Guyer vs. John Tyler: Pregame mind games

Guyer head coach John Walsh talks to quarterback Jerrod Heard (2) in a game earlier this season against Colleyville Heritage. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

As if there wasn’t enough anticipation being built up around Friday’s state semifinal game between Guyer and Tyler John Tyler, it seems that both coaches have engaged in some attempts at gamesmanship this week, most notably when it comes to film trade.

In fact, JT head coach Ricklan Holmes (@PokesAce) has taken to Twitter multiple times a day this week to let his followers know that “mind games” won’t faze him, also comparing his team to caged dogs that are going to “Grrrrrrrrr.” The film thing is an interesting story. See if you can follow…

Guyer head coach John Walsh wasn’t too pleased last week about the flip between the two sides. John Tyler wanted to stick to its schedule and play on Friday, Guyer wanted to stick to its schedule and play on Saturday. Holmes won that flip and that gave the Lions an extra day of preparation and allowed Holmes to attend Guyer’s game against Birdville with some of his staff.

So after the game, Walsh used some gamesmanship of his own and told Holmes he’d have to wait until Sunday to trade film. Walsh then called Holmes and said he was ready to trade, and Holmes suggested they don’t trade film at all. Walsh just simply said, “OK.”

Now, I know for a fact that the Guyer coaching staff has been hard at work since Saturday night studying Tyler film, couldn’t tell you about Holmes and his staff. But judging by some of his tweets it sounds like they might going solely on Saturday’s game in which they were in attendance and a couple of games from early in the year (Azle and Cedar Hill) that are posted on YouTube in their entirety.

Should be an interesting subplot to Friday night’s game, as if it needed one.