ABILENE — Argyle was impressive in Friday’s season-opening matchup of state-ranked teams, dominating on both offense and defense in a 38-0 demolition of Abilene Wylie at Bulldog Stadium.
The Eagles (1-0, ranked fifth in Class 3A) were in control from the start, using a strong, balanced offense and a defense that forced six turnovers to manhandle the Bulldogs.
“I was very pleased with how we played tonight,” Argyle head coach Todd Rodgers said. “Our play was strong on both sides of the football and we managed the game very well.”
Argyle’s defense got things started in the opening quarter, as Reagen Page recovered a fumble at the Wylie 36. Ian Sadler then capped a seven-play drive with a 1-yard scoring plunge and a 7-0 lead.
Sadler kept the Wylie defense guessing most of the night, finishing with seven catches for 117 yards and two scores.
The score stayed 7-0 into the second quarter, with Argyle keeping the pressure on with a pair of touchdowns and a field goal for a 24-0 halftime edge.
The Eagles got their second score from Brandon Boyzick on a 5-yard run with 9:19 left in the half, with Nick Ralson bulling in from 2 yards out with 5:29 remaining.
The field goal, however, was the most impressive play of the half as Cole Hedlund crushed a 57-yard kick as the half expired.
“We have a great kicker in Cole and it showed with that kick at the end of the half,” Rodgers said. “His kick was such a huge play and it kept the momentum on our side.”
Argyle didn’t let up in the second half either, scoring single touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters to put the game away.
Sadler snagged a 1-yard scoring grab from Boyzuick with 3:24 left in the third quarter to increase the lead to 31-0, with Ralston closing out the game’s scoring with a 1-yard TD plunge early in the fourth quarter.
Boyzuick finished with 204 yards passing and two total touchdowns, with Ralston adding 94 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Argyle’s defense also kept the pressure on in the second half, paced by a fumble recovery by Jon Brittenum and an interception by Gage McCook on Wylie’s final possession. Sam Sizelove and Colton Hinnrichs also added punishing second-half sacks, with Argyle's defense holding Wylie to just 135 yards in total offense.
Argyle will next play host to Fort Worth Nolan Catholic at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Argyle 38, Abilene Wylie 0
A — Ian Sadler 1 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
A — Brandon Boyzuick 5 run (Hedlund kick)
A — Nick Ralston 2 run (Hedlund kick)
A — Hedlund 57 FG
A — Sadler 1 pass from Boyzuick (Hedlund kick)
A — Ralston 1 run (Hedlund kick)
Rushing — AWYL: Tye Calhoun 2-21, Hayden Lewis 7-16, Trey Kleffner 5-13, Deric Ince 1-6, Blake Frampton 8-0, Tristan Smith 1--1, Kody Daniell 2--1, AY: Nick Ralston 24-94, Ian Sadler 7-32, Connor Wilson 2-11, Terry Moore 5-10, Gage McCook 2-6, Jon Pucciarello 1--1, Brandon Boyzuick 2--4, Team Stat 1--17.
Passing — AWYL: Blake Frampton 6-20-1-81, J.T. Cary 0-1-1-0, AY: Brandon Boyzuick 14-23-2-204, Ian Sadler 1-1-0-13.
Receiving — AWYL: Logan Gilliam 2-64, Justin Sazon 1-13, Hayden Lewis 3-4, AY: Ian Sadler 7-117, Jon Pucciarello 4-49, Colton Hinnrichs 2-46, Nick Ralston 1-5, Chase Green 1-0.