Social media firestorm wants Guyer-Ryan resumed

Ryan's Antonio Anderson (27) and Scotty Young (10) and Guyer's J.W. Walsh (4) participate in the coin toss before a playoff football game, Saturday, December 5, 2009 at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton.

Ryan’s Antonio Anderson (27) and Scotty Young (10) and Guyer’s J.W. Walsh (4) participate in the coin toss before a playoff football game, Saturday, December 5, 2009 at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton.

I’ve been working here at the Denton Record-Chronicle for going on 10 years now. That’s a long time. I’ve seen a lot of good football and a lot of good games, and I’ve watched a program come from scratch and being really bad, as far as on-field results, to being a perennial state powerhouse.

When Guyer beat Ryan for the first time in 2008, it signaled the Wildcats’ arrival on the big stage, and since then, the teams have played some epic games. Each team has one blowout to its credit since that time, and the other meetings have all been classics. That includes the 2015 regular-season finale which Ryan won 31-28 a year after Guyer had claimed its blowout in the series history. In fact, before that 2014 Guyer win, we looked back on the history of the rivalry. That series, of course, includes an epic 2009 regional final playoff game played on a cold, windy Saturday afternoon in front of a packed house at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

What struck me after that 2015 game was walking on the field afterward to talk to coaches and players and hearing all of the friendly banter and well-wishes going on between the kids — many of whom have grown up together playing with and against each other.

And for the foreseeable future, that game was the last between the two proud programs with four state championship rings between them. It’s a shame.

Those kids started talking on Twitter the other day, and before you knew it, there were several Guyer and Ryan players going back and forth on Twitter about what would happen if this game ever happens again, and some Guyer players suggesting they want to play, but it was simply up to Ryan to accept. I’m sure those Ryan players would feel the same way. Here’s the thing: This game couldn’t even take place until 2018, as both teams already have their 2017 schedules set, but that gives them plenty of time to make it happen.

My good buddies at Dave Campbell’s Texas Football decided to tackle the issue on Thursday afternoon on the Internet hit #DCTFLive, the world’s pre-eminent Internet show about Texas high school football. Hear what they had to say about the matter below:

What do you guys think? I think that’s a silly question, actually. I think I know what people in Denton want to see, especially when we have this beautiful stadium right in our own backyard that is rarely close to being filled to capacity. I have a pretty good idea of a game that would do the trick.

Former Sanger QB can absolutely sling it

Sanger junior quarterback Dane Evans (17) hurls a pass to junior wide receiver Jay Cain (18) as Argyle junior linebacker Carston Bossow (43) tries to intercept, Friday, November 5, 2010 in Sanger.

Sanger junior quarterback Dane Evans (17) hurls a pass to junior wide receiver Jay Cain (18) as Argyle junior linebacker Carston Bossow (43) tries to intercept, Friday, November 5, 2010 in Sanger.

If you’ve been around this area for more than a few years, you remember the name Dane Evans.

The former Sanger quarterback finished his high school career among the all-time leading passers in Texas high school history and helped turn Sanger into a perennial contender with an instant shot of offense he gave the Indians after bursting onto the scene in 2010 and leading all Dallas-Fort Worth area 4A players in passing.

Evans went on to have a standout career for Tulsa — staking a real claim as the most successful collegiate quarterback to ever come out of this area.

The numbers speak for themselves, regardless of system at Tulsa. Evans finished his career with the Golden Hurricane with a bowl win in December and ended up with 11,680 career passing yards with 84 touchdown passes and 47 interceptions.

That leads us to the other day, when Evans was filmed training for the upcoming NFL Draft. One of his passes was clocked at a remarkable 61 mph — better than the Combine record of 60 mph from Logan Thomas in 2014, which broke the previous record of 59 mph held by Colin Kaepernick.

Evans has an outside chance of being drafted, but he’ll definitely end up in someone’s camp, and he’s landed on several “sleeper lists,” including this one published back in September. There’s some truth to him being a product of Tulsa’s high-octane offensive system, but there’s also obvious truth to him being a guy with a cannon where his right arm should be.

It’ll be interesting to follow Evans throughout this process leading up to the draft in April and see what happens.

