AP state poll, Week 9

The Ryan football team take the field before their game against Denton at Denton ISD Stadium, Friday, September 23, 2016, in Denton, Texas, Jeff Woo/DRC

The Ryan football team take the field before their game against Denton at Denton ISD Stadium, Friday, September 23, 2016, in Denton, Texas, Jeff Woo/DRC

There weren’t any changes for Ryan and Argyle in The Associated Press’ state poll this week. The Raiders remain No. 4 in Class 5A while Argyle is still sitting at No. 2 in Class 4A. Denton added one more vote to its ledger in the 5A “others receiving votes” list.

Here is The Associated Press high school poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, and the team’s ranking in last week’s poll:

Class 6A
School Total Points Prv
1. Allen (23) (8-0) 247 1
2. DeSoto (2) (8-0) 225 2
3. Lake Travis (7-1) 187 3
4. The Woodlands (8-0) 165 4
5. Cibolo Steele (7-1) 148 5
6. Galena Park North Shore (7-1) 104 6
7. San Angelo Central (8-0) 103 7
8. Converse Judson (7-1) 69 8
9. Southlake Carroll (7-1) 54 9
10. Round Rock Cedar Ridge (9-0) 37 10

Others receiving votes: Cedar Hill 11. Austin Westlake 8. Katy 7. Tyler 4. Fort Bend Ridge Point 3. Klein Collins 2. Alief Taylor 1.

Class 5A
School Total Points Prv
1. Aledo (12) (8-0) 233 1
2. Cedar Park (6) (8-0) 217 2
3. Manvel (4) (8-0) 205 3
4. Denton Ryan (3) (8-0) 190 4
5. Richmond Foster (8-0) 148 5
6. Lancaster (7-1) 103 6
7. College Station (9-0) 90 8
8. Texarkana Texas (8-0) 80 7
9. Frisco Lone Star (7-1) 49 9
10. Dallas Highland Park (7-1) 35 10

Others receiving votes: Port Arthur Memorial 7. CC Calallen 4. N. Richland Hills 4. Mansfield Legacy 3. Northwest 3. Denton 2. Lubbock Cooper 1. Boerne-Champion 1.

Class 4A
School Total Points Prv
1. West Orange-Stark (18) (8-0) 242 1
2. Argyle (3) (7-0) 213 2
3. Waco La Vega (3) (8-0) 199 3
4. Cuero (1) (8-0) 178 4
5. Geronimo Navarro (8-0) 129 5
6. China Spring (7-1) 108 6
7. Gilmer (7-1) 85 7
8. Abilene Wylie (6-1) 68 8
(tie) Van (8-0) 68 9
10. El Campo (8-0) 50 10

Others receiving votes: Sweetwater 16. Celina 8. Henderson 4. Stafford 4. Kilgore 3.

Class 3A
School Total Points Prv
1. Brock (20) (8-0) 245 1
2. Newton (5) (8-0) 226 2
3. Malakoff (8-0) 200 3
4. Sunnyvale (8-0) 170 4
5. White Oak (8-0) 146 5
6. Franklin (7-1) 113 6
7. Hallettsville (9-0) 88 7
8. Cisco (6-1) 55 9
9. Canadian (6-2) 54 8
10. Rockdale (7-1) 34 10

Others receiving votes: East Bernard 9. Cameron Yoe 8. Elysian Fields 6. Mineola 6. Gunter 3. Crockett 3. Eastland 2. George West 2. Sonora 2. Teague 1. Grandview 1. Pottsboro 1.

Class 2A
School Total Points Prv
1. Bremond (18) (8-0) 239 1
2. Iraan (2) (8-0) 205 2
3. Refugio (5) (7-1) 199 3
4. Mart (8-0) 183 4
5. Tenaha (8-0) 160 5
6. Stratford (7-1) 102 7
7. Albany (7-1) 88 8
8. Price Carlisle (8-0) 72 9
9. Muenster (7-1) 52 10
10. Lovelady (6-1) 18 6

Others receiving votes: Shiner 17. Crawford 16. Mason 13. Christoval 5. Burton 2. Centerville 1. Clarendon 1. Post 1. Wellington 1.

