Argyle Defense Shuts Down Abilene Wylie

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ARGYLE- In the nearby Denton suburb of Argyle, the hometown Eagles took on the Bulldogs of Abilene Wylie in an early season matchup of state contenders. After Abilene Wylie defeated the Eagles in last season’s regional semifinals, the Eagles would dominated both sides of the ball en route to a 56-7 victory this time around.

Abilene Wylie received the opening kickoff but only got to the nine yard line and would proceed to go three-and-out. Argyle started with great field position at the 38 yard line and would waste no time scoring as quarterback Jon Copeland hit sophomore wideout Alex Gonzales for the three yard strike to put Argyle up 7-0.

Wylie would be forced to punt again but pinned the Eagles inside the 10-yard line. They would quickly drive the distance of the field to set up a six yard pass from Copeland to Cale Nanny to make it 14-0 in the first.

Argyle wide receiver Wes McCollum (Shana Willeford, TexasHSFootball.com)

Wylie just could not get their offense moving as they were forced to punt the ball away again. However, Copeland would throw a deep interception to Wylie cornerback Gatlin Martin who would return it to the Argyle 48 yard line. But the Argyle pass rush was just too much for Bulldog quarterback Tyler O’Connor sacking him twice to force 4th and 25. After forcing another punt, the Eagles would drive down the field to score on a 26-yard pass from Copeland to senior tight end Bryson Hudgens to make it 21-0.

Argyle would recover a Wylie fumble at the 13 yard line and would punch it in on a 6 yard scamper by Don Williams to make it 28-0 midway through the second quarter. Argyle would put up one more score on a 37 yard strike to Wes McCollum to make it 35-0 at half.

The Eagles started the second half from their own 20 yard line where the Bulldogs defense would get their first stop and force Argyle to punt. Wylie took over from their own 37 yard line. They would quickly drive down to the Argyle 33 yard line. The next play, Tyler O’Connor threw deep to Gatlin Martin for the touchdown and Wylie’s first points of the game to make it 35-7.

Argyle LB Chase Petter (Shana Willeford, TexasHSFootball.com)

The ensuing kickoff was taken back for a touchdown by Cale Nanny but called back for holding placing the ball all the way back at the 17 yard line. Two plays later, Copeland would hit Alex Gonzales who took it 79 yards for the touchdown to make it 42-7.

Argyle would then recover a Tyler O’Connor fumble at midfield but their drive would stall on fourth down. Wylie would then slowly drive down the field only to give up an interception in the endzone. Argyle would drive 80 yards down the field capped off by an 8 yard run by junior running back Noah Lang. The third quarter ended with the score 49-7.

Argyle ran the clock down in the fourth quarter until they were forced to punt. Wylie then picked up a few first downs but fell short on fourth down. Argyle would score one more time on a Noah Lang 19 yard run to make it 56-7. The clock would then run off the final few seconds to end the game in Argyle’s favor.

Argyle improves to 4-0 and will face the Paris Wildcats(3-1) at Wildcat Stadium next Friday night. Abilene Wylie drops their second straight to fall to 2-2 and will face the Brownfield Cubs (1-3) Friday at Cub Stadium.

Feature Photo by Shana Willeford, TexasHSFootball.com

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