Football: Sanger’s Chuck Galbreath named full-time AD, Ford becomes new head coach

Sanger head football coach and district athletic director Chuck Galbreath confirmed Friday he has stepped down as coach to focus solely on his duties as athletic director.

Galbreath is 64-44 in 10 seasons at Sanger while holding both positions, which is not uncommon for smaller school districts. However, many districts are moving toward separating the roles, Galbreath said, and now is a good time for Class 4A Sanger to follow that lead.

Galbreath

Galbreath

Offensive coordinator Cole Ford is the Indians’ new head coach, effective immediately.

“This has been discussed for a couple of years,” Galbreath said. “A lot of school districts, particularly the larger ones, have a [full-time] athletic director. I am absolutely OK with this. It was ultimately my decision, and upper administration said it would be on my timing.”

Galbreath is a 1984 graduate of Sanger and his coaching career includes a short stint as the head coach at Cooper, and one year as an assistant at Ryan. He left coaching and was in the private sector for just more than two years before being hired at Sanger in 2007.

Sanger has made the playoffs in each of the last four seasons under Galbreath. The Indians posted a combined 19-5 record between the 2014 and 2015 seasons and advanced to the second round of the playoffs each time.

Sanger finished 6-5 in 2016 and lost in the first round to Brownwood.

While he has enjoyed being a football coach, Galbreath said his long-term goal always has been to improve the overall athletic department at Sanger. Making this move allows him to dive deeper into several projects, including facility upgrades and the potential addition of sports programs in the next few years.

Argyle football coach and athletic director Todd Rodgers, whose program has long been a Sanger rival, said he’s excited for Galbreath and his new opportunity.

“Our communities are growing and the AD role is taking a greater toll on time,” said Rodgers, who also acknowledged the trend of school districts moving toward separating positions. “I’m sure he’s doing his dead-level best to manage that and try to be the head football coach. For him to be able to do this and meet the needs of the school district from the athletic director standpoint versus the combined spot, I’m happy for him.”

Galbreath added that it’s a win-win for everyone involved, especially Ford, who has performed well in his four years as the offensive coordinator at Sanger and deserved an opportunity to lead the program.

“We feel he’s the guy that can take over, and it will be great for the program,” Galbreath said. “I’m a Sanger guy and always have been. I’m looking forward to this.”

STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.

Cain accepts Under Armour invite

Guyer sophomore running back Noah Cain (7) stiff-arms Plano West senior linebacker Titus Wall (8) at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, Friday, November 4, 2016, in Denton, Texas, Jeff Woo/DRC

Guyer sophomore running back Noah Cain (7) stiff-arms Plano West senior linebacker Titus Wall (8) at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, Friday, November 4, 2016, in Denton, Texas, Jeff Woo/DRC

Well, it’s been a busy couple of days for now-former Guyer running back Noah Cain.

On Thursday, the nation’s top-ranked sophomore running back announced he would be leaving Guyer to attend the polarizing IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, for his junior season after rushing for almost 1,700 yards and 22 touchdowns as a sophomore at Guyer.

On Friday, Cain, who will begin his time at IMG on Jan. 16, announced his invitation to the Under Armour All-American Game and said he was committing to play in the game following his senior season (2019) so actually in January of 2020.


If Cain was still at Guyer, he’d be the second Guyer player to take part in the game, as former defensive lineman Taylor Bible played in the game in January 2010 before going on to Texas.

Cain has 15 major college offers from the likes of powerhouses like LSU and Oklahoma with two years of high school football still to play.

Guyer’s Cain is leaving for IMG Academy

 Guyer sophomore running back Noah Cain (7) evades a tackle from Plano West junior defensive end Dylan Raiborn (44) at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, Friday, November 4, 2016, in Denton, Texas, Jeff Woo/DRC


Guyer sophomore running back Noah Cain (7) evades a tackle from Plano West junior defensive end Dylan Raiborn (44) at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, Friday, November 4, 2016, in Denton, Texas, Jeff Woo/DRC

The Guyer football program was dealt a significant blow on Thursday when star running back Noah Cain announced he is leaving the school to attend IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Cain, a 5-11, 205-pound sophomore, is the nation’s top-ranked running back in the Class of 2019 and already has 15 offers from programs such as LSU and Oklahoma after two phenomenal seasons at Guyer.

