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Football: Guyer looks to bounce back from heartbreaking loss

It's been 10 years since Guyer entered the second week of district play coming off a loss.

But after last week's heartbreaking 38-36 loss to Plano, coach John Walsh and the Wildcats say they feel good about where they stand heading into Friday's matchup against Plano East.

For three quarters last week, things didn't look good for Guyer. But a dominant 22-0 run in the fourth that fell just short of sending the game to overtime reaffirmed the Wildcats' potential.

Guyer outgained Plano 511-374 in yards and had 27 first downs compared with Plano's eight.

"I don't think I've ever said, or will be able to say again, that we ran for 477 yards and got 27 first downs and lost a ballgame," Walsh said. "When you're that dominant, some stuff has to really go wrong for you to lose. But watching the film, everything that went wrong is coachable."

Two things the Wildcats have to address this week are protecting the ball and cutting down on big plays defensively. Guyer fumbled on its first two possessions and gave up five touchdown drives to Plano that lasted three plays or fewer.

"I think as a unit and individually we learned that turnover ratio is not just talk," Walsh said. "What I love about our guys is that the ones who were responsible for some of the big mistakes early were the ones who bounced back and put us in a position to win the game at the end."

Sophomore Kaedric Cobbs, who became the first Guyer player to carry the ball 30 times since Jerrod Heard against Tyler John Tyler in 2012, rushed for 206 yards and four touchdowns against Plano. The Wildcats were again without Devin Jefferson, but are hoping to get him back in some capacity this week.

Whether Jefferson is able to bounce back from injury and make an immediate impact remains to be seen, but the Wildcats will continue to rely on Cobbs and sophomore wide receiver Seth Meador to make plays on offense. Meador carried the ball on a 15-yard touchdown run against Plano and has been explosive when given the opportunity this season.

"I hope I don't have to give the ball to Kaedric 30 times, but he's up for anything," Walsh said. "Seth is one of the most explosive players in the district, and we have to utilize that. I had a category for 'Meador plays' on my play sheet, and that section grew heading into this week."

With Cobbs and Meador spearheading the offensive attack, Walsh said he again plans to split time between his two quarterbacks, senior Luke Stillwell and sophomore Trace Jewell. Stillwell remains the starter, but Jewell took over for the fourth quarter against Plano and led the offense to 22 consecutive points.

"Luke is still our starting quarterback, but Trace warrants some more reps," Walsh said. "You'll see more of Trace in the first half this week. Luke's going to handle it perfectly, and Trace is excited about getting more chances."

After falling in uncharacteristic fashion last week, the Wildcats look to get back on track in District 6-6A.

"We came right out Monday and practice was about as good as it could be," Walsh said. "The seniors have a lot of pride. They don't want to be the ones that let this slip. They've responded really well."

What you need to know

Matchup: Guyer at Plano East

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday 

Where: Tom Kimbrough Stadium

What happened last year: Guyer won 34-6


Brady Keane -- Guyer 42, East 28

Steve Gamel -- Guyer 35, East 28

Jimmy Isbell -- Guyer 35, East 31

Clay Massey -- Guyer 42, East 35