AZLE — Guyer has made a habit in recent years of putting up a lot of points, particularly in district play.
So scoreboard wise, coach John Walsh was more than satisfied with Friday’s lopsided 41-10 win over Azle to open District 5-4A play. But the longtime coach said there was still something left to be desired.
The Wildcats (2-2, 1-0 district) racked up 467 yards — 267 on the ground — but that same offensive unit turned the ball over twice on interceptions and looked sluggish