Guyer WR offered by new SMU regime

Guyer senior wide receiver Alex Honey dives to make a catch deep into Plano territory last month at AT&T Stadium. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Guyer senior wide receiver Alex Honey added another offer to his list recently, and from the sound of it, they might keep coming with less than two months before National Signing Day.

Guyer head coach John Walsh confirmed Honey got an offer from SMU and new head coach Chad Morris, adding the Ponies offer to a list that includes Air Force, Texas State and Louisiana-Monroe.

Honey grew tremendously as a player from his junior to senior season and proved to be a versatile wideout in the Wildcats’ potent offensive attack. He tied for the team lead in receptions (41) with Adam Scott, a Harvard pledge, but made them all count, averaging 23.9 yards per catch to go with 14 touchdowns.

The crowd seems to be catching on to Honey, as well, as some bigger programs are beginning to show interest, most notably Big 12 programs Iowa State and Texas Tech.

Dillman has Nebraska offer pulled


Guyer senior Kevin Dillman, left, encourages sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) late in Guyer's playoff loss to Southlake Carroll last month at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Dillman was ruled ineligible to play his senior season despite being committed to Nebraska since the spring. On Tuesday, Dillman had his Nebraska offer pulled. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Kevin Dillman has had a pretty rough year, to say the least.

The Guyer senior, who moved to Texas from La Mirada (Calif.) in January, was ruled ineligible in August to play his senior season for the Wildcats and spent the season on the junior varsity while holding several major college offers and committing to Nebraska as a quarterback back in the spring.

Along the way, Dillman and the Guyer coaching staff decided to work him in at the tight end/H-back position, and it was quickly evident he excelled there and had a future at the next level. At 6-3, 230 pounds and now finally healthy after rehabbing a torn achilles tendon suffered as a junior, Dillman appeared ready to hit the ground running at Nebraska this summer.

But that’s not the case anymore. Nebraska fired head coach Bo Pelini last month and hired Mike Riley away from Oregon State, and on Tuesday, Dillman said he had his offer pulled from Nebraska.


He then tweeted “this is a bump in the road for me to fulfill my dreams and goals. I will find a way.” If you take Guyer head coach John Walsh’s word for it, Dillman will still have a bright future in college football, despite the bumps in the road.

“His character and how he handles himself as a leader in our program — you don’t have enough characters to write as far as what I want to say about him because I think he’s as top-notch as there is,” Walsh said. “That’s why I know he’s going to find a place and it’s all going to work out in the end.”

Walsh said he was all-in on Dillman’s re-opened recruiting and was working hard to get him chances elsewhere. He said despite his short time of playing somewhere other than quarterback, where the Sweden native has played since he was junior-high age, Dillman’s size, work ethic and athleticism will make him a good college H-back or tight end.

“Since Kevin’s been at Guyer he’s had as good a work ethic as anyone who’s been raised here from the seventh grade on up,” Walsh said. “I think he’s a Division I football player, and we’re going to find a place for him to land.”

Weekend recap: And then there were two


Guyer senior wide receiver David Haynes fights for yardage against Southlake Carroll on Saturday night as Guyer was eliminated from the postseason with a 58-42 loss. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

The area representation in the Texas high school football playoffs dwindled quite a bit over the weekend, as a disastrous first half led to doom for Guyer, Denton ran into a buzzsaw and injuries eventually caught up with Sanger.

Steve Gamel and I take a look at those games, as well as Argyle and Pilot Point continuing their run and getting to practice through Thanksgiving, which is never a bad thing.

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What you need to know: Southlake Carroll


Southlake Carroll running back Lil' Jordan Humphrey (25) rushes the ball in the third quarter during a high school football game between Euless Trinity and Southlake Carroll at Dragon Stadium in Southlake, Texas Friday October 17, 2014. Southlake Carroll beat Euless Trinity 10-6. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News )

If not for that matchup Saturday morning between DeSoto and Allen, the game featuring a 10-win Guyer team and an unbeaten Southlake Carroll team on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium might be considered the biggest game in the Metroplex this weekend.

