Guyer is coming off a 12-point win over a playoff team in Wylie last week, but you wouldn’t have known it from the players’ and coaches’ reaction after the game. Head coach John Walsh wasn’t pleased with his team’s play, and the Wildcats have heard plenty about it since. But Walsh expects a much sharper effort from his team on Friday against a team just playing out the season in one-win McKinney Boyd.
The Game: Guyer (6-2, 4-1) vs. McKinney Boyd (1-7, 1-4), Friday, 7:30 p.m., at McKinney’s Ron Poe Stadium
Series Record: This is the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
What happened last week: Guyer got a good night from Mwaniki and another solid defensive performance, but the Wildcats’ vaunted two-headed running back monster of Myron Mason and Noah Cain struggled by their lofty standards and expectations. The result? Guyer failed to hit 300 rushing yards, which is an incredible rarity. Mwaniki led Guyer with 121 yards on the ground, and the Guyer defense held an explosive Wylie offense to a field goal in the first half before a couple of big draw plays caught Guyer off guard in the second half and allowed Wylie to make a game of it.
Boyd was tied with Plano at halftime before allowing 21 unanswered points in the second half to close out the game and a 35-14 Plano victory. Plano rushed for 319 yards, which doesn’t bode well for Boyd’s youthful defense. The Broncos completed just two passes (both screen passes) on the night, a massive departure from their early-season balanced attack, while running back Kaeden Markham rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
What to expect: Expect a couple of things, but most notably that Guyer will be better offensively than it was against Wylie. First off, Guyer has had a good week of practice following what Walsh called the worst offensive game Guyer has played all year. Second, Boyd has allowed 57.5 points per game if you throw out its 17-6 win over Plano West. Points will be there for Guyer to take, and with Thabo Mwaniki under center for a second straight week, the offense should operate more efficiently.
Final say: Boyd began the season as a competitive team, losing close ones to two good teams in Mesquite Horn and Coppell before something happened — I’m not sure what — and just took the fire out of the Broncos. After throwing the ball around for several weeks, the last few games have seen the Broncos do nothing but turn and hand the ball off, and they simply aren’t built to be that type of team despite having a stud offensive lineman and a good running back. Guyer shouldn’t have much trouble with this one as the Wildcats continue to mend some injuries and get back to full strength for next week’s regular-season finale.
Score prediction: Guyer 56, McKinney Boyd 13