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Lake Dallas wide receiver Brandon Engel, right, catches a pass in front of Denison’s Keleon Vaughn on Oct. 5 in Corinth. Engel is the only receiver to return after posting 1,000 receiving yards in 2018.

There was little debate about who was the Denton area’s best receiver last year.

When the dust settled on the 2018 football season, Argyle’s Dillon Carter stood head and shoulders above the rest. Reeling in 50 catches for 1,308 yards and 19 touchdowns, Carter led area schools in yardage, touchdowns and yards per catch. The Texas Tech baseball commit posted a staggering 26.2 yards per reception.

But with Carter gone after graduating, the door is open for someone else to take over the area’s top spot in 2019.

We continue our series breaking down the top statistical returners in the Denton area.

Here’s a rundown of notable wide receivers:

Brandon Engel, senior, Lake Dallas

2018 stats: 1,093 yards, 11 touchdowns, 62 catches, 17.6 yards per catch

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Lake Dallas sophomore wide receiver Brandon Engel (3) catches a pass while being chased down by R.L. Turner defender Tony Menendez (2) at Standridge Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Carrollton, Texas.

One of only two area receivers to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in 2018, Engel hauled in 62 catches for 1,093 yards. His 17.6 yards per catch ranked third among area receivers, and Engel emerged as an explosive weapon for the Falcons. Engel snared 11 touchdowns during his junior campaign, earning first-team honors in District 7-5A and on the Denton Record-Chronicle All-Area Football Team. He will return for his senior season and no doubt be the focal point of a high-flying Lake Dallas offense that averaged 387.8 yards a year ago.

Seth Meador, senior, Guyer

2018 stats: 834 yards, nine touchdowns, 56 catches, 14.9 yards per catch

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Guyer wide receiver Seth Meador (19) catches a pass and is tackled by Eaton safety Tyler Herr (26) at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

The Air Force commit was the only Guyer receiver to have more than 15 catches and 150 yards, finishing with 834 yards on 56 catches. Meador’s quickness and crisp routes gave defenses fits, as he racked up nine touchdowns and 14.9 yards per catch. His efforts landed him on the District 5-6A first team as well as the DRC first team. With quarterback Eli Stowers and running back Kaedric Cobbs both back, Meador should be in line for an even bigger season this fall.

Alex Gonzales, senior, Argyle

2018 stats: 772 yards, 6 touchdowns, 52 catches, 14.8 yards per catch

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Argyle wide receiver Alex Gonzales (6) catches a pass and is tackled by Celina defensive back Noah Ross (7) at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

With opposing secondaries glued to Argyle’s Dillon Carter, Gonzales stepped up when his number was called. The Baylor baseball commit made 52 catches for 772 yards and six touchdowns while averaging 14.8 yards per catch. He was named to the District 7-4A (Division I) first team, as well as the DRC All-Area second team. Gonzales should assume the role of Argyle’s No. 1 receiver come August.

Billy Bowman Jr., junior, Ryan

2018 stats: 553 yards, eight touchdowns, 53 catches, 10.4 yards per catch

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Ryan receiver Billy Bowman Jr. (2) contends with Birdville’s Jalen Brown during a Class 5A playoff game Dec. 8 at the Ford Center in Frisco.

Perhaps the most versatile player in the area, Bowman was the motor behind the Ryan Raiders in 2018. Equally impressive offensively as he was defensively, Bowman racked up 553 yards and eight touchdowns on 53 catches. His speed and ability to get separation helped him average 10.4 yards per catch while earning co-MVP honors in District 4-5A (Division I). He’ll be back for his junior season as the Raiders look to capture a state championship.

Marcellus Lockley, senior, Denton

2018 stats: 456 yards, four touchdowns, 28 catches, 16.3 yards per catch

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Denton junior Marcellus Lockley (13) catches a pass from Denton junior quarterback Landry Kinne (1), while being defended by Independence defensive back Jackson Rhodes (25) at Bronco Field.

A District 4-5A (Division I) first-team selection, Lockley led the Broncos with 456 yards and four touchdowns on 28 receptions. His 16.3 yards per catch ranked in the top 10 among area receivers with at least 400 yards. Entering his final season, Lockley will play a pivotal role on a Denton team looking to bounce back after going 2-8.

REECE WADDELL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @ReeceWaddell15.

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