ARGYLE — The Argyle Eagles and Fort Worth Nolan Catholic Vikings are two teams already heading in opposite directions this season.
For Argyle, a team with aspirations of making a deep run in the Class 3A state playoffs, it was another dominating performance by both the offensive and defensive units Friday night at Eagle Stadium in a convincing 44-21 victory over Nolan. In two victories this season, the state’s No. 5-ranked Eagles have outscored their opponents 82-21.
The Vikings (0-2), meanwhile, do not look like the same team that won the TAPPS Division 1 state championship last season, their fourth title in the last five years. They had four first-half turnovers and crossed midfield only once before halftime. All three of Nolan’s touchdowns were set up by fumbles and against Argyle’s second defense.
The night simply belonged to the Eagles. Offensively, quarterback Brandon Boyzuick threw for 179 yards and two touchdowns, Ian Sadler, the Texas Tech commit, scored on two TD runs, and kicker Cole Hedlund, who has committed to Arkansas, added three field goals.
Boyzuick, who celebrated his birthday Friday, has now thrown for 383 yards and three touchdowns this season, while Hedlund, who set state and national records for most field goals in a season in 2011 with 25, now has four in 2013.
The Eagles scored 20 points after four Nolan first-half turnovers — three on fumbles and one on an interception — to build a 34-0 lead by halftime. Nolan crossed midfield just once, on the final drive of the first half, but a strong stand by the Argyle defense kept the Vikings out of the end zone in the final seconds of the half. The Eagles have forced 10 turnovers this season.
Argyle wasted little time establishing its offense. The Eagles took the opening kickoff and needed just five plays for Boyzuick to hit Hunter on a 53-yard touchdown pass. Treadwell finished with a game-high 77 receiving yards on two catches.
Nolan quarterback Spencer Hutka fumbled on his team’s second play, and Connor Wilson, the senior safety who is committed to Kansas State, recovered at the Vikings’ 32. Six plays later, Wilson scored from a yard out.
Hutka lost the ball on Nolan’s next offensive play and Reagen Page recovered for the Eagles, leading to a 39-yard Hedlund field goal midway through the first quarter.
Following a Nolan punt, Hedlund capped a six-play drive with his second field goal of the game, this one from 35 yards out for a 20-0 lead. Nolan fumbled the ball away on the ensuing kickoff and JC Chalk recovered for Argyle at the Nolan 19. The Eagles could not capitalize, however, as Hedlund missed from 34 yards.
Sadler’s 2-yard scoring run early in the second quarter pushed the Eagles’ lead to 27-0. Six plays into the next series, Wilson intercepted a Jacob Walden pass and returned it 20 yards to the Vikings’ 22. Argyle needed just one play, a 22-yard scoring strike from Boyzuick to Jon Pucciarello.
Nolan then mounted its best drive of the half. The Vikings moved 33 yards in six plays to the Argyle 42, and Hutka completed a 36-yard pass down the sideline to Pierce Braden for first-and-goal at the Argyle 6.
David Authier rushed for 2 yards; the Vikings were penalized for delay of game, and then gained back the 5 yards on a Hutka pass to Nick Boudreaux. Hutka’s next pass was incomplete when Argyle defender Reese Thompson batted the ball away. On fourth-and-goal, Hutka tried a run through the left side and was stopped 2 yards short of the goal line by Colton Hinnrichs and Micah Capra just before the end of the half.
Hedlund added a 39-yard field midway through the third quarter. Nolan avoided the shutout late in the quarter after Boyzuick fumbled while under pressure and Max Walker picked up the ball and ran 36 yards for a touchdown.
Thompson returned the ensuing kickoff 81 yards to the Vikings’ 4, and Sadler went in on the next play. An Argyle fumble set up a second Vikings touchdown, a 33-yard run by Luke Alves early in the fourth quarter. Another Argyle fumble led to Hutka’s 5-yard TD pass to Boudreaux with 2:09 left.
Argyle 44, Fort Worth Nolan 21
AY — Hunter Treadwell 53 pass from Brandon Boyzuick (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Connor Wilson 1 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Cole Hedlund 39 FG
AY — Cole Hedlund 35 FG
AY — Ian Sadler 2 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Jon Pucciarello 22 pass from Brandon Boyzuick (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Cole Hedlund 39 FG
NO — Max Walker 36 fumble return (Andrew Riethman kick)
AY — Ian Sadler 4 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
NO — Luke Alves 33 run (Andrew Riethman kick)
NO — Nick Boudreaux 5 pass from Spencer Hutka (Grant Muehlstein kick)
Rushing — AY: Ian Sadler 9-29, Gage McCook 8-29, Chance Bode 9-26, Jon Pucciarello 1-19, Reese Thompson 1-14, Drew Estrada 1-4, Terry Moore 2-3, Taylor Sweatt 4-2, Connor Wilson 1-1, Brandon Boyzuick 6--14, NO: Luke Alves 6-37, David Authier 6-33, Juan Piceno 5-27, Spencer Hutka 8-24, Jacob Walden 6-11, Silas Keyes 3-6.
Passing — AY: Brandon Boyzuick 6-16-0-179, Ian Sadler 0-2-0-0, NO: Spencer Hutka 6-11-0-96, Jacob Walden 1-4-1-15.
Receiving — AY: Hunter Treadwell 2-77, Ian Sadler 2-57, Sam Sizelove 1-23, Jon Pucciarello 1-22, NO: Pierce Braden 1-36, Patrick Rich 1-36, David Authier 2-20, Nick Boudreaux 3-19.