As has been the case for a good part of this season, Guyer faced a halftime deficit Friday night.
But after making a few adjustments and relying heavily on a dominant offensive line down the stretch, the Wildcats (5-3, 3-2 District 6-6A) made enough plays in the fourth quarter to pull off a 28-24 win against Wylie.
"A lot of things didn't go our way, but on the Guyer sideline it never felt like this thing was going to slip away," Guyer coach John Walsh said. "The kids had the right energy and were saying the right things. In the end, we found a way to get it done — and that's what we do."
Kaedric Cobbs rushed for 227 yards and three touchdowns in the win, including the go-ahead score from four yards out with 2:24 remaining in the fourth quarter. Cobbs, who eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark on the season in the game, now has 20 rushing touchdowns for the Wildcats this year.
"I've said it for the last three weeks," Cobbs said. "I have the best offensive line in the state. I didn't get touched on that last run until I was 5 yards into the end zone. I can't thank those guys up front and our fullbacks enough. They do a great job."
Although the Wildcats were able to control the clock and chew up more than six minutes on the final scoring drive, it was the defense that put them in position to stage a comeback.
After struggling in the first half, Guyer came up with a big stop when Tre Turner sacked Wylie quarterback Rashad Dixon to set up a fourth-and-long.
Dixon forced a throw into coverage on the next play, and Cade Ford came up with an interception for the Wildcats.
When Cobbs got into the end zone on the ensuing possession, the Pirates (3-5, 2-3) still seemingly had plenty of time to put a drive together trailing by only four points. Wylie moved the ball into Guyer territory, but Guyer defensive back Seth Meador recovered a fumble with less than a minute remaining to seal the win.
"We were just looking for big plays because big plays win ballgames," Meador said. "You have a lot going through your head, but we did a really good job handling it. The credit goes to the whole defense — it wasn't just me on that."
In the first half, the Guyer defense's inability to get off the field on third and fourth down allowed Wylie to build some momentum. The Pirates used a fake punt to extend their opening drive before Dixon completed a 29-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Ollie on fourth-and-7.
After the Wildcats responded to tie the game at 7 with an 8-yard run from Cobbs, Wylie regained the lead on third-and-10 when Dixon again found Ollie in the end zone — this time from 35 yards out.
Dixon finished with 194 yards and three touchdowns while Ollie had 149 yards receiving and three scores.
"They were screening and drawing us on third down," Walsh said. "They had one little read play we were having problems with, but the coaches made adjustments, and the kids responded really well to that."
With the win, Guyer remains in a favorable position in District 6-6A with the season winding down. The Wildcats will take on McKinney Boyd at home next week, and the Broncos (4-4, 3-2) lost to Plano 17-5 Friday night.
"It's going to be a similar situation," Walsh said. "Boyd is still alive, so they're going to be playing for their playoff life. I think we just have to play clean and try not to make it close in the fourth."