Connor Wilson scored the game's first touchdown on a perfectly placed pass from Ian Sadler and then scored two more touchdowns rushing to lead the Eagles to a 45-7 victory at Kennedale. With the win, the Eagles remain unbeaten with a 4-0 record.
Argyle's Black Swarm defense held Kennedale to just 129 yards total offense which is about 300 yards below their season average. Reagan Page, Micah Capra, and Chance Bode were all over the Wildcats backfield the entire game.
Back to the Argyle offense which racked up a season high 462 yards of total offense. The offensive line of Michael Castle, Hayden Hood, Matt Hiter, Matt Waggoner, and Jett Monroe turned in their best performance this season which allowed RB Nick Ralston to rush for 122 yards on just 16 carries.
All-State Linebacker Sam Sizelove also played some at tight end last night and made his impact felt on offense as he led the Eagles in receiving with 3 catches for 50 yards including a thrilling 35 yard TD. WR Hunter Treadwell scored on a 37 yard jet sweep giving him TD's in each of the last 3 games. In all, 10 different Eagles caught passes last night adding up to 221 yards total.
And let's not overlook the remarkable, and versatile, play of senior WR/QB Ian Sadler. Ian was a perfect 7 for 7 passing with a TD. He also rushed for 54 yards averaging 6 yards per carry and caught a pass for 16 yards.
Junior QB Cooper Rodgers came off the bench to lead the Eagles to two second half scoring drives connecting with sophomore WR Drew Estrada on two terrific 30 yard completions.
The Eagles travel to Wilmer Hutchins next Friday night, 7:30PM kickoff at Eagles Stadium in far south Dallas.
Ian Sadler picks up block from Reese Thompson and returns punt 79 yards
The Argyle Eagles ran over, around, and through the Ranchview Wolves as they raced out to a 62-0 lead early in the third quarter to go 7-0 on the season, 1-0 in district play.
Quarterback Brandon Boyzuick threw TD passes to Sam Sizelove, Jon Pucciarello, and Drew Estrada. RB Nick Ralston scored the Eagles first two TD running behind great blocks from Matt Hiter, Hayden Hood, and Michael Waggoner. Ian Sadler continues to make the spectacular look routine with three highlight reel receptions. Ian also had a 79 yard punt return setting up a 6 yard TD run by Connor Wilson.
Defensively, the Eagles swarmed all over the Wolves posting a shutout through 3 quarters. Through seven games this season, the Black Swarm has allowed only 7 points in the first half. LB Colton Hinnrichs took advantage of a fumble caused by Connor Wilson to scoop and score from 5 yards out. Reese Thompson had an interception setting up another Eagles score and Hunter Treadwell returned a punt 50 yards for a TD.
Senior kicker Cole Hedlund climbed up another spot on the list of most career field goals in Texas high school football history as he drilled kicks from 52 (his 3rd 50 yard + FG this season), 36, and 19 yards. With 42 FGs made, he is now in 2nd place on the all time list, just 6 short of tying the state record.
Next up, Argyle returns to Eagles Stadium for Homecoming against the Frisco Lone Star Rangers. 7:30PM kickoff.
The top-ranked Argyle Eagles face #4 ranked Gilmer Buckeyes tonight in the regional semi-finals. This is the 4th consecutive year for these teams to meet in the playoffs. Kickoff is 6pm at DISD Kincaide Stadium. Argyle is the visitor tonight.
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The state's top ranked Lady Eagles went to 2-0 in district, 23-9 overall, winning 25-17, 25-16, 25-16 at Frisco Lone Star.
Junior Katy Keenan led Argyle with 13 kills while Stealy Sizelove and Alexa Bass each had 16 assists. .
The top ranked Argyle Eagles (12-0) faced the #4 ranked Gilmer Buckeyes (11-1) last Friday night in a game that lived up to the hype and then some. Argyle won 45-38 and advances to play the Gladewater Bears on Friday, 6:00PM kickoff right back at Kincaide Stadium in Dallas.
