If folks thought Guyer players might have trouble finding motivation for last week’s game against Wichita Falls after playing an intense game against a fellow undefeated team the week prior, it only gets worse this week.
After beating then-ranked Wichita Falls Rider 21-10 two weeks ago, Guyer had a matchup with a Wichita Falls team that was winless in district play, and Guyer kept it that way as the Wildcats secured their first outright district title.
On tap for Guyer (7-2, 6-0 District 5-4A) tonight is a game against Fort Worth Brewer (5-4, 2-4), and the only thing on the line for the Wildcats is self-evaluation.
“We’ve had to work on the kids keeping the big picture in mind and finding motivations,” Guyer head coach John Walsh said. “Last week we had the outright district title, and this week there’s nothing other than the fact of anytime you take the field you want to win, and then gaining momentum for the playoffs.”
Guyer, No. 9 in The Associated Press poll, will face Saginaw (7-2, 5-2 District 6-4A) in the bi-district round of the Class 4A Division I playoffs at 7:30 p.m. next Friday at Justin Northwest — something the teams have known for a few weeks now.
So with a district title and playoff seeding already locked up, Walsh said his team just has to play sharp. Last week against Wichita Falls, Guyer committed nine penalties for 80 yards.
“We’ve talked about coming out fast and being real sharp and not making silly mistakes,” Walsh said. “I think we had more penalties last week than we like. We just want to be sharper mentally and physically.”
There also will be some motivation for the Guyer defense, which has come into its own in recent weeks, giving up 23 points in its last three games since allowing 28 points to Trophy Club Byron Nelson and more than 200 rushing yards to Bobcat running back Tylor Blake.
In case the Guyer defense was searching for anything else to get mentally up for the game, Walsh said the Bears have the best quarterback/running back combination his team has seen since district play began.
Brewer quarterback Skylar Howard has thrown for 1,396 yards, 12 touchdowns with just three interceptions while rushing for 548 yards and six more scores. Running back C.J. Washington has averaged nearly seven yards per carry while racking up 776 yards and 12 touchdowns.
“They have pretty good skill players,” said Guyer senior linebacker Terence Belton. “I’m looking forward to seeing what they have. I know they’ll have more skill than we’ve seen lately.
“Our front seven has to be sure we stop the run. We don’t want him [Washington] to get loose and start getting momentum. It’ll be a pretty nice challenge for our defense.”
The Wildcats also will have to adjust to life on the road, as they will make the hour-long trip to Brewer Bear Stadium.
In a scheduling quirk, the Wildcats have played only one game this year at a location farther than their home stadium. Guyer played Colleyville Heritage in its second game of the season at Southlake Carroll; Guyer led at halftime before losing 54-38.
Their other road games have been at Lake Dallas and at Flower Mound Marcus, which are both closer to Guyer than C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.
In the past few years, Walsh has bragged that his teams have possibly been better on the road than at home, but this year that is still up for debate.
“The Colleyville Heritage game was the only real road game we’ve had,” Walsh said. “I’m not sure if these guys are good road guys or not. Lake Dallas is closer than our home. Marcus is closer than our home. So we’ve had one, and I guess we traveled good because we played good the first half, but then I don’t know what happened. We’ll find out if we’re good road guys this week.”
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AREA PLAYOFF SCENARIOS
The following are playoff scenarios for Denton-area teams:
Ryan (4-4, 2-2) can clinch a playoff berth with a win over Flower Mound. Ryan also can clinch a playoff spot with a loss to Flower Mound by 12 points or fewer and a Flower Mound Marcus loss. With a win and a Hebron loss, Ryan will clinch the top seed in Class 5A Division II.
Flower Mound (3-6, 1-3) clinches with a win over Ryan and a Marcus win, or a win over Ryan by 13 points or more and a Marcus loss. If Flower Mound makes the playoffs, it will be the Division I runner-up.
Guyer (7-2, 6-0) has clinched the District 5-4A outright championship and a No. 1 seed in the Class 4A Division I playoffs. Guyer will face Saginaw (7-2) in the bi-district round at 7:30 p.m. next Friday at Justin Northwest.
Lake Dallas (5-4, 3-3) gets in with a win and a Trophy Club Byron Nelson loss. If Nelson and Lake Dallas win, there will be a three-way tie between those schools and Azle. In this district, once it goes to points, it stays at points. If Lake Dallas beats Azle by 12 or more points, Lake Dallas and Nelson are in. If Lake Dallas beats Azle by 5 points or less, Azle and Nelson are in. If Lake Dallas beats Azle by 6 to 11 points, Azle and Lake Dallas advance.
Krum (9-1, 3-1) has clinched a top seed in Class 3A Division II and will face the loser of tonight’s Argyle-Celina game in the bi-district round on Thursday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.
Celina (8-1, 3-0) and Argyle (8-1, 3-0) have clinched Class 3A Division II playoff spots. The winner of the Celina-Argyle game will claim the district title and clinch a top seed in Division II. The loser will face Krum in the bi-district round.
District 5-2A (I)
Pilot Point (7-3, 4-2) needs a Bowie (6-3, 2-3) victory over Callisburg (8-1, 4-1) to make the playoffs. If Callisburg beats Bowie, Callisburg will win the district championship. If Bowie beats Callisburg, Callisburg will miss the playoffs and Boyd, Whitesboro and Pilot Point would advance.