Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson didn’t get off to a sterling start in Friday night’s scrimmage against the state’s No. 5 team in The Associated Press’ preseason Class 6A poll.
After his first five pass attempts, Robinson was 1-for-5 for zero yards, but after he got his feet wet against a premier program, the recently turned 15-year-old showed why he’s 247Sports’ No. 1-ranked dual-threat quarterback nationally in the class of 2017.
“I think he was in scrimmage mode,” Guyer coach John Walsh said after his team scrimmaged Euless Trinity at Guyer. “He came out with no knee pads. I think he was in relaxed scrimmage mode. He didn’t play up to his speed. Then, he got it going.”
After the slow start, Robinson found 6-4 wideout Alex Honey for a 44-yard catch-and-run touchdown on a quick slant in the controlled portion of the scrimmage. Then came a live quarter, where Robinson really shined.
In that live quarter, the sophomore went 12-for-13 for 168 yards and two touchdowns — to Honey and David Haynes — against the Trojans, as Guyer’s first-teamers outscored the Trojans’ first unit 28-7 over the course of the night.
He did throw an interception in the controlled portion, and had another would-be pick dropped by a defender, but Walsh said he was pleased with how he responded in live game action, especially considering the vanilla offense he ran that featured none of Guyer’s trademark quarterback-read running game.
“That was just from him not being totally focused,” Walsh said. “I told him the only way he can keep us from going deep is by turning the ball over. He’s going to make great plays. I was really pleased with him.”
Guyer’s defense, which returns eight starters from last year’s state championship unit, stood tall throughout the night. The first-team defense allowed just one score against the Trojans’ first-teamers and their renowned bruising rushing attack, and that came without Guyer’s two starting defensive tackles, Carl Thompson and Isiah Correa, in the game.
The first-team defensive line was dominant for the most part, led by Thompson, a Kansas pledge, and senior defensive end Derek Watson.
“We did better than I actually thought we would,” Thompson said. “We got four three-and-outs the first four times we were out there, and that’s the No. 5 team in 6A, so that’s pretty good for us.”
Walsh said he was pleased with the play of his linebackers, giving him some confidence in the only real question mark on that side of the ball. Only Michael Carrillo returns as a starter at linebacker, while Joe Silvaggio started a handful of games for the 2013 team.
“When our first-team line was in there, we were pretty stinkin’ stingy,” Walsh said. “When our second line was in, our linebackers made all the plays. We are looking for two spots [at linebacker], but we have six guys there. We’re really deep there.”
The biggest question mark of the night was how the Guyer offensive line would stand up against the Trojan defense, and for the most part, Walsh said, the Wildcats passed the test.
No. 7 Guyer lost all five starters on the offensive line from last year’s team, forcing the staff to figure out its five starters prior to Friday’s season opener against Allen.
“I was extremely pleased with our line because we didn’t use much scheme,” Walsh said. “I was really vanilla. After a while they knew we were in four-wide, so they were just pinning their ears back and coming. I thought we were a little better physically than I expected.”
Walsh said he went to Allen’s scrimmage Friday morning and said the two-time reigning Class 5A Division I champs looked as good as ever, but Thompson said he’s ready to play the Eagles on Friday night at Apogee Stadium.
“We’re ready for them,” Thompson said. “We’re not scared. They’re just another team that we have to play. We just have to go execute and finish, and we’ll be fine. It’s going to be fun.”
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