KENNEDALE — The Argyle Eagles fumbled the opening kickoff, and their starting quarterback suffered an ankle injury early in the first quarter.
So how did the Eagles respond? The state’s No. 4-ranked Class 3A football team scored 28 straight points and relied on their stingy defense en route to a 45-7 win Friday night over Kennedale.
Connor Wilson scored three touchdowns and his fellow Texas Tech commit, Ian Sadler, accounted for 124 yards total offense to help the Eagles remain undefeated at 4-0.
The Eagles’ standout senior quarterback, Brandon Boyzuick, was hurt while blocking for Sadler with 8:35 left in the first quarter. Sadler took over at quarterback on that series and threw a 20-yard scoring pass to Wilson for the first score of the game.
Boyzuick returned to the game but was noticeably limping and clearly not as mobile. He did throw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Kansas State commit Sam Sizelove early in the second quarter that gave Argyle a 21-0 lead. Boyzuick and Sadler would share time at quarterback the rest of the half until Boyzuick was hit late in the second quarter and was slow to get up. He did not return to the game after that play and was on crutches with a soft cast on his leg in the second half.
The Wildcats were in a wildcat offense, with Sadler at quarterback and Boyzuick lined up at receiver, when he was injured on the Eagles’ second possession of the game. Sadler ran toward Boyzuick, who was blocking on the play.
“I wasn’t sure who ran into me, but someone fell on the back of my foot,” Boyzuick said. “I was in a lot of pain.”
After getting his ankle wrapped, he returned to play, but his foot was caught again when he was sacked late in the first half.
“I wanted to stay in, but they told me I needed to come out,” said Boyzuick, who finished the game 5-of-7 passing for 78 yards and one touchdown. “It’s probably for the best. I’m going to do everything I can to be able to be back by next week.”
Sadler was 7-of-7 for 70 yards and one TD, while junior Cooper Rodgers, the son of head coach Todd Rodgers, took over at quarterback in the second half and engineered two scoring drives. Rodgers finished the game completing 6 of 9 passes for 73 yards and no interceptions.
“We hadn’t had much adversity all season,” Todd Rodgers said. “We finally had some today with our quarterback getting hurt and some mistakes in the kicking game. I told our players we had an opportunity for some of them to rise up.”
Rodgers was pleased with the play of his son, who had his knee scoped after two-a-days, so this was his first significant playing time. Rodgers also cited the play of Wilson, Hunter Treadwell and Drew Estrada, all of whom saw increased playing time due to other injuries on the team.
As for Boyzuick, Rodgers indicated his quarterback should be fine based on first reports from the training staff.
After Boyzuick was hurt on Argyle’s second possession, Sadler’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Wilson capped a 58-yard, 11-play drive to put the Eagles on the board with 5:02 left in the first quarter.
After a Kennedale (1-3) punt, Wilson scored on a 10-yard run and the Eagles’ lead was 13-0.
Argyle’s defense stepped up, forcing three straight three-and-out possessions. The Eagles responded with two scores — a 38-yard pass from Boyzuick to Sizelove and a 37-yard run by Treadwell following an 11-yard punt by the Wildcats.
Kennedale came back with its only score of the first half on Brandon Hull’s 45-yard scoring strike to Juwan Washington.
Arkansas commit Cole Hedlund added a 23-yard field goal just before the half ended. He did miss a 45-yard attempt earlier in the half.
Wilson scored on a 4-yard run in the third quarter and Taylor Sweatt added a 7-yard scoring run in fourth quarter for Argyle.
Argyle 45, Kennedale 7
AY — Connor Wilson 20 pass from Ian Sadler (run failed)
AY — Connor Wilson 10 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Sam Sizelove 38 pass from Brandon Boyzuick (Connor Wilson pass from Ian Sadler)
AY — Hunter Treadwell 37 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
KD — Juwan Washington 45 pass from Bradon Hull (Zane Kottwitz kick)
AY — Cole Hedlund 23 FG
AY — Connor Wilson 4 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
AY — Taylor Sweatt 7 run (Cole Hedlund kick)
Rushing — AY: Nick Ralston 16-122, Ian Sadler 9-54, Hunter Treadwell 1-37, Connor Wilson 3-17, Taylor Sweatt 2-13, Drew Estrada 3-10, Terry Moore 4-6, Cooper Rodgers 1--7, Brandon Boyzuick 1--11, KD: Juwan Washington 21-63, Donny Darville 10-42, Bradon Hull 9-18, Michael Kaszynski 1-4, Ronald Hayes 2-2.
Passing — AY: Brandon Boyzuick 5-7-0-78, Cooper Rodgers 6-9-0-73, Ian Sadler 7-7-0-70, KD: Bradon Hull 1-2-0-45.
Receiving — AY: Sam Sizelove 3-50, Drew Estrada 2-46, Connor Wilson 3-45, Colton Hinnrichs 3-21, Ian Sadler 1-16, Jon Pucciarello 2-16, Nick Ralston 1-10, Hunter Treadwell 1-8, Chase Green 1-5, J.C. Chalk 1-4, KD: Juwan Washington 1-45.