QB Brandon Boyzuick threw for 2 TDs, one to Jon Pucciarello and the other to Ian Sadler. Ian staked a claim as class 3A MVP by adding 4 more TDs on the ground while rushing for 185 yards. Argyle's offensive line took control allowing Nick Ralston to also rush for 125 yards for the Eagles.
Defensively, the Eagles were led by senior LB Colton Hinnrich's 15 tackle performance. Micah Capra added 12 tackles, 2 of which were for lost yardage while Connor Wilson played huge all game with 12 tackles and a pass defensed. Sophomore DB Drew Estrada completely changed the game with a momentum changing 1st quarter interception. Senior DB/LB Hunter Treadwell made impact play after impact play defending 2 passes, recording a tackle for a loss, and recovering a fumble.
After a bit of a sluggish start, QB Ian Sadler took control of Argyle's game vs the Wilmer Hutchins Eagles midway through 1st quarter scoring touchdowns from 8 and 6 yards out. Both scores were set up by turnovers, the first an interception by Colton Hinnrichs and the 2nd on the ensuing kickoff which bounced short and was recovered by Dalton Ledford. The Argyle Eagles then scorched Wilmer Hutchins for 40 more points on the way to a 52-12 victory. Senior center Hayden Hood led an offensive line that made some adjustments and then completely controlled the line of scrimmage. For his performance, Hayden was named Player of the Game.
Argyle's "Black Swarm" defense was giving up no ground, literally. They held Wilmer Hutchins to -21 yards rushing for the game or about 250 yards below their season average. Sam Sizelove had two sacks and finished with 11 tackles while Micah Capra had two tackles for lost yardage and 11 tackles.
The Eagles prepare to host a dangerous Dallas Madison team that gave them all kinds of challenges last season. This is also Play for the Cure night so get decked out in pink and be ready to support the cause. Kickoff is 7:30PM at Eagles Stadium.
The #1 ranked Argyle Eagles wasted little time in sending a message to the Krum Bobcats, and everyone else in attendance, that they are ready to go in the playoffs. The Eagles raced out to a 30-0 lead in the first quarter on their way to a 57-12 victory. The Argyle defense limited Krum to -1 yards of total offense in the first half.
Senior place kicker Cole Hedlund made history last night breaking the state, and then national, record for career FGs by a high school athlete. Cole was mobbed by his teammates after connecting on his record breaking 51st FG last night, the 5th FG of the game for him.
Argyle advances to play Melissa next Friday night at Prosper's BW Durham Stadium. Game time TBD
Argyle Eagles accept area championship trophy
With winds whipping out of the north dropping the wind chill into low 20's and driving rain, the top ranked Argyle Eagles showed the heart of a champion in their 55-27 win over Melissa last night
The Eagles got a record performance from RB Nick Ralston who rushed for 365 yards, averaging 13 yards/carry and 5 TDs. Ian Sadler rushed for 125 yards on 10 carries and a TD while the offensive line cleared the way for 570 yards on the ground. Argyle led 55-7 at the end of the 3rd quarter.
The Eagles advance to regional semi-finals to play familiar rival Gilmer next Friday night at Kincaide Stadium in Dallas. 6pm kickoff. This is the 4th consecutive year the Eagles and the Buckeyes have met in the playoffs. Both teams have been ranked in top 4 class 3A teams this season. Fox Sports and several other media outlets are calling this the biggest game in the state this week.
Make plans now to gather up everyone you know and head to Dallas to see two of the best teams in Texas battle it out to see who advances to region 2 finals.
Ian Sadler' stretches to make catch on 1st TD from Brandon Boyzuick
The states 2nd ranked Argyle Eagles defeated the Dallas Madison Trojans 66-7 in the final non-district game taking their record to 6-0. Offensively, the Eagles got a dominant performance from tackles Matt Hiter and Jett Monroe while guards Matt Waggoner and Michael Castle controlled the interior. Their performance helped RB Nick Ralston rush for 120 yards & 3 TD's on just 10 carries.
Senior Ian Sadler made 3 highlight reel catches for TDs, 1 of which came from QB Brandon Boyzuick and 2 from Cooper Rodgers. Senior kicker Cole Hedlund drilled a 49 yard field goal & the Eagles rolled up 498 yards of total offense.
