The North Texas soccer team faced its first adversity of the season Sunday against Abilene Christian. Down two goals in the opening 10 minutes of the game on a hot, muggy afternoon, the Mean Green rallied to score three goals and take a 3-2 win over the visiting Wildcats.
ALLEN — Argyle running back Don Williams saw his role expand exponentially Saturday. The junior, one of several running backs the Eagles plan to use by committee this season, paced his team with 163 rushing yards on 28 carries with three touchdowns — including two scores in the fourth quarter — in a 33-21 win against Lucas Lovejoy in the Tom Landry Classic at Eagle Stadium in Allen.
Ashton Preston never imagined his role on the field changing once he arrived at North Texas last season. The Oklahoma native had played cornerback his entire football career, and he was pretty good at it. One recruiting service rated Preston as the second-best player at the position in Oklahoma during his senior season.
LANCASTER — Better late than never. That’s pretty much the feeling fans had watching Ryan’s offense sputter its way through the bulk of Friday’s season opener only to somehow stay within striking distance before churning out 28 straight points in the second half to pull out a 35-23 win against Lancaster at Beverly D. Humphrey Tiger Stadium.
CORINTH — With the graduation of its top running back from a season ago, the question marks surrounding Denton’s backfield are abundant as it entered the season without a true bell cow. On Friday at Falcon Stadium, the Broncos answered those questions with exclamation marks as they posted more than 300 yards on the ground on the road in a 42-28 win against Lake Dallas.
BOWIE — With 58 seconds to play, Aubrey junior running back Pablo Vera powered his way into the end zone for his fourth touchdown of the night to give the Aubrey High School Chaparrals a 26-20 victory against the Bowie High School Jackrabbits.
SANGER — If there were any questions surrounding Sanger’s defense heading into its season opener against Graham on Friday night, its performance silenced the critics. Returning only five starters from last year, the Sanger defense played fast and physical all game in a convincing 45-7 win against the Steers at Indian Stadium.
JUSTIN — Braswell quickly found itself with its back against the ropes Thursday in its first varsity football game. Seven minutes into the first quarter, Haslet Eaton had scored twice before putting the pedal to the floor en route to a 55-0 win over the Bengals at Northwest ISD Stadium.
JUSTIN — Don’t fret, Bengals fans. Good things are on the horizon. I realize that’s easy to say — or in this case, write — for a guy who sits up in the press box each week chomping on hot dogs while keeping stats and second guessing coaches for their play calling. I get that I’m not in the stands with you.
Denton and Lake Dallas are entering their season opener with some known commodities, but they are still in the process of filling in the final puzzle pieces of their teams.
The topwater lure landed with a soft splash, and I allowed it to sit until the ripples played out and the surface was again slick as a mirror. I was just about to move the lure when that mirror surface fragmented and the eponymous maw of a largemouth bass inhaled the lure.
Wednesday night was the second night of the annual 21-and-under rodeo at the North Texas Fair and Rodeo, featuring youths from around the region competing in the same rodeo events as the professionals.
On the first day of practice, coach Cody Moore said he’s not worried about any of the 10 opponents that Braswell will face this year. That was just more than three weeks ago, and now Braswell is hours away from kickoff against Haslet Eaton. It’s safe to say Moore has the Eagles on his mind.
The long wait is over for a pair of junior college players who arrived at North Texas this summer. Darius Turner, a cornerback from Arizona Western, and Quinetin Jackson, a wide receiver from College of DuPage in Illinois, were cleared to join the Mean Green for practice Wednesday.
CINCINNATI — Dan Straily thought there was no chance Billy Hamilton would get to the ball. The center fielder ran it down and made a diving catch on the warning track, providing the only break that the pitcher needed.
ARGYLE — With four state titles in girls basketball in nine seasons, an argument can be made that Liberty Christian has built itself a dynasty.
Before we start this, you should know something — if you already do not. I suspect you might. I picked Auburn to make the College Football Playoff last year.