Cain said IMG coaches have been in touch with him for a while and he has several friends who play at the school. He made his decision Thursday morning. Cain will leave for the school on Jan. 16.

“It was definitely a hard decision,” Cain said. “It wasn’t easy. It came down to the last minute. My parents and I discussed it so much. We thought it’d be a good opportunity for me athletically and academically to try it out and see how it is down there.

“The first thing I wanted to do was talk to [Guyer coach John] Walsh out of respect for him, because without him I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in today. I’m grateful to Guyer for being the starting point of my recruiting trail and my high school career. I’ll forever be grateful to them, especially coach Walsh, who’s the man who started this all for me. He’ll always have a special place in my heart.”

Cain has lived in Denton since the third grade but attended Plano Prestonwood starting in sixth grade. He resumed attending school in Denton in the eighth grade when he went to Crownover Middle School. He had a breakout freshman season at Guyer, in which he rushed for 1,058 yards despite missing four games. The Associated Press second-team all-state selection went on to rack up 1,683 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground for Guyer last season while leading the Wildcats to the area round of the Class 6A playoffs. No running back at IMG last season had 50 carries on the year. Cain averaged 17.5 carries per game in 2016.

“You never want to lose anyone in your program,” Walsh said. “I’ve known Noah since the fifth grade, and he’s been a good product of our program and a good product on the field. His presence on the field is going to be missed.

“But no one player or coach will define this program.”

It appeared Guyer was set up with arguably the best back in the country to spearhead its lethal rushing attack for the next two seasons, but that plan is now out the window.

IMG has had a tumultuous relationship with Texas high school football coaches for recruiting some of the state’s best players to their school. The boarding rate for football players at IMG for the 2016-2017 academic year is $72,900 with financial aid available, according to the school’s website. Cain said the school will cover his full tuition. The school sells itself as a better way to prepare elite athletes for the college level in a variety of sports.

Cain said his mother took a job in Seguin that will require some travel, so the boarding option was a selling point for IMG.

“We looked really deep into the program and what they had to offer with the meal plan and boarding, and we liked the college structure of it,” Cain said.

Brenham coach Glen West, who was formerly the president of the Texas High School Coaches Association, wrote an open letter to the state’s football coaches in Texas Coach Magazine last year with a clear message of his stance on schools such as IMG.

“It’s not necessarily against IMG, it’s just for years in the state of Texas we have been the advocate for our kids, where the college coaches come through and it’s been a really good situation for hundreds of years,” West told The Dallas Morning News after the letter was published. “The idea of athletes being raised through your program in your community, being part of your community, until later in their career [they] think they need to go to a specialist, we don’t agree with that.

“We’ve sent a lot of people on to college and the NFL. We think we do a good job of sending them there. We’re with them from day to dark. I will stand strong on [the fact] that I think our coaches do a great job.”

In October, Crosby assistant coach Marvin Nash, who ironically coached at Guyer during Cain’s freshman season, publicly chastised IMG coaches on Twitter for contacting one of his players through social media for recruiting practices he felt were unethical.

“I kind of have mixed feelings about this,” Nash said Thursday. “I know Noah thinks he’s doing what’s best for him and his family. I hate to see private schools come to different areas of the nation and cherry-pick the players they want. I’m very old school in the fact I believe in playing for your hometown school and representing your community.

“Maybe it’s just because I’m an old-school, small-town guy, but I will never believe that’s the best thing for kids to do.  But I do wish him the best, and I support him in everything he does because he’s a special kid with a great family. I’m still kind of shocked.”

Walsh said he has no hard feelings toward Cain or his family but did say he agreed with the common assessment of IMG after several coaches have come out and said they would no longer schedule games against the school in nondistrict play. IMG played no Texas teams last season after playing DeSoto in 2015.

“I think if I was going to answer any question about IMG honestly, we’d need a talk show on HBO,” Walsh said.

Cain’s absence leaves an obvious void in Guyer’s offense, but Walsh said a few different players will be candidates to step into the Wildcats’ rushing attack that annually averages well over 300 yards per game.

Those players include junior Devin Jefferson, who rushed for 125 yards and a score on 10 carries in limited mop-up duty a year ago, as well as sophomore Kaleel Rhoden and freshman Harrison Bohannon.

