All 11 teams within the Denton Record-Chronicle coverage area have now completed play outside the district after their Week 4 contests.
Ryan already has two games on his district roster, while Braswell and Guyer started theirs last week and the other eight schools play their first district games this week. The 11 area teams went a combined 7-4 in their Week 4 matchups with four undefeated teams remaining as Argyle, Lake Dallas and Sanger joined the 4-0 Wildcats.
The Record-Chronicle explores the key stories from each team’s performance last week below.
Close defeat extends Braswell’s losing streak
Giving up the most points in program history two weeks ago spelled a tough end for the out-of-district Bengals after a 2-0 start. They failed to fully recover in District 5-6A’s opening game on Friday with a narrow 50-49 loss to Prosper Rock Hill.
Braswell’s offense (2-2, 0-1 in the district) returned to its former form with 497 total yards and six touchdowns, but the Bengals couldn’t protect a 49-38 fourth-quarter lead. Rock Hill drove a long drive from his own eight-yard line in the final two minutes of the game to score the game-winning touchdown.
Improvement on the defensive end will be key to moving Braswell’s playoff hopes forward, particularly this week when they host Class 6A No. 9 Allen (3-1, 1-0 in the district).
Guyer achieves a victory on the ground
After a trio of blowout victories in out-of-district games, Guyer faced his closest competition of the season on Friday with a 23-6 win over one of the top-ranked 6A teams in then-No. 17 Thrive.
The No. 6 Wildcats (4-0, 1-0 in the district) had some unusual problems in the passing game as quarterback Jackson Arnold threw for just 72 yards, a touchdown and an interception. However, the running game provided plenty of offense on the night, as running backs Trey Joyner and Ahmed Yussuf combined for 232 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
That success in the running game combined with a generally potent passing attack and a defense that continued to round out in form make Guyer look like a strong contender for another deep playoff run. His district slate continues Friday at Little Elm (1-3, 0-1 in the district).
The enemies of the district are no match for Ryan
Through two weeks of play in the district, the Raiders have given Azle and Saginaw everything the two teams could handle.
Ryan (2-1, 2-0 in district) won both games by an average margin of 56.5 points. He led Azle 63-0 through three quarters and held a 49-0 halftime lead over Saginaw before scoring once again in a fast-moving second half with a ticking clock.
Continued growth and refining the little details are the main focuses for the Raiders as they move through the district game. They take on The Colony (1-3, 1-1 in the district) on Friday.
Obvious growth of Broncos at start 2-2
After suffering back-to-back seasons with only one win, Denton has been on the upswing this fall since moving to its new campus.
The Broncos (2-2) have already won twice and were two points from a third win in their 43-42 season-opening loss to Carrollton Newman Smith. Running back Coco Brown rattled off 216 rushing yards and four touchdowns in Denton’s dominant 62-0 victory over Gainesville on Friday.
The Broncos’ focus is on taking their game to a new level heading into their district opener against Frisco Emerson (4-0).
Argyle’s running game is still rampant
An impressive start continued for the Eagles last week as they ran Montgomery 41-20 to wrap up the game outside the district unblemished.
Argyle’s (4-0) running game made a big difference on the offensive end once again, as running back RJ Bunnell put up 137 rushing yards and two touchdowns while fellow running back Landon Farris found the end zone twice. plus. The pair have combined for 1,079 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns in four games.
Continued success on the field combined with a strong defense could be a recipe for success as the Eagles enter district play, beginning with Thursday’s game against Frisco Memorial (1-3).
Historic beginning continues for Lake Dallas
The Falcons tied their best start since 2013 and finished the game outside of the perfect district with a 57-27 win over Grand Prairie on Friday.
Lake Dallas (4-0) has been led by explosive plays on both sides of the ball. His first touchdown against the Gophers came on a pick-six by defensive back Xinjin Gomez before the offense caught fire behind a 318-yard, four-touchdown performance by quarterback Cade Bortnem.
The Falcons’ quest for their first playoff berth since 2018 begins in earnest Friday when they open district game against Carrollton Creekview (0-4).
Chaps recovers ahead of district opening
Following a pair of tough losses, Aubrey wrapped up the out-of-district game on a high note with an emphatic 68-0 victory over Frisco Panther Creek.
The Chaparrals (2-2) limited Panther Creek to just 69 yards of total offense and recorded 482 yards, including 324 rushing. Quarterback Blayne Polen went a perfect 7-of-7 for 96 yards, but running back Emerson Cagle led the way with 11 carries for 100 yards and four touchdowns.
Building on that success will be key to success in the district game when the Chaps travel to face Bridgeport (3-1) on Friday.
Defensive problems continue to plague Krum
Though they have shown promise at times, the Bobcats came out of the out-of-district game with just one win after falling 41-21 to Caddo Mills on Friday.
Krum (1-3) trailed by just one touchdown at halftime, but couldn’t make enough stops or score enough points to rally in the second half. His defense has given up an average of 39.3 points per game so far, including 46 per game in the three losses.
It will take continued growth on the defensive end of the ball and overall for the Bobcats to contend for a playoff spot.
Offensive explosion helps Sanger impress
Coming into a matchup of undefeated teams last week, the Indians and Mineral Wells looked about as even as they could get on paper.
Their matchup played out much differently, however, as Sanger (4-0) scored 63 points in three quarters to dominate Mineral Wells in an impressive 63-21 win. Quarterback Logan Lewis posted his best performance of the season with 28 of 32 passes for 357 yards and six touchdowns. Wide receivers Chandler Bowland and Ben Turnbow combined for 265 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
Continued success on the offensive side of the ball and overall will be key as the Indians progress through district play, beginning with a game at Gainesville (0-4) on Friday.
Fighting continues for Pilot Point
After earning a season-opening win over Callisburg, the Bearcats have dropped three straight in the last three weeks.
Pilot Point (1-3) suffered its biggest loss to date last Friday, 56-19 to the Bells. The offense was tough to come by, as running back Gage Anderson carried the ball 31 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Collin Lynch found the end zone for the other touchdown on a two-yard run.
Growth is needed for the Bearcats as they aim for a sixth straight playoff berth, starting with Friday’s game against Whitesboro (3-0).
Ponder’s undefeated streak ends
After tying their best start in program history at 3-0, the Lions’ opening streak came to an end Friday with a 64-54 penalty shootout loss to Godley.
Ponder (3-1) has relied on a potent offense to get off to a good start, scoring more than 50 points in each of his first four games. However, by giving up 64 points to Godley, the Lions dug themselves a hole too big to get out of. Quarterback Clifton Cooper threw for 584 yards and six touchdowns in the game, bringing his season totals to 2,090 passing yards and 25 touchdowns as one of the area’s most productive passers.
Moving up on the defensive end will be crucial for Ponder to make the playoffs.
JOHN FIELDS can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @JohnFields0.