Weekend recap: Rivalry week

Ryan wins the coin toss before kickoff against Guyer, Friday, November 6, 2015, at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

Ryan wins the coin toss before kickoff against Guyer, Friday, November 6, 2015, at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

District titles were decided in two big rivalry games in the area, and another was won on the road out in Wichita Falls. Steve Gamel and I look back at what was an exciting weekend in area high school football in our weekly recap.

Ryan at Guyer

AB: Steve likes to make it sound like I thought Guyer winning was a slam dunk, but that’s far from the truth. I will say this: I thought Ryan would have to force some turnovers to beat Guyer, and the Raiders didn’t. They just beat Guyer. It was impressive. I didn’t think Guyer played badly. In fact, after their first three drives against Ryan’s vaunted defense, they led 14-7 — a pretty good place to be in. After that, the Wildcats were outscored 24-0 before they found the scoreboard again. Guyer head coach John Walsh said his offense didn’t execute in the second half. I don’t have a keen enough football eye to notice that, but I thought it was a well-played game by both teams. Ryan’s defense is every bit as good as advertised despite giving up a season-high 28 points. Shawn Robinson had his best game of the year against the second-best defense he’s seen all year, and that’s a good sign moving forward for the Wildcats. I think both of these teams are going to be tough outs in the playoffs though both will be underdogs in their second-round matchups. Oh, and one more thing: I was uber impressed with Ryan sophomore quarterback Spencer Sanders. Dude had an amazing night.

SG: Several members of the Ryan coaching staff came up to me before Friday night’s showdown to say they were surprised I picked them to beat Guyer. Apparently, I was in the minority. One prediction had Guyer rolling up 42 points. Another one said Guyer would at least score 31. Either way, unbeaten Ryan was a decided underdog coming in. That says a ton about Guyer and what they can and have done on both sides of the ball. But the Raiders’ win says a lot for how far they’ve come dating back to last year’s 5-5 finish. Ryan is the top seed in Class 6A Division I, and should be recognized as a top-tier team. The key was Ryan’s offense. Spencer Sanders guided a unit that struggled with consistency throughout district play to a mistake-free 31-28 win. Guyer played great despite the loss — especially quarterback Shawn Robinson, who I can’t say enough of — and should be more than fine going forward.

Denton at Wichita Falls

AB: As good as Guyer and Ryan both are, I’m starting to think that outside of Argyle, the Broncos might be best set up to make a deep playoff run. Denton came from behind and got a game-winning field goal to beat Wichita Falls on the road on Thursday and cap their season with yet another win. Xavier Scott is a running back you can lean on in the playoff run, and I fully expect the Broncos to do just that even though they like to fling the ball around – it’s a lot easier to turn around and hand it off. The Broncos made history by claiming their first district title since the year after I graduated from high school (that’s a long time ago, folks) and now they have a chance to make more, and more meaningful, history in the coming weeks.

SG: It came down to a field goal, and that’s totally OK. Congrats to the Broncos for clinching the District 5-5A crown for the first time since 1999 on a night where they had to travel to Wichita Falls and rise up against a solid Coyote team. Robert Reyes’ 24-yard boot couldn’t have come under more pressure. Per our own Patrick Hayslip, Denton quickly fell behind 13-0 before it could blink. The Broncos still trailed 20-7 early in the third quarter. After crawling all the way back, there was no way Reyes could miss that kick. And he didn’t. Xavier Scott did what he normally does and the defense came away with at least one turnover to put the Broncos in a position to win. Now comes the playoffs and a chance to make a seriously long run should all the stars align.

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Ryan-Guyer will feature two special linebackers, and then some

Guyer's Michael Carrillo (6) tackles Southlake Carroll's Ryan Aqnew (7) Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Matt Garnett/Special Contributor

Guyer’s Michael Carrillo (6) tackles Southlake Carroll’s Ryan Aqnew (7) Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Matt Garnett/Special Contributor

Dharius Timmons might be the best middle linebacker Guyer has ever had, and Guyer’s coaches have said he’s almost surely the most intelligent one with the best football IQ and understanding of the position. Ryan linebacker Nick Watts drew all kinds of praise from Guyer head coach John Walsh this week.

But Friday’s matchup between Guyer and Ryan — the rubber match of the all-time series that sits at at 3-3 tie with no certainty of when the teams will ever meet again — will feature two extraordinary linebackers in Guyer senior Michael Carrillo and Ryan junior Tyreke Davis.

