Just recently, the end of the 2012 football season began to set in for Jerrod Heard.
Guyer’s junior quarterback has been in the spotlight since his electrifying performance in the Class 4A Division I state championship game Dec. 22 at Arlington’s Cowboys Stadium, when the Wildcats overcame a 16-point third-quarter deficit to beat undefeated Georgetown 48-37 and claim the school’s first state title.
“Yes, it’s set in finally,” said Heard, who was voted the offensive MVP of the game. “It took awhile for it to all set in, though. It was pretty big.”
So was Heard in the playoffs.
In the state final, the Texas pledge accounted for seven touchdowns — five on the ground and two through the air, including three third-quarter touchdown runs to help lead the Wildcats back from a seemingly insurmountable deficit against a good team.
The week before, Heard rushed for 318 yards and four touchdowns in the Wildcats’ state semifinal victory over Tyler John Tyler.
Those two games, and the entire playoff run, highlighted Heard’s season and made him the clear pick for Most Valuable Player honors on the Denton Record-Chronicle All-Area football team.
The dual-threat quarterback was a near-perfect balance on the ground and through the air, rushing for 2,164 yards and 35 touchdowns and throwing for 2,115 yards and 18 touchdowns in 16 games.
In the postseason alone, Heard rushed for 999 yards and 18 touchdowns and threw for 796 yards with eight touchdown passes and two interceptions.
Heard pointed to a now-publicized team meeting following Guyer’s 0-2 start in a locker room at Southlake’s Dragon Stadium, where the Wildcats had just lost 54-38 to Colleyville Heritage, as the turning point in their season.
“It was one of those moments,” Heard said. “A lot of us stepped up after that game and said what we did wrong and what needed to be fixed. That was a big turning point for us.”
Now, Heard’s sights are set toward next season, when the Wildcats will be a favorite to repeat as state champions with Heard under center for his senior year. The Wildcats will return 12 starters.
“I think we expect a lot next year,” Heard said. “I hope we can do it again. I’m very confident in the classes coming up. It should be good.”
ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.