“I think it’s going to be a great opportunity for some young players and some guys who haven’t had many opportunities because of the road block Christian [Moore], Myron [Mason] and Noah put up there,” Walsh said. “It was hard to see the field with those guys. I got asked how we’d do it when [former quarterback] J.W. [Walsh] left, and then there was Jerrod [Heard]. It happens every year. There’s kids in this system for years. Good programs have their personnel built up from the fifth grade, and we know who our guys are going to be for the 2020 season.”

 

 

J.W. Walsh takes Abilene Christian job

Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh waits to take the field on senior night before an NCAA football game against Oklahoma at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Stillwater, Okla. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh waits to take the field on senior night before an NCAA football game against Oklahoma at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Stillwater, Okla. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

Former Guyer star quarterback J.W. Walsh on Wednesday accepted a job as the running backs coach at Abilene Christian. He confirmed the move in a text message late Wednesday night.

J.W. Walsh has spent the 2016 season as an offensive graduate assistant coach at TCU and will coach the Horned Frogs in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 30 against Georgia before beginning his new job under newly hired Abilene Christian coach Adam Dorrel.

Dorrel was hired after winning three Division II national championships at Northwest Missouri State in the past four seasons. Abilene Christian recently made the jump back up to Football Championship Subdivision competition by rejoining the Southland Conference after a 40-year stint in Division II. The 2017 season will be the first the program is eligible for postseason play.

“The college game is what he wants to do,” said Guyer head coach John Walsh, J.W. Walsh’s dad. “This is the step he wants to take, and there’s several ways to get there, but getting his own position group and getting on the recruiting trail at his age is invaluable experience.”

Walsh, 24, ended his playing career at Oklahoma State in 2015 and finished his injury-plagued career with 3,917 career passing yards and 1,036 career rushing yards. He accounted for 61 career touchdowns — 36 passing and 25 rushing — and is still a fan favorite in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2012, he was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year.

John Walsh said the year his son spent at TCU was great preparation for getting a full-time college job at such a young age.

“[Oklahoma State head coach Mike] Gundy gave him good advice. He told him last year that he knew the Oklahoma State way and he needed to go learn a different way,” John Walsh said. “[TCU head coach Gary] Patterson is one of the best in the business. I think he’s learning this business on fast-forward.”

At Guyer while playing for his dad, Walsh led the Wildcats to their first playoff appearance in school history in 2008 and guided Guyer to the Class 5A Division II state championship game as a senior in 2010 when he was an Associated Press first-team all-state selection before playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Before moving to Denton when his dad took the job to be Guyer’s first coach in 2005, Walsh grew up in Brownwood and has both sets of grandparents living in the Abilene area.

“As uncomfortable as a new job is, him being in Abilene surrounded by both sets of grandparents and some friends will make it more comfortable,” John Walsh said. “The family got to share in his playing career and now they get to be a part of his early coaching career, as well.”

 

 

 

 

 

Guyer’s Cain earns second-team all-state nod

Denton Guyer sophomore running back Noah Cain (7) hurdles senior fullback Trevor Caples (22) as DeSoto senior linebacker Orion Smith (15) moves in for the tackle during the second half of a high school football game at Eagle Stadium in DeSoto, Texas, Friday, September 2, 2016. (Jeffrey McWhorter/Special Contributor)

Denton Guyer sophomore running back Noah Cain (7) hurdles senior fullback Trevor Caples (22) as DeSoto senior linebacker Orion Smith (15) moves in for the tackle during the second half of a high school football game at Eagle Stadium in DeSoto, Texas, Friday, September 2, 2016. (Jeffrey McWhorter/Special Contributor)

After a breakout season as a freshman phenom in 2015, Guyer sophomore running back Noah Cain solidified his place in the upper echelon of the state’s top ball-carriers on Thursday when he was named to The Associated Press’ Class 6A all-state team.

Cain was voted to the state’s second team by sportswriters from across Texas after finishing the regular season with 169 carries for 1,407 yards and 19 touchdowns.

“I’m so proud for Noah,” Guyer coach John Walsh said. “I think he’s done a lot of incredible things from the running back position for us at the ages of 14 and 15. I think Guyer fans and everyone at Guyer is looking forward to seeing what he can do at 16 and 17 the next two years.”

Cain is a physical specimen at 5-11, 205 pounds, and was the thunder in a 1-2 running back tandem at Guyer. The Wildcats averaged 317 yards per game on the ground in 2016.