It’s going to be a heated game between two programs that have not seen much of each other in their histories, but have a pretty intense rivalry considering they’ve played three times. What’s going to give? Southlake Carroll’s standout defense, or will a seemingly unstoppable Guyer offense meet its demise via turnover and sloppy play that we haven’t seen in months. I don’t have the answer to that, but I can tell you this, this one is going to be a barnburner.

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Weekend recap: Denton ISD has perfect weekend

Guyer senior running back Anthony Taylor (10) and sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) celebrate in the end zone after one of Guyer's many touchdowns against Plano on Saturday at AT&T Stadium. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

It’s been a pretty usual thing for us to see two high schools from Denton ISD in the Texas high school football playoffs, and that’s the case this year, too. It’s a different duo this year, but the results were the same as both Guyer and Denton won their playoff openers.

Steve Gamel and I recap the area playoff action from the weekend and look ahead a bit to Round 2 with this week’s recap.

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What you need to know: Plano

Plano quarterback Brooks Panhans runs during a game against Flower Mound Marcus at Clark Stadium in Plano on Oct. 30. It was Panhans' first game back from an injury he suffered in Plano's season-opener. He's now healthy and will take on Guyer in Saturday's playoff opener at AT&T Stadium. (Jim Tuttle/The Dallas Morning News)

It’s here, folks. The most wonderful time of the high school football year, otherwise known as the Texas high school playoffs. In particular, the first two rounds are usually particularly juicy, akin to the NCAA basketball tournament.

Guyer, which finished the regular season as the 10th-ranked Class 6A team in Texas, is fresh off a thorough whuppin’ of a crosstown rival and its first district title as a member of the state’s largest classification. So here’s all you need to know about Guyer’s first step in what they hope is a six-game postseason run.

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Argyle, Guyer both hold place in final AP poll

Argyle quarterback Cooper Rodgers (10) launches the ball to a open receiver during their game at Indian Stadium Friday in Sanger. (James Coreas/For the DRC)

From this point on, it’s all about what you do on the field. Let’s be frank, high school football polls are kind of silly, anyway, and the same can be said about just about any poll in sports.

The final Associated Press high school poll was released Monday and two area teams held their respective places as we head into the postseason where rankings no longer matter (if they ever did).

Guyer stayed put at No. 10 in the Class 6A poll, and Argyle remained at No. 2 in Class 4A, where the Eagles have been since their Week 3 win over Graham.

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Weekend recap: Rivalry games fall flat

Ryan senior running back Maurice Gordon (28) is slammed by Guyer senior defensive back Ian Edwards (12) and junior defensive back Brandon Daniel (16) on Friday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

There were two key, highly anticipated rivalry games being played in Week 11. Instead, the two games were decided by a combined final of 96-14. Oh well, it’s playoff time now, which brings on a whole new level of excitement.

Let’s take a look at the best games (and some not-so-good) from around the area in our Week 11 recap.

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Argyle holds steady, Guyer resurfaces in polls

Guyer senior running back Anthony Taylor (10) powers past tackle attempts by Keller Timber Creek on Thursday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

After a one-week absence that was created by Cedar Hill’s thrashing of DeSoto, the Guyer Wildcats are back in the Associated Press Class 6A top 10 after that same Cedar Hill team was whupped by Mansfield, of all people. Guyer is back at No. 10 with one week remaining in the regular season.

In Class 4A, Argyle held steady at No. 2, where it’s been since early in the season after a big road win over Graham. The Eagles received two first-place votes and just narrowly edged Gilmer for that No. 2 spot behind Navasota, who’s been No. 1 all season.

Follow the jump for the rest of the AP polls:

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Weekend recap: Playoff spots and district titles galore!

Guyer senior wide receiver Adam Scott (1) and senior tight end Xavier Brown (80) celebrate after a touchdown against Keller Timber Creek on Thursday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Guyer clinched its district championship after Keller lost. Argyle clinched no worse than a share of district championship with a big rival game coming on Friday. Denton clinched its first playoff berth in the Kevin Atkinson era, and Ryan is fighting to keep a historic playoff streak alive. It was a busy week in area high school football, and my cohort Steve Gamel and I relive it here.

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