There are three games remaining in the regular season, and Guyer will be without its starting quarterback for at least this game and maybe next week’s at McKinney Boyd. As uneven as this matchup with Wylie might seem, it is technically very likely for the top seed in the Division II bracket in 6A out of District 6-6A since Plano has all but been eliminated and Plano East will now go Division I.
The Game: Guyer (5-2, 3-1) vs. Wylie (4-3, 3-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m., at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex
Series Record: This is the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
What happened last week: Wylie won its third straight game by dropping Plano to 0-4 in district play. Granted, the Pirates three consecutive wins have come against the worst teams in the district, but you play who you play, and Wylie has beaten them all since its district-opening loss to Plano East. Wylie rolled up 495 yards of offense on Plano last week with almost perfect run-pass balance, so quarterback Emilio Ames & Co. are coming in with a hot hand.
Guyer hung with No. 1 Allen for a quarter, and that was about it. By the time the middle of the third quarter rolled around, Guyer coach John Walsh said he was already thinking about Wylie. It was just one of those nights when a vastly superior team (to most teams in the country) made no mistakes and put it on Guyer. The biggest thing to come out of the game for Guyer was the loss of quarterback Luke Stillwell. He seemingly dodged a bullet as it looked like he might’ve suffered a broken collarbone, but it was just a bone bruise and he’s been cleared to return. That said, backup Thabo Mwaniki will get the start, and he’s not the average backup quarterback as he’s committed to Oklahoma State to play safety and is also the Wildcats’ leading receiver. He’s a freak athlete.
What to expect: This should be a physical game. Everyone knows Guyer’s physicality, but Wylie has a long history of being one of the most hard-nosed programs in DFW. Who wins that battle will go a long way to deciding who wins this game.
Final say: I don’t expect much decline from Guyer offensively without Stillwell, as the Wildcats’ offense makes it almost fool-proof at that position. Stillwell makes all the right reads and calls, but Mwaniki is faster and a shiftier runner. As long as Mwaniki doesn’t make big mistakes, the Wildcats’ offense should roll along just fine with Noah Cain and Myron Mason toting the rock. In the end, it should be another easy Guyer win against a team other than Allen or DeSoto.
Score prediction: Guyer 42, Wylie 17