Top 5 games of 2013: No. 3 — Guyer vs. Highland Park, football

Guyer head coach John Walsh holds up the Class 4A Division I state semifinal trophy after Guyer' mounted a comeback against Highland Park in one of the top games of 2013. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)

For a while, it didn’t look like the Class 4A Division I state semifinal between Guyer and Highland Park was going to be very exciting. In fact, Guyer’s chances of repeating as state champions looked pretty bleak as the two teams entered the fourth quarter at Allen’s Eagle Stadium.

But Guyer has a knack for playing in thrilling state semifinal games. The Wildcats’ came up with a huge fourth-quarter comeback win over the Scots, and that contest checks in as the No. 3 game of 2013.

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Guyer-Highland Park: The anatomy of a comeback

Guyer senior linebacker Demontrie Taylor returns an interception against Highland Park on Saturday at Eagle Stadium in Allen. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Once again, Guyer gave its fans a heart attack in a state semifinal game on Saturday when the Wildcats beat Highland Park, scoring all 22 of their points in the fourth quarter to come back from a 10-0 fourth-quarter deficit.

In what was Guyer’s third state semifinal victory in its history, the Wildcats had their third game-winning score in the final minute — 2010 against Longview, 2012 against Tyler John Tyler and now, 2013 against Highland Park.

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, or if you didn’t watch last year’s state title game against Georgetown, it’s pretty much impossible to ever count Guyer out.

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Heard waiting for Longhorns news, still committed

Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard (2) has been committed to Texas since his sophomore season, but Mack Brown's shaky future with the Longhorns could cloud his own. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Needless to say, this has been a pretty hectic week for the Texas Longhorns and their football coach Mack Brown, who is embattled in a he-said-she-said involving his current job status with the university.

It all started earlier this week when OrangeBloods.com’s Chip Brown, a known Texas insider, reported that Mack Brown would be stepping down from his post this week. That set off the rumor mill unlike many other stories could with wild speculation of who would be taking over. There’s the Nick Saban talk. Jim Harbaugh has been speculated. Mike Tomlin. Name the top coaches in the sport, and people have speculated they could end up in Austin by week’s end.

It’s for that reason that Guyer senior quarterback Jerrod Heard, who committed to Brown and the Longhorns following his sophomore season, is still pretty confident in his stance that he’s bleeding burnt orange.

Even if the guy who recruited Heard, and wanted him to enroll early (he’s not) this spring isn’t going to be in Austin, Heard is confident someone of big-time relevance will be.

“Of course, yeah,” Heard said when asked if he’d look at other options if Brown is indeed relieved of his coaching duties. “But also, at the same time, whoever they bring in —Texas doesn’t lack in bringing in big names. Whoever they bring in will be great, I’m sure. I just want to meet whoever it is and see how he feels and see how he runs offense, and then go from there.”

After seeing what Heard did in Monday night’s blowout victory over Birdville in the regional final, the defending Class 4A Division I state championship Offensive MVP is going to be one of the most watched kids in the Texas’ recruiting class if Brown does, in fact, leave.

But as of now, it sounds like he’s still leaning toward Austin, where he’s always said he always wanted to go to college. Stay tuned.

Weekday Recap: Argyle, Guyer advance

Jerrod Heard and the Guyer Wildcats waltzed into the 4A DI semifinals with a 53-28 win against Birdville. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

It took a while for the roads to thaw out and the weekend’s slate of football games to wrap up.

But when the ice somewhat melted, Guyer and Argyle moved closer to an appearance in the state championship game. Ryan’s valiant season ended after what looked like another improbable comeback was going to occur.

Adam Boedeker and I look back at Monday’s action and look forward to this weekend’s state semifinal games.

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Game Changers: Nov. 12

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If you missed any of last week’s action, don’t worry.

On this week’s Game Changers, Adam Boedeker and take a look at key games from the final week of the regular season, as well as look at future playoff scenarios and last week’s top performers. We’ve got big touchdown plays from Ian Sadler, Jerrord Heard and Cole Carpenter, so if you haven’t clicked play yet, you really have no good reasons for not doing so yet.

Game Changers is a joint production between the Mayborn School of Journalism at North Texas and the Denton Record-Chronicle.

Weekend Recap: Denton ISD, Sanger roll

Ryan senior running back Tyrone Williams scored two touchdowns in Ryan's 33-0 win over Lewisville on Friday night. Ryan, Denton and Guyer all won their respective games last week. (Al Key/Denton Record-Chronicle)

 

It’s no longer an anomaly when the three Denton ISD schools win on the same weekend.
Ryan, Denton and Guyer each came up with big victories in last week’s action, with Guyer’s win over Rider the game that was mostly in question for much of the night.

In area play, Sanger is making everybody forget about last season’s winless campaign and continued to roll with a win over Krum, while Lake Dallas’ 11-year playoff streak was snapped.

If you missed any or all of it, don’t fret. Adam Boedeker and I look back at last week’s area action.

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Weekend Recap: Guyer, Denton, Argyle cruise

Guyer notched a 66-3 victory against rivals Lake Dallas last weekend in one of the weekend's lopsided victories. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

The closer the calendar shifts to November, the clearer district races are starting to look. Across the area, things are starting to shape up how we thought they would when the season started.

For another week, Guyer and Argyle played up to their lofty state rankings, while Ryan lost its first game of the season and Sanger’s winning streak was halted in a big District 9-3A contest. It’s Monday, so that means Adam Boedeker and I break down last weekend’s action.

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Guyer offense ready to get back to roots

Guyer junior running back Anthony Taylor darts right to get past a Colleyville Heritage defender on Sept. 5 at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

After last week’s win over Trophy Club Nelson, there was an overall dark cloud over the Guyer offense.

Coaches left the press box elevator after the game grumbling over the performance they’d just seen, head coach John Walsh took blame for a lackluster offensive game and blamed it on his play-calling and his preparation during the week of practice leading up to the game.

There’s no other way to put, the Wildcats’ passing game was putrid last week, as Texas pledge Jerrod Heard went just 4-for-16 through the air. But it wasn’t all bad for Heard as he rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Running back D.J. Breedlove added 102 yards and two scores on the ground. Fellow running back Anthony Taylor had 92 yards on 15 carries.

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Weekend Recap: Top teams roll

Defensive lineman Thomas Ferguson and the Guyer Wildcats rolled in a 66-7 over Denton for the Wildcats' second straight District 5-4A win. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

At this point in the season, it’s fairly easy to see which teams might be playing into late November and early December — the time of the year when you’re playing the best teams in the state without a margin for error.

There’s no reason not to consider Guyer as one of Class 4A’s best teams, despite its No.6 ranking in the Associated Press polls (that ranking makes absolutely no sense). In Class 3A, Argyle has looked flawless through six games this season, including a blowout of Dallas Madison this weekend.

Let’s take a look back at Guyer-Denton and some of our top area games.

 

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It’s here: DRC’s Football 2013

Here's the cover of this season's preview section. From Left: Denton quarterback Cy Ward, Ryan defensive tackle J.T. Williams, North Texas quarterback Derek Thompson and Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

By now, those of us on the Denton Record-Chronicle sports staff are hoping you are flipping through DRC Football 2013, the annual preview section that keeps growing year after year.

But if you’re not flipping through those pages, don’t fret. Find your local newspaper dispenser or favorite gas station, plop down 50 cents and buy today’s paper.

Not only will you get to read about Argyle’s Sawyer Camillo Memorial Tournament or Guyer’s first game against Cedar Hill, you’ll be on your way to enjoying our biggest football preview section ever.

Here’s a little more about what’s inside the preview section.

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