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Football: With Nelson looming, Guyer visits Plano West in regular-season finale

After putting together its most complete performance of the season in a 34-7 win over McKinney Boyd last week, Guyer has locked up its spot in the Class 6A Division II playoffs.

The Wildcats (6-3, 4-2 District 6-6A) will face off against Trophy Club Nelson next Friday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in a rematch of last year's 52-21 Guyer win in the bi-district round.

But first the Wildcats have to close out the regular season at winless Plano West. The game has no impact on the playoff picture but gives Guyer a chance to work on improving a few things for the postseason while also getting younger players some experience.

"It's a mixture of everything," Guyer coach John Walsh said. "Going into a week like this, you want to make sure your guys are energized and ready for the playoffs. You want to get work in the areas you still need work in but you want to make it quick."

Guyer's performance against a Boyd team fighting for a playoff spot has Walsh feeling good about where his team stands.

The Wildcats jumped all over the Broncos and held them to seven points while also taking care of business on the offensive side of the ball. For the first time in district play, Guyer finished without a turnover.

Guyer senior quarterback Luke Stillwell had his best game of the season while accounting for 300 yards and two touchdowns. He completed nine of 11 passes, and sophomore wide receiver Seth Meador broke out for 121 yards and two scores.

The Wildcats will look to build on that effort with their starting unit for at least a small part of Friday's game against the Wolves (0-9, 0-6 District 6-6A).

"It's that type of game," Walsh said. "Not because we're playing an 0-9 team, but because we're trying to get ready for the playoffs and take care of us. If [the starters will] take care of business, hopefully they'll get to do a lot of watching. That just depends on how things are going."

West is being outscored by almost 33 points per game this year and has played in only one game decided by less than 21 points — a 45-41 loss to Plano East.

Walsh is emphasizing a focused effort from his team as the Wildcats prepare for a playoff run. Guyer has momentum after a clean win over Boyd and will look to keep that rolling.

"They are 0-9, but when you put the pads on, that's 6A talent out there," Walsh said. "They made our staff work late Sunday night just to make sure we didn't give them any freebies. They're going to play hard and have some pride out in Plano."