What you need to know: Keller Timber Creek

Guyer senior running back Anthony Taylor (10) runs for yardage in a game earlier this season against Keller. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

All that separates Guyer from its first district championship at the state’s largest classification is a new program riding a five-game losing streak after starting the season 3-0 before hitting the District 5-6A schedule. The Wildcats are still a bit shorthanded defensively, but will have plenty of firepower in Thursday night’s game against the Falcons as they look to continue to build toward being playoff ready with the postseason just two weeks away.

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Guyer drops out of top 10, Argyle still holding steady

Argyle senior running back Nick Ralston carries the ball against Carrollton Ranchview earlier this season. The Eagles remained steady at No. 2 in the Associated Press' Class 4A state poll. (Matt Garnett/For the Record-Chronicle)

After a few weeks holding steady at No. 10 in the Associated Press Class 6A poll, it appears voters have had enough of Guyer, as the Wildcats were dropped to the dreaded “others receiving votes” category, or basically 11th in the state.

Meanwhile, Argyle held steady at No. 2 in Class 4A, where the Eagles have been since their nondistrict showdown with Graham, which ended in an Argyle win. The Eagles have now won 24 straight games and will most likely have yet another undefeated regular season. Pretty impressive stuff.

Want to know where your team stacks up? Follow the jump. Oh, and Pilot Point isn’t yet in the Class 3A poll, but they’re getting some more love this week after improving to 8-0.

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Weekend recap: Fast starts aren’t always the way to go

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson threw for nearly 300 yards and rushed for more than 200 after a slow start to beat Trophy Club Nelson on Friday night. (Matt Garnett/For the Record-Chronicle)

Guyer got off to another slow start, and ended up rolling. Denton got off to a great start, and ended up tanking. Note to self: Just start average, and everything will work itself out.

Steve Gamel and I take a look at some of the top area games over the weekend in our weekly recap. Enjoy. It’s good for the soul.

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Guyer front seven majorly shorthanded

r senior defensive lineman Carl Thompson (2) grabs Allen junior running back David Feliciano (7), in a game earlier this season. Thompson, along with fellow defensive starters Michael Carrillo and Tevan McAdams, will miss Friday's game against Trophy Club Nelson. (David Minton/DRC)

When Guyer takes the field against Trophy Club Nelson tonight, the Wildcats will be preparing for a heavy dose of senior running back Courtney Miles, the district’s top rusher in just about every category — carries, yards, touchdowns, just to name a few.

The Wildcats have plenty of firepower to combat Miles up front, but they’ll be missing some key cogs to their top-notch run defense as they’ll be without three starters: defensive tackle Carl Thompson, linebacker Michael Carrillo and defensive end Tevan McAdams.

Thompson, a Kansas pledge, along with Carrillo are the heart and soul of the Guyer defense and huge parts of of the Wildcats’ run defense. Thompson has drawn double-teams all season and has still managed to wreak havoc in opposing backfields. He is out indefinitely, though not for the rest of the season, with an undisclosed injury suffered in practice this week.

Carrillo is being held out of the game due to a minor hamstring issue, and Guyer head coach John Walsh said he’d play if the game was of more importance. McAdams, a speed rusher off the edge, who has forced a couple of big turnovers this year, is suspended for the game for violating team policy. He’ll return next week against Keller Timber Creek.

McAdams has a more-than-capable replacement at end in Cameron Wax, who has played plenty this season and made his presence felt. Stepping in for Carrillo will be Dale Hodge, a player Guyer coaches have been pretty big on for quite some time. P.J. Brousard and Tim Burley will fill the void left by Thompson, which might be the biggest void of them all due his tendency to draw constant double-teams.

What you need to know: TC Nelson

 

Guyer receiver Brandon Daniel moves the chains against Keller Central. (Maegan Puetz/For the Record-Chronicle)

Guyer looks to continue its domination of District 5-6A and remain unbeaten against a Nelson team that has had some hard luck this season. In fact, of the Bobcats’ five losses this year, all but one have been by less than a touchdown. The Bobcats have the district’s top rusher in Courtney Miles, a hard, straight-ahead runner capable of carrying an offense.

Game: Guyer (6-1, 4-0) vs. Trophy Club Nelson (2-5, 1-3), 7 p.m., Northwest ISD Stadium

Series record: Guyer has won the teams’ two previous meetings as foes in the old District 5-4A. To the Bobcats’ credit, they were able to give Guyer two of its better district games of its Class 4A tenure.