Weekend recap: Winners all around

Guyer senior defensive end Jalen Sutton (17) sacks Wylie senior quarterback Emilio Ames (15) after he fumbles the ball at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, Friday, October 21, 2016, in Denton, Texas, Jeff Woo/DRC

Guyer senior defensive end Jalen Sutton (17) sacks Wylie senior quarterback Emilio Ames (15) after he fumbles the ball at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, Friday, October 21, 2016, in Denton, Texas, Jeff Woo/DRC

The area was full of winners on Friday night, and even the teams that lost (Sanger and Braswell) had some positives to look at in their own regard.

My loyal sidekick Steve Gamel and I take a look back at the weekend that was in area high school football…

Wylie at Guyer

AB: The Wildcats played flawlessly on defense for a half before a pretty potent offense got to them. Take out the passing game like Guyer did (limiting Emilio Ames’ near 250 yards per game passing to well under 200), and you’re gonna get hit in the run game from time to time. That’s what Wylie did with a couple of well-timed draws to its shifty change-of-pace back, and they worked. Guyer’s offense did enough with Thabo Mwaniki getting the nod at quarterback, and he played well as he led the team in rushing and didn’t make any mistakes. Penalties were an issue again, and that’s something Guyer is simply going to have to clean up in these next two weeks before the money games start.

SG: My buddy Adam Boedeker will tell you this game was not as close as the score indicates, and maybe that’s true. I wasn’t there, after all. But I’m still surprised by the score. Wylie was able to hold Guyer to under 300 rushing yards, which for the Wildcats, is somewhat of an off night. Wylie was also able to pile up nearly 200 yards on the ground against what I believe is an incredibly salty defense. Regardless, it’s another win for Guyer and it comes off the heels of a rough loss to Allen. So kudos to Guyer for getting back in the win column, which is where I think they’ll stay heading into the playoffs.

Ryan at Wichita Falls

AB: It’s to the point now where I’m not really sure what to say about Ryan anymore other than the Raiders dominated another inferior opponent. It’s out of Ryan’s control, once you hit district play, you play who’s on your schedule. But this can’t be helping Ryan, who had one of the best nondistrict schedules in the state and went through it unscathed. But, Ryan opened 5-5A play with Denton, which is clearly the second-best team in the district but is clearly a large step down from Ryan. Since then, it’s been a lot of gross mismatches. That’s going to continue, even into the playoffs as not all 5A playoff teams are legitimate like the 6A run Ryan made last year. The Raiders will get tested, but it’s going to be interesting to see how they respond when that finally happens again.

SG: Man, it sure has been a long time since Ryan was last tested by an opponent, and that happens to coincide with the start of District 5-5A play. With the exception of Denton, which is a good team that the Raiders still were able to beat convincingly in the district opener, the rest of the slate has been incredibly subpar. That includes Wichita Falls, which turned the ball over four times Friday and had zero answers for anything Ryan did. Ryan should finish the regular season unbeaten, and most people still don’t see them getting tested until the third round of the playoffs. That’s a long time between quality opponents, but when you’re as good as Ryan is, everyone tends to look subpar.

Wichita Falls Rider at Denton

AB: Denton put it on Rider, and that’s impressive. Is Rider the dominant force it once was? Not even close, but the Raiders are still a proud program who can beat anyone on any day, and the Broncos ended any doubt pretty quickly. Colt Atkinson had a big night throwing the ball and saw to it that the game was in his team’s favor basically as soon as Denton tied it up at 7-7 in the first quarter. Atkinson used his athletes outside in throwing for better than 350 yards, as Colorado pledge Chris Miller racked up 133 yards on six grabs, including a long 62-yarder for a touchdown. Denton is poised for another nice playoff run, but would eventually run into Ryan.

SG: I actually anticipated this game being a little too close for comfort, so kudos to Denton for putting the kibosh on any sort of wild upset by Rider. Enough about the game, though. Let me say this about Colt Atkinson. In my mind, he doesn’t get a ton of credit for what he’s been able to do at quarterback for this program over the last few years. Being a young guy when he took the reins, he’s seen one graduation after another at wide receiver and running back. But he’s come back and put up solid numbers. The Denton area has great QBs this year in guys like Spencer Sanders at Ryan, Dane Ledford in Argyle and even Brandon Reeves in Krum. Hopefully everyone has Atkinson in that discussion, too.