Cain is the No. 1 ranked sophomore running back in the country and already has 14 scholarship offers, including offers from national powerhouses like LSU and Oklahoma.

Walsh said Cain’s physical ability is evident, but his mental acumen and high football IQ are what make him stand out above others his age.

“I think, first off, his durability is great for a young kid,” Walsh said. “His physique allows him to take a lot of shots. What separates him from the rest of the pack is his ability to be patient and his vision is off the charts.”

Cain was joined on the all-state team by three teammates who were honorable mention selections in junior left tackle John Lanz, who graded out at 93 percent for the regular season and allowed no sacks. Senior tight end and Miami commit Brian Polendey also got an honorable mention nod as an offensive lineman after grading out at 91 percent and averaging four knockdowns per game.

Defensively, senior safety Bryce Jackson, a Northwestern pledge, was rewarded with an honorable mention nod after leading one of the best defenses in school history with 89 tackles, four pass breakups and two interceptions.

“Any time your program is represented on the all-state team, it’s just an indication of the hard work and the respect you get across the state,” Walsh said. “I think our kids are sure deserving of that.”

 

 

Ryan QB Sanders has torn ACL, surgery upcoming

Ryan junior quarterback Spencer Sanders (3) sits on the sideline due to an injury at AT&T Stadium, Saturday, December 10, 2016, in Arlington, Texas, Jeff Woo/DRC

Ryan junior quarterback Spencer Sanders (3) sits on the sideline due to an injury at AT&T Stadium, Saturday, December 10, 2016, in Arlington, Texas, Jeff Woo/DRC

Denton Ryan quarterback Spencer Sanders has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, confirming what many close to the situation anticipated after he was injured in last weekend’s Class 5A Division I state semifinal loss to Highland Park.

Sanders, a junior who is verbally committed to Oklahoma State, shared the news in a text message Tuesday morning with the Denton Record-Chronicle. His surgery is slated for Dec. 23.

Sanders was injured Saturday with roughly seven minutes to play in the first half when he was tackled on a 6-yard run to the Highland Park 7-yard line. Sanders said his knee buckled on the play as defenders piled on top of him. He was helped from the field and stood on the sideline with crutches for the remainder of the game.

“It was more that there were people on my back,” Sanders said immediately after the game. “I was crouching and I guess it was just too much pressure on my knee and I went down on it. Whatever it is, it will be fixed.”

Ryan went on to lose to the Scots, 31-24.

“It’s a tough break for Spencer, and it was obviously a tough break for our team,” Ryan coach Dave Henigan said. “We’re all disappointed, but the blessing is that it’s only his ACL. I’m not trying to downplay the ACL part, I’m just saying that it could have been a lot worse with more ligament damage.

“Spencer has the right mentality. He will be back.”

Sanders passed for 3,258 yards, rushed for another 1,099 and accounted for 56 total touchdowns. He verbally committed to OSU in October and is currently the No. 14 dual-threat quarterback in his class according to 247Sports’ national rankings.

This is Sanders’ second season-ending knee injury. He suffered a similar injury to his left knee as a freshman in a late-season loss to Keller. He missed the next two games and Ryan finished 5-5 to miss the playoffs. Sanders returned from that injury in four months and started all of Ryan’s games in 2015 as the Raiders finished 13-1 in Class 6A.

Ryan (14-1 in 2016) is 32-7 over the last three seasons. In four of those seven losses, Sanders either didn’t finish the game or didn’t play at all due to injury.

Not only did Sanders’ injury come at the worst time for the football team, but it also impacts other sports at Ryan. Sanders was expected to start in basketball and has also competed on the track team.

“The normal recovery time is six months,” Henigan said. “Spencer has great work ethic, he’s tough and he’s got good muscle structure. So I’m sure he will have a great rehab. The other benefit is we won’t have spring ball, so he’s got time.”

STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.

 

 

 

What you need to know: Highland Park

Colleyville Heritage senior quarterback Cam Roane (15) rushes the ball and gets tackled by Ryan senior defensive back Delano Robinson (10) at AT&T Stadium, Saturday, December 3, 2016, in Arlington, Texas, Jeff Woo/DRC

Colleyville Heritage senior quarterback Cam Roane (15) rushes the ball and gets tackled by Ryan senior defensive back Delano Robinson (10) at AT&T Stadium, Saturday, December 3, 2016, in Arlington, Texas, Jeff Woo/DRC

In what is being billed as a battle of two great defenses, Ryan and Highland Park square off tomorrow at AT&T Stadium in a Class 5A Division I state semifinal. It’s a monster game considering it features two tradition-rich programs, plenty of storylines, and of course, the whole state title game berth on the line thing.

