Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Marauders keep Battle of the Axe honors

In the third week of Friday night football in southern Denton County, the highlight was the annual Battle of the Axe game between Lewisville and Marcus high schools with Marcus taking the win 28-6 – a feat they’ve continued the past eight consecutive match ups.

Also notable was the Denton Guyer game against Wichita Falls Rider. The Wildcats struck early and kept a steady pace to shut out their opponent 66-0.

Argyle maintains its 3-0 record after a 41-29 victory against Celina. Liberty Christian handily won its game against Melissa with a final score of 34-7.

It was touch and go for Flower Mound against Plano East with the Jaguars losing by 3 points.

Almost as much of a highlight for Friday night football was the weather as football fans flocked area stadiums amid temperatures in the 60s and a slight drizzle. By the time games ended, temps had dipped into the high 50s.

The following offers highlights of the games:

Marcus 28, Lewisville 6

On Oct. 20, 2006, Lewisville scored 23 fourth quarter points to beat Marcus in the annual Battle of the Axe game between the two schools.That was the last time, however, the Farmers have had bragging rights, as the Marauders have won the last eight consecutive match ups, including a 28-6 victory on Friday night.

The Farmers took a 3-0 first quarter lead in the game, but a 22-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Parrish to Bryce Kubas, followed by a 9-yard run from Parrish gave Marcus a 14-3 lead at the half.

Lewisville cut the lead to eight points on another field goal in the third quarter, but two touchdown runs of three yards each by C.J. Respass and Nate Hopkins sealed the victory for Marcus.

Marcus will travel to Hebron at 7:30 on Sept. 19 to try to move to 2-0 in district competition.

Guyer 66, Wichita Falls Rider 0

Shawn Robinson combined for 273 total yards and four touchdowns on Friday night, as Guyer hammered Wichita Falls Rider 66-0 to move to 2-1 on the season.

Robinson broke a 70-yard touchdown run just 43 seconds into the game, and Anthony Taylor scored on runs of 11 yards and two yards, as Guyer took a 19-0 first quarter lead.

Robinson then opened up the passing game, connecting with Adam Scott on a 45-yard touchdown pass and Taylor on a 26-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. A 1-yard touchdown run from J.T. Ashcraft made it 38-0 Guyer heading into the break.

Austin Luna took over at quarterback in the second half, hitting Victor Hubbard on a 12-yard touchdown pass and Christian Moore on a 49-yard pass in the third quarter. David Rolon and Dylan Ozuna scored on runs of 13 yards and three yards respectively to finish the game out.

Guyer is in its bye week on Sept. 19 and will open district play at 7 p.m. on Sept. 26 at the Collins Athletic Complex against Keller.

Argyle 41, Celina 29

The Argyle football team remains unbeaten after a 41-29 victory over former district rival Celina on Friday night in Argyle.

Nick Ralston tied the game 7-7 in the first quarter on a 13-yard run, but the Bobcats scored again and took a 14-7 lead into the second quarter.Ralston scored again on a 12-yard run, but a failed PAT and Celina score gave the Bobcats a 9-point lead at half time.

Eagles quarterback Cooper Rodgers connected with Drew Estrada on a 21-yard pass early in the third quarter to make it 22-20 in favor of Celina, and Ralston scored on a 21-yard run to give Argyle it’s first lead of the game later in the quarter.

Rodgers hit Hunter Markwardt on a 37-yard pass and Ralston scored his fourth touchdown of the night on a 27-yard scamper to give the Eagles the victory.Ralston finished the night with 233 yards rushing.

Argyle will travel to Graham at 7:30 p.m.on Sept. 19.

Liberty Christian 34, Melissa 7

The Liberty Christian football team cruised to a 34-7 victory over Melissa on Friday night, improving to 2-1 on the non-district season.

Following a scoreless first quarter, Nick Starkel connected with Justus Lee on touchdown passes of 38 yards and 59 yards as the Warriors took a 14-7 lead into half time. Starkel finished the night with 239 yards and two touchdowns.

Kason Howell scored on a four yard run in the third quarter and Ryan Vollenhans followed up with an 11-yard touchdown run to make it 27-7 in favor of Liberty Christian. Vollenhans scored 16-yard run early in the fourth to put the game out of reach for Melissa.The Liberty Christian running back rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns in the game.

The Warriors are in their bi-week on Sept. 19 and then open the district season at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 when they host Fort Worth Nolan.

Plano East 27, Flower Mound 24

The Flower Mound football team came up just short on Friday night, losing 27-24 to Plano East in Plano.

The Jaguars jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a Richard Kelly 23-yard field goal, and led 10-3 at the end of one when Logan Davis threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Clayton Johnson. East scored nine unanswered points in the second quarter and led 12-10 at half time.

Flower Mound regained the lead when Davis hit Andrew Bullard on an 18-yard touchdown pass, but Plano East came right back and took a 20-17 lead heading into the fourth. The Panthers extended their lead to 10, before Davis threw his third touchdown of the night, a 16-yard pass to Freddie Jackson with three seconds left in regulation. Davis finished the night with 254 yards passing.

Flower Mound will host McKinney Boyd at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 19.

Staff Writer Dawn Cobb contributed to this report.

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