J.W. Walsh takes Abilene Christian job

Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh waits to take the field on senior night before an NCAA football game against Oklahoma at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Stillwater, Okla. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh waits to take the field on senior night before an NCAA football game against Oklahoma at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Stillwater, Okla. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

Former Guyer star quarterback J.W. Walsh on Wednesday accepted a job as the running backs coach at Abilene Christian. He confirmed the move in a text message late Wednesday night.

J.W. Walsh has spent the 2016 season as an offensive graduate assistant coach at TCU and will coach the Horned Frogs in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 30 against Georgia before beginning his new job under newly hired Abilene Christian coach Adam Dorrel.

Dorrel was hired after winning three Division II national championships at Northwest Missouri State in the past four seasons. Abilene Christian recently made the jump back up to Football Championship Subdivision competition by rejoining the Southland Conference after a 40-year stint in Division II. The 2017 season will be the first the program is eligible for postseason play.

“The college game is what he wants to do,” said Guyer head coach John Walsh, J.W. Walsh’s dad. “This is the step he wants to take, and there’s several ways to get there, but getting his own position group and getting on the recruiting trail at his age is invaluable experience.”

Walsh, 24, ended his playing career at Oklahoma State in 2015 and finished his injury-plagued career with 3,917 career passing yards and 1,036 career rushing yards. He accounted for 61 career touchdowns — 36 passing and 25 rushing — and is still a fan favorite in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2012, he was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year.

John Walsh said the year his son spent at TCU was great preparation for getting a full-time college job at such a young age.

“[Oklahoma State head coach Mike] Gundy gave him good advice. He told him last year that he knew the Oklahoma State way and he needed to go learn a different way,” John Walsh said. “[TCU head coach Gary] Patterson is one of the best in the business. I think he’s learning this business on fast-forward.”

At Guyer while playing for his dad, Walsh led the Wildcats to their first playoff appearance in school history in 2008 and guided Guyer to the Class 5A Division II state championship game as a senior in 2010 when he was an Associated Press first-team all-state selection before playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Before moving to Denton when his dad took the job to be Guyer’s first coach in 2005, Walsh grew up in Brownwood and has both sets of grandparents living in the Abilene area.

“As uncomfortable as a new job is, him being in Abilene surrounded by both sets of grandparents and some friends will make it more comfortable,” John Walsh said. “The family got to share in his playing career and now they get to be a part of his early coaching career, as well.”

 

 

 

 

 

Guyer’s Mwaniki to play in O-D All-American Bowl

Guyer defensive back Thabo Mwaniki (1) comes up with an interception on the final play of the game to secure the ten paint victory for Guyer as Plano Senior High School hosted Denton Guyer High School at John Clark Field in Plano on Friday night, September 23, 2016.  (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Guyer defensive back Thabo Mwaniki (1) comes up with an interception on the final play of the game to secure the ten paint victory for Guyer as Plano Senior High School hosted Denton Guyer High School at John Clark Field in Plano on Friday night, September 23, 2016. (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

For the second time in a few days, an area standout has committed to play in the O-D All-American Bowl, as Guyer standout Thabo Mwaniki confirmed Thursday afternoon he was invited and accepted the invite to play in the game in Atlanta at the end of the year. Lake Dallas cornerback Kobe Boyce committed to play in the game earlier this week.

The Oklahoma State commit is having a big year for Guyer at both wide receiver and his main position as one of Guyer’s two FBS pledges at safety. NFL superstars such as Carolina quarterback Cam Newton and Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant are two of the more notable alumni of the game.

The game events will be in Atlanta from Dec. 26-31 at the same time the Peach Bowl is in town.

Mwaniki committed to Oklahoma State this summer, choosing the Cowboys over 11 other offers. He missed Guyer’s season opener but in five games has posted 35 tackles with five pass breakups and an interception.  He’s also Guyer’s second-leading receiver with nine catches for 123 yards.

Lake Dallas star to play in O-D All-American Bowl

Lake Dallas senior defensive back Kobe Boyce (3) evades a tackle from Centennial senior linebacker Steven Sacarello (33), Friday, September 2, 2016, in Corinth, Texas.  Jeff Woo/DRC

Lake Dallas senior defensive back Kobe Boyce (3) evades a tackle from Centennial senior linebacker Steven Sacarello (33), Friday, September 2, 2016, in Corinth, Texas. Jeff Woo/DRC

Lake Dallas star cornerback Kobe Boyce added a nice honor to his resume on Tuesday evening when he committed to play in the O-D All-American Bowl.