Braswell at Denison

AB: For a different reason than Ryan, it’s getting hard to write about Braswell each week. The Bengals struggling horribly in not only their first varsity season, but also the first year in the school’s history — a huge disadvantage that many schools don’t face when they open. But, Braswell had some bright spots in its latest setback to a good Denison squad. Granted, the Jackets aren’t known for their defense, but Braswell did have a season-high point total (20) and their the Bengals’ offense is getting more productive with each passing week. We knew it’d be a process, and the process appears to be working for Cody Moore & Co.

SG: Ok, so I’m fixing to talk about another Braswell loss, but let’s be real for a second. Braswell was able to put up 279 total yards and the most points it has scored in any single game this season against a Denison team that is supposed to be the third-best team in District 5-5A. Yes, the result was still a loss – a blowout loss at that. But could Braswell actually getting better? I think so. It’s tough to tell at 0-8, but the stats don’t lie, folks. If the Bengals can show that type of production over their final two games, it will be something to build on – regardless if they don’t win the game.

Sanger at Argyle

AB: Argyle isn’t supposed to be tested in district play, especially not at home. Even though Sanger is a good program, the Indians haven’t had much luck with their arch-nemesis Argyle in recent years. But on Friday, Sanger almost did it and should have gained a lot of confidence from playing down to the wire with a deeper more battle-tested Argyle team at its place where the Eagles are basically unbeatable. Argyle is still the cream of the 4A Division I Region I crop, but Sanger might be looking toward a rematch down the road.

SG: This game was off-the-chain exciting, and it made me wish I could have been in two places at the same time. Sanger hasn’t had much luck against the Eagles in recent years, but this was a true battle between the top two teams in this district and it took a solid defensive performance and a rally by the offense for state-ranked Argyle to pull out the win. It was a tough loss for Sanger, but one the Indians can learn from as they ready for the playoffs. As for Argyle, this is the type of win they can use to light an extra fire as they push for another state title game berth.

Krum at Graham

AB: Graham is down this year, but the Steers are still a proud program and played host to Krum on Friday in a game that literally went down to the bitter end. The Bobcats pulled it out behind, you guessed it, their strong running game and opportune passing game. Their defense has been strong all year and while it struggled at times on Friday night it came up when needed the most and laid the hammer down on Graham at the 1-yard line. Thrilling way to win a game, and Krum marches on.

SG: Krum has been playing some stiff competition all year, and the Bobcats proved once again how difficult an out they are as they held on to beat perennial playoff favorite, Graham, on Friday. The game ended on a defensive stop at the 1-yard line, which is as exciting as it gets in high school football. At the beginning of the year, the sports staff here at the DRC pegged Ryan and Argyle as our two teams that would most likely make a run at a state title. Krum should be in that conversation now, too.

What you need to know: Wylie

Wylie quarterback Emilio Ames (15) throws a pass in the second quarter as Prosper High School hosted Wylie High School at B.W. Durham Stadium in Prosper on Friday night, October 16, 2015.  (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Wylie quarterback Emilio Ames (15) throws a pass in the second quarter as Prosper High School hosted Wylie High School at B.W. Durham Stadium in Prosper on Friday night, October 16, 2015. (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

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

What you need to know: Denison

Braswell junior running back KiÕAndre Jackson (15) evades a tackle , Thursday, September 29, 2016, in , Texas, Jeff Woo/DRC

Braswell junior running back Ki’Andre Jackson (15) evades a tackle, Thursday, September 29, 2016, in , Texas, Jeff Woo/DRC

Back in early August, Braswell coach Cody Moore said he looks forward to the final three weeks of the season to see where his first-year program has improved. Well we’re here and he’s seen a a lot of improvement on both sides of the ball.

Although winless, the Bengals have shown glimpses of what they’re capable of. This week they’ll square off against an opponent who has a bitter taste in their mouths after losing by a point.

