While we all waited for Shawn Robinson and the Guyer passing attack to pick up steam, the Wildcats were listening to the concerns, apparently, and had a big night in Friday’s blowout of Justin Northwest. Dagan Haehn followed suit in his return to the starting lineup for Lake Dallas, and Liberty Christian gunslinger Nick Starkel threw three touchdown passes of his own to round out area Week 6 action.
Justin Northwest at Guyer
AB: The opponent wasn’t necessarily a good measuring stick, but the Wildcats finally got that long-lost passing game going in Friday’s blowout win over Justin Northwest. The completion percentage was still subpar, but the production was there, as Shawn Robinson passed for nearly 300 yards and four touchdowns to guys we’ve been waiting to see produce — Brandon Daniel, J.T. Ashcraft and tight end prospect Brian Polendey. While the offense stole the headlines, Guyer’s defense was ruthless against what is actually a fairly good offensive team, despite their winless record. Northwest QB Hunter Johnson entered the game as 5-6A’s second-leading passer and threw for under 100 yards while constantly running for his life. Now, it seems to be cruise control for Guyer until that Week 10 cross town clash.
SG: And there is the passing attack we’ve all been waiting to see from Guyer. I was wondering when the coming out party would be, as I’m sure a lot of people were. But you have to remember that things are a little different now with a host of inexperienced receivers. Quarterback Shawn Robinson and the rest of the Wildcat offense trusted in the process and it panned out big time against Northwest. It was a pretty balanced attack with 262 rushing yards and another 282 through the air. Robinson hooked up with eight different receivers, though, and Brandon Daniel looked every bit the part of a big-play receiver the Guyer coaching staff hoped he could be with 108 yards and a score. Guyer is still the team to beat in 5-6A, and if that passing attack continues to mature, look out.
Ryan at Trophy Club Nelson
AB: I was a little shocked when I saw Ryan led Nelson 20-3 at the half, seemingly on its way to a blowout, and then went scoreless in the second half to see that halftime score hold up. While Ryan’s offense might have been a little bit off, that defense is proving to be the real deal and every bit as good as any of the Raiders’ predecessors on defense. Tyreke Davis is an all-state performer this year for Ryan (he’ll get my vote, anyway). The Raiders are likely to be 9-0 when they face Guyer in Week 10, and if that proves true, Denton might explode in anticipation. However, their road leading up to that game isn’t as much of a cakewalk as it is for Guyer because an explosive Keller team still awaits.
SG: I was a little surprised to see Ryan’s offense held to 13 points, but who is complaining when the end result was a solid 20-3 win? The Raider defense stepped up to turn in a dominating performance – holding a usually high-scoring Trophy Club Nelson offense to under 200 total yards. Only 75 of those yards came through the air. Going into this week’s game against Keller Timber Creek, Ryan has given up 62 points in five games and nine of those points were against District 5-6A opponents. Yes, the offense slowed down a bit, but that was bound to happen at some point. There were a ton of penalties, one of which negated a touchdown. And there were a few more dropped passes than normal. I’m not expecting this to be a continuing issue. At this point, the Raiders should be a lock for the postseason.