That means anything can happen. So sit back, relax and allow me to share some small nuggets of truth before my longer game advance in tomorrow’s Denton Record-Chronicle. Enjoy!

The Game: No. 4 Ryan (14-0) vs Highland Park (12-2), Saturday, 1:30 p.m. at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Series Record: Ryan leads the all-time series 2-1. This is the first meeting since 2005, though incidentally, Ryan beat the Scots in the 2003 state semifinals to advance to what was their fourth-straight state title game.

What happened last week: Ryan beat Colleyville Heritage 24-10. Highland Park held off Mansfield Legacy, 14-7.

What to expect: Expect anything. Both defenses have played absolutely out of their mind all season long. Highland Park is giving up an average of 13.5 points per game while Ryan is averaging 16.1 points against through 14 games. That would make for a low-scoring game, but as I said, expect anything. Ryan’s offense is averaging just more than 40 points per game and features a Division I quarterback in Spencer Sanders, a Division I linebacker who also plays running back in Tyreke Davis and a Division I wide receiver in Gabriel Douglas. Add in receiver Tauskie Dove, who is Division I material in a lot of people’s minds, and you have a ton of weapons to contend with. Highland Park is here for a reason, though, and not only have the Scots made a career out of winning big games, they also don’t make a ton of mistakes.

Final say: I was talking to my compadre, Adam Boedeker, yesterday and he made the comment that I might be underestimating Highland Park. Quite the contrary. I’m not underestimating the Scots. I’d be stupid to do that. But with that said, I don’t think I am overestimating Ryan, either. My thoughts boil down to this: if Ryan wins, everyone will say they expected that to happen. If Highland Park were to win, many people would consider it an upset on some level. Also, Ryan is undefeated. So for the Scots, to be the man you have to beat the man.

Prediction: Ryan 30, Highland Park 14.

Football: Lake Dallas lineman commits to Texas State

Lake Dallas High School offensive lineman Segun Ijiyera (70), an area standout, follows a play during the first half as Prestonwood Christian Academy hosted Lake Dallas High School at Lions Stadium in Plano on Friday night, September 9, 2016.  (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Lake Dallas High School offensive lineman Segun Ijiyera (70), an area standout, follows a play during the first half as Prestonwood Christian Academy hosted Lake Dallas High School at Lions Stadium in Plano on Friday night, September 9, 2016. (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Segun Ijiyera’s commitment to Texas State on Sunday couldn’t have worked out better for both parties. Ijiyera, a career offensive tackle at Lake Dallas, wanted to try his hand at defensive line, and the Bobcats had a need at the position.

Ijiyera had eight offers to sift through, but at that point, Texas State was a no-brainer.

“They offered me as an offensive lineman a long time ago,” Ijiyera said. “I played defense this year a little bit, and I felt like that’s where I could play in college. This feels good. It’s something I’ve been thinking about.”

Ijiyera also had offers from schools such as North Texas, Tulane, Nevada, Sam Houston and Southern Mississippi.

Verbal commitments are nonbinding. The first day Ijiyera can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 1.

The 6-2, 270-pound Ijiyera has predominately been an offensive lineman during his career with the Falcons. He played on both sides of the ball this year due to injuries to several teammates, recording 31 tackles (9 for loss) with one sack.

Ijiyera said the opportunity to play defense at the next level involved getting some help from an old teammate. Former Lake Dallas quarterback Dagan Haehn, who went to Kansas but since has transferred to Texas State, put in a good word for Ijiyera when the two recently spoke.

“I told [Dagan] that I’d love to play defense in college, and next thing I know he gets a chance to talk to the coach and he told them about me,” Ijiyera said. “They watched my film and liked what they saw.”

Lake Dallas coach Michael Young agreed that this is a perfect fit.

“He had been leaning this way for a while,” Young said of Ijiyera. “I think his visit [to Texas State] helped throw it over the top.”

STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.

