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

Ryan running back Tyreke Davis muscles through a clothesline in last week's game against Keller Fossil Ridge. (David Minton/DRC)

Ryan takes its three-game win streak into a huge District 5-6A game against Keller at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. How huge? Well, considering both teams are riding three-game win streaks and share identical records, a win on Friday will give one of them sole possession of second place. I’m guessing the Raiders want to be that team.

Keller won’t be an easy out. Coach Dave Henigan told me he’s been very impressed with the Indians while watching film. Their offensive line is not only huge, but it’s anchored by Maea Teuhema. Teuhema is an LSU commit and is the No. 4 rated offensive tackle in the nation according to 247Sports.com. His play has opened up a lot of things for Keller offensively. On defense, Keller is adept at pulling off a turnover or two.

Below is a breakdown of what you need to know. For more information, check out my game advance in tomorrow’s paper. The story is also a feature of sorts on free safety Alan Rojas. Rojas has been forcing turnovers like crazy and has been a big-play machine in the fourth quarter.

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Weekend recap: Denton’s streak ends

Denton senior quarterback Christian Rodriguez looks for an open receiver in a game earlier this season against Fort Worth Brewer. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

It was a busy week of high school football on a weekend that featured three Thursday games. One team’s big streak ended, but not without a fight, and another team continued to impress despite several fresh faces.

Steve Gamel and I take a look at five of the biggest games of the weekend in our area.

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No movement for Guyer and Argyle on AP poll

Quarterback Shawn Robinson eludes a Keller Central defender. (Maegan Puetz/For the Record-Chronicle)

It appears there are people out there who are reading our AP blog!!! While there was no movement for both Guyer and Argyle, a couple of our other area schools at least got some votes on this week’s list after Adam and I made mentioned of their omissions last week. Guyer (6-1, 4-0 in District 5-6A) holds on to the No. 10 spot in the Class 6A poll while Argyle (7-0, 2-0 in District 6-4A DI) is still No. 2 in Class 4A.

As for our other area teams, Denton Ryan (5-2, 3-1 in District 5-6A) got one vote in the 6A poll while Lake Dallas (7-1, 4-0 in District 6-5A) also got a vote in 5A. Pilot Point (7-0, 2-0 in District 5-3A DI) earned a vote in the Class 3A poll.

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What you need to know: Keller Fossil Ridge

Spencer Sanders scrambles for extra yards against Trophy Club Nelson. (Mike Mezeul II/For the Record-Chronicle)

After a less-than stellar 2-2 start to the season, Ryan has reeled off back-to-back wins in District 5-6A against Trophy Club Nelson and Keller Timber Creek. The Raiders will head back out to Keller ISD Athletic Complex on Thursday to face Keller Fossil Ridge.

The Panthers are easily Ryan’s toughest challenge to date as they boast one of the more explosive offenses in the district. Fossil Ridge’s dud last week against Guyer is not a reflection of how formidable it will be down the stretch.

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Guyer, Argyle maintain respective spots on AP poll

Argyle's Drew Estrada catches a long pass against Carrollton Ranchview. (Matt Garnett/For the Record-Chronicle)

The latest AP poll has been released, with both Guyer and Argyle maintaining their respective spots. Guyer (5-1, 3-0 in District 5-6A) holds on to the No. 10 spot in the Class 6A poll while Argyle (6-0, 1-0) is still No. 2 in Class 4A.

Both had impressive wins this past week, so it will be interesting to see if either team moves higher in the coming weeks. Speaking of that, it is worth questioning when teams like Denton, Lake Dallas, Sanger and Pilot Point will earn some consideration.

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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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Guyer receivers making things tough on opponents

Guyer wide receiver Alex Honey splits two defenders on his way to a big gain against Keller at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

My good buddy Matt Wixon at The Dallas Morning News posted an interesting fact recently about total offense and balance in Dallas-Fort Worth area high school football, which for my money is the best area in high school football in this grand state.

Here’s Wixon’s note:

This season, four local teams — Allen, Denton Guyer, DeSoto and Lake Dallas — average at least 500 yards of offense and get no more than 60 percent of the total from rushing or passing. Their combined record is 20-2.

Now, everyone knows Guyer can run the football. That’s not news. They’ve also had some great passing attacks in past years, with 2010 standing out thanks to J.W. Walsh under center and a four-wide set that featured four Division I receivers. But other than that year, you won’t find a better passing attack in Guyer’s relatively brief history than this season’s.

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What you need to know: Keller Timber Creek

Ryan coach Dave Henigan looks on from the sidelines. Henigan and the Raiders look to continue their impressive defensive play from last week on the road against Keller Timber Creek on Thursday. (Matt Garnett/For the Record-Chronicle)

Ryan coach Dave Henigan preached all last week about the importance of protecting the ball on offense and playing sound defense. He got just that in a 17-13 win over Trophy Club Nelson. The Raiders’ defense pitched a shutout for the game’s final 45 minutes while the offense rallied to nab the team’s first win in District 5-6A.

This week, Ryan faces a Keller Timber Creek squad still looking for its first winning season. After a 3-0 start, the Falcons have combined to score 17 points in lopsided losses to Nelson and Keller Fossil Ridge. They do present some challenges, though, so this should be an interesting battle.

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