Guyer had every excuse to come out rusty in Monday’s — yes Monday’s — Class 4A Division I state quarterfinal game against Birdville.
After several reschedulings due to weather, the teams finally played on Monday, as did the rest of the North Texas teams, having not practiced since last Thursday — a one-hour practice that began at 8 a.m.
Guyer scored on five of its six first-half possessions, and Jerrod Heard had arguably the best all-around game of his career if you throw out the 2012 Class 4A Division I state championship game, when he accounted for seven touchdowns in a come-from-behind victory.
The senior quarterback, who, if all goes well, has two games left in a Guyer uniform before heading off to Texas, rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns. He completed 11 of 14 pass attempts for 135 yards and a score and went 10-for-11 in the first half.
Guyer’s defense was also up to task, holding the area’s top-ranked rushing offense and the top running back in the area well below their season average, as the Hawks only managed 195 rushing yards. Xavier Turner finished the night with 124 yards — 58 coming on a one long touchdown run.
After such a crazy week and a long layoff without much prep or practice, Heard said he’s happy with the way his team performed in the dominant 53-28 win to advance to the program’s fifth state semifinal in six years.
“What we just did, we haven’t played or practiced since Thursday, and we were still able to roll and connect like that,” Heard said. “It was very impressive.”
Yes, yes it was.