For the first four and a half minutes, Kimball made things a lot more interesting than most expected.
Christian Warner scored on a 74-yard touchdown pass from Jamel McWilliams and Charles Woods returned a kickoff 79-yards for a touchdown, bringing the Knights within two points with 7:27 remaining in the first quarter.
From that point on though, Guyer found its rhythm and never looked back. The Wildcats (2-1) scored a dominant 52 unanswered points to claim a 66-12 victory at C.H. Collins Stadium Friday night.
"I was pleased with just about everything," Guyer coach John Walsh said. "We missed a tackle on the first touchdown, and I was really unhappy with the kickoff team at first, but we got it together towards the end of the first half. Other than that, I was really pleased with us doing everything we needed to do."
Guyer got off to fast start of its own as Donovan Greenhoward returned to the field after missing last week's game against DeSoto and promptly returned the opening kickoff 95-yards for a touchdown.
Warner scored on the next Kimball drive, but the Guyer offense responded with a six-play, 65-yard touchdown drive. After the Knights returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, the Wildcats went on to score on their next eight possessions.
Sophomore quarterback Trace Jewell got the start for Guyer with senior Luke Stillwell resting this week, and the Wildcats' offense didn't miss a beat. Jewell finished the game 10-17 for 163 yards and a score, and added 50 yards on six carries.
"I came in the game and was kind of nervous just because of it being my first varsity start, but as the game played on I got used to it," Jewell said. "I've worked really hard to be here and hopefully I've shown the coaches what I can do."
Jewell executed Guyer's new passing concepts efficiently with the help of wide receivers Seth Meador and Greenhoward, who combined to catch seven passes for 131 yards. Sophomore running back Kaedric Cobbs took a lot of pressure off the passing game by exploding for 158 yards and four touchdowns — all in the first half.
Backup running backs Harrison Bohannon, Chris Northcutt and Tryone Levingston got in on the action as well, combining to rush for 95 yards and three touchdowns.
"That's just normal Kaedric stuff," Walsh said. "He runs powerful, catches the ball and blocks well. He does it all. He's a great leader and just a really good football player."
After giving up the long score on Kimball's opening possession, Guyer settled down defensively to hold the Knights to just 48 yards the rest of the night. Arian Bhat, Grant Mahon and the rest of the Wildcats' defensive line made things hard on the Kimball backfield.
"Our front seven is really consistent," Walsh said. "I'm really high on our offensive line, and the defensive front is just as strong. They don't give up a lot of space to run the ball."
The Wildcats have a bye next week before opening District 6-6A play against Plano Sept. 29.
FEATURED IMAGE: Guyer senior linebacker Hayden Hodapp (36) tackles Kimball junior wide receiver Julious Monroe (13) at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, Friday, September 15, 2017, in Denton, Texas, Jeff Woo/DRC
Guyer 66, Kimball 12
DG -- D Greenhoward 95 kickoff return (Cole Schroeder kick)
KM -- Christian Warner 74 pass from Jamel Mcwilliams (kick failed)
DG -- Kaedric Cobbs 2 run (Cole Schroeder kick)
KM -- Charles Woods 79 kickoff return (pass failed)
DG -- Kaedric Cobbs 28 run (Cole Schroeder kick)
DG -- Kaedric Cobbs 3 run (Cole Schroeder kick)
DG -- Cole Schroeder 33 FG
DG -- Kaedric Cobbs 27 run (Cole Schroeder kick)
DG -- H Bohannon 1 run (Cole Schroeder kick)
DG -- Cole Schroeder 9 pass from Trace Jewel (Cole Schroeder kick)
DG -- Chris Northcutt 47 run (Cole Schroeder kick)
DG -- Tyrone Levingston 24 run (Cole Schroeder kick)
Rushing -- DG: Kaedric Cobbs 10-158, Trace Jewel 6-50, Chris Northcutt 1-47, H Bohannon 3-24, Tyrone Levingston 1-24, Robertp Torres 2-4, Dylan Alexander 1-2, KM: Cortavious Smith 7-23, Matthew Moore 4-6, Julious Monroe 1-3, Jamel Mcwilliams 5-0, Traevion Mitchell 7--2, Mylinn Johnson 1--7.
Passing -- DG: Trace Jewel 10-17-0-163, H Bohannon 1-4-0-3, KM: Jamel Mcwilliams 8-16-1-99.
Receiving -- DG: Seth Meador 5-96, D Greenhoward 2-35, H Bohannon 1-19, Cole Schroeder 1-9, Kaedric Cobbs 1-4, Chris Northcutt 1-3, KM: Christian Warner 5-89, Charles Woods 3-10.