Both are versatile — Carrillo was a standout tailback in middle school and could be for Guyer if not for a stable of quality runners. He still returns punts for the Wildcats and has housed a couple of punt returns in his career as a three-year starter. But he excels on defense and is known as one of the area’s, if not the state’s, most fearsome hitters.

This season, Carrillo has been in on 69 tackles, including 17 behind the line of scrimmage in eight games. He’s broken up six passes with two sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, an interception and a defensive touchdown.

“He’s a great player,” Ryan coach Dave Henigan said. “He means a lot to that defense, and I think it was very noticeable when he didn’t play that one game when he had his wisdom teeth out [in Guyer's stunning loss to Keller Central]. He’s unbelievably physical, and he’s around the ball a lot. He makes tackles, but they aren’t just tackles, he tackles violently. I really enjoy watching him play.”

Ryan junior linebacker Tyreke Davis (21) slams into Keller Central junior quarterback Reese Robertson (10), Friday, September 25, 2015, at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

Ryan junior linebacker Tyreke Davis (21) slams into Keller Central junior quarterback Reese Robertson (10), Friday, September 25, 2015, at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

As for Davis, the mutual respect from the coaches carries over on the other side of the spectrum. Davis took the area by storm last year and was voted as our All-Area Newcomer of the Year after a standout sophomore year as a running back and linebacker.

This year, Davis has had his hands in on 85 tackles, including 15 behind the line of scrimmage, two sacks and an interception returned for a score. He’s rushed for 574 yards and 12 touchdowns in nine games.

While Walsh said, obviously, he’s partial to Carrillo, Davis would be his next choice if he was putting together a defense.

“I think I have the best linebacker in the state of Texas, but if I was looking for another one, it’d be Tyreke,” Walsh said. “He’s fun to watch on film. To watch him run the ball and then go play defense at a high level is impressive. He doesn’t get blocked, he has great instincts and he does some punishing when he gets there. I have a lot of respect for him. When I turn on film for Ryan, I find myself not watching the scheme, I find myself watching No. 21.”

So if you want something to watch within the game on Friday night, keep an eye on those two because they’re both incredibly special players.

What you need to know: Keller Timber Creek

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) stiff arms Wichita Falls Rider senior defensive back Israel Esquibel (3), Friday, September 12, 2014, at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) stiff arms Wichita Falls Rider senior defensive back Israel Esquibel (3), Friday, September 12, 2014, at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

Guyer’s last two games haven’t been satisfactory to head coach John Walsh, and I’m guessing his entire program echoes that thought. Two weeks ago, of course, the Wildcats dropped a stunner to end a 24-game district winning streak dating back to 2011, and then last week, they held on to beat Trophy Club Nelson 12-10, watching as the Bobcats blew some big chances while Guyer blew a couple of its own. This week, the Wildcats need to show more before heading into a key regular-season finale against Ryan.

The Game: Guyer (6-2, 4-1) at Keller Timber Creek (3-5, 2-3), Thursday, 7 p.m.

Series record: Guyer is 1-0 all-time against the Falcons, as the Wildcats beat them 58-21 when Shawn Robinson threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns while Guyer led 51-7 at halftime.

What happened last week: Guyer overcame injuries to three two key defensive starters prior to the game (defensive end Cameron Wax and outside linebacker Dante Ramacher) and two more during the game (defensive tackle Arian Bhat and cornerback J.T. Ashcraft), as well as an illness that forced blue-chip quarterback Shawn Robinson to miss the game. The result? A terribly ugly 12-10 win, but a win nonetheless. Guyer had two first-and-goal situations in the game and came away with zero points on those two possessions, but got great play from its defense and an early safety that ended up being the margin of victory. Timber Creek more than doubled up Justin Northwest, hanging 45 points on the Texans behind their bruising rushing attack and a pretty dang good defense.

What to expect: The Wildcats will have to wait another week to get guys like Wax and Ashcraft back, but they will get a big boost with the return of Robinson under center. Sophomore Luke Stillwell was more than admirable in his varsity debut, but Robinson is on another level. He hasn’t had quite the season everyone expected from him this year, but there is still time for him to rectify that.