The Texas commit will take part in the showcase, which features alumni such as Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant.

The festivities will be held in Atlanta from Dec. 26-31, and will culminate with the game.

Boyce burst onto the scene last year when he was shined in several camps and ended up committing to Texas, choosing the Longhorns over 17 other offers.

In six games, Boyce has 18 tackles, with two tackles behind the line of scrimmage to go with two pass breakups, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal. He also returned a punt for a touchdown and has three catches for 106 yards and a score in limited offensive duty.

 

Former Guyer standout inks with Raiders

Oklahoma State's Jimmy Bean speaks to reporters at Cotton Bowl Media Day, Monday, December 30, 2013, in Arlington, TX. David Minton/DRC

Oklahoma State’s Jimmy Bean speaks to reporters at Cotton Bowl Media Day, Monday, December 30, 2013, in Arlington, TX. David Minton/DRC

Jimmy Bean looked like he was a lock to be the first Guyer football player drafted by an NFL team.

The formerly underweight, long and rangy defensive end filled out at Oklahoma State and turned into one of the better defensive ends in the Big 12 before suffering a season-ending knee injury in a game against Texas Tech last season, effectively ending Bean’s collegiate career.

To show what NFL teams thought of Bean, he was still invited to the NFL combine last winter in advance of the draft even though he couldn’t partake in much of the drills, but teams still wanted to get a look at him and most importantly put him through the interview process.

By the time the draft rolled around, it was decided Bean’s knee still wasn’t 100 percent and teams passed on him. On Wednesday, Bean signed a deal to join the practice squad of the Oakland Raiders, putting him on the road to beginning his NFL career.

The 6-5, 264-pound (his measurements at the combine) Bean will now (theoretically) be on the same defensive line as former Ryan standout Mario Edwards Jr., who was drafted in 2015 out of Florida State.

Ryan-ex Choplick earns Rangers monthly award

Former Ryan and Oklahoma starting pitcher Adam Choplick throws against TCU on Sunday May 11, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas.  (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron T. Ennis)  MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUT

Former Ryan and Oklahoma starting pitcher Adam Choplick throws against TCU on Sunday May 11, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron T. Ennis) MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUT

Adam Choplick capped off his first full minor-league season in style on Thursday when he was awarded the Rangers’ Minor League Player of the Month honor for August/September for the Low-A affiliate (since the minor-league season creeps into September much like the big-league year creeps into October).

Choplick, who pitched all season for Low-A Hickory in the South Atlantic League, had 35 relief appearances this season for the Rangers’ affiliate and the 6-9 lefty compiled a season ERA of 3.32 with a 2-2 record. He struck out 74 batters in 59 2/3 innings of work and opposing hitters hit .239 against him.

In August and September, Choplick had nine outings and saw his ERA dip by more than a full run to his season-ending 3.32. In those nine games, Choplick allowed just two earned runs (both in one game) in 18 2/3 innings with 23 strikeouts and allowed just 11 hits. He also earned a save on Aug. 18.

Former Aubrey kicker hits it big on Twitter

Former Aubrey kicker Evan Moore is now at Texas, and is going viral with his 60-yard field goals. David Minton/DRC

Former Aubrey kicker Evan Moore is now at Texas, and is going viral with his 60-yard field goals. David Minton/DRC

I can readily admit Evan Moore got a raw deal from the Denton Record-Chronicle as a standout high school kicker for Aubrey a couple of years ago.

That’ll happen when you’re overshadowed by a district rival who sets the national record for most field goals in a season, which is exactly what former Argyle standout Cole Hedlund did before heading off to Arkansas. Before that, it was Cole’s older brother, Chad, who stole the kicking spotlight in the area.

But Moore isn’t doing too badly for himself, either, and on Tuesday the Texas sophomore made waves on Twitter when he did this…

If you notice, these aren’t the normal videos you see of kickers in pregame “hitting 60-yarders” off a tee. Nope, no tee here. Just a holder off a flat ground — 60 yards one way, and then 60 back the other.