There will be an advance in tomorrow’s paper on the matchup, but for now here are a few notes.

The Game: Braswell (0-7, 0-4 District 5-5A) at Denison (3-4, 2-1), Friday at 7 p.m. at Munson Stadium

What happened last week: Braswell had one of its best chances to win heading into its matchup against a fellow winless Wichita Falls team, but after a flat first quarter and a few missed opportunities, the Bengals lost 40-9. Denison recorded multiple turnovers, but perhaps its most costly mistake was a failed extra-point attempt on its first scoring drive that ultimately cost the Yellow Jackets in their 21-20 loss to Denton.

What to expect: Denison has a stout defensive front that will make it difficult for Braswell’s running game to get going. As for the Bengals’ passing attack, it’ll have to continue its success of last week. Sophomore quarterback Palmer Campbell had 163 total passing yards heading into last week’s game agains the Coyotes, but he eclipsed that mark with 176 pass yards and a few deep connections to receivers Christian Battle and Jaeden Johnson. Denison has a workhorse at running back, Tre’Lon Lyday. He rushed for over 200 yards and all three of the Yellow Jackets’ scores against the Broncos last week.

Final say: At this point in the season, Moore wants to see improvement heading into the final three weeks of the season. The final score doesn’t matter to him, but he’s hoping his first year could end with a glimpse of what the future holds. Denison will win tomorrow, but I’m expecting one of Campbell’s deep connections to go for a score or two.

Playoff primer: Let’s try to map out Guyer’s road

Guyer head coach John Walsh argues with referees after the final play of the second quarter against Hebron, Friday, November 13, 2015, at Apogee Stadium in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

Guyer head coach John Walsh argues with referees after the final play of the second quarter against Hebron, Friday, November 13, 2015, at Apogee Stadium in Denton, TX. David Minton/DRC

There are still three games left in the regular season, but barring a complete surprise, we already know Guyer will be the No. 1 seed in the Class 6A Division II bracket out of District 6-6A, meaning the Wildcats would face the 2-seed in the Division II bracket from District 5-6A.

There’s just one problem. While 6-6A is pretty clear-cut, 5-6A is still a complete jumbled mess.

Here are the current standings in District 5-6A, along with enrollment figures for each school. Of course, the top two enrollments from each district’s playoff qualifiers go Division I, while the smaller two go Division II. I’ll also include the remaining schedules for each team.

Southlake Carroll (2,691) — 4-0: TC Nelson, L.D. Bell, Hebron

Hebron (3,454) — 3-1: Trinity, Lewisville, Carroll

Euless Trinity (3,378) — 2-2: Hebron, Flower Mound, FM Marcus

Flower Mound Marcus (3,317) — 2-2: Flower Mound, TC Nelson, Trinity

Flower Mound (3,541) — 2-2: FM Marcus, Trinity, Lewisville

Trophy Club Nelson (2,632) — 2-2: Carroll, FM Marcus, L.D. Bell

Lewisville (4,379) — 1-3: L.D. Bell, Hebron, Flower Mound

Hurst L.D. Bell (2,951) — 0-4: Lewisville, Carroll, TC Nelson

Hebron and Trinity are bolded because if the season ended today, those would be the two Division I representatives, and Guyer would host Flower Mound Marcus in the first round of the playoffs. But as you can tell, there’s still a lot that has to play out in this district.

Now, just for grins, let’s try to play out the rest of the season for all of these teams and project final district records. Since I am in a tight race for top spot in The Dallas Morning News high school pick ‘em this year (Humble brag!), I think you can trust these prognostications.

Southlake Carroll, 7-0

Trinity, 5-2

Hebron, 4-3

FM Marcus, 4-3

Flower Mound, 3-4

TC Nelson, 3-4

Lewisville, 2-5

L.D. Bell, 0-7

So, after all that, it looks like if I’m correct, it will, indeed be Hebron and Trinity that go Division I and leave Guyer to host Marcus in the first round of the playoffs. The one wild card here is if Flower Mound beats Marcus in the Mound Showdown this week, which isn’t only a rivalry game but now is a huge game for playoff implications.

