Football: Broncos fall from first

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.

Football: Red-hot Owls openly seek revenge vs. UNT

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.

Football: Guyer wins big behind Robinson

JUSTIN — For the second straight week, Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson proved to be a capable escape artist.Whether he was eluding defenders on long touchdown runs or evading rushers in the...

Football: Turnovers cost Ryan in 35-14 loss to Keller

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.

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Football: Given chance, McClain shines

Kishawn McClain saw his opportunity the moment Southern Mississippi wide receiver Casey Martin cut toward the middle of the field last week at Apogee Stadium.

Football: Azle visits Denton for first-place battle

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.

Football: Rojas finds way to ball for Raiders

Ryan free safety Alan Rojas’ eyes were wide with anticipation. Keller Fossil Ridge quarterback Bryce Baccarini had just put too much on a last-ditch pass late in the fourth quarter of a seven-point game, and Rojas was all over it.

Football: Guyer faces familiar foe

When Guyer moved up to the state’s largest classification and into the new District 5-6A this year, the Wildcats were put with several familiar teams from different times in their program’s history.

Basketball: Freshman Combs impresses at hoops preview

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.

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Football: Wildcats take to the sky

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.

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Football: McNulty’s work, wait pay off

The trips to Iowa State are what Andrew McNulty remembers most about the genesis of a relationship that would shape his life in ways he never imagined.

Volleyball notebook: Guyer pouring on coal in 5-6A

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.

Volleyball: Argyle takes district

ARGYLE — Argyle coach Clark Oberle wasn’t sure if his players were aware of what was on the line in Tuesday’s District 9-4A match against Sanger. They sure played like they did, though.

Volleyball: Denton upends Lady Rangers

On Tuesday against Saginaw Chisholm Trail, Denton played down a setter but still managed a 25-17, 25-21, 19-25, 25-16 win to give itself a chance for a tie for first place in District 5-5A.

UNT notebook: UNT longs for days of better defense

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.

TWU notebook: Defense, offense shine as TWU climbs standings

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.

Tennis: Broncos eliminated

Winning its last two matches of the regular season, the Denton Bronco tennis team was ready for Tuesday’s Class 5A playoff matchup against Saginaw Boswell.

Football: McNulty cuts down turnovers, likely to keep job

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.

Tennis: Bronco tennis ready for playoffs

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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Brett Vito: Slide raises question: Why isn’t program capitalizing?

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.

Football: Golden Eagles take down UNT

Andrew McNulty has spent most of his career standing on the sideline watching a long line of quarterbacks take their turn guiding North Texas’ offense.

Notebook: Golden Eagles find ground attack

North Texas seemed to have a big edge heading into its game against Southern Mississippi when it came to the Mean Green’s normally stout rushing defense.

Football: Harris keeps Mean Green in game

Carlos Harris faced one-on-one coverage for most of North Texas’ game against Southern Mississippi on Saturday at Apogee Stadium. The junior made the most of it.

Volleyball: Redwine, Santos return as TWU sweeps A&M-Commerce

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.

Softball: Vrazel in Indy as Woman of Year finalist

Bailey Vrazel completed her softball career at TWU in the spring, but the accolades continue to pile up for her.

Football: Pilot Point Bearcats take 49-48 thriller

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.

Football: One quarter enough for Guyer to top Central

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.

Football: Argyle sets ‘standard’ in 65-7 decision

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.

Football: Struggling UNT defense faces Southern Miss

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).

Football: Late pick seals Ryan win

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.

Football: Broncos rally but suffer first defeat

WICHITA FALLS — After spotting Wichita Falls Rider a 27-0 lead, the Denton Broncos weren’t looking like a team that had started the first six games of the season undefeated.

Football: Jackson ruled out for Sanger

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.

Football: Fast start fuels Falcons in Fort Worth frolic

FORT WORTH — Lake Dallas defeated another Fort Worth opponent Thursday, but it wasn’t as easy as the final score indicated.

Football: Guyer gets second shot at Central

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.

Football: QB among questions as UNT hits halfway

Dajon Williams seemed like he might not have any problem at all adjusting to his newfound role as North Texas’ starting quarterback not too long ago.

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Football: Keep calm and throw TDs

Liberty Christian quarterback Nick Starkel hasn’t had a chance this season to stop and take a deep breath.

Basketball: UNT coaches entering key season

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.

Football: Broncos all business on quest for 7-0

As the Denton Broncos huddled after Tuesday’s practice, coach Kevin Atkinson stressed to the team that it needed to practice and play like a 6-0 team and treat its trip to Wichita Falls as a business trip with a workmanlike mindset.

Football: Raiders not resting on comeback vs. Panthers

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.

Volleyball: Tipping one direction

There used to be a lot more on the line in the rivalry between Ryan and Guyer. Lately, though, it’s been a case of two programs heading in opposite directions.

Volleyball: Denton sweeps Saginaw

The Denton Lady Broncos still have work to do before they can accomplish their goal of winning the District 5-5A championship.

UNT notebook: UNT not ready ‘to throw in the towel’

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.

TWU notebook: Blocking game surprisingly a Pioneer strength

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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Football: UNT QB situation: Back to drawing board

North Texas is right back where it has spent a whole lot of time since the end of its breakout season of a year ago.

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Brett Vito: Reality setting in for UNT

Through the first five weeks of the season, there always seemed to be a perfectly plausible explanation for what has ailed North Texas, or at least a pretty good reason to feel like the Mean Green could turn their season around.

Football: Blazers burn UNT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Dan McCarney thought back Saturday on the difference North Texas’ breakout season a year ago made for the Mean Green and all the obstacles that toppled thanks to that one winning season.

Notebook: Jimmerson provides spark

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.

Football: UAB plan to neutralize Williams pays off

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.