I usually try to call the head coach of Guyer’s opponent each week, with mixed results. I had no issue at all getting up with DeSoto’s Todd Peterman, the Eagles’ second-year head coach who replaced longtime coach Claude Mathis upon his departure for SMU.
Peterman shared his thoughts on Guyer and on the whole Shawn Robinson reunion storyline as the former Guyer quarterback is playing his senior season for DeSoto. Here’s a summary of what he had to say about the big game Friday night in DeSoto.
On what he saw on film from Guyer’s season-opening 55-35 win over Mansfield Lake Ridge:
“What I see from Guyer is the same old championship caliber football team — extremely disciplined, very well coached and very athletic on both sides of the football.”
On Guyer’s defense (Peterman is an offensive coach, by trade), specifically a secondary featuring two Football Bowl Subdivision players at safety in Bryce Jackson (Northwestern) and Thabo Mwaniki (Oklahoma State):
“They’re talented the whole way across. They’re extremely athletic. Their linebackers are tough and move well and their corners and safeties are really physical kids. It’s just a normal coach Walsh, well-coached, tough football team. That’s what they are.”
On Robinson preparing to face his old team and old teammates at Guyer and the hype surrounding the game:
“It hasn’t really come up. Everyone else can make it a bigger game than what it is. We’re getting ready to play a great football team, and we’re coming off a 6-6 season so the other drama has not been drama. I don’t have Facebook. I’m on Twitter but I haven’t opened it in forever and I don’t read the papers once football season gets started, so I’m kind of in my own little bubble.”
On why he asked Robinson not to do interviews this week in the lead up to the Guyer game:
“I just told him back in the spring that there’s no need to fuel anything that may or may not be there. People can make something out of it if they want, but there’s nothing to it on our side. It’s nothing we’ve talked about as a team. I meet with Shawn every day, and it’s something that has never even been brought up.”