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.
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.
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.
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:
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
In recent years, Guyer has made a habit of spitting out tall, lanky and at times just awkward wide receivers and overnight watching them blossom into standouts with big-time college potential.
Two that come to mind immediately are Conner Crane, who was a three-year starter and progressed from strictly a deep-threat wide receiver into a do-it-all, well-rounded receiver who earned a scholarship to Stanford. After Crane, there was Ellis Jefferson, who began to emerge as a junior but really stood out as a senior and is set to play for Arizona State as a redshirt freshman this season.
In a couple of years, could we be talking about Alex Honey in the same breath?
As you can plainly see, Guyer head football coach John Walsh stepped up to the plate on Wednesday morning, along with his entire staff, and participated in the latest craze, the ALS ice bucket challenge to help raise money for ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease) awareness.
It’s an awful, awful disease for which there is no cure. And while I’ve had my opinions on the recent viral phenomenon, it’s hard to argue with the facts, that it’s raised millions and millions of dollars for ALS research. And that’s obviously a good thing.
So, if you watch the video, you’ll figure out that Walsh and the two-time defending state champions challenged one pretty well-known figure around these parts in Allen head coach Tom Westerburg, or as Walsh accidently called him “Westerburger,” the coach he’ll be looking across the Apogee Stadium field at on Aug. 29. Then, he challenged some scrub known around these parts by the name of Adam Boedeker. Yep, yours truly.
I couldn’t not accept the challenge. Instead of taking the easy way out and having people dump ice water on me in 100-degree heat, I waited until 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday when it was a blustery 91 degrees and dumped the water on myself. So enjoy my video, and my nervous stammering of things like “Guyer Football Wildcats” and “Ice Busket Challenge.”
I challenge Lake Dallas head football coach Michael Young, Guyer head baseball coach Johnny Kinzy, my good buddy Nathan Cross and former Denton Record-Chronicle UNT beat writer Tim MacMahon, now of ESPN Dallas.
I hope all of you do what I did and donate some cash (or skrilla, as the kids might say) to a wonderful cause. Remember, this isn’t about dousing yourself in ice water. Now, it’s time to go warm up. Adios.
Moving up to Class 6A didn’t hurt Guyer’s perception across the state.
The Associated Press released its first poll of the season this morning. The Wildcats registered in the 6A poll at No. 7 in the school’s first year back in the state’s highest classification.
Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson didn’t need to start a game at his new school to earn an offer from one of the biggest programs in the country.
It’s one thing to be friends with your rival. But when the two gentlemen in question are the respective quarterbacks at Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, it’s a different ballgame.