Final say: The Wildcats are desperate for momentum at this point. This is a program that has prided itself on peaking at just the right time and playing its best football heading into the postseason, dating back to their breakthrough 2008 season. They got the playoff-clinching part out of the way last week, now they just need to start playing good football in all three phases. The coaching staff has been pushing for momentum and dominance pretty heavily this week, and I think the Falcons, as improved as they are, will be the victims of that.

Score prediction: Guyer 38, Keller Timber Creek 21

 

What you need to know: Keller Central

Ryan senior linebacker Nick Watts (11) wraps up Keller Central junior quarterback Reese Robertson (10), Friday, September 25, 2015, at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

Ryan senior linebacker Nick Watts (11) wraps up Keller Central junior quarterback Reese Robertson (10), Friday, September 25, 2015, at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

Guyer will look to keep its growing offensive machine rolling against a high-risk, high-reward Chargers defense, all while looking to preserve the Wildcats’ unbeaten district mark and extend their district winning streak to 25 games.

The Game: Guyer (5-1, 3-0) at Keller Central (2-4, 0-3), Thursday, 7 p.m.

Series record: Guyer holds a 2-1 series edge over the Chargers, as Central shocked Guyer in 2011 with a sophomore Jerrod Heard under center as current Oklahoma defensive back Zack Sanchez scored multiple touchdowns on defense and special teams for the Chargers.

What happened last week: The only team statistically worse than Central on offense and defense in District 5-6A is Justin Northwest, and the Texans spanked the Chargers last week to the tune of 34-18. Meanwhile, Guyer’s offense was good — a bit sloppy, but good — and they also scored on defense and special teams, as the defense held a decent Fossil Ridge offense to two touchdowns.

What to expect: Guyer rolled up 551 yards of offense on the Central 3-3 Stack and won 56-27 last year despite a slow start that led to a first-quarter Central lead. This team seems to have more of an edge than last year’s and hasn’t let bad teams hang around, so I don’t expect to see that again. In fact, players told me this week that they know they let teams hang around last year when they shouldn’t have, and they are making a point not to do it again. I’d expect a really dominant effort, even if it’s Guyer’s rushing attack busting big runs on Central’s risky scheme. If the passing game is working, and it has been more and more the past couple of weeks, then you should really look out.

Final say: Central is statistically the second-worst team in the district — both on offense and defense. Guyer, on the other hand, has far and away the best offense in the district and that includes a few weeks early in year when the unit was struggling. Look for lots of points from Guyer as the Wildcats will move to 3-0 in Keller ISD Athletic Complex this season.

Score prediction: Guyer 66, Keller Central 17.

What you need to know: Keller Fossil Ridge

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.  Photos by Michael Clements.

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. Photos by Michael Clements.

The Fossil Ridge Panthers are quietly off to a 2-0 start in District 5-6A play after getting star quarterback Bryce Baccarini back from a concussion, and now Guyer will try to knock them from the ranks of the unbeaten in district play coming off perhaps its most complete game of the year.

The Game: Guyer (4-1, 2-0) at Keller Fossil Ridge (3-2, 2-0), Thursday, 7 p.m.

Series record: Guyer holds a 3-0 series lead all-time over Fossil Ridge as they shared a district in 2010 and 2011 before being reunited last year.

What happened last week: Guyer got its passing game going, hitting long balls galore but still struggled with the passes out to the numbers, which led to another unsatisfactory completion percentage for quarterback Shawn Robinson. But the long balls did enough to open up the running game for the Wildcats, as Myron Mason had another huge game on the ground, as did Robinson, despite having a long touchdown run negated by penalty. The Guyer defense was dominant, holding Northwest to less than 100 passing yards and just three points on a meaningless field goal before the half. Fossil Ridge edged Keller Timber Creek with a 28-21 win, and while it might not look particularly impressive (same goes for their one-point win over Northwest to open district play), the Panthers deserve credit for winning close games and not losing them.

What to expect: Expect the Panthers to try to attack Guyer with a quick-hitting short passing game to a quartet of capable receivers and then work a quarterback running game off of that if Baccarini is back to 100 percent. With that said, no one has been able to run too effectively on Guyer, and that shouldn’t change this week.

Final say: The Fossil Ridge defense appears ripe for the picking, and look for Guyer to continue to work the passing game after making progress through the air last week. That should spell bad news for the Panthers, who will struggle to score against a red-hot Guyer defense.

