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Football: Stillwell-Meador connection leads Guyer past McKinney Boyd

Earlier in the season, Guyer coach John Walsh said he had a special section on his play sheet called 'Meador Plays,' designed specifically to get the ball to sophomore speedster Seth Meador.

The move to get him more involved paid off Friday night as Meador racked up 137 total yards and two touchdowns on eight touches to lead the Wildcats (6-3, 4-2 District  6-6A) to a 34-7 win against McKinney Boyd.

"Seth is a game breaker," Walsh said. "His speed, strength and ability to make people miss mean he's got to have the ball in his hands."

Meador was able to emerge in the passing game because of a career night from senior quarterback Luke Stillwell. 

Stillwell completed nine of his 11 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns — both to Meador — and added a team-high 98 yards on the ground. It was the second time in Stillwell's career he eclipsed the 200 yards through the air, with the other coming in a 63-7 win against Dallas Kimball last season.

The first passing score from Stillwell to Meador essentially put the game out of reach late in the second quarter. After the defense forced a turnover on downs with 1:49 left on the clock, Stillwell threw a quick screen pass to Meador on the far right side of the field.

Meador took the ball and sprinted down the sideline before cutting back across the field for a 68-yard touchdown. It was Guyer's longest passing play of the season and gave the Wildcats a 20-0 lead going into the break.

"I haven't been able to go back and throw much this year because we've been so dominant on the ground," Stillwell said. "There hasn't been a reason to go away from that, so it was great going out there and being able to throw."

The duo connected again early in the third quarter on a 19-yard pass to Meador, extending the lead to 28-0. From there, the Wildcats coasted down the stretch behind a strong defensive effort.

The majority of McKinney Boyd's offensive yardage came early in the first quarter when quarterback Christian Ziegler was able to find running room by spreading the field out and taking off up the middle. 

Ziegler finished with 107 yards on the ground, but the Guyer defense made the necessary adjustments to hold the Broncos at bay. Boyd finished with only 238 total yards as the Wildcats' defensive line — led by Arian Bhat, Grant Mahon and Isaac Carrillo — bottled Ziegler up.

"We got to the bench and had to fix our little mistakes," Bhat said. "We really stepped up and filled the rush lanes. It was a good win — we were in a game last week that we shouldn't have been in, so it felt good to almost shut a good team out."

Boyd was able to get into the red zone on two occasions, fumbling inside the 5-yard line early in the game before scoring its only touchdown on a 12-yard pass from Ziegler to Johnny Luvender late in the third quarter.

Outside of the offensive dominance from Meador and Stillwell, Guyer used star sophomore running back Kaedric Cobbs sparingly early in the game to jump out to a 14-0 lead with scores on its first two possessions.

Cobbs finished with eight carries for 57 yards and two touchdowns, getting a much-needed breather after having 30 carries against Wylie. 

Guyer will finish its regular season on the road against winless Plano West next week. The Wildcats have all but officially clinched a playoff berth and now sit in second place in District 6-6A.

"The best scout team we can have is on a Friday night," Walsh said. "We're going to use Plano West in every form and fashion to make us better for Round 1 of the playoffs."

Denton Guyer 34, McKinney Boyd 7

McKinney Boyd 0 0 7 0 -- 7
Denton Guyer 7 13 8 6 -- 34

DG -- Kaedric Cobbs 1 run (Cole Schroeder kick)

DG -- Kaedric Cobbs 6 run (Cole Schroeder kick)

DG -- Seth Meador 68 pass from Luke Stillwell (kick failed)

DG -- Seth Meador 19 pass from Luke Stillwell (Luke Stillwell run)

MB -- Johnny Luvender 12 pass from Christian Ziegler (Blake Post kick)

DG -- Devin Jefferson 1 run (run failed)

Team Stats MB DG
First Downs 13 22
Rushing Yards 25-119 45-284
Passing Yards 119 208
Passing 10-24-0 10-13-0
Punts-Avg 5-35.20 3-31.00
Penalties 3-25 5-35
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0


Rushing -- DG: Luke Stillwell 10-98, Kaedric Cobbs 8-57, Devin Jefferson 8-46, Trace Jewell 7-34, H Bohannon 6-26, Seth Meador 2-16, Chris Northcutt 3-8, Travis Romar 1--1, MB: Christian Ziegler 21-107, Sedric Boler 2-8, Johnny Luter 2-4.

Passing -- DG: Luke Stillwell 9-11-0-202, Trace Jewell 1-2-0-6, MB: Christian Ziegler 10-24-0-119.

Receiving -- DG: Seth Meador 6-121, Travis Romar 2-70, Kyle Ingram 1-11, Matt Sagrillo 1-6, MB: Johnny Luvender 5-68, Patrick Estelle 1-14, Sedric Boler 1-11, Plae Wyatt 1-10, Alex Taylor 1-8, Cole Green 1-8.