Thoughts from the other side: DeSoto’s Todd Peterman

DeSoto head coach Todd Peterman walks to greet Jesuit players following a high school football game between Jesuit and DeSoto at Eagle Stadium in DeSoto, Texas Friday August 28, 2016. DeSoto beat Jesuit 47-13. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)

DeSoto head coach Todd Peterman walks to greet Jesuit players following a high school football game between Jesuit and DeSoto at Eagle Stadium in DeSoto, Texas Friday August 28, 2016. DeSoto beat Jesuit 47-13. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)

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.”

 

What you need to know: DeSoto

DeSoto quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) , the former Guyer standout, rushes for a touchdown to make the score 6-0 in the first quarter during a high school football game between Jesuit and DeSoto at Eagle Stadium in DeSoto, Texas Friday August 28, 2016. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)

DeSoto quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) , the former Guyer standout, rushes for a touchdown to make the score 6-0 in the first quarter during a high school football game between Jesuit and DeSoto at Eagle Stadium in DeSoto, Texas Friday August 28, 2016. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)

You guys hear anything special about this week’s game between Guyer and DeSoto? Yeah, me neither.

Just kidding, of course. As much as both sides want to downplay the hype surrounding this game, the elephant in the room is there, and it’s a really athletic elephant who can sling the ball all over the field and just as easily take it 80 yards to the house on his own. It’s Shawn Robinson, and the former Guyer star quarterback will be lining up against his former teammates for the first time since transferring to DeSoto in April to follow his coaching parents to DeSoto.

Forgetting what Robinson accomplished in two years at Guyer? I’ll make it easy for you: 7,449 total yards and 80 touchdowns in 25 games, even though his numbers did take a dip last year, especially in the passing department.

So, that’s what Guyer’s defense will be trying to deal with this week, not to mention the Eagles’ pair of FBS wide receivers in KD Nixon (Tennessee) and Emmet Perry (Colorado). But you can bet Guyer has a plan, and if you’re wondering what it is, think back to Guyer-Southlake Carroll in the area round of the playoffs a year ago. Basically, Guyer will look to impose its will on DeSoto with its insanely potent rushing attack and control the pace of the game while keeping Robinson at bay.

The Game: No. 13 Guyer (1-0) at No. 3 DeSoto (1-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Series Record: This is the first-ever meeting between the programs.

What happened last week: Guyer recovered from a sloppy first quarter to run away (literally) with a 55-35 win over defending Class 5A Division I state finalist Mansfield Lake Ridge. The Wildcats rushed for 494 yards in the game and completed just three passes from new starting quarterback Luke Stillwell, who rushed for 92 yards and a score.

“If we come out like we did the first quarter last week [against Lake Ridge] against DeSoto, we’ll be playing catch-up for the next two weeks,” Guyer coach John Walsh said.

DeSoto ushered in the Robinson era in style with a 47-13 rout of Jesuit, which lost its starting quarterback to injury during the game. Robinson passed for 268 yards and rushed for 97 with four total touchdowns before taking a seat in the third quarter.

What to expect: Expect a barn-burner. Both teams and coaches are saying the right things, but I find it near impossible to believe there’s not a little extra juice for this one. DeSoto will have some big plays — most likely some big scoring plays — because that’s just what they do. And in that Carroll game last year, the Dragons torched Guyer a few times. In the end it didn’t matter. Guyer just has to weather the storm and be sure the game doesn’t get out of hand early on.

Final say: This is going to be a four-quarter ballgame. I can almost guarantee it with the “Boedeker Guarantee” seal of approval. Guyer’s gameplan, unless it has to stray from it, will be sure that’s the case. If it’s a game in the fourth quarter, I like the Wildcats due to the fact they can score by controlling the ball and the tempo with their rushing attack. If DeSoto is going to outscore Guyer, the Wildcats will force Robinson to do it with his arm and not the easy way. Ultimately, Guyer’s ability to run the ball will be the difference in the game.

Score prediction: Guyer 45, DeSoto 35

Former Guyer QB named DeSoto starter

Denton Guyer High School quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) throws a pass as he is pressured by San Angelo Central High School defensive tackle Jordan Schellhase (41) during the second quarter as Denton Guyer High School hosted San Angelo Central High School at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Friday, November 27, 2015.  (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Denton Guyer High School quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) throws a pass as he is pressured by San Angelo Central High School defensive tackle Jordan Schellhase (41) during the second quarter as Denton Guyer High School hosted San Angelo Central High School at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Friday, November 27, 2015. (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

After there appeared to be (at least somewhat of) a quarterback competition going on in the spring involving former Guyer standout Shawn Robinson and Courtney Douglas at Robinson’s new school DeSoto, the Eagles have reportedly pulled the trigger and named Robinson their starter under center just a few days before they open the 2016 season against Jesuit on Friday.

Robinson, who starred at Guyer as a sophomore and junior after transferring from Saginaw Chisholm Trail following his freshman season, transferred to DeSoto back in April after his mom, Andrea, and dad, Othell, each landed coaching jobs at DeSoto.

Robinson battled a hamstring injury in the spring and last year’s backup at DeSoto, Douglas, was reportedly holding his own in holding off the highly touted four-star recruit in Robinson. But it appears, for the time anyway, Robinson has gotten the nod.

The Dallas Morning News received an email from DeSoto head coach Todd Peterman confirming the decision.

Robinson, a TCU pledge, inherits a team full of FBS commits on the offensive line and at wide receiver, so if he can stay healthy he should be be able to thrive. Of course, DeSoto hosts Guyer on Sept. 2 in what should be a complete circus in terms of hype.

Robinson put up monster numbers as a sophomore at Guyer but struggled at times as a junior, especially in the passing game. In the postseason, however, he took over a couple of games and finished with 1,474 yards passing yards and 11 touchdowns, with eight interceptions for Guyer. He led the team with 1,678 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns.

Guyer loses quarterback, girls hoops coach

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) holds the ball out as he runs out of bounds against Southlake Carroll, Sunday, November 23, 2014, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. David Minton/DRC

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) holds the ball out as he runs out of bounds against Southlake Carroll, Sunday, November 23, 2014, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. David Minton/DRC

The popular phrase two years ago when Shawn Robinson arrived on campus at Guyer was that the rich were simply getting richer.

Coming off six straight seasons of having a future Football Bowl Subdivision quarterback under center, another one fell in Guyer’s lap.

Now, the Wildcats are on the wrong end of the same story, as Robinson will transfer to fellow state power DeSoto for his senior season. He’s once again following his coaching parents.

Robinson’s mother, Andrea, is leaving the same job at Guyer to become the head girls basketball coach at DeSoto after two years with the Lady Wildcats, pending school board approval. His father, Othell, confirmed he has an offer to join DeSoto’s football staff.

Andrea Robinson said she hopes to start her new job on Monday, pending release from her Denton ISD contract.

“It’s tough and unfair for Shawn,” Andrea Robinson said. “He can’t help the fact he has two coaches for parents. If there’s a move for advancement, he gets the backlash. He doesn’t wake up and say, ‘It’s my senior year. I want to move now.’ I hate he gets penalized for that. He loves where he is. Guyer’s been good to Shawn, and Shawn loves Guyer.”

Guyer travels to DeSoto in Week 2 of the 2016 season on Sept. 2.

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