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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.