Before a highly anticipated game against Dallas Kimball on Tuesday night, Guyer boys basketball coach Grant Long got some bad news following the Wildcats’ season-opening win over Cedar Park on Saturday.
ARLINGTON — Guyer picked the wrong time to play one of its most sloppy games of the year on Saturday night, as the Wildcats’ first-half mistakes and Southlake Carroll quarterback Ryan Agnew were too much for Guyer to overcome as the Wildcats fell 58-42 in a late Class 6A Division II playoff game at AT&T Stadium.
There are not many teams in Texas that can claim an all-time series advantage over Southlake Carroll. Yet, when Guyer and Carroll take the field at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium at 8 tonight, the Dragons will be in that unfamiliar position. Guyer won its first two meetings against Carroll in 2010 — a game that saw the Wildcats end Carroll’s 47-game home winning streak and a playoff win in the regional final en route to Guyer’s first state championship game appearance.
The last time the Guyer Wildcats were in the postseason in the state’s largest classification, they had their earliest playoff exit in program history when they were bounced in the second round by Mansfield in 2011. That Guyer team started seven sophomores — a stark contrast from its senior-laden team the prior year that went to the Class 5A Division II final in the program’s first year playing with the state’s biggest schools.
ARGYLE – As Argyle volleyball coach Clark Oberle stood up to introduce Katy Keenan during a signing ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, he reminisced with the crowd about his star player’s first college offer, which he said came from Baylor the summer before Keenan’s freshman year.
LEWISVILLE — Just a few days after one of the biggest wins in its program history, the Guyer volleyball team saw its season come to an end on Tuesday night.
On Thursday night, before Ryan and Guyer had even taken the field at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, the Raiders received bad news when they were eliminated from postseason contention. Friday night was no better for Ryan thanks to a dominant display by the Wildcats, who cruised to a 52-7 win against their crosstown foe.
When Joey Florence took over at Ryan before the 2000 season, he inherited a Raider program that, historically, was in rough shape. The Raiders were coming off a one-win season in 1999, and won two games the year before that.
When Guyer and Ryan renew their crosstown rivalry tonight, one team will look to wrap up a dominating run in District 5-6A before turning its attention to the postseason. The other will play for nothing more than pride.
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.