Lake Dallas junior Jackson Owens catches Guyer senior Cole Wessling (3) in a rundown at third on March 19 in Corinth. Both teams face uncertain postseason futures with one game remaining in the regular season. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
Oh, what a difference a week can make.
At this time last week, Guyer and Wichita Falls Rider were tied for the lead in the jumbled mess that is District 5-4A baseball. Rider won that game, and has since clinched the 5-4A title. The Raiders are the only team to have clinched a playoff spot out of the district with one game to play. Now, Guyer is one more loss from the possibility of missing the playoffs. Lake Dallas is also in the mix and with a win Friday could end up playing in a play-in game for the fourth seed in the playoffs, which begin next week.
It’s simple for both teams: Win on Friday and you’re in good shape. Lose, and things get hairy. If Lake Dallas loses to Azle on Friday, the Falcons will miss the playoffs after such a promising start to the district slate. If the Falcons win, they’ll likely play a play-in game against the same Azle team the following day.
For Guyer, it’s a little safer bet to make the postseason. A win on Friday against Brewer, and the Wildcats could finish anywhere from the No. 2 seed to the fourth seed, depending on other results involving Byron Nelson and Lake Dallas-Azle. A loss to Brewer, and the Wildcats could finish second, third, fourth or even fifth and miss out on the postseason altogether, a week after being in first place.
With school testing going on this week, teams can’t play until Friday, when the regular season will come to an end. Needless to say, it’ll be an interesting night in 5-4A baseball.
Denton and Guyer play in a doubleheader Friday night, and if both teams win, they will square off next week at UNT's Super Pit. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle) (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
The amount of area teams left in the basketball postseason has trickled down to six, with five teams on the boys side and two on the girls side.
In Class 2A boys action, Ponder and Sunnyvale tipped off at 7 p.m., with the winner going on to face either Whitesboro or Peaster. But with the exception of that contest, there’s four very interesting contests going on tomorrow: a Denton-Guyer doubleheader, a rematch between Argyle and Dallas Wilmer-Hutchins, Krum girls in the 3A regional tournament and both Liberty teams in action.
Here’s a closer look at tomorrow night’s games.
Tonight’s slate of basketball games closes out the boys regular season. It will also close out one this season’s most exciting district battle.
In 5-4A action, Guyer plays Fort Worth Brewer tonight with a shot at the school’s first ever district title. Denton plays on the road at Trophy Club Nelson.
All three teams have already clinched a playoff berth. The following should help clear things up.
Guyer junior wide receiver Tripp Reed (left) holds the state title trophy as senior wide receiver Ellis Jefferson kisses the trophy, celebrating Guyer's 48-37 win over Georgetown. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
To countdown the final four days of 2012 and to remind everybody and myself of some of the year’s highlights, I’ll close out December with the top four games I witnessed in2012. The only criteria is I had to have been there and the game must have been relevant (a nondistrict basketball game in November doesn’t really mean much).
Break out the party hats. Let’s get the festivities started.
The Guyer Wildcats (13-2) face the Georgetown Eagles (15-0) today at Cowboys Stadium in the Class 4A Division I state championship game. Join Adam Boedeker and Ben Baby as they bring you the action from Arlington.
Guyer senior linebacker Terence Belton (24) made the interception that secured Guyer's win over Tyler John Tyler (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
Now if you’re reading that headline and thinking that it’s completely ridiculous, you’re right. It’s completely ridiculous. It’s also true.
The fourth quarter of the Class 4A Division I state semifinal between Guyer and Tyler John Tyler produced 63 points and one of the most dramatic endings you could have wanted to watch.
Guyer defensive end Thomas Ferguson (17) celebrates with linebacker Terence Belton (24) after sacking the Birdville quarterback on Saturday at Dragon Stadium in Southlake. This week, the Guyer defense must prepare for one of the fastest offensive units its seen all year. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
There are several key matchups and aspects of Friday’s state semifinal game between Guyer (12-2) and Tyler John Tyler (13-1), but the biggest, most broad one has to be the contrast of the teams’ style of play.
Guyer, as always, is huge up front on the offensive line, averaging well over 260 pounds per guy on the offensive line. John Tyler, as typical for an East Texas team, is speedy all over the field, particularly on offense. They’re a passing offense but QB Greg Ward basically just throws 5-10 yard passes and lets his receivers break tackles and go to the house.
Message board talk suggests Guyer is in trouble because of the way the Wildcats played against Cedar Hill in the season opener and because John Tyler beat Guyer, 42-7, in a 7-on-7 game this summer.
Guyer head coach John Walsh talks to junior quarterback Jerrod Heard (2) during a timeout against Birdville during Saturday's Class 4A Division I Region I final at Dragon Stadium in Southlake. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
Guyer is one of four teams still left in the Class 4A Division I playoffs.
Yep. Guyer, Tyler John Tyler, Georgetown and Leander Rouse are the envy of 60 other teams that started the 4A DI playoffs almost a month ago.
The Wildcats won an offense-laced regional final and defeated Birdville 52-42. Adam Boedeker and I were both there to witness the game, and here’s what we saw.
The Guyer Wildcats take on the Birdville Hawks in the Class 4A Division I Region I final at Southlake’s Dragon Stadium. Join Adam Boedeker and Ben Baby for today’s chat.
Oklahoma State receiver Josh Stewart, right, dives in for a touchdown against West Virginia on Nov. 10, in Stillwater, Okla. Stewart, a former Guyer standout, scored three touchdowns in the Cowboys' 55-34 win. (Brody Schmidt/Associated Press)
Things are going pretty for Guyer High School football right now, as the Wildcats are in the Class 4A Division I regional final on Saturday and two of the program’s more successful alumni were honored on Big 12 all-conference teams on Wednesday.
Oklahoma State sophomore Josh Stewart was named to the first team of the Associated Press Big 12 team after finishing in the top-10 nationally in receptions (96) and top-20 nationally in receiving yards with 1,154 while adding seven touchdown receptions during the regular season.
His former, and current teammate J.W. Walsh was named the Big 12′s Offensive Freshman of the Year (not a raunchy joke-telling freshman) on the Big 12 coaches’ team after leading the conference in pass efficiency, throwing for 11 touchdowns and three interceptions while finishing third on the team in rushing and scoring seven times on the ground in nine games this season.
Walsh took over for an injured Wes Lunt against Louisiana-Lafayette and lit up the Cajuns before making three straight starts. His starting run came to an end when he broke his leg against Iowa State but still managed to throw for 400 yards and finish the game.
Local fans will be able to see Stewart and Walsh in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, which will be played at the Cotton Bowl against Purdue on New Year’s Day at 11 a.m.