Young corners face final test

Guyer cornerback Trey Woods (8) and linebacker Demontrie Taylor celebrate a defensive stop in the Wildcats' epic 57-53 win during the Class 4A Division I state semifinal game between Guyer and Tyler John Tyler on Dec. 14. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)

You can’t sugarcoat it, the Guyer secondary has been the team’s defensive weakness at times this year. There were the two games early on, which we can throw out and chalk up to the Wildcats facing two well-oiled, high-octane passing offenses when they were trying to break in nine new defensive starters.

Since then, the Wildcats have shored up their defense, and though the scores the past few weeks look questionable, if you watched the games you know the Wildcats just had trouble closing teams out — Aledo, Birdville and Tyler John Tyler, the latter two of which had spectacular offenses.

Guyer (13-2) gets one more test tomorrow at Cowboys Stadium against undefeated Georgetown, and it’s the final test of the season — win or lose. The Wildcats will have two sophomores starting at cornerback, as Trey Woods has started all year and DeMarcus Owens is making his second start since making his starting debut against John Tyler.

In that game, Owens was manned up with senior wide receiver Fred Ross, a 6-2, 190-pound athletically imposing receiver who’s committed to Oklahoma State. Ross had had his moments, but Owens also had his.

Georgetown has three legitimate threats at wide receiver — Ryan Bedford, Randy Knightner and Austin Weston, who have combined for 3,250 yards and 39 touchdowns through the air. But Guyer head coach John Walsh isn’t concerned with his sophomores being on an island against the Eagles’ pass-happy attack.

“It really doesn’t bother me with those two kids,” Walsh said. “They’re both high character. I don’t think the moment will get them. They’re not afraid to get beat, and you can’t be at corner. They got beat a couple of times and they were right back in those guys’ faces [last week]. One kid’s going to OSU, and DeMarcus is out there for his first start and paying lights out. We have confidence in them. Trey’s had 15 games now. He’s not a sophomore anymore.”