In their 2013 finale against Trophy Club Nelson, the Denton Broncos lost 28-21, but it was a late fourth-down conversion for a touchdown by wide receiver Key’andre Hearvey that breathed life into a comeback that fell just short.
A few days before they take the field at AT&T Stadium with a shot to earn back-to-back state championships, the Argyle Eagles were well-represented on Tuesday with the release of the Associated Press Class 4A all-state team.
DaCoven Bailey did a little bit of everything for Pilot Point this season, and the junior do-it-all threat was a big reason why the Bearcats made a run to the third round of the playoffs before falling by a touchdown to Mineola, who will play in the Class 3A Division I state title game on Thursday against Cameron Yoe.
CEDAR HILL — After splitting their first two games of the Cedar Hill tournament with a win over Arlington Lamar and a loss to Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside, the Guyer Wildcats lost their final game of the tournament, 68-58 to Southlake Carroll.
ALEDO — Perhaps nobody can slow down Argyle running back Nick Ralston quite like Graham’s defense. The Steers couldn’t stop him entirely, though, and with the game on the line late in the fourth quarter, the Arizona State commit churned out just enough yards before turning things over to his teammates to finish the job.
ALEDO — With 12 seconds to play and Graham looking to force overtime or use a miracle to win and advance to the state final Friday night, Steers quarterback Landry Turner looked to senior wide receiver Todd Parker for a quick completion with one timeout remaining.
ARGYLE — When Skip Townsend left Brock to coach the Argyle girls basketball team in 2010, he was setting out for one more challenge.
The Denton Broncos worked on their physics lessons Friday, channeling Newton’s third law of motion. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
ARGYLE — Skip Townsend remembers the sight like it was yesterday. He watched as second-grader Bailey Ivey dribbled a basketball back and forth between her legs with a confident grin on her face — seemingly predicting her future as a star point guard for tradition-rich Brock.
Guyer senior shortstop Aaron Studdard (seated) signed his national letter of intent to play baseball for Ouachita Baptist recently. Studdard was the Defensive Player of the Year in District 5-4A last season. He is joined by Guyer head coach Johnny Kinzy (far left) and his parents, Denise and Michael Studdard.
SANGER — The Ryan Raiders bounced back from a day-opening loss to finish third in the Sanger Invitational on Saturday.
ROYSE CITY — After months of lopsided wins, Argyle is proving it can eke out a few nail-biters. With 1:11 left on the clock Friday, Argyle defensive back Zach Zembraski intercepted Texarkana Liberty-Eylau quarterback Ke’mon Freeman deep in Leopard territory to preserve a 45-42 win in the Class 4A Division I Region II final at Royse City ISD Stadium.
SANGER — Ryan held off a late rally Friday and Liberty Christian won in a rout on Day 2 of the Sanger tournament.
Argyle quarterback Cooper Rodgers knew before the season that there might be some doubters. He figured some fans wondered how good the Eagles — who won the Class 3A Division II state title last year — would be after losing 29 seniors to graduation. With so many key players gone, who could blame them?
SANGER — Ryan, Liberty Christian, Sanger and Aubrey each won their first game in Sanger’s North Texas Invitational on Thursday.
ARGYLE — Ponder’s Brady Anderson continues to find ways to get open in key moments. Then he takes over. The junior wing poured in a game-high 33 points Tuesday — including six 3-pointers — and scored all 20 of the Lions’ points in the second quarter in a 68-54 win at Argyle.
FLOWER MOUND — Argyle coach Skip Townsend knew entering Tuesday night’s game that Lauren Cox deserved all the accolades she has received as one of the biggest recruiting targets for the nation’s top college programs.
With Denton scratching its way back to within 54-51 against Sanger, the Lady Indians wanted to get back to the aggressive ways that built them a seven-point third-quarter lead.
The Ryan Lady Raiders grabbed a 25-point first-quarter lead en route to a 55-28 win over Fort Worth Southwest on Tuesday.
PONDER — A few weeks ago, Ponder’s Brady Anderson was busy leading the football team to its first playoff berth. The extended season, which ended in a first-round loss to Wall on Nov. 13, hardly slowed his expected transition to the basketball court as he scored 30 points in the team’s opener five days later.
FORNEY — Surrendering two third-quarter touchdowns to fall behind by two possessions Saturday, Pilot Point was down but not out. Responding with two touchdowns and a two-point conversion to tie the game at 27 with 1:21 remaining and Mineola heading into a treacherous wind, the Bearcats looked to be headed to overtime. However, Mineola quarterback Jeremiah Crawford completed just his second pass of the game, a short, quick throw to tight end Brent Wells for a 60-yard touchdown with 41 seconds left to secure a 34-27 victory in a Class 3A Division I regional semifinal at City Bank Stadium.
MESQUITE — For what it’s worth, Argyle coach Todd Rodgers said his team’s goal heading into Friday’s game was to force Kennedale — a team known for its bruising rushing attack — into passing situations. The plan worked, though Rodgers didn’t anticipate having to wait until the last minute of regulation.
Trailing Ryan 18-9 after the first quarter, the Denton Broncos clawed back to tie Tuesday’s game at 59 with less than 90 seconds remaining.
CORINTH — Lake Dallas couldn’t keep up with the Prosper offense — which scored at least 20 points in three quarters — and fell 80-44 on Tuesday.
ARLINGTON — Guyer picked the wrong time to play one of its most sloppy games of the year on Saturday night, as the Wildcats’ first-half mistakes and Southlake Carroll quarterback Ryan Agnew were too much for Guyer to overcome as the Wildcats fell 58-42 in a late Class 6A Division II playoff game at AT&T Stadium.
GARLAND — Argyle middle blocker Katy Keenan may have been thinking about all the things that could have been Saturday, but in her team’s postmatch press conference, the Texas Tech signee was humble and offered no excuses.
JUSTIN — Brick by brick the Denton Broncos built their program up after several consecutive losing seasons while their opening-round playoff win against Birdville gave them their first playoff win since 2002, but on Friday at Northwest ISD Stadium in the Class 5A Division I Region I area round, the Broncos ran into an offensive buzz saw in the reigning Class 4A Division II state champion Aledo Bearcats.
GARLAND — Late in the second set Friday, Argyle was one point from dropping a set for the first time since early October. Only this time, there was much more on the line. The Lady Eagles miraculously avoided the rare letdown when a reversed call on the point that would have given Liberty Hill the set opened the door for Argyle to steal the set, and ultimately the match, in a 25-17, 27-25, 25-20 win in a Class 4A state semifinal at the Curtis Culwell Center.
There are not many teams in Texas that can claim an all-time series advantage over Southlake Carroll. Yet, when Guyer and Carroll take the field at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium at 8 tonight, the Dragons will be in that unfamiliar position. Guyer won its first two meetings against Carroll in 2010 — a game that saw the Wildcats end Carroll’s 47-game home winning streak and a playoff win in the regional final en route to Guyer’s first state championship game appearance.