Guyer offense ready to get back to roots

Guyer junior running back Anthony Taylor darts right to get past a Colleyville Heritage defender on Sept. 5 at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

After last week’s win over Trophy Club Nelson, there was an overall dark cloud over the Guyer offense.

Coaches left the press box elevator after the game grumbling over the performance they’d just seen, head coach John Walsh took blame for a lackluster offensive game and blamed it on his play-calling and his preparation during the week of practice leading up to the game.

There’s no other way to put, the Wildcats’ passing game was putrid last week, as Texas pledge Jerrod Heard went just 4-for-16 through the air. But it wasn’t all bad for Heard as he rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Running back D.J. Breedlove added 102 yards and two scores on the ground. Fellow running back Anthony Taylor had 92 yards on 15 carries.

Now, the Wildcats are looking to get back to their strength.

Walsh knows his team is going to have to throw the ball effectively to win in December, but the Wildcats went through these same issues last year before Heard caught fire in the air in the postseason, starting with their second-round win over Aledo.

But right now, with four games left in the regular season, Walsh’s focus is on getting the Guyer running game into full gear and utilizing all of its weapons. As I tweeted last Friday during that game, I’m fairly certain there is not a better backfield in Texas than those three.

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Walsh, unsurprisingly agrees.

“We have some things in our offense [in the passing game] that we like to do, but sometimes it’s just not your personality to do those things,” Walsh said. “That’s not our personality and that’s a great thing. We have a defense that can complement it, and I think we have the best backfield in Class 4A so we’re going to utilize it.

“Jerrod gets his and D.J. gets his, and then Anthony doesn’t get his until after halftime. But it’s time to get all three of those guys rolling early and often. They’re hard on people.”

 

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