Football: WR Jefferson lights it up for Guyer

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Ellis Jefferson was expected to be Guyer’s go-to receiver during the 2012 season.

Through four games he led his team in yards and was tied for the lead in touchdown receptions, with one.

But Guyer head coach John Walsh expected more from the 6-foot-4, 200-pound receiver, who is committed to Arizona State.

So on Monday, Walsh decided he was going to get Jefferson his second touchdown of the year on his team’s first offensive snap in Friday’s game against Denton, and Jefferson did just that.

“He’s got to be our go-to guy,” Walsh said. “He’s big and physical. He’s going to play Division I football so he needs to play like it on the field.”

Quarterback Jerrod Heard found Jefferson on a deep post for a 63-yard touchdown pass to put Guyer on the scoreboard.

“He ran a perfect route,” Heard said. “I saw him open. I just tried to give him the best ball I could. He’s a big target. He was really wide open. I just knew I had to put it in a spot where he could get it. I knew he’d make a play out of it.”

That tone-setting touchdown got Jefferson fired up early on and did a little bit to damage the psyche of the Broncos.

That tone-setting touchdown got Jefferson fired up early on and did a little bit to damage the psyche of the Broncos.

“Since Monday I was talking about how we were gonna score on the first play and show Denton High we were coming at them,” Jefferson said after Guyer’s 62-0 win. “You can see on the scoreboard how bad we wanted to win. It had an impact on them. I could tell. Our team was so hyped up.”

Jefferson, who finished with three catches for 85 yards in basically a half of action, wasn’t finished with the first touchdown. On the last offensive snap of the first half for the Wildcats, Jefferson scored again on a 13-yard jump ball in the corner of the end zone that he caught despite being interfered with on the play.

“The first play was a good read,” Walsh said. “The one before the half was just isolation. You go good-on-good and see who wins, and he won.”

Heard, who finished the game 10-of-17 for 153 yards and three touchdown passes while adding a rushing score, said the second score showcased Jefferson’s greatest talent — going up and getting the ball.

Before the play, Denton brought in a new cornerback to cover Jefferson, thinking the Wildcats might be going for the jump ball.

“I was a little worried because the starting cornerback went out and they brought in a guy that was like 6-1 or 6-2, which is not ideal for a jump ball,” Walsh said. “He made the play though.”

It wasn’t surprising to Heard to see Jefferson come down with the ball, no matter who was defending him.

“That’s what we all know he can do,” Heard said. “That play right there just put a stamp on it.”

It also gave the duo confidence moving forward, as they tripled their touchdown connection total through the first four games.

Next up, Guyer will face Trophy Club Byron Nelson, which defeated Lake Dallas on Friday night.

“We know what we have to do,” Heard said. “We have to go further and keep connecting and making more touchdowns. Byron Nelson is a good team, but we’ll just have to go out there and rock and roll.”

ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872. His e-mail address is aboedeker@dentonrc.com .


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