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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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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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 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

 

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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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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Weekend Recap: Denton ISD, where winners live

Denton junior running back Xavier Scott breaks free against Saginaw Boswell on Friday en route to a huge night in a huge Denton win. (James Coreas/For the Record-Chronicle)

All three Denton ISD teams came home Friday night with wins under their belts, and all three wins were meaningful district victories.

Take a look at the weekend recap with yours truly, and our new full-time Ryan beat writer, the legendary Steve Gamel.

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Argyle moves up in AP poll, Guyer holds after bye week

After Lubbock Cooper upset top-ranked Stephenville on national television last Thursday, everybody figured a new team would take the top spot in the Associated Press’ Class 4A state poll.

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