Pretty impressive stuff from one of many successful kickers the area has produced in recent years.

Guyer-ex, UT QB Heard injures shoulder in practice

 

Former Guyer and current Texas quarterback Jerrod Heard (13) breaks through the California defense on a 45-yard touchdown run with just over a minute to play during the fourth quarter of an NCAA football game at Royal Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Austin. Texas failed to convert the tying extra point and California won the game 45-44. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

Former Guyer and current Texas quarterback Jerrod Heard (13) breaks through the California defense on a 45-yard touchdown run with just over a minute to play during the fourth quarter of an NCAA football game at Royal Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Austin. Texas failed to convert the tying extra point and California won the game 45-44. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

Jerrod Heard was thrown into the fire, perhaps a little sooner than Texas wanted, last season but kept his head above water and helped lead Texas to bit of an improvement in head coach Charlie Strong’s second season in Austin. Improvement in the sense they had a signature win over Oklahoma but not in the sense of W/L record. Against OU, he rushed for 115 yards.

Heard became the Longhorns’ starter under center after their first game and had a monster effort in a crushing loss to Cal when he threw for 364 yards, rushed for another 163 and ran for three touchdowns. But that was the high point for Heard from an individual standpoint.

Now, the former Guyer standout who led the Wildcats to consecutive Class 4A state championships in 2012 and 2013, might be in danger of losing his weak grasp of the starting job after news broke on Wednesday that he suffered a shoulder injury in practice on Tuesday.

Of course, that’s all the Longhorns would say as no further information was given in a short release to media.

In his 10 starts last year, Heard threw for 1,214 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions while rushing for 556 yards and three touchdowns. He was second on the team in rushing.

According to the folks at Burnt Orange Nation, Heard has been working as the backup to senior Tyrone Swoopes, who Heard supplanted as the starter a year ago.

A significant injury will obviously hurt Heard’s case to be the starter, and could even hurt his chances of being the team’s backup with early enrollee Shane Buechele in camp fresh off his senior year at Arlington Lamar. With new offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert in place, the word on the street is that the quarterback competition is truly a wide-open one.

Robinson holds firm as Scout’s No. 1 QB

 

Denton Guyer High School quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) throws a pass as he is pressured by San Angelo Central High School defensive tackle Jordan Schellhase (41) during the second quarter as Denton Guyer High School hosted San Angelo Central High School at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Friday, November 27, 2015.  (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Denton Guyer High School quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) throws a pass as he is pressured by San Angelo Central High School defensive tackle Jordan Schellhase (41) during the second quarter as Denton Guyer High School hosted San Angelo Central High School at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Friday, November 27, 2015. (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Depending on which recruiting service you look at, and when you do it, there’s been a pretty consistent game of tug of war between Guyer junior quarterback Shawn Robinson and fellow junior signal caller Tate Martell from famed Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas.

My boy Greg Powers of Scout.com just tweeted out the newest set of Scout rankings for the 2017 class, and Robinson sits atop the quarterback perch and checks in at No. 11 in the Scout 300 — the top 300 players in the country. Martell is No. 13 overall, and both players earned the coveted five-star ranking from Scout.

Here’s what Scout’s Brian Dohn wrote about Robinson, who is coming off a bit of a “sophomore slump” his junior season in his second season at Guyer after playing his freshman season at Saginaw Chisholm Trail.

Shawn Robinson, a 6-foot-2, 205-pounder from Denton (Texas) Guyer, is verbally committed to TCU. He picked the hometown Horned Frogs over offers from a host of national names and fits well in the Sonny Cumbie / Doug Meachem offense.

Powers wrote the following as a more in-depth look at what the TCU pledge brings to the table.

Robinson has all of the tools that you are looking for in a young quarterback prospect. Physically and mentally he is prepared for the next level. Had a tough time picking the area of improvement for his profile. Has the true ability to beat you with his arm or his legs any snap. He works well outside the pocket extending plays and will find receivers before just taking off when things break down, but when he does run he is a threat to score.

These accolades are nothing new for Robinson, who helped lead Guyer to the regional final in Class 6A Division II this past season despite an up-and-down season. When it was showtime in the playoffs, however, Robinson was at his best.