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.
North Texas coach Dan McCarney took one look at the challenge the Mean Green will face today when they travel to Rice and equated it to simple math. The Owls are riding a three-game winning streak and had two weeks to rest and prepare for the Mean Green, who have lost three straight and are preparing for their fourth game in four weeks.
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.
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.
Jeremy Combs made quite the impression during his unofficial debut at North Texas on Thursday during the school’s Basketball Madness tipoff event at the Super Pit. The freshman from Dallas Carter made a host of athletic plays during a scrimmage and then won a dunk contest at the end of the night.
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.
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.
There was a time not too long ago when North Texas posted its best performance in decades in terms of containing an opponent’s running game.
After taking three days to fully digest last weekend’s two victories, including a stunning 3-0 upset of No. 19 Angelo State, TWU soccer coach Babak Abouzar liked what he saw from his defense and the foot of Natalia Diaz.
Andrew McNulty didn’t quite manage to lead North Texas out of a late-season slide last week. What the junior did accomplish was making a big enough impression on Dan McCarney to get a second shot at finishing the task.
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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The assumption when North Texas made the move to Conference USA a couple of years ago was that life would get easier for the Mean Green.
On their second run through the Lone Star Conference schedule, the TWU Pioneers look to be heading in the right direction with five league matches left.
Bailey Vrazel completed her softball career at TWU in the spring, but the accolades continue to pile up for her.
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.
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.
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.
Derek Akunne fondly remembers the heights North Texas reached defensively last season, when the Mean Green held pretty much everyone they faced in check. UNT made big play after big play in key spots, which had a lot to do with the Mean Green winning seven of their last eight games, including a victory over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. That experience has made the last two weeks tough on the senior, who wants nothing more than to see UNT return to form, beginning with a Conference USA game tonight against Southern Mississippi (2-4, 0-2 C-USA).
KELLER — Ryan’s Alan Rojas continues to one-up himself. A week after forcing two fourth-quarter turnovers in a key win for the Raiders, Rojas intercepted Keller Fossil Ridge quarterback Bryce Baccarini and returned it 84 yards for a touchdown with 38 seconds left.
Sanger running back Tre’von Jackson has been ruled out of tonight’s District 6-4A (Division I) game against Carrollton Ranchview with a left ankle injury suffered in last week’s win over Dallas Carter, Indians coach Chuck Galbreath confirmed Thursday.
FORT WORTH — Lake Dallas defeated another Fort Worth opponent Thursday, but it wasn’t as easy as the final score indicated.
When the District 5-6A alignment was released in February, the Guyer Wildcats saw plenty of familiar faces from their time in the state’s largest classification in 2010 and 2011, their previous two years in District 5-4A with Trophy Club Nelson, and of course their old crosstown foes at Ryan.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala — Tony Benford can sense a difference in North Texas’ men’s program heading into his third season. UNT’s players understand what he wants to accomplish and how he wants to go about getting there. The former Marquette assistant also has had a chance to go shopping when it comes to recruiting.
Ryan coach Dave Henigan was a spectator at Apogee Stadium for last year’s Class 5A Division II Region I semifinal between Ryan and Keller Fossil Ridge, when the Raiders clawed back from a 31-point hole to stun the Panthers.
Little has gone the way North Texas had hoped this football season. The Mean Green have been blown out more than once and blew an opportunity to get off to a quick start in Conference USA play.
Two months ago, before the volleyball season, TWU coach Shelly Barberee figured blocking would be one of her team’s weak areas. Today it stands one of the Pioneers’ strongest strengths.
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Not much went right for North Texas offensively in its game at UAB on Saturday. Quarterback Dajon Williams struggled and the Mean Green turned the ball over five times in a 56-21 loss that might have been worse had it not been for Antoinne Jimmerson.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Dajon Williams sat alone on the North Texas bench when tight end Marcus Smith walked up, put a hand on his shoulder pads and offered words of encouragement late Saturday afternoon.