmons Park.

Friday Night Game Capsules

Football: Carrillo, Wildcats seek better showing

In last week’s win over Trophy Club Nelson, Guyer’s traditionally strong run defense allowed Bobcat running back Courtney Miles to run for 181 yards before he left with an injury two series into the second half.

Volleyball: Area teams ready for playoffs

While several area volleyball teams are gearing up to face unfamiliar foes in the first round of playoffs, two know one another all too well and are set on a collision course.

Volleyball: Guyer wins district

For Guyer, six years must have seemed like an eternity. In 2008, the Lady Wildcats were practically untouchable en route to their last outright district title.

Volleyball: Denton falls short in final-day bid for first

FORT WORTH — The Denton Lady Broncos entered Tuesday’s season finale against Saginaw Boswell with a chance to force a three-way tie for first place in District 5-5A.

Volleyball roundup: Lady Falcons finish with sweep

CORINTH — Lake Dallas swept Fort Worth Carter-Riverside 25-14, 25-12, 25-11 on Tuesday to finish the regular season 10-2 in District 6-5A and 29-10 overall.

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Football: Broncos fall from first

Scooting out to a two-touchdown lead at 21-7 in the first quarter, the Denton Broncos looked as if they were on their way to breaking the four-way tie atop District 5-5A. Denton’s Xavier Scott rushed for 272 yards and four touchdowns; however, the Broncos’ defense only forced three Azle punts all night as the Hornets rushed for 358 yards on the road to cap off a 55-34 victory at Bronco Field.

Football: Guyer wins big behind Robinson

JUSTIN — For the second straight week, Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson proved to be a capable escape artist.Whether he was eluding defenders on long touchdown runs or evading rushers in the...

Football: Turnovers cost Ryan in 35-14 loss to Keller

Just as Ryan seemed to have fixed its turnover woes, they came back to haunt the team in what could be a costly loss in the District 5-6A playoff race.

High School Football Standings

Football: Bearcats record blowout of Whitesboro

WHITESBORO — Travis Garrett accounted for five of Pilot Point’s eight touchdowns and the Bearcats scored 44 of their season-high 58 points in the first and final quarter as they defeated district rival Whitesboro 58-28 on Friday.

Football: Sanger spreads wealth in rout

SANGER — How do you make up for the loss of star running back Tre’von Jackson? Try spreading out nine touchdowns between seven different players.

Football: Undefeated Argyle defeats Carter

DALLAS — Seven Argyle Eagles found the end zone Friday night at John Kincaide Stadium where Argyle pounded Dallas Carter to remain perfect on the season.

Football: Spencer, Krum upend Anna

ANNA — All 21 points from the Krum Bobcats were scored from a ground attack led by senior running back Jacob Spencer to defeat the Anna Coyotes on Friday night 21-7 in District 3-4A action. Spencer, who...

Football: Bridgeport drops Aubrey to 1-7 on year

AUBREY — Bridgeport’s Keenan Holdman had 117 receiving yards and ran for 66 more yards — including three touchdowns — to mow over Aubrey 41-14 Friday.

Football: Late interception dooms Liberty

For the second consecutive week, the Liberty Christian Warriors suffered a late interception that led to a loss. Friday night, the Warriors’ freshman quarterback John Copeland was picked off at the Trojan four-yard line and the Addison Trinity Christian Trojans held on to take a 35-28 victory against Liberty Christian at Apogee Stadium.

Football: Brock stops streaking Lions

BROCK — The Ponder Lions saw their six-game winning streak come to a halt Friday night when the Brock Eagles routed Ponder 57-14 in a highly-anticipated matchup between the top two teams in District 4-3A.

Volleyball roundup: Lady Wildcats suffer first district defeat

TROPHY CLUB — The Guyer Lady Wildcats dropped their first District 5-6A match of the season Friday, falling to Trophy Club Nelson 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-19.

Football: Rojas finds way to ball for Raiders

Ryan free safety Alan Rojas’ eyes were wide with anticipation. Keller Fossil Ridge quarterback Bryce Baccarini had just put too much on a last-ditch pass late in the fourth quarter of a seven-point game, and Rojas was all over it.

Football: Azle visits Denton for first-place battle

The Denton Broncos had an opportunity to pull off a tremendous comeback Oct. 16 at Wichita Falls Rider, but they came up short for their first loss of the season.

Football: Guyer faces familiar foe

When Guyer moved up to the state’s largest classification and into the new District 5-6A this year, the Wildcats were put with several familiar teams from different times in their program’s history.

Friday Night Game Capsules

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Football: Wildcats take to the sky

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson is a big fan of his wide receivers. That group includes senior David Haynes, who was slated to be the Wildcats’ starting quarterback this season with the graduation of three-year starter Jerrod Heard last year.

Volleyball notebook: Guyer pouring on coal in 5-6A

Guyer has been so dominant in District 5-6A that, with just two matches left in the regular season, it’s easy to assume that much of the pressure is off the shoulders of the Lady Wildcats.

Volleyball: Argyle takes district

ARGYLE — Argyle coach Clark Oberle wasn’t sure if his players were aware of what was on the line in Tuesday’s District 9-4A match against Sanger. They sure played like they did, though.

Volleyball: Denton upends Lady Rangers

On Tuesday against Saginaw Chisholm Trail, Denton played down a setter but still managed a 25-17, 25-21, 19-25, 25-16 win to give itself a chance for a tie for first place in District 5-5A.

Tennis: Broncos eliminated

Winning its last two matches of the regular season, the Denton Bronco tennis team was ready for Tuesday’s Class 5A playoff matchup against Saginaw Boswell.

Volleyball roundup: Guyer remains unbeaten in district play

KELLER — The Guyer Lady Wildcats remained perfect in District 5-6A action Tuesday night with a 25-16, 20-25, 25-22, 25-23 victory over Keller.

Tennis: Bronco tennis ready for playoffs

With a change to the playoff format in Class 5A, the Denton tennis team has been the beneficiary of two added playoff spots. But with matches against Fort Worth Brewer and Azle to end the season, the Broncos had to earn the chance to enjoy the thrill of the playoffs. They delivered, winning both team matches, which secured them the No. 3 seed in the area tournament today against the No. 2 seed from District 5-6A, Saginaw.

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Football: Pilot Point Bearcats take 49-48 thriller

PILOT POINT — Digging themselves a 21-0 first-quarter hole with two early interceptions and flimsy defense, the Pilot Point Bearcats’ perfect record looked seriously in doubt. With the Van Alstyne Panthers blocking a punt with 1:37 remaining and scoring to draw within a point at 49-48 with just nine seconds left on a fourth-and-10 play, they decided to go for the win on the 2-point conversion after Pilot Point was tagged with an offsides penalty.

Football: One quarter enough for Guyer to top Central

One quick 17-second stretch to close the first half on Friday was a perfect microcosm of just how explosive Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson and the offense he runs can be on a weekly basis.

Football: Argyle sets ‘standard’ in 65-7 decision

ARGYLE — As far as Taylor Sweatt is concerned, what happened defensively in Argyle’s District 6-4A (Division I) shootout win last week was a mirage. Sweatt insists Friday’s dismantling of Wilmer-Hutchins is a more appropriate indicator of what to expect from the Eagles going forward.