JUSTIN — For the second straight week, Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson proved to be a capable escape artist.Whether he was eluding defenders on long touchdown runs or evading rushers in the...
Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson is a big fan of his wide receivers. That group includes senior David Haynes, who was slated to be the Wildcats’ starting quarterback this season with the graduation of three-year starter Jerrod Heard last year.
Guyer has been so dominant in District 5-6A that, with just two matches left in the regular season, it’s easy to assume that much of the pressure is off the shoulders of the Lady Wildcats.
One quick 17-second stretch to close the first half on Friday was a perfect microcosm of just how explosive Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson and the offense he runs can be on a weekly basis.
When the District 5-6A alignment was released in February, the Guyer Wildcats saw plenty of familiar faces from their time in the state’s largest classification in 2010 and 2011, their previous two years in District 5-4A with Trophy Club Nelson, and of course their old crosstown foes at Ryan.
Coming off two straight unconvincing wins to open district play, Guyer’s football team was itching to get back on the field Friday night against previously unbeaten Keller Fossil Ridge. After Friday night’s game that could very well decide the District 5-6A title, the Wildcats proved any recent doubters wrong with a resounding 43-3 win to hand the Panthers their first loss of the season at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.
Trey Woods will make his 38th start as a varsity football player for Guyer tonight when the Wildcats host Keller Fossil Ridge in a pivotal game that should clear up the path to a District 5-6A title. Of his 37 previous starts, Woods has left the field a winner 33 times.
Denton coach Danielle Kading insists this season isn’t about redemption for the Lady Broncos. Prior to Friday’s key District 5-5A match against Saginaw Boswell, Kading said she was reminded that her team had a chance at redemption against the Lady Pioneers — who ousted Denton in the first round of last year’s Class 4A playoffs. That was the least of Kading’s concerns, though.
JUSTIN — For the second consecutive week, a few mistakes and blown assignments put Guyer’s game somewhat in doubt in the closing minutes. And for the second consecutive week, Guyer’s starting running back put the game on ice in the closing minutes with a dominant rushing display to wind the clock and keep the Wildcats unbeaten early in the district season with a 43-33 win against Justin Northwest on Friday.
For years now, Guyer has enjoyed a wealth of talent at the running back position and has relied on several sophomores to get significant playing time at the varsity level in big games. That running back depth will once again be put in the spotlight tonight when Guyer travels to play Justin Northwest at 7 p.m., without senior starting running back Anthony Taylor, who two years ago was one of those sophomores seeing significant action.
Guyer didn’t make things easy on itself in a pivotal District 5-6A match Tuesday night, but the Lady Wildcats made a statement by remaining unbeaten in district play and handing Trophy Club Nelson its first district loss.
It was no coincidence on Friday night when Guyer senior running back Anthony Taylor took three straight handoffs in the closing minutes of Guyer’s District 5-6A opener against Keller before the Wildcats were able to line up in a victory formation and kneel the ball to secure a victory. That’s because Taylor was one of the few players Guyer coach John Walsh had trust in to close the game out in what ended up being a wildly sloppy second half for the two-time reigning state champions in a 40-33 win against Keller.
The last time Guyer faced a spread offense, the Wildcats’ defense was torched by one of the nation’s top-ranked programs and standout quarterback Kyler Murray of Allen. While the spread offense the Wildcats will face tonight is a significant step down from Allen, Guyer’s defensive personnel is wanting to make a statement in the team’s District 5-6A opener against Keller at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.
The last time Ryan and Guyer played each other, Addie Mack was seated on the Ryan bench. Mack was an assistant coach for the Lady Raiders for eight seasons before she got her chance to become a coach at the school across town. Aside from the rekindling of the Guyer-Ryan rivalry, the upcoming District 5-6A contest is extra special for the Guyer coach.
The numbers that truly showed how dominating Guyer was against Wichita Falls Rider were not on the scoreboard at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. Evidence of Guyer’s thorough victory over the Raiders was in the box score of Friday night’s nondistrict contest.
