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.
They can’t all be easy. That’s what they say, anyway. But heading into the second quarter of Friday’s District 5-6A opener, Ryan had rattled off three touchdowns on nine offensive plays — its best start thus far in a season already filled with lopsided victories. The Raiders finished with 438 total yards and cruised to a 51-6 win against Keller Central at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.
Denton coach Kevin Atkinson implored his team to be “nine strong” heading into Friday’s matchup with Saginaw Chisholm Trail. Atkinson knew each one of the Broncos’ nine position groups needed to be at capacity and when they needed it most, the Broncos used an explosive play from the depths of their roster to separate themselves from the Rangers in the first, crucial District 5-5A showdown of the season.
As he stood in the backfield for his first snap of the season, Dagan Haehn pointed up to the sky. When he drove Lake Dallas down the field the following drive and threw his first touchdown on the run, Haehn sprinted off the field and ran by the student section in celebration.
ARGYLE — The Argyle Eagles have found their running game, and with district play just around the corner, the timing could not have been any better. Senior Taylor Sweatt, who was defensive MVP in the state final in 2014 as a linebacker before being converted to running back this season, rushed for a season-high 165 yards on 20 carries and scored three times Friday to lead the Eagles to a 31-20 nondistrict victory against Paris.
AUBREY — Argyle defeated Aubrey in its first district match Friday evening in a 25-16, 25-14, 25-11 sweep.
Denton coach Kevin Atkinson doesn’t put much stock in predictions. In this year’s District 5-5A entry in Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, the Saginaw Chisholm Trail Rangers are projected to finish eighth out of eight teams.
Last season at this time, Guyer was getting ready to open District 5-6A play against Keller with two weeks of preparation thanks to a bye the week prior.
ARGYLE — When it comes to repeated matchups between ranked teams, Argyle vs. Decatur is one battle of heavyweights that never seems to disappoint. But going into a rematch of last year’s Class 4A state final, it had been two years since Argyle notched a win over its archnemesis.
There have been times this season when Guyer coach Addie Mack has challenged her team to be more consistent and play at a high level throughout a match.
AUBREY — Aubrey took down Carrolton Ranchview in its final nondistrict match Tuesday, 25-18, 25-20, 25-17.
Denton senior linebacker David Guajardo has been told since he was in elementary school-level football he wasn’t athletic enough to be a starter.
ARGYLE — Over the past two seasons, Argyle and Graham have played some classic high school football games, including the last two state semifinal matchups, with Argyle winning all of them. The Eagles added another victory against Graham to their ledger on Friday night, but there was drama involved in the way Argyle handed Graham its third loss of the season with a 47-21 win in the Eagles’ home opener.