Friday night football 2014 kicked off with a promising start for schools in southern Denton County, where teams battled to win their first games of the season.
Argyle won its season opener while Liberty Christian School, Flower Mound, Mansfield and Denton Guyer battled to narrow the gaps with opposing teams who captured the season opener wins.
The following offers highlights of the games:
Argyle 34, Abilene Wylie 28
The Argyle football team opened the season with a bang on Friday night, defeating perennial powerhouse Abilene Wylie in it’s season opener.
Wylie jumped out to a 7-0 first quarter lead, before the Eagles tied it up on a 56-yard run from Nick Ralston.
Wylie scored again before the end of the first quarter and led 14-7 heading into the second.
Argyle scored again on a 7-yard Ralston run to tie the game up in the second quarter, and then Jacob Forrer put the Eagles up on a 50-yard fumble return.
The defense came up big again in the third quarter, as Hudson Speed would return a 46-yard fumble for a score, and Cooper Rodgers connected with Hunter Markwardt on a 68-yard touchdown pass to put the Eagles up by 21.
Argyle will square off with Denison in its next game of the season at 2 p.m. next Friday, Sept. 5.
Mansfield 29, Marcus 16
The Marcus football team found it difficult to get anything going offensively on Friday night, losing to Mansfield 29-16 in Flower Mound.
The Marauders did not score until the third quarter when Kent Depwe kicked a 25-yard field goal to make it 15-3 in favor of Mansfield.Marcus made it a six-point game when Andrew Parish hit Bryce Kubas on a 63-yard touchdown pass just under a minute into the fourth.
Parish hit Michael Davis on a 32-yard pass to score again for the Marauders, but Marcus could not complete the comeback.
Marcus will play Arlington at 7:30 p.m. next Friday, Sept. 5, at Maverick Stadium at UTA.
Allen 55, Guyer 41
When Allen jumped out to a 28-0 lead against Guyer on Friday night, it did not appear that the Wildcats were going to present much of a challenge.
But Guyer clawed its way back into the contest and almost completed a massive comeback, in what ended up being a 55-41 loss to Allen.
Shawn Robinson scored on runs of one and two yards and a pass of 24 yards for Guyer, while Anthony Taylor scored on runs of one and two yards, and rushed for a 17 yard touchdown as
well.Robinson combined for 425 all purpose yards in the game for the Wildcats.
Guyer will play at Ennis at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 5.
Trophy Club Nelson 42, Flower Mound 35
The Flower Mound football team came up just short on Friday night despite erasing a 14-point, fourth quarter deficit, losing 42-35 to Trophy Club Byron Nelson.
The Jaguars looked good early on, taking a 14-7 lead into half time on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Logan Davis to Chandler Claterbaugh and a 1-yard run from Davis.
Nelson scored 14 unanswered points to regain the lead, but Davis tied the game back up with a second 1-yard run.
Nelson scored 14 unanswered points again, and led 35-21 early in the fourth, when Davis scored on a 7-yard run and Ekemini Umoh scored on a 4-yard run to tie it up.
A late touchdown run from Nelson put the game away for the Bobcats.
Flower Mound will travel to Keller at 7:30 p.m. next Friday.
Celina 47, Liberty Christian 21
The Liberty Christian football team is dodging no one this season, and that was certainly apparent in their season opener against Celina on Friday night in a 47-21 loss to the Bobcats.
The Warriors got into a hole early, trailing 28-0 late in the second quarter before breaking through on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Drew Hunnicutt to Hunter Griffith.
Liberty cut the deficit in half less than two minutes into the second half, when Justus Lee caught a 68-yard touchdown pass from Nick Starkel.
The Warriors pulled to within 7 points when Hunnicutt hit Starkel on a 35-yard pass, but it was all Celina from then on.Liberty
Liberty Christian will host Springtown at 7:30 p.m. next Friday.