If Flower Mound does beat Marcus and ends up bumping the Marauders out of the playoffs, Flower Mound goes Division I and bumps Trinity down to Division II. If that happens, Trinity would come to C.H. Collins for a first-round playoff game between two of the most physical programs in DFW.

Is it the most likely scenario? No. But is it definitely possible? Yeah, it is.

Basically, I can say with great confidence, Guyer will either be hosting Marcus or Trinity in the first round, and either way it’s going to be a 2-hour game because all three of those teams like to run the ball, and run it often. For a sports writer who deals with deadlines, that is awesome news.

If Guyer moves on past that first-round game, the Wildcats would likely draw Cedar Hill, which is a team that has been on really high highs this year and also hit some really low lows. One thing we do know about Cedar Hill? They have a lot of trouble stopping the run, and we all know that would play heavily into Guyer’s hands. The Longhorns would score points, but they’d have a tough time stopping Noah Cain and Myron Mason.

Third round? You’re most likely looking at a rematch with San Angelo Central, which is a vastly improved team this year from the one that pushed Guyer to the brink last year and could finally put a West Texas team deep into the 6A playoffs for the first time in a good while.

However, there is still a pretty decent chance Central goes Division I out of 2-6A. The last two spots in that district are still very much up for grabs between three teams: Wolfforth Frenship, Amarillo Tascosa and Midland Lee. If Lee gets in, Central goes Division II. If Lee is left on the outside looking in, Central goes Division I.

Get past the Bobcats, and you’re looking at a rematch with DeSoto, which of course, beat Guyer 51-17 in Week 2 behind Guyer’s former quarterback, Shawn Robinson.

We’re getting way ahead of ourselves now, but I hope this helps a little bit. Guyer is a program built for deep playoff runs, which is proven by its playoff history of eight straight years of making the playoffs with two second-round exits and the other six going at least four rounds deep. Pay close attention to that Mound Showdown at Flower Mound on Friday night, it will be huge for Guyer’s playoff scenario.

 

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.

What you need to know: Wichita Falls

Braswell defensive back Caleb Richardson (7) is surrounded by Frisco Independence tacklers during their game at C.H. Collins Friday September 2, 2016, in Denton, Tx. Photo by Al Key/for the DRC Braswell defensive back Caleb Richardson (7) is surrounded by Frisco Independence tacklers during their game at C.H. Collins Friday September 2, 2016, in Denton, Tx. Photo by Al Key/for the DRC

Braswell defensive back Caleb Richardson (7) is surrounded by Frisco Independence tacklers during their game at C.H. Collins Friday September 2, 2016, in Denton, Tx. Photo by Al Key/for the DRC

It’s been three days short of a year since Wichita Falls tasted victory. Their last win was October 16, 2015, a 17-10 victory over Saginaw. The Coyotes are looking to break their 10-game losing streak, while Braswell hopes it can make it 11 consecutive Coyote losses.

We’ll have an advance in tomorrow’s paper, but for now, here are a few thoughts.

The Game: Braswell (0-6, 0-3) at Wichita Falls (0-7, 0-3), Friday, 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

What happened last week: Without a healthy quarterback, Braswell was one dimensional running the ball and only passed twice in a 42-7 loss to Sherman. The Bengals’ lone score came off an impressive 95-yard kickoff returned for a touchdown by defensive back Quinton Draine. Wichita Falls lost to Denton 36-14, but displayed solid defense when it forced the Broncos to two field goals.

What to expect: The Bengals will receive one of their best chances to win a game in their inaugural year, but it won’t be handed to them. Although Braswell is eager to get its first ever win, the Coyotes are desperate to record a win in a dismal 2016 season. The Coyotes do not have a healthy quarterback who can move the sticks very well, so expect running back Stephen Gaines to be in the wildcat formation getting 30-plus touches. With that, you’d expect the Bengals’ defense to stop a one-dimensional Coyote team, but they have yet to stop an opponent’s ground attack all year.

Final Say: Did you pay attention to that last sentence? The Bengals — no matter how one-dimensional an opponent is — have yet to stop a team’s rushing attack. The Braswell defense will be able to stop a ground game when it has an offseason in the weight room under its belt.

