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Football: Guyer looks to remain unbeaten against Nelson

Guyer has grown familiar with Trophy Club Nelson over the years.

The Wildcats will meet the Bobcats for the sixth consecutive season at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex on Friday night in a bi-district playoff matchup, looking to remain unbeaten in the series as the Class 6A Division II  postseason gets underway.

Guyer cruised past the Bobcats 52-21 in the first round last season and enters this week's game on a roll, having won three straight games to close out the regular season.

"We plan for this," Guyer coach John Walsh said. "We have a lot of energy. We never want to be that program that's tired at the end of the season. We plan for a long season and have the right mindset going into this week."

Part of that mindset includes not looking ahead to a potential area-round matchup against Waco Midway, which boasts one of the top offenses in Texas. Walsh and Midway coach Jeff Hulme have already agreed on a time and location (8 p.m. Nov. 24 at Arlington's AT&T Stadium) for a second-round meeting should both teams advance.

Walsh emphasized to his team the importance of not looking ahead to that game as the Wildcats look to remain unbeaten in the first round of the playoffs.

"We covered that Saturday morning," Walsh said. "I told them, 'We play at 8 o'clock [in the second round] and that's all you need to know right now. But we'd better have our butt there this week and concentrate on who we have in front of us.'"

Things have started to come together on both sides of the ball at the right time for Guyer, as the offense has demonstrated an ability to make plays through the air while the defense has allowed an average of just more than 10 points over the last three games.

Quarterback Luke Stillwell had back-to-back 200-yard games through the air for the first time in his career, giving the Wildcats an offensive dimension beyond their traditionally dominant run game.

That allowed Walsh to use star sophomore running back Kaedric Cobbs sparingly down the stretch of the season, and Cobbs enters this week with fresh legs after carrying the ball a total of 16 times in the last two games.

"We try to keep the tread on the tires, and we feel really good about Kaedric being fresh," Walsh said. When we need him to carry the ball 30 times, he's going to do it. He knows when the chips get tight in an elimination game I'm going to put the ball in his belly."

After being bounced by Cedar Hill in the area round last year, Guyer has been motivated to put together a deeper playoff run this year. That journey begins Friday as the Wildcats look to keep their momentum rolling into the school's Thanksgiving break.

"I think we're in a good place," Walsh said. "I think our kids know we still have things to work on, but they're at a confident level right now. We've kept people out of the end zone and we've been pretty balanced the last couple weeks."