WICHITA FALLS — With one game remaining in the regular season before the Guyer football team begins its Class 4A Division I state title defense run, head coach John Walsh is suddenly feeling pretty good about his offense.
After the Wildcats struggled through a scoreless first quarter before scoring 56 points in a win over Wichita Falls Rider last week, Walsh questioned whether his team could get off to a fast start.
Against the Coyotes, the Wildcats did just that, scoring on their first two possessions of the first half and first three of the second half to cruise to a 49-3 win over Wichita Falls on Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
“I told them all week, and before we came out to the stadium, that whatever happened tonight I wanted to see us score early in both halves and get some momentum going,” Walsh said.
The No. 7 Wildcats (7-2, 6-0 District 5-4A) used a well-rounded, balanced offensive effort to steamroll the Coyotes (5-4, 4-2) early and often.
Texas pledge Jerrod Heard, Guyer’s senior quarterback, played three quarters and rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown. He completed 10 of 16 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown, one of his better passing games of the season.
“We know at some point during the playoffs, we’ll have to throw the ball, and I thought we executed it well tonight,” Heard said.
That was all part of Walsh’s game plan, as he wanted to see Heard and his receivers open up the passing game heading into Thursday’s regular-season finale against last-place Fort Worth Brewer.
“I thought he [Heard] was accurate today,” Walsh said. “We wanted to get a few scores on the board and then throw it around a little bit with our two-minute [offense]. We had some protection issues. Wichita Falls plays hard, and they get off the ball hard and come after you. Jerrod was good today, though. He threw the ball well.”
With just less than three minutes to play in the first half and leading 21-3, the Wildcats had a major scare when Heard was pressured by Garron Nash and drilled in the back, landing on his chest. He got up immediately, but was back on the turf just as quickly after having the wind knocked out of him.
“Any time [Heard] is on the ground, you’re gonna hold your breath,” said Walsh of his dynamic quarterback. “I got out there and they knew exactly what it was, so I was relieved.”
Heard felt the same way.
“It scared me. When you can’t breathe, it’s scary,” he said. “I’m all right, though.”
Backup quarterback David Haynes led Guyer on two more fourth-quarter scoring drives, including D.J. Breedlove’s third touchdown of the night on a 12-yard run.
Breedlove finished with 84 yards on 12 carries and 50 receiving yards.
Junior running back Anthony Taylor added a touchdown run and scored on a 32-yard swing pass from Heard in the third quarter — Heard’s final snap of the night.
Guyer’s defense was dominant all night, allowing just a field goal after the Coyotes were given a short field following a Heard fumble deep in Guyer’s territory.
The Coyotes finished with only 128 total yards, including 23 rushing yards on 23 carries. Guyer’s defense held Wichita Falls to 26 yards and one first down in the second half.
“We’re moving the ball and the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and that wins a lot of games,” Walsh said. “We know we’ll have to convert some big third downs in the playoffs, and we worked on some of those routes today, and we’ll do it again next week. Then, come playoff time, in that six-week stretch, we’ll just do whatever we have to do to get points on the board.”
Despite the fact that Wichita Falls has clinched a playoff berth, the win was Guyer’s third-most lopsided score of the season. With Brewer (3-6, 0-6) awaiting, Walsh said he just wants his players to continue improving no matter how hard it might be to get excited for a mismatch.
“It’s challenging,” Walsh said. “We’ve won convincingly week in and week out [in district play], except for last week [against Rider]. I told them when you’re a championship ball club, you have to take care of business every night, no matter the circumstances. I’m proud of them for doing that.”
ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872 and via Twitter at @aboedeker.
Guyer 49, Wichita Falls 3
G – D.J. Breedlove 6 run (Brad Grems kick), 8:11
G – Anthony Taylor 7 run (Grems kick), 3:47
WF – Chance McWhorter 40 field goal, 11:48
G – Jerrod Heard 5 run (Grems kick), 7:45
G – Breedlove 12 run (Grems kick), 7:14
G – Taylor 32 pass from Heard (Grems kick), 3:41
G – Breedlove 12 run (Grems kick), 8:38
G – Collin Clayton 2 run (Grems kick), 2:30
Rushing – G: Jerrod Heard 13-70, D.J. Breedlove 12-84, Anthony Taylor 9-80, David Haynes 4-42, Collin Clayton 5-25. WF: Eric Butler 6-(-6), Robert Williams 10-20, OJ Clark 1-2, Mikal Penn 1-2, Neil Esteves 1-2, Jacob Williams 1-1, Milek Shrubs 3-2.
Passing – G: Jerrod Heard 10-16-0-191, David Haynes 3-6-0-59. WF: Eric Butler 12-20-0-105.
Receiving – G: David Haynes 3-62, D.J. Breedlove 2-50, Alex Honey 2-27, Anthony Taylor 1-32, Jonathan Pershall 1-12, Eric Ramon 1-30, Tyler Smith 1-11, Tripp Reed 2-26. WF: Mikal Penn 4-23, Devon Bazile 2-27, Chase Key 3-21, OJ Clark 2-32, Demetrius Mozeke 1-2.