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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tori Phillips realized just how different life in college would be a few weeks ago when she plopped down in her seat before one of her first classes at North Texas. Phillips took a look around and realized she was one face in a crowd of 700.
Eboni Godfrey spent a lot of time and energy over the years trying to prove that she was the exception to a rather fundamental rule when it comes to playing volleyball — that it helps to be tall.
Andrew McNulty will enter North Texas’ bye week atop the depth chart, but he won’t be the only quarterback who will see time for the Mean Green when they face Florida Atlantic on Nov. 8.
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.
Rickey Brice was looking for more than just a college where he could continue his basketball career when he began sorting through a long list of scholarship offers over the last few months.
With two games remaining in the regular season — both this weekend — the TWU soccer team faces challenges on more than one level. The Pioneers need to win to qualify for the Lone Star Conference tournament, and must do so on what is considered the toughest road trip of the year.
Turn back the calendar a few weeks and one could find a time when a reasonable debate could have taken place when it comes to the strength of North Texas’ stable of quarterbacks. UNT had a solid junior college prospect who had arrived in Josh Greer, a talented redshirt freshman in Dajon Williams and a career backup who knew the Mean Green’s system in Andrew McNulty.
HOUSTON — Dan McCarney frequently talks about his plan to win at North Texas that has a significant section on turnovers. UNT continued to struggle to stick to that part of the script Saturday in a 41-21 loss to Rice after excelling at it a year ago.
North Texas, after dropping the first set, stormed back to defeat Florida Atlantic 23-25. 25-23, 25-17, 25-21 on Friday night.
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.