What you need to know: Allen

Plano West Wolves Da' Vonte Carline (1) get tackled by Allen Eagles Miss Tupou (31) during the high school football game between Plano West High School and Allen High School at Eagle Stadium on Sept. 30, 2016 in Allen, Texas. (Ting Shen/The Dallas Morning News)

Plano West Wolves Da’ Vonte Carline (1) get tackled by Allen Eagles Misi Tupou (31) during the high school football game between Plano West High School and Allen High School at Eagle Stadium on Sept. 30, 2016 in Allen, Texas. (Ting Shen/The Dallas Morning News)

Well, folks, here it is. We, the media, have had this game circled on the calendar for quite some time. Coaches and players talk about taking the year game by game and not looking ahead, but you have to think 17-year-old kids might break that rule. Now, they can finally think about it, because it’s here.

It’s No. 1 Allen, which hasn’t lost a regular-season game since 2012 and has never lost a game in the confines of its $60 million #txhsfb palace, vs. one-loss Guyer, which features the DFW area’s top rushing attack and, until I’m proven otherwise, has to be the top running back tandem in Texas.

It’s going to be a fun game, so let’s get to the goods…

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Allen’s coach dishes on Guyer

Allen High School head coach Terry Gambill takes off his head set during the first half as Plano Senior High School hosted Allen High School at John Clark Field in Plano  on Friday evening, October 7, 2016.  (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Allen High School head coach Terry Gambill takes off his head set during the first half as Plano Senior High School hosted Allen High School at John Clark Field in Plano on Friday evening, October 7, 2016. (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Terry Gambill is in his first year at Allen after replacing the legendary Tom Westerburg, but Gambill isn’t new to Allen. The former Waco Midway coach was an assistant at Allen before heading to Midway and came home again to replace Westerburg atop the machine that is Allen football.

The Eagles, the state’s top-ranked team, hosts Guyer on Friday, and Gambill gave his thoughts on the Wildcats. So, enjoy!

On what you notice on film with Guyer:

“They’ll show you a lot of formations from their offense. They have two great running backs who are extremely talented and they’ll present us a challenge. They’re just a really good, fundamentally-sound offense unit.”

How much of a weapon has Guyer’s play-action passing game become:

“We’ve got to play extremely disciplined on defense. We’ll have our work cut out for us.”

On whether anything specific jumps out on Guyer’s improved play on defense:

“Defensively, they run the 4-2-5 and they’re really sound there as well. From a fundamental standpoint, you can tell they’re well-coached and that coach Walsh and his staff do a great job.”

On whether seeing a heavy dose of running teams aids preparation for Guyer:

“I think we have to play well on Friday. Every game is different. No matter how well we’ve played in the past, we’ll have to be even better on Friday to be successful.”

What it will take for Allen to be successful:

“For us to be successful, we need to take care of the football, get lined up right defensively and tackle well. We need to create turnovers and play extremely well in the kicking game.”

 

Q&A time! Allen Eagles edition

Plano Senior High School middle linebacker Cody Crist (27) leads a tackle on Allen High School quarterback Mitchell Jonke (2) during the first half as Plano Senior High School hosted Allen High School at John Clark Field in Plano  on Friday evening, October 7, 2016.  (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Plano Senior High School middle linebacker Cody Crist (27) leads a tackle on Allen High School quarterback Mitchell Jonke (2) during the first half as Plano Senior High School hosted Allen High School at John Clark Field in Plano on Friday evening, October 7, 2016. (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Since most of the teams in the new District 6-6A are new to Guyer, Guyer fans and myself, I’ve decided to try something new this year.

Star Local Media, has covered pretty much all of these teams with the exception of Guyer and Wylie for years, so we’re going to do a Q&A each week about Guyer’s upcoming game.

This week, of course, it’s the game everyone is waiting for in Guyer and Allen, which will meet for the third straight season but for the first time as district rivals.

Without further delay, here’s the “conversation” sports editor Matt Welch, who covers Allen and Plano for Star Local Media, and I had over good ol’ electronic mail, along with a score prediction from each of us.

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