The 11 high school football teams in the Denton Record-Chronicle coverage area have now played half of their regular season games with Week 5 over.
There are just three unbeaten teams left in Argyle, Guyer and Lake Dallas after Sanger’s loss last Friday. It was a tough week overall for area schools posting a combined 5-6 record. With six weeks of the regular season remaining (including one bye week for each team), there is still a lot to learn and figure out.
Below are each team’s Week 5 takeaways.
Attack plummets as Braswell lose again
Two straight losses turned into three for the Bengals on Friday when they lost 43-7 to Allen, who is ranked No. 9 in the entire 6A class.
Braswell (2-3, 0-2 in the district) got several key defensive saves in the first half but couldn’t capitalize on them, allowing the Eagles (4-1, 2-0) to retire for an unbalanced victory. The offense struggled for production and appeared to miss running back Jaylon Burton, who was a key part of the offense before missing the last two games with injury.
Life doesn’t get much easier in the stacked 5-6A district with the Bengals traveling to face McKinney (4-1, 2-0) this Friday.
Guyer gets the passing game back on track
A week after throwing for just 72 yards against Prosper, Wildcats quarterback Jackson Arnold had more success against Little Elm with 130 passing yards for two touchdowns while rushing for two more scores.
Guyer (5-0, 2-0) earned a comfortable victory over the Lobos (1-4, 0-2) holding a 49-7 advantage going into the fourth quarter. Running back Trey Joyner posted a second straight big game with 15 carries for 111 yards and two scores to help lead a much more balanced offensive effort than the one the Wildcats mustered against Prosper.
Next up for Guyer is a Friday home showdown with McKinney Boyd (0-5, 0-2).
Ryan earns third straight win in district play
While it wasn’t nearly as dominant as the Raiders’ first two district triumphs, they came out on top for a third straight week with a 24-10 loss to The Colony.
Ryan (3-1, 3-0) led the Cougars by 135 rushing yards and a score from running back Kalib Hicks combined with a performance of 131 yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Khalon Davis. The pair helped the Raiders take a 21-3 lead after one quarter and 24-3 at halftime before a sluggish second half where they couldn’t score anymore to put the game completely out of reach.
A win is a win, however, as the cliché of old coaches goes. Ryan will certainly pick up the win before a game against Fort Worth South Hills (1-3, 0-2) on Thursday night.
Denton drops district opener
A week after dominating Gainesville en route to a 62-0 victory, the Broncos were on the receiving end of a Friday blowout against freshman Frisco Emerson.
Denton (2-3, 0-1) had a season-low 13 points while giving up 47 points to a powerful attack from Emerson (5-0, 1-0). Both of his scores come courtesy of star running back Coco Brown, who is once again among the region’s top running backs with 133 carries for 1,099 yards and 13 touchdowns in five games.
Continued improvement will be needed for the Broncos as they travel to face the undefeated Frisco Independence (4-0, 0-0) Thursday night.
5A dominance continues for Argyle
The Eagles continue to make the jump to 5A-DII easy, this time earning a 51-13 win over Frisco Memorial to open district play.
Argyle’s offense (5-0, 1-0) continued to thrive with 297 yards and four rushing touchdowns combined with 248 passing yards for three scores. The defense also held firm, allowing Memorial (1-4, 0-1) just one touchdown and a pair of field goals. The Eagles retained their No. 1 ranking in all of 5A-DII with the win after knocking out three of the top 15 preseason teams in the standings with out-of-district play.
The Eagles have a well-deserved time off this week to recover from several injuries before hosting the undefeated Lake Dallas area foe, which we dive into in the next section.
Falcons off to best start since 2007
Speaking of the Falcons, they picked up a dominating 59-14 win over Carrollton Creekview to extend their winning streak to five games.
The win meant Lake Dallas (5-0, 1-0) overtook its 4-0 start to the 2013 campaign and is now off to its best start since the 2007 season opener with six straight wins. Quarterback Cade Bortnem continued his strong start to the season completing 12 of 17 pass attempts for 256 yards and six touchdowns while wide receiver Niki Gray completed six passes for 121 yards and two scores.
The Falcons host the aforementioned Memorial this week with a chance to match their 2007 start ahead of what is shaping up to be a pivotal game with Argyle.
Aubrey’s offense explodes again
Since suffering back-to-back losses to Anna and Arlington Seguin, the Chaparrals have averaged 67 points in straight wins.
Aubrey’s last victim (3-2, 1-0) was Bridgeport (3-2, 0-1), which the Chaps dispatched 66-15 after demolishing Frisco Panther Creek (1-4, 1-0) 68-0 per week prior. The pair of wins gives Aubrey a very different perspective than a few weeks ago, when the team had just suffered back-to-back losses.
Aubrey will look to continue turning a corner on Friday against Gainesville (1-4, 0-1), which beat the previously undefeated Sanger last week for its first win.
The struggles continue for Krum
The Bobcats lost a third straight game to open district play as they fell 32-27 to Van Alstyne.
Krum (1-4, 0-1) was led by 245 passing yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Ty Taber while running back Devrin Brown rushed for 64 yards and a score. The Bobcats have now lost two games by just five points this season after losing 56-51 to Ponder two weeks prior.
A week off gives the Bobcats time to improve before a home showdown with Sanger (4-1, 0-1) on Oct. 7.
Surprising loss ends Indian run
After an impressive 63-20 victory over Mineral Wells, the Indians suffered a disappointing loss to previously winless Gainesville 17-14.
Sanger (4-1, 0-1) scored his fewest points of the season by far in the loss after averaging 43.8 points per game in his four wins. The Indians took a 14-10 lead with a fourth quarter touchdown before Gainesville responded with a score to win the game. Quarterback Logan Lewis had a tough night in the air completing 7 of 18 passes for 83 yards, despite leading the game on the ground with 146 yards and one score.
Next up for the Indians is a meeting with Van Alstyne (2-3, 1-0) a week after the Panthers beat Krum 32-27.
Pilot Point skid hits four
After a blistering loss to the Bells (4-1), the Bearcats suffered another blistering loss to Whitesboro 58-24 on Friday night.
It was Pilot Point’s fourth straight loss (1-4) after winning its first game of the season against Callisburg. The Bearcats posted a fairly balanced offensive offense against Whitesboro but struggled to get defensive saves allowing 504 total rushing yards.
Improvements are needed for Pilot Point to compete for a playoff spot, especially as they face undefeated Paradise (5-0, 1-0) next Friday.
Problems on both sides are doomed
The Lions offense finally slowed down after scoring more than 50 points in each of the first four weeks in a 62-14 loss to Paradise.
Ponder (3-2, 0-1) escaped the gates giving up 41 points in the first half while scoring just once in the first 24 minutes. The Lions have a week off to improve on both sides of the ball before hosting Pilot Point on October 7 in an important zone showdown.