What happened last week: Guyer got off to a slow start and actually trailed Keller Central after one quarter before sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson kicked the Wildcats’ offense into high gear and scored five touchdowns in six possessions to build a comfortable lead as Guyer won its sixth straight game.

Nelson hasn’t lost a game, but one, this year by more than a touchdown, and Friday’s lost to their rival Justin Northwest was no different. Once again, running back Courtney Miles had a big game but it wasn’t enough to prevent another district loss.

What to expect: A lot of Courtney Miles, who enters this game with a ridiculous 183 carries through seven games. The Bobcats will try their hardest to get Miles going, but that can be problematic against Guyer’s rushing defense. The Guyer offense is hitting on all cylinders right now — whether it’s on the ground or through the air and that will be the difference against a game, yet eventually overmatched Nelson defense that is strong up front.

Guyer player to watch: LB Dharrius Timmons

TC Nelson player to watch: RB Courtney Miles

 

Weekend recap: Denton’s streak ends

Denton senior quarterback Christian Rodriguez looks for an open receiver in a game earlier this season against Fort Worth Brewer. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

It was a busy week of high school football on a weekend that featured three Thursday games. One team’s big streak ended, but not without a fight, and another team continued to impress despite several fresh faces.

Steve Gamel and I take a look at five of the biggest games of the weekend in our area.

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What you need to know: Keller Central

Guyer senior wide receivers Adam Scott and Alex Honey celebrate Honey's touchdown catch in last week's 43-3 win over Keller Fossil Ridge. (Michael Clements/For the Record-Chronicle)

The Guyer Wildcats made a big statement a week ago with a resounding 43-3 win over previously unbeaten Keller Fossil Ridge, and now they try to carry that over against a pretty dangerous Keller Central team that already beat Ryan earlier this year after forcing five turnovers.

The Wildcats haven’t lost a district game since 2011 when they lost two, one of which was to Central and its unique 3-3 stack defensive set. This year’s seniors were freshmen then and not on varsity, so you can throw the revenge thing out the window, but you can bet the Guyer coaches remember what went wrong in that game.

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Weekend recap: Statement wins for all!

 

Guyer defensive lineman Isiah Correa (46) sacks Fossil Ridge quarterback Bryce Baccarini (4) during a high school football game in C. H. Collins Stadium in Denton, Texas on October 10, 2014. (Michael Clements/For the Record-Chronicle)

Several area teams scored big victories this week, as Guyer, Denton and Liberty Christian had what you might call “statement wins.”

Guyer put a thorough whuppin’ on what many believe is the second-best team in District 5-6A. Denton kept its foot on the pedal toward a 6-0 start, and Liberty Christian made a long road trip to face a formidable opponent and came home with a win.

Want Steve Gamel’s and my thoughts on these and some other area games? Well, you came to the right place.

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Guyer receivers making things tough on opponents

Guyer wide receiver Alex Honey splits two defenders on his way to a big gain against Keller at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

My good buddy Matt Wixon at The Dallas Morning News posted an interesting fact recently about total offense and balance in Dallas-Fort Worth area high school football, which for my money is the best area in high school football in this grand state.

Here’s Wixon’s note:

This season, four local teams — Allen, Denton Guyer, DeSoto and Lake Dallas — average at least 500 yards of offense and get no more than 60 percent of the total from rushing or passing. Their combined record is 20-2.

Now, everyone knows Guyer can run the football. That’s not news. They’ve also had some great passing attacks in past years, with 2010 standing out thanks to J.W. Walsh under center and a four-wide set that featured four Division I receivers. But other than that year, you won’t find a better passing attack in Guyer’s relatively brief history than this season’s.

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What you need to know: Keller Fossil Ridge

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson runs the ball in last week's win over Justin Northwest. (Matt Garnett/For the Record-Chronicle)

After playing a couple of lesser teams Guyer looked to be on its way to dominating before the games got close late, the Wildcats come into Friday night’s matchup with Keller Fossil Ridge with no surprise in store.

It’s pretty much a well known fact this game is likely to decide the District 5-6A title as both teams are 2-0 in district play and Fossil Ridge is undefeated on the year while Guyer has one loss to top-ranked Allen.

It’s a high-profile game in the state this week, and Guyer will be looking to step up its game from the past two weeks in close victories over Keller and Justin Northwest.

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