Defensively, the Eagles swarmed to the ball all game with seniors Reese Thompson, Dalton Ledford, and Connor Wilson teaming up to prevent Madison from completing a pass the entire game. The Black Swarm held the Trojans to just 44 yards total offense and forced a remarkable 11 punts.
This year’s 2012 Argyle Volleyball team is off to a great start. Despite losing 4 key seniors last year, this year’s team is ready for the challenge to fill those shoes and to go deeper into post season play than previous teams.
So far, the team is 5-2 and has had big wins over Guyer and Prosper. They took 2nd place (out of 32 teams) in the Denton Ryan Classic tournament this past weekend, falling to Highland Park in the championship match. One of the reasons the team is playing well is because of their senior leadership.
“Our senior leadership has been outstanding so far, not just for our team, but our entire program. Morgan Thompson, Bry Clark, Sierra James and Blair O’Brien have been doing a great job of making sure every kid knows what the expectations are and are leading by example with their hard work,” Argyle Head coach Clark Oberle said.
Among one of those seniors is starting setter, Blair O’Brien. “She's the glue that sticks us together. She's got the most varsity experience and is one of the top 3A setters in the state. She runs the offense, her serving is spot on, she plays great, instinctive defense and has excellent court awareness,” Oberle said.
Other key players to watch for are sophomore Katy Keenan and junior Brooke Robertson. “Katy Keenan is a definite threat at the net both offensively and defensively as a middle blocker. She hits the ball very well off of one foot and her block is phenomenal. Brooke Robertson at outside hitter is also establishing herself as a strong offensive threat. She has gotten so much better at reading the defense, she knows when to hit line, when to hit cross and when to tip,” said Oberle.
Another strength the team has going for their depth. “We don't lose much when we have to go to the bench. At this point I can put any number of kids on the floor in different positions and we don't lose a thing. That's great because all of the matches we'll be playing in the next few weeks with tournaments and dual matches, I can rest certain kids and still be competitive. Nobody, except for Blair, has to play every set for us to be in a position to win.”
With the districts realigning and some powerhouse schools such as Lovejoy moving up to 4A, this year’s team has their sites set high. “We have very high expectations this season. Our goal right now is to work harder than any other team in the state in the weight room and on the court. If we can do that every day from now until November, good things will happen. I believe we have the talent, team make up and the work ethic to do great things this season.”
The Argyle Eagles intercepted 5 passes last night with senior DB Hunter Treadwell taking one of his two picks back for a TD to lead Argyle to a 38-14 win over previously undefeated Graham. The Eagles advance to the state championship game to play the Fairfield Eagles (15-0) on Friday, Dec 20 at 4PM at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
RB Nick Ralston was in high gear all game and finished with 147 punishing yards and three TDs. Connor Wilson added a 2 yard TD run behind great blocks from JC Chalk, Matt Hiter, Hayden Hood, and Michael Castle.
Defensively, the Black Swarm shut out the Graham offense until just over a minute was left in 3rd quarter and the Eagles were leading 35-0. Micah Capra, Reagan Page, Taylor Sweatt, David Bearden, and Hunter Stewart led an Eagles defensive line which had the Graham QB on the run all game. The Eagles held Graham to 227 yards of total offense which had been averaging over 500 yards per game.
The top-ranked Argyle Eagles beat the Gladewater Bears 42-8 on Monday to win Region II championship and advance to the state final 4. Argyle will play Graham in the state semi finals on Saturday, December 14 at Northwest ISD Stadium in Justin. Kickoff is 6:00PM. Argyle is home team this week.
On Monday, Ian Sadler grabbed two TD passes in spectacular fashion from QB Brandon Boyzuick. Nick Ralston rushed for 140 yards and 2 TDs while Colton Hinnrichs scored his 1st TD of the season on a 40 yard pass from Brandon Boyzuick. Connor Wilson scored from 30 yards out breaking at least four Gladewater tackles on the way to the end zone.
Argyle led 42-0 at the end of 3rd quarter.
Argyle's Black Swarm defense lived up to their name and then some holding Gladewater to just 68 yards of total offense and 2 first downs in the first half while posting a shutout until late in 4th quarter.
