Thabo Mwaniki made the first start at quarterback of his life on Friday night, and the 17-year-old Guyer senior gave a mixed review of his performance in the Wildcats’ win against Wylie. The Wildcats scored a 35-23 win against Wylie, but that was about all Mwaniki was happy about.
ALLEN — For a few moments in the beginning of Friday’s showdown between Guyer and Allen, it appeared the Wildcats might knock off the state’s top-ranked team and hand the Eagles their first home loss in the fourth season they’ve played in their $60 million stadium.
Before he even heard the full question, the smile flashed across Brian Polendey’s face. What’s going to give in an anticipated matchup between the best rushing attack in Dallas-Fort Worth and the area’s second-best run defense?
For the second consecutive week, Guyer allowed its opponent to jump out to a quick lead. And for the second straight week, the Wildcats’ defense played shutout football after an initial setback as Guyer rolled to a 42-7 win against McKinney on Friday night.
While preparing to face Plano East today, the Guyer coaching staff had its hands full. On offense, the Panthers feature a Rice pledge at quarterback and a speed burner at tailback.
A play in Guyer’s win against Plano on Friday night that drew attention and concern from Guyer coaches and fans, as well as from the high school football community, has been addressed by the Plano coaching staff and that school district’s athletic department.
PLANO — Guyer coach John Walsh had plenty to like about his team’s District 6-6A opener on Friday night. Guyer rushed for 353 yards, had 14 carries of more than 10 yards and controlled the tempo of the game for much of the night en route to a 34-24 win against Plano to open district play.
Guyer’s loss to Allen on Tuesday night wasn’t the result of a lack of quality stretches of play by the Lady Wildcats.
As soon as the University Interscholastic League posted its biennial realignment and reclassification in February, Guyer coach John Walsh was champing at the bit for late September to come soon.
McKINNEY — For the second time in as many District 6-6A matches, Guyer was close but eventually outlasted by a team from McKinney. On Friday, the Lady Wildcats took the opening set of district play against state powerhouse and third-ranked McKinney Boyd before losing in four sets.
DALLAS — For the past couple of weeks, Guyer juniors Luke Stillwell and Donovan Greenhoward have been itching to show what they could do to complement Guyer’s renowned rushing attack. On Friday night at Sprague Stadium, albeit against an overmatched opponent, the Wildcats took to the air early and often in a 63-7 rout of Dallas Kimball behind their junior quarterback and No. 1 wide receiver.
DESOTO — At the beginning of Friday’s highly anticipated clash between Guyer and its former quarterback Shawn Robinson and his new team, it appeared Guyer coach John Walsh’s plan to counter DeSoto’s quick-striking offense was working perfectly. Two miscues in the kicking game cost Guyer dearly as DeSoto built a 20-point halftime lead before storming to a 51-17 win as the No. 3 Eagles improved to 2-0 on the season.
Guyer coach John Walsh has never been one to take his time calling plays, opting instead to score bunches of points as quickly as possible. That’s why Walsh’s plan entering last season’s playoff showdown with Southlake Carroll and its high-octane passing attack was such a departure for himself and his program.
At this time a year ago, the Guyer girls basketball program had never had a player commit to a Division I university. As of Wednesday afternoon, the Lady Wildcats have two. Senior point guard Lauren Heard joined former teammate Bre Wickware (Indiana) on Wednesday when she committed to play basketball at TCU.
After two weeks of practice, the Braswell Bengals will hit someone other than one another. The Bengals will host Fort Worth Western Hills at 10 a.m. Saturday in a scrimmage at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. It will be an exciting moment for Braswell, whose coaching staff is trying to fit all the puzzle pieces together heading into the team’s inaugural season.
Ryan coach Dave Henigan may very well have an easy road ahead. With 15 starters back, the Raiders are experienced, star-studded and among the favorites to compete for a Class 5A state championship.
After spending some time as the state’s top-ranked Class 6A team, Guyer finished second in District 5-6A to eventual state champion Keller, but the Lady Wildcats were well represented on the 5-6A all-district team.
AUSTIN — Waiting around during a 5 1/2-hour weather delay wasn’t enough for Guyer senior Ethan Toy on Saturday.
PROSPER — In a game that featured everything from a start that came nearly two hours late, a 55-minute rain delay and appeals won on runners leaving too early, Friday night’s game that went nearly an hour into Saturday morning between Guyer and Plano came down to nothing but clutch execution at the plate and defense.
Ryan pole vaulter Avery Stuchell is headed back to Austin for the UIL Class 6A state track and field meet after her second place finish Friday in the 6A Region I meet at Maverick Stadium at UT-Arlington.
Keith Medford has heard plenty of recruiting pitches from college coaches. As the only softball coach Guyer High School has ever had, Medford has had more than his fair share of players go on to play collegiately.
At one point in Wednesday’s pivotal crosstown showdown between Guyer and Ryan, it appeared Guyer left fielder Ryan McCans had a chance to be the hero who kept the Wildcats’ playoff hopes alive with one regular-season game remaining.
The news of a couple of weeks ago involving the transfer of Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson to DeSoto sent shockwaves not only throughout the Texas high school football landscape, but also Guyer’s fieldhouse.
After 6 1/2 innings Tuesday night, it appeared that Guyer’s good fortune on the diamond had run out in a pivotal District 5-6A game against Trophy Club Nelson.