 

What you need to know: Colleyville Heritage

Denton Ryan wide reciever Tauskie Dove catches a pass from quarterback Spencer Sanders deep in Plainsmen territory and runs it in for a touchdown early in a 5A Division I regional semifinal playoff game on Friday, Nov. 25 against Lubock Monterey at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene. photo by Gary Rhodes

Denton Ryan wide reciever Tauskie Dove catches a pass from quarterback Spencer Sanders deep in Plainsmen territory and runs it in for a touchdown early in a 5A Division I regional semifinal playoff game on Friday, Nov. 25 against Lubock Monterey at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene.
photo by Gary Rhodes

Buckle up: Ryan travels to AT&T Stadium in Arlington tomorrow to take on Colleyville Heritage in a Class 5A Division I Region I final. Heritage is on a roll and has already matched the longest playoff run in school history. Meanwhile, Ryan has been to the state quarterfinals lots of times, including just last year.

What will happen? I’m not sure, but this has all the makings of a great game to determine who moves on to the state semifinals.

A longer game advance will be in tomorrow’s Denton Record-Chronicle. In the meantime, here are some things you need to know:

The Game: No. 4 Ryan (13-0) vs Colleyville Heritage (10-3), Saturday, 10:30 a.m. at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Series Record: Colleyville Heritage leads the all-time series 4-3. This is the first meeting between the two programs since 2013.

What happened last week: Ryan beat Lubbock Monterey, 38-21. Colleyville Heritage beat Lubbock Coronado, 43-34.

What to expect: A great game. Ryan and Heritage have explosive playmakers on offense, and are loaded on defense. That combination is an obvious reason why they are both here in this round. Heritage quarterback Cam Roane can make every throw and is not afraid to get everyone involved in the passing game. He will need to in order to have a chance at keeping Ryan’s suffocating defense guessing. Meanwhile, Ryan QB Spencer Sanders is dangerous in the run game and through the air with 54 total touchdowns. He’s had help in the run game this postseason from Tyreke Davis, a starting linebacker who also plays running back. Davis is a key to making Ryan’s offense go, and he’s a guy the Raiders did not have in this same round last year due to injury.

Final say: Jerry World will be rockin’ for this one, and for good reason. I can totally see this one coming down to who can make the most plays and least mistakes in the fourth quarter. With that said, I have to say that team will be Ryan. At 13-0, the Raiders haven’t given anyone a reason to doubt them.

Prediction: Ryan 40, Colleyville Heritage 24.

Guyer stud sophomore dealing with stress fracture

Guyer forward Jalen Wilson (10) puts one up over South Grand Prarie senior forward Cameron McGriff in a playoff game last season. David Minton/DRC

Guyer forward Jalen Wilson (10) puts one up over South Grand Prarie senior forward Cameron McGriff in a playoff game last season. David Minton/DRC

The star-studded Guyer boys basketball team will be down one of its best players as sophomore Jalen Wilson will miss the next 4-6 weeks of action with a stress fracture in his foot.

The absence begins tonight, as the Wildcats’ second-leading scorer will miss Guyer’s game at Flower Mound Marcus.

Guyer head coach Grant Long said Wilson had some pain in his foot after the Wildcats’ season-opener in which he scored 22 points, and the pain got worse after last week’s win, when he scored 11 points.

“I think the new shoes he’s wearing might have had something to do with it,” Long said. “The way he was running was hurting him, but he got some custom inserts from a doctor that hopefully will help him when he gets back.”

Long said he hopes to have Wilson, who has offers from Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, back in the lineup for the Wildcats’ District 6-6A opener against fellow district favorite Allen on Jan. 3

On the plus side for Guyer (1-1), the Wildcats get senior three-year starter Jake Roberts back in the lineup on Tuesday night to add a much-needed threat as the team’s top outside shooter. He had been nursing an ankle injury since the season began.

“We’re definitely thankful for that,” Long said. “He brings us that outside shooter that is tough to handle with our inside-outside presence. We can’t wait to be full strength [when Wilson returns], but we’ll take this as a positive with other guys that are new to our team having a chance to build that chemistry and get good playing time.”

That most notably means more minutes for 6-6 freshman forward JaKobe Coles, who scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds with four blocked shots in Guyer’s win last week over Dallas Madison.

“We never want to be missing a guy, but we have to find a positive out of it and we’re deep enough for another guy to step up and pick him up,” Long said. “We know the biggest part of the season is district time and playoff time, and that’s the time we want to be our best.”