A Landmark Win for Coach Rodgers…and many more to come!
By ABN Staff
10 years ago Todd Rodgers moved 10 miles west from Flower Mound Marcus to Argyle High School. He left behind a comfortable role as the defensive coordinator for one of the state’s top class 5A teams. He had already earned one state championship ring and had established himself as one of the top assistants in the area. Surely there were lots of opportunities coming his way soon where Coach Rodgers could have taken the safe route with a head coaching job at an established program.
Instead, he put his career at risk and uprooted his family to take over a fledgling Argyle football program. In 2002, the year before Coach Rodgers arrived in Argyle, the Eagles played their first varsity football season in class 2A finishing with a record of 1 win and 9 losses. On that team there were just 17 players suited up on varsity and at best, about 35 kids playing football in the entire district.
Fast forward 10 years and it would be an understatement to say we’re very grateful Coach Rodgers took that risk and came to Argyle. Yesterday, Coach Rodgers celebrated his 100th victory leading the Eagles to another class 3A Area Championship by defeating the defending class 2A state champion Melissa Cardinals 42-14.
Under Coach Rodger’s leadership, the Argyle Eagles advance to the 3rd round of the state playoffs for the 5th consecutive year and look like a team on a mission to once again play deep into December. There are consistently 90-100 kids playing football at Argyle High School not to mention over 60 kids playing in middle school and the 120 or so in youth football all waiting for their chance to play for Coach Rodgers and his staff. Talk about a man who is building a program and making a difference.
“The support we get in the community is a huge part of the success we’ve had”, said Coach Rodgers in the post game celebration. “I’ve been blessed and I’m grateful to have such a strong team of coaches who are so committed to our kids and this program”, he continued.
Coach Rodgers went on to recognize offensive coordinator Jeff Harp, who also came over from Marcus 9 years ago, along with defensive coordinator Greg Mouser, who joined Coach Rodger’s staff 8 years ago. Add to that list of loyal coaches Steve Chancelor (8 years), Grady Roller (8 years), Ricky Griffin (6 years), Tommy Ledford (6 years), Jake Fisher (6 years), Jason Pitts (5 years), Jay McCook (3 years), Scott Styron (1st year), and Daniel Lundy (1st year) and you’ve got a great staff who Coach Rodgers empowers to do their best work.
Yesterday, that coaching experience and expertise paid off for sure.
The Eagles racked up 306 yards rushing and 5 touchdowns on the ground behind Coach Harp’s power running game and creative use of his playmakers. Sophomore running back Nick Ralston went over (literally), around, and through a tough Cardinal defense for 164 yards rushing giving him 1,699 on the season. Credit sophomore left guard Matt Hiter, who is already 6’3 240 pounds, for consistently opening big holes all game. Add in senior right tackle Tanner Fought’s (6’4 and 260 pounds), senior center Jordan Deagan (6’3 275 pounds), and left tackle Trevor Jones (6’3 225 pounds) and you’ve got all the ingredients for a great ground game.
When the Cardinals stacked the line of scrimmage to stop the inside run, Coach Harp showed his creativity going to the Wildcat formation, wide receiver reverses, and the “Bulls” short yardage package. Ian Sadler took full advantage of Coach Harp’s calls to score 3 rushing touchdowns while gashing the Cardinal defense for 92 yards on the ground. Ian also made the Cardinals pay by snagging a pass from quarterback Brandon Boyzuick on the Eagles 2nd offensive play of the game which he turned into a 62 yard touchdown.
That’s 4 more touchdowns from Ian this week. Last week he had 3 touchdowns, the week before he had 4, the week before he had 5, the week before he had 4, the week before he had 3, and you get the idea. Credit Ian’s remarkable speed and uncanny ability to cut at full speed along with some devastating downfield blocks from junior slot back Jon Pucciarello, junior receiver Dalton Ledford, Nick Ralston, and junior slot back Chance Bode.
