Guyer’s last two games haven’t been satisfactory to head coach John Walsh, and I’m guessing his entire program echoes that thought. Two weeks ago, of course, the Wildcats dropped a stunner to end a 24-game district winning streak dating back to 2011, and then last week, they held on to beat Trophy Club Nelson 12-10, watching as the Bobcats blew some big chances while Guyer blew a couple of its own. This week, the Wildcats need to show more before heading into a key regular-season finale against Ryan.
The Game: Guyer (6-2, 4-1) at Keller Timber Creek (3-5, 2-3), Thursday, 7 p.m.
Series record: Guyer is 1-0 all-time against the Falcons, as the Wildcats beat them 58-21 when Shawn Robinson threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns while Guyer led 51-7 at halftime.
What happened last week: Guyer overcame injuries to three two key defensive starters prior to the game (defensive end Cameron Wax and outside linebacker Dante Ramacher) and two more during the game (defensive tackle Arian Bhat and cornerback J.T. Ashcraft), as well as an illness that forced blue-chip quarterback Shawn Robinson to miss the game. The result? A terribly ugly 12-10 win, but a win nonetheless. Guyer had two first-and-goal situations in the game and came away with zero points on those two possessions, but got great play from its defense and an early safety that ended up being the margin of victory. Timber Creek more than doubled up Justin Northwest, hanging 45 points on the Texans behind their bruising rushing attack and a pretty dang good defense.
What to expect: The Wildcats will have to wait another week to get guys like Wax and Ashcraft back, but they will get a big boost with the return of Robinson under center. Sophomore Luke Stillwell was more than admirable in his varsity debut, but Robinson is on another level. He hasn’t had quite the season everyone expected from him this year, but there is still time for him to rectify that.
Final say: The Wildcats are desperate for momentum at this point. This is a program that has prided itself on peaking at just the right time and playing its best football heading into the postseason, dating back to their breakthrough 2008 season. They got the playoff-clinching part out of the way last week, now they just need to start playing good football in all three phases. The coaching staff has been pushing for momentum and dominance pretty heavily this week, and I think the Falcons, as improved as they are, will be the victims of that.
Score prediction: Guyer 38, Keller Timber Creek 21