Before Guyer begins its swim through the new District 5-6A in a couple of weeks, the Wildcats finish up their nondistrict slate tonight against a familiar foe. After playing their first two games of the season against programs they’d never previously faced, Guyer will host Wichita Falls Rider, which is receiving votes in the Associated Press Class 5A state poll. The Raiders have been a district bunkmate of Guyer’s in every year of the Wildcats’ existence except for the 2010 and 2011 seasons, when Guyer was in the state’s largest classification.
ENNIS — At the end of the summer, and even into the start of fall workouts, Guyer coach John Walsh didn’t have a clue who Antonio Terzini was. After Friday night’s Guyer win over Ennis, Terzini will have a much larger social circle.
Both Guyer and Ennis entered the 2014 season last week with state championship aspirations in their respective classifications. Since then, nothing has changed, but when the teams meet tonight in Ennis, both will be looking to avoid an 0-2 start to the season after suffering season-opening losses.
It’s one thing to be thrown into the fire as a first-time starter on a high-profile team like Guyer. It’s a different animal altogether to change sides of the ball, get three days of practice and go face-to-face with a Notre Dame-bound receiver and the state’s top-ranked Allen Eagles.
Guyer hasn’t had difficulty winning on the road this season. The Lady Wildcats were the visiting team in each of their first 23 matches and won all but four of them. Tuesday’s home opener against state-ranked Aledo didn’t slow that momentum, and the confines were much friendlier.
Highly rated senior quarterback Kevin Dillman suited up and played for the junior varsity team in Guyer’s scrimmage against Euless Trinity on Friday night, making official what was already assumed — Dillman will remain at Guyer after the University Interscholastic League ruled him ineligible to play varsity games as a senior on Aug. 11.
The unfinished email Ryan coach Cindy Williams started Wednesday morning was still open on her computer that afternoon.
Nearly six months to the day after Kevin Dillman enrolled at Guyer, the highly rated quarterback was ruled ineligible for varsity competition on Monday morning at a University Interscholastic League hearing.
Lake Dallas coach Michael Young has plenty of reasons to be excited and optimistic as the Falcons begin football workouts today. For starters, a lot of his sophomore starters from a 6-4 2013 campaign are now juniors with more experience under their belts. Also, while there are not a ton of new faces on the roster, the Falcons have fresh faces to go up against once the season begins in less than three weeks.
Argyle coach Clark Oberle’s program has reached a level where success is always expected. In 2012, that success reached new heights when the Lady Eagles made it to the Class 3A state championship game, before falling in five sets to Abilene Wylie. Last season, the Lady Eagles lost in the third round of the playoffs to eventual state champions Decatur and were the only team to take a postseason set from Decatur in their five-set defeat.
Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson picked up his second collegiate offer a month before he starts his first game for the Wildcats.
DALLAS — Jerrod Heard etched his name in Texas high school football lore over the past two years as the quarterback at Guyer, leading the Wildcats to the first two state championships in the program’s brief history.
The once-crowded quarterback derby at Guyer heading into the 2014 season suddenly is much clearer. Shawn Robinson, who started as a freshman for Saginaw Chisholm Trail last season, won Guyer’s starting job in spring practice, while backup David Haynes moved to wide receiver. That left Prosper move-in David Moore as Robinson’s backup after the three-way battle concluded. Those plans changed in a hurry Monday when Moore headed back to Prosper.
It didn’t take Guyer defensive lineman Carl Thompson long to make his college commitment official. A morning trip to Lawrence, Kansas, with his father ended with an evening trip back to Denton after the senior committed to Kansas on Thursday afternoon, choosing the Jayhawks over a list of 18 Football Bowl Subdivision offers from schools including Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Connecticut, Northwestern and Minnesota.
Former Guyer wide receiver and current Oklahoma State walk-on Cameron Hunter told police he was stabbed, robbed and abducted Monday in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The Sanger softball team matched last season’s run to the Class 3A Region II semifinals with a handful of star players this season who led a young Lady Indians team with several starting freshmen.