Yesterday, Chance Bode, who is 6’1 210 pounds, turned his game up another level with punishing runs to break arm tackles, bursts of speed to run past linebackers, and his ability to hurdle defenders to get key first downs. Chance carried the ball 4 times averaging an impressive 10 yards a carry. When the defense keys on Nick Ralston or Ian Sadler, Chance proves he is more than ready to make them pay.
Melissa’s defense gave the Eagles all they could handle in the early going showing why they are one of the top 3A teams in the area. But in the end, Coach Harp’s offense scored 40 or more points for the 10th time this season and the 6th game in a row.
Give credit also to Melissa’s offense which may be one of the best the Eagles have seen so far this season. The Cardinals QB showed why he’s thrown for 2,000 yards this season connecting with a cadre of big and fast receivers in the early going. After the Cardinals scored 14 points in the first quarter (the most scored on Argyle going back to non-district play) until defensive coordinator Greg Mouser could make some adjustments. As a result, the Eagles shut out the Cardinals the last three quarters to secure the victory.
Senior defensive lineman Wood Speed picked a great time to play his best game so far. Wood was flying all over the field to throttle the speedy Cardinal running backs and finished the game with a team high 15 tackles. Junior defensive lineman Micah Capra once again dominated the interior and on several plays was seen tracking down running backs outside the hash marks showing his tenacious pursuit and speed. Micah also added a huge quarterback sack in the 3rd quarter to end the last scoring threat by the Cardinals. Micah finished the night with 10 tackles.
Junior cornerback Reese Thompson, who is 6’2” 175 pounds proved why he is also one of the state’s fastest defensive backs as he ran stride for stride with the Cardinal’s 6’4” leading receiver to deny completions. Reese broke up two passes last night giving him 18 passes broken up this season. Junior safety Colton Katzen turned up the heat delivering big hit after to hit to break up a pass and cause a fumble. Linebacker Colton Hinnrichs delivered his trademark big plays yesterday while crashing the line of scrimmage all game resulting in 8 tackles and even batted down a Melissa pass to force a punt.
Sam Sizelove, the Eagles 6’4” 220 pound middle linebacker, is a flat out big-hitting machine. Sam finished the game with 9 tackles and continues to lead the team with a remarkable 131 tackles so far this season.
This defense plays hungry and has shown a real appetite for chewing up opposing offenses. It’s no wonder they are called “The Black Swarm”. If you needed any proof that this unit will step up and take the fight to their opponents, you had to look no further than the way they responded to unfamiliar adversity and set-backs with each player stepping up their game up and shutting down Melissa’s very good offense.
Next up is a familiar playoff opponent in the Gilmer Buckeyes. This will be the 3rd consecutive year the Eagles and Buckeyes have met in the playoffs. No team in Texas has won more games in the past 15 years than the Gilmer Buckeyes under head coach Jeff Traylor’s leadership. The Buckeyes come into next Friday’s game with an 11-1 record (same as Argyle) featuring an offense that averages 450 yards and 38 points per game. The Buckeyes have won 10 straight games including last night’s 57-13 demolishing of the Atlanta Rabbits. If their third meeting is anything like the first two, you can expect to see what will arguably be one of the best games in the state next week.
The game is set for next Friday, November 30, at Mesquite Memorial Stadium. Argyle will be the home team and please note the kickoff is set for 7:00PM. Gilmer has terrific community support and is sure to bring a big crowd. So make plans now to load up your vehicle with every Eagle fan you can find and make the relatively short drive to Mesquite. Show up early for the pre-game tailgate party set to start about 5:30PM.
As always, the game will be broadcast live on www.argyleboosterclub.com with the Northstar Bank pre-game show starting at 6:40PM.
Nick Ralston's Week 3 MVP Award from NBC 5 Inside HS Sports
Led by the punishing blocks from Zach Mahon, Austin Bergstrom, and Ty Smith, senior RB Nick Ralston carried the ball a school record 46 times for 192 yards and 4 TDs. Sophomore DB Dane Ledford had 2 interceptions, including one he returned 45 yards for a TD. The Eagles go to 4-0 with the win over a very tough Graham Steers team at a hostile Newton Field in Graham. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE REPLAY
The Eagles travel to Paris on Friday to take on the Wildcats (3-1) in the final non-district game of the year.