Ryan defensive lineman Dayton LeBlanc said he noticed while watching film recently that, without him on the field, the Raiders still would be unbeaten heading into tonight’s District 5-5A game at Wichita Falls.
The Denton school district will be well represented at the Region I cross country meet next weekend in Lubbock as the Braswell girls and Denton High boys were two of five squads to finish in the top three at Thursday’s District 5-5A meet at North Lakes Park.
Krum football players Raymond Barrington, left, Justus Martinez, center, and Everett Gunnoe have been selected to play in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl on Dec. 22 at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium. The three were honored at a ceremony Friday before the Krum-Bridgeport game.
ARGYLE — As good as Krum is, Argyle is better. In a rematch of state powers Tuesday, No. 6 Argyle got 25 kills from Halee Van Poppel and 14 more from Allison White — who also chipped in five service aces and three blocks — to fend off No. 8 Krum in a wild 25-13, 25-16, 24-26, 25-19 win that was practically a mirror image of last month’s four-set Argyle win.
CORINTH — Lake Dallas continued its dominance of District 14-5A teams not called Prosper on Tuesday night with a 25-14, 25-10, 25-10 sweep of Carrollton Newman Smith.
ALLEN — For a few moments in the beginning of Friday’s showdown between Guyer and Allen, it appeared the Wildcats might knock off the state’s top-ranked team and hand the Eagles their first home loss in the fourth season they’ve played in their $60 million stadium.
WICHITA FALLS — Braswell geared up all week long to stop Wichita Falls’ run game. The Bengals knew it was coming, but they couldn’t stop it. Heading into the District 5-5A contest, Braswell’s defense surrendered 299 yards per game to opposing backfields, and on Friday night at Memorial Stadium, it gave up 255 yards on the ground in a 40-9 loss to Wichita Falls. The win was the first of the season for the Coyotes.
GAINESVILLE — The score may have reflected an easy win for Argyle, but the Eagles have some areas to clean up, especially with Sanger coming to town next week. Dane Ledford threw for 209 yards and three touchdowns, two to Casey Harper, and Dylan Sadler returned a punt 52 yards for a touchdown to lead Argyle to a 48-20 District 4-4A victory against Gainesville.
SANGER — For the second straight week, the Sanger Indians struggled out of the gate and trailed at halftime. But once again, the Indians came out of the locker room with new life, relying on the arm of quarterback CJ Jackson in 41-26 comeback win against Burkburnett on Friday night.
Before he even heard the full question, the smile flashed across Brian Polendey’s face. What’s going to give in an anticipated matchup between the best rushing attack in Dallas-Fort Worth and the area’s second-best run defense?
Winning is more enjoyable than losing. Braswell coach Cody Moore has had his share of victories over the last 12 years, and he’s eager to get a win with the Bengals. The same thing can be said for Braswell’s next road opponent, Wichita Falls.
SANGER — Sanger has all the necessary pieces to make another deep postseason run and, barring a wild mishap, should be one of the four playoff teams coming out of District 9-4A.
PROSPER — Once again, Prosper proved to be too much for a Lake Dallas team that has otherwise cruised through District 14-5A play.
For the second consecutive week, Guyer allowed its opponent to jump out to a quick lead. And for the second straight week, the Wildcats’ defense played shutout football after an initial setback as Guyer rolled to a 42-7 win against McKinney on Friday night.
WICHITA FALLS — Forcing five turnovers, including two returned for touchdowns, Denton’s defense had perhaps its most productive game of the season. The Broncos sputtered with inconsistency on offense, but the timely turnovers were enough as they took down winless Wichita Falls 36-14 on Friday at Memorial Stadium for their second consecutive District 5-5A win.
SHERMAN — Braswell entered its game against Sherman without a healthy quarterback, so it had to resort to its leading wide receiver, Jaeden Johnson. Sherman’s run defense — along with two first-half fumbles and an interception converted into three touchdowns — stymied Johnson and Jackson, who combined for 17 carries for 46 yards in Braswell’s 42-7 loss at Bearcat Stadium on Friday.
DECATUR — Argyle’s Dane Ledford showed zero signs of rust Friday in his first start at quarterback in six weeks. The Tulane commit rebounded from a wrist injury he suffered in the season opener with 289 passing yards and four touchdowns, and with a steady run game in tow, powered No. 2 Argyle to a 64-35 win against Decatur in the District 4-4A Division I opener for both teams at Eagle Stadium.
IOWA PARK — Krum’s Brandon Reeves started the scoring Friday night at Hawk Stadium, and he ended it, too. In between was more than three hours of thrilling football between the Bobcats and Iowa Park in a District 3-4A, Division II opener. Krum ended Iowa Park’s bid for a perfect season with a triple-overtime 56-54 victory.
ARGYLE — The Liberty Christian Warriors were at their best in the fourth quarter Friday night against Dallas Parish Episcopal. Unfortunately, it was too late. Jeremy Hodge scored five touchdowns to help the Panthers build a 28-point cushion, and they withstood a 21-point fourth-quarter outburst by Liberty Christian for a 55-34 TAPPS District 1, Division I road victory.
PILOT POINT — Pilot Point coach Rob Best knew before the season began his team’s nondistrict schedule would be brutal. But after going 0-5 to start the year, the Bearcats wasted no time against Callisburg on Friday, proving things would be different in District 5-3A (Division I) play.
NEVADA — Aubrey running back Gatlin Grisso scored five touchdowns — three on the ground and two receiving — to help spark the offensive attack in the Aubrey Chaparrals’ 43-16 victory against Nevada Community on Friday night in the District 5-4A opener.
MCKINNEY — The Lake Dallas Lady Falcons kept their hold on second place in District 14-5A on Friday with a 25-16, 25-23, 25-21 sweep of McKinney North.