Score prediction: Guyer 47, Fossil Ridge 17

What you need to know: Justin Northwest

Justin Northwest wide receiver Syrus Moore (23) attempts to break a tackle by Keller linebacker Nick Roy (32) after a catch in the fourth quarter during a high school football game between Justin Northwest and Keller at the Keller Athletic Complex in Keller, Texas Thursday November 6, 2014. Justin Northwest beat Keller 35-33. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)

Justin Northwest wide receiver Syrus Moore (23) attempts to break a tackle by Keller linebacker Nick Roy (32) after a catch in the fourth quarter during a high school football game between Justin Northwest and Keller at the Keller Athletic Complex in Keller, Texas Thursday November 6, 2014. Justin Northwest beat Keller 35-33. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)

After overcoming some pretty serious adversity early in last week’s district opener at Keller, the Wildcats showed they are still one of two teams to be reckoned with in the district after coming back from an early 21-7 deficit to easily dispatch of perceived 5-6A title contender Keller. Now, the Wildcats face a winless Justin Northwest team in a game that likely won’t be suitable for women and children.

The Game: Justin Northwest (0-4, 0-1) at Guyer (3-1, 1-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

Series record: Guyer holds a 3-0 series advantage over the Texans as they shared a district in 2010 and 2011 before being reunited last year.

What happened last week: The Texans narrowly missed out on their first win of the season last week, falling 27-26 to an injury-riddled Fossil Ridge team. This year’s edition of Northwest isn’t nearly as scary as last year’s high-flying pass attack, but it’s still formidable with the district’s second-leading passer and two of the top three wideouts, including Gavin Holmes (425 yards, 4 TDs). Guyer suffered some early miscues to fall behind 14-0 before they could blink and 21-7 just as quickly before storming to a win with a punishing ground attack that rolled up 509 yards. There was however, one casualty as freshman running back Noah Cain was lost for 2-3 weeks with a broken finger he suffered in the game but didn’t tell anyone about as he rumbled to a team-high 148 yards on 14 carries with three touchdown runs.

What to expect: Nothing pretty if you’re a Northwest fan. The Texans’ defense has allowed 133 points, and Guyer will be far and away the best offense they’ve faced. Can you imagine what might happen if Shawn Robinson and the Guyer passing attack get going, as well? Expect that to happen, or at least for Guyer to try to make it happen, and expect a whole lot of points.

Final say: The Wildcats will score the ball at will, and they’ll also give up some points as Northwest has some weapons offensively and a huge offensive line with two tackles that are in the range of 6-7, 320 pounds and a guard who’s also well over three bills. But the game will never be in doubt.

Score prediction: Guyer 63, Justin Northwest 24

Guyer holds steady, Argyle falls in state polls

Guyer senior defensive end Tevan McAdams (8) celebrate after a play against Allen, in the 2015 Tom Landry Classic, Friday, August 28, 2015, in Allen, TX. David Minton/DRC

Guyer senior defensive end Tevan McAdams (8) celebrate after a play against Allen, in the 2015 Tom Landry Classic, Friday, August 28, 2015, in Allen, TX. David Minton/DRC

Guyer isn’t a top-10 team anymore, but for the third straight week, the Wildcats lingered around in the “others receiving votes” category and actually climbed a spot this week to what is theoretically 15th in the state after coming in 16th last week. At the same time, Argyle’s somewhat shocking loss to Celina dropped the Eagles five spots from No. 2 to No. 7 in the Class 4A state poll.

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Weekend recap: Week of statements

Argyle senior wide receiver Drew Estrada (3) can't get to a pass after interference from Celina senior defensive back Travis Tolbert (20), Friday, September 11, 2015, at Bobcat Stadium in Celina, TX. David Minton/DRC

Argyle senior wide receiver Drew Estrada (3) can’t get to a pass after interference from Celina senior defensive back Travis Tolbert (20), Friday, September 11, 2015, at Bobcat Stadium in Celina, TX. David Minton/DRC

Guyer at Wichita Falls Rider

AB: Guyer’s passing game still doesn’t look the part when looking at the stats, but the eyeball test showed something different on Friday night. Shawn Robinson made some good throws that were either dropped or looked off because of bad, inexperienced route-running. Several times in that game, Guyer had three sophomores and one freshman wide receiver on the field, and it showed. At the same time, one of those sophomores, Colton Phillips, had a big night and caught Robinson’s first touchdown pass of the year on a bomb. The rushing attack finally showed up as advertised, and did it against a Rider defense that at least looked the part physically. The Wildcats’ defense forced a couple of big turnovers, including a key interception from one of the big boys in P.J. Broussard to set up an easy TD that turned a potential one-score game into a three-score game in a hurry. Now, it’s bye week time before the Wildcats begin District 5-6A in a game that could end up deciding the district title against unbeaten Keller.

