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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Guyer moves up, Argyle stays put in latest AP Poll

Guyer’s lopsided defeat of Wichita Falls Rider helped the Wildcats move up one spot in this week’s Associated Press poll, but Argyle maintained its ranking after a big win against Celina.

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Weekend Recap: A win for you, and you, and…

David Haynes and the Wildcats bowled over the Wichita Falls Rider in a Week Two matchup between old District 5-4A rivals. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

For the second straight week, defeat is a word that hasn’t been associated with many of our local teams. The area’s heavy hitters came up with solid performances for a second straight week, including another undefeated weekend for Denton ISD’s teams.

In the area, Argyle and Lake Dallas came up with huge victories against some good ball clubs.

My usual Monday-morning accomplice, Adam Boedeker, is still getting back from vacation with his family so I’ll be riding solo today in this installment of the weekend recap.

Let’s take a look back at a very good weekend for the area.

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What you need to know: Ennis

 

Ennis senior defensive end/linebacker James Lockhart (9) during the first half of a high school football game against Mansfield Timberview at Vernon Newsom Stadium in Mansfield, Friday, August 29, 2014. Mansfield Timberview won 34-21. (Brandon Wade/The Dallas Morning News contributor)

There was a time a few years ago when it looked as if Guyer and Ennis would be on a crash course to play in the Class 4A state semifinal, but instead, the Wildcats had to deal with Longview for two straight seasons before finally getting the best of the Lobos in 2010 in Class 5A.

Now, we’re finally going to see that matchup. Since those days, Guyer has established itself as one of the top programs in the state, while Ennis took a few really bad years before bouncing back to a state championship contender this year at the newly named Class 5A (formerly Class 4A).

So follow the jump, and learn everything you to know about Friday’s game between two of the best 0-1 teams in the state, the loser of which will most likely be the best 0-2 team in the state.

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Guyer moves down, Argyle goes up in this week’s AP poll

Allen took down Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson and the Wildcats in the Week One matchup at the Tom Landry Classic. Guyer is ninth in this week's Associated Press Class 6A poll, two spots down from last week. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

Guyer may have opened the season with a 14-point loss against one of the nation’s best teams, but the Wildcats’ performance was apparently good enough to keep them ranked as one of the top 10 teams in Class 6A.

Guyer drops two spots to No. 9 in this week’s Associated Press 6A state poll. Allen, the team the Wildcats lost to, remains solidly in first place after receiving 19 of 25 first-place votes.

The area’s biggest winner was Argyle. The Eagles jumped up two spots to earn a fourth-place ranking in the Class 4A poll following last week’s 34-28 win against Abilene Wylie in the season opener.

Somebody also voted Argyle as the best team in Class 4A. Abilene Wylie was one of four teams to receive a single vote in this week’s poll

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:

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What you need to know: Allen

 

Allen head coach Tom Westerberg, left, high-fives quarterback Kyler Murray after a second-half touchdown against Pearland in the Class 5A Division I state championship game at AT&T Stadium in December. Allen won its second straight 5A Division I state title. (The Dallas Morning News file photo)

Since Guyer’s quick rise to Texas high school football elite, the Wildcats and head coach John Walsh have never shied away from playing top competition in nondistrict play. But this one takes the cake.

The Wildcats open the 2014 season in a rare battle of defending state champions. To make it more rare, it’s a battle of two-time defending state champs, as Guyer will play Allen in the Tom Landry Classic at North Texas’ Apogee Stadium.

In case you have a short memory, Allen is the two-time defending Class 5A Division I state champion. Guyer is the two-time defending Class 4A Division I state champion. Now, both are Class 6A teams. Allen has more boys in its school than Guyer has students, as the Eagles have the biggest pool in the state to choose from and despite losing 10 defensive starters, it’s hard to ever called an Allen team a rebuilding one.

No. 7 Guyer vs. No. 1 Allen, Apogee Stadium, 7:30 p.m. (Rankings are from preseason Class 6A Associated Press poll)

 

Series record: This is the first meeting between the teams.

What happened last year: Allen went undefeated, never really being tested by anyone outside of DeSoto. As a junior, standout quarterback Kyler Murray threw for 3,669 yards and 46 touchdowns to go with just nine interceptions. He rushed for 1,274 yards and 19 touchdowns while leading Allen to a second straight title. The Eagles also had a loaded defense, and they still might, but it’s yet to be determined with the 10 new starters.

Guyer dropped its season opener to eventual 5A Division II state champion Cedar Hill before reeling off 15 straight wins. They finished with an official record of 14-2 after a forfeit to Colleyville Heritage in nondistrict play for using an ineligible player. The Wildcats steamrolled opponents up until the state semifinal, when they needed a thrilling comeback from 10-0 down in the fourth quarter to get past Highland Park before thumping a previously unscathed San Antonio Brennan team for their second straight title.

What to expect: It’s hard to pick against Allen until someone beats them. But that’s the thing, eventually someone will beat the Eagles again. And this seems like a pretty prime position for Guyer. The Wildcats aren’t officially playing a home game, but they might as well be. They return eight defensive starters, several skill players on offense and get to see the debut of sophomore phenom Shawn Robinson, who is replacing Texas freshman Jerrod Heard under center. There is no talk about “playing with Allen” around Guyer or using the game as a measuring stick, so yes, that Guyer swagger is still alive and well, to no one’s surprise. Expect a high-scoring affair between two very strong offenses, and in the most cliche statement ever, look for a big play on special teams and the turnover ratio to decide this thing.

Allen player to watch: QB Kyler Murray (shocker, I know)

Guyer player to watch: DT Carl Thompson