Weekend recap: Last Team Standing

Guyer wide receiver Ellis Jefferson escapes a tackle from an Aledo defender last week at Northwest I.S.D. Stadium. The Arizona State pledge has stepped up his game in a big way this postseason, thanks in large part to the fact he's actually starting to get the ball now that games are closer and more hotly contested. (MIKE MEZEUL II/SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR )

After losing to Argyle for the last two years, the Gilmer Buckeyes finally figured out how to stop Argyle from kicking Gilmer out of the playoffs like a guest that had overstayed their welcome.

And out in Midland, Guyer kept its grand hopes of winning a state title alive after beating the  Amarillo Sandies (Solid nickname) at Grande Communications Stadium. Here’s the recap by Adam Boedeker and I.

Class 4A Division I regional semifinal

Guyer 38, Amarillo 30

Adam Boedeker: I’ll tell you what, I was thoroughly impressed with both of these teams. It was a clean game with minimal penalties and only one turnover. That turnover, in fact, was a pretty key that I totally forgot to mention in my game story. Amarillo fumbled on the game’s first offensive snap and Domenic Pickering recovered giving Guyer a short field to take an easy 7-0 lead right off the bat. At that point, it seemed the expected rout was on. Boy, was I and a lot of other people wrong. Amarillo came to play, and did everything they had to do to give themselves a chance, except finish drives.

The Sandies came away with three field goals after dominating Guyer in time of possession (which was their goal). They out-gained Guyer and had more first downs. But Guyer came up big when it counted and got huge games from D.J. Breedlove, Jerrod Heard and Ellis Jefferson. On the defensive end, Guyer was gassed at times and struggled at times, but Terence Belton was a man out there.

Ben Baby: If you’re going to beat a team as strong as Guyer, you’re going to need to score a few touchdowns in order to hang with one of 4A’s best teams.

Stalling out inside the red zone isn’t going to help matters. At all.

Let’s see: Amarillo had three drives ending inside the Guyer 15-yard line and came away with short field goals on all three trips. That won’t cut it.

Amarillo only had one turnover, only punted the ball once and had more total yards than Guyer. But the Wildcats, behind QB Jerrod Heard’s 155 rushing yards, strolled to the victory.

We’ll see how good both Guyer and Birdville are when they play next week. Winner plays Tyler John Tyler in the state semifinals.

Class 3A Division II regional semfinal

Gilmer 42, Argyle 21

BB: This game was originally intended to be a close and tightly-contested affair, but Gilmer made sure it convincingly advanced to the Region I final against Henderson, it’s fellow District 16-3A foe.

Argyle (11-2) was outmatched in almost every aspect. Gilmer (12-1) kept Argyle’s explosive offensive from torching the Buckeyes’ defense and the scoreboard at Mesquite’s Memorial Stadium.

Nick Ralston was held to 72 yards rushing. Ian Sadler only had 35 receiving yards on three catches, and two special teams misfires and two turnovers doomed Argyle.

Gilmer racked up 332 rushing yards and kept Argyle’s offense off the field and controlled the clock well, all while padding its lead as the game progressed.

Free safety Connor Wilson was out for the game after a hip-related injury against Melissa prematurely ended his season. Argyle rotated freshmen Drew Estrada and Gage McCook at the spot, and WR Ian Sadler even saw some action in the secondary.

The Eagles will be primed for a big run next year with almost all of their key players (QB Brandon Boyzuick, RB Ralston, LB Sam Sizelove, K Cole Hedlund, FS Wilson) all returning as seniors next year.

AB: I wasn’t so much shocked that Gilmer won this game, but the manner in which they did it was pretty surprising. From the sound of it, it seems like Gilmer won the game up front, which doesn’t happen against the Eagles very often. Argyle also never gets blown out, which was definitely the case. This might have been an instance of a team just being on a mission to atone for two straight years of playoff defeat. It also didn’t help matters that Connor Wilson was out with an injury. That guy has been a huge player for Argyle all season since moving in from Coppell.

But like Ben said, Argyle will be back once again as they return several key players next year.

Other notes

  • All three teams from the District of Doom (District 16-3A) are still in the playoffs (Kilgore, Gilmer, Henderson). Gilmer and Henderson play each other in the 3A Division II regional finals.
  • The Class 5A Division I bracket probably should be televised from here on out. The winner of Southlake Carroll-DeSoto plays the winner of Allen-Dallas Skyline. Let the hype begin.
  • Ryan’s two favorite teams — Waco Midway and Cedar Hill  – are playing in the Class 5A Division II regional finals. Don’t call Midway QB Kramer Robertson lucky, either. Talk about a comeback.

 

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