SG: Guyer hasn’t completely broken out from under its offensive slump, but the Wildcats did more than enough to roll past former district rival Wichita Falls Rider. Of course, it wasn’t the same as last year’s 66-0 thumping the Wildcats gave Rider, but they scored 35 second-half points this time – and until the passing game sorts itself out, it’s nice to be able to rely on a running game that produced 444 yards.  Next up is an all-important bye week heading into District 5-6A. This year’s district slate has improved with Ryan’s revival and Keller off to a solid start. First up is Keller (3-0), so as nice as it was to have the run game clicking so well, the Wildcats must sort out their passing situation if they want to run this particular district table for a second-straight season.

Ryan at Wylie East

AB: Color me impressed. The Raiders have something cookin’ with three straight wins to start the season after a disappointing 5-5 campaign a year ago. On one hand, those three wins don’t mean a thing when it comes to November. On the other, they’ve been huge for the confidence of a Ryan team that appears to be rolling offensively while also having the defense that many of us have come to expect year in and year out from the Raiders. Spencer Sanders is showing why folks were so excited about him a year ago. As a freshman, he suffered some growing pains. As a sophomore, he looks like a star, and he seems to have the Raiders easily on track to return to the postseason after a one-year drought.

SG: There were so many question marks heading into Ryan’s bye week last year, but as I wrote in my game story the other night, the Raiders have written themselves a pretty intriguing first chapter for 2015 with just three games down. Three wins, all blowouts, and not a single offensive turnover. The defense is playing lights out, it’s hard to find much wrong with the play of sophomore quarterback Spencer Sanders, and he’s got three studs in the passing game in senior Rodney Gladney and sophomores Gabriel Douglas and Tauskie Dove. Last week’s win over Wylie East was probably their best game overall, holding highly touted running back Eno Benjamin to 33 rushing yards while rolling up 294 passing yards in a 43-20 win. Time will tell how good these Raiders really are, but they appear to be a lock for a playoff spot heading into District 5-6A next week.

Denton at Carrollton Creekview

AB: As I said above in regards to Ryan, but in a completely different context: These first three games of the schedule don’t mean anything come playoff time. Make no mistakes, the Broncos plan on playing in the postseason, and they might have had a cold slap to the face to serve as a bit of a wake-up call on Thursday night when they lost to a Carrollton Creekview squad that had looked anything but impressive leading into the game. With that said, when teams hold Xavier Scott and the Broncos’ passing game to well under their season averages, it’s going to be a long day for a Broncos team that relies so heavily on both.

SG: A last-ditch field goal sailed wide and Denton was brought back down to earth on Thursday in a close loss to Carrollton Creekview. It’s just one loss, so let’s not panic. But the penalties last week need to be cleaned up. There were nine total for 56 yards, and according to our own Patrick Hayslip, eight of those were false starts.  The Broncos also had trouble establishing all-world running back Xavier Scott early – he was held to 44 yards going into the third quarter – and the passing game yielded 154 yards. Creekview didn’t appear to be too imposing, but the Mustangs did just enough to eke out the win, including a safety in the third quarter. By the looks of it, that one safety proved to be the difference in the game. Denton will try to regroup after this stunning loss, hopefully just in time for district play.

Argyle at Celina

AB: When you figure the prowess Celina has had on the state football landscape over the last two or three decades, you have to figure a team even as dominant as Argyle has been can’t dominate the series between the teams forever. And on Friday, Celina showed that to be true with what appeared to be a pretty thorough beating of an Argyle team ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 4A that had played in two straight state title games, winning one and losing another in double overtime. As far as current “power ranking” I’d put Argyle beyond Celina from a program standpoint, but for one night, the Bobcats proved they aren’t to be taken lightly.

