Swisher Showdown returns

Former Guyer QB J.W. Walsh runs for a first down as Lake Dallas defensive lineman Josh Tauaefa (56) gives chase in the last game between Guyer and Lake Dallas, which was played on Oct. 16, 2009 in Lake Dallas. Guyer won that game, 28-21.(John F. Rhodes/The Dallas Morning News)

It’s been three years since we’ve seen an edition what yours truly once dubbed the “Swisher Showdown”. Speaking of, did anyone ever make T-shirts off that? If so, I expect a check in the mail.

Of course, I’m talking about the Guyer-Lake Dallas showdown scheduled for Friday at Falcon Stadium, which was the site of the last showdown in 2009, when J.W. Walsh and Guyer outlasted James Franklin and Lake Dallas, 28-21 as both teams were ranked in the AP Top 10 entering the week.

In that game, Walsh threw for a TD and rushed for three more, while Franklin was a statistical monster with 188 rushing yards and threw two TD passes.

Of course, none of the players remain on either team from that game, but the intensity of the rivalry is still there — as evidenced by Twitter trash talk and the fact that these kids grew up mere miles from each other as the schools sit just more than 3 miles apart.

Guyer head coach John Walsh said he’s a big fan of the rivalry game, most notably the DISD games, Lake Dallas or even Flower Mound Marcus, who Guyer beat earlier this year and eliminated from the playoffs in 2010.

“It’s been a great week of practice because we’re one street away from each other,” Walsh said. “That’s why I love playing DISD schools and Lake Dallas and Flower Mound Marcus because when you’re that close it makes for a rivalry game.”

A win, coupled with some losses to certain district foes would make the 4-0 Wildcats a lock for the postseason with three games remaining against Wichita Falls Rider, Wichita Falls and Fort Worth Brewer.

Of course, there’s another side to the excitement too, and that comes from Lake Dallas, which is 1-2 in district play after consecutive losses to Trophy Club Byron Nelson and Wichita Falls Rider — both games the Falcons feel they were in position to win only to see things go horribly wrong.

“If anything, you have to be careful not to get too much into this game,” Lake Dallas head coach Michael Young said. “Especially for us, with the situation we’re in, even if we win this game we still have really important games down the road because of what’s happened the last couple of weeks.”