SG: You know you must be doing something right when you elicit the response Celina had during and after its big win over Argyle. Argyle had Celina’s number in recent years, and the Bobcats hadn’t beaten the Eagles since 2008. The atmosphere was playoff-like in a battle of state-ranked teams. Unfortunately for Argyle, its offense started slow and the defense could not slow Celina running back Jarren Alexander. Alexander rushed for 222 yards and three touchdowns, and Celina looked mighty impressive. It was a tough loss, but one the Eagles will bounce back from. And for those remaining teams left on Celina’s schedule … look out!

Krum at Sanger

AB: Last year, Sanger rushed out to an undefeated start with the help of an all-state caliber running back. Then, he suffered a season-ending injury only to watch his teammates rally and go on to a playoff win. This year, the Indians are capable on offense, but don’t seem to have that go-to guy just yet. With that said, their defense appears to be every bit the dominant unit, and that showed with a great effort against a scrappy Krum team on Friday night.

SG: From what I heard from our reporter on the scene, Jimmy Isbell, this game was a bit chippy at times between two of our better area schools. Nonetheless, Sanger got another solid showing from its quarterback, CJ Jackson (114 passing, 63 rushing and 1 TD run) to preserve a 16-14 win that pushed the Indians to 3-0 and the Bobcats to 1-2. This is not the start we all envisioned from Krum, whose two losses came to Class 3A Pilot Point and now Sanger. The Indians are a solid bunch, and have retooled nicely after an injury-plagued 2014.

What you need to know: Wichita Falls Rider

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) stiff arms Wichita Falls Rider senior defensive back Israel Esquibel (3), Friday, September 12, 2014, at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) stiff arms Wichita Falls Rider senior defensive back Israel Esquibel (3), Friday, September 12, 2014, at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

After running the gauntlet of defending state champions with games against Allen and Ennis, things cool off a bit this week against Wichita Falls Rider. But make no mistake, the Raiders are no slouch and traveling to Wichita Falls is always tough on teams as the teams there always seem to have a good homefield advantage in just about every sport.

The Game: Guyer (1-1) at Wichita Falls Rider (1-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

Series record: The all-time series record is 4-3 in Guyer’s favor as Rider won the first three meetings before Guyer rebounded to win the previous four, including a 66-0 defeat at this time a year ago.

What happened last week: Another week, another offensive struggle for the normally dynamic offensive attack of Guyer. Again, it was largely due to being behind the chains early and often thanks to penalties, as Guyer was flagged 14 times for 119 yards against Ennis. The Guyer passing game was once again seemingly out of sorts, but after further review, it was chalked up to a few small miscues from the Wildcats’ young, inexperienced receivers, most of whom are freshmen and sophomores. The Guyer defense was lights out, holding a potent Ennis team scoreless for nearly three quarters and coming up with a couple of huge stops to preserve the Wildcats’ first win of the season. Rider saw a tough Amarillo hang tight with them for the majority of the game before eventually pulling away and netting the Raiders’ first win of the year after a season-opening loss to Abilene Cooper.

What to expect: You can expect the Raiders to try to get the most out of their dangerous wide receiver, TJ Vasher, who is 6-6, 190 pounds with speed and is committed to Texas Tech. They’ll move him all over the field and try to exploit Guyer’s young, inexperienced and injury-riddled secondary you can read about in Friday’s Denton Record-Chronicle. You can also expect to see a big offensive day for the Wildcats, despite losing another starting receiver in Brandon Daniel last week bringing the total to two starters (Daniel and JT Ashcraft) out due to injury. Shawn Robinson is too good and those young receivers too talented, not to mention a scary good running game, for the Wildcats to be held down offensively for a third straight week, especially with a step down in competition.

Final say: Guyer will finally look like Guyer on offense, and the Wildcats’ defense will continue proving to be a winning unit in the most complete effort of the year for Guyer.

Prediction: Guyer 41, Wichita Falls Rider 21

Argyle holds steady in AP poll, Guyer drops in 6A

 Guyer junior quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) scrambles in the backfield against Ennis, Friday, September 4, 2015, in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC


Guyer junior quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) scrambles in the backfield against Ennis, Friday, September 4, 2015, in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

With a dominant win over 5A Denison on Friday night to improve to 2-0, Argyle remained steady at No. 2 in the Associated Press’ Class 4A state poll, receiving one first-place vote (along with No. 3 Gilmer) while defending champ Navasota got all the rest. Guyer won its first game of the year over Class 5A No. 5 Ennis, but dropped a few spots in the “others receiving votes” category.

Here is your newest edition of the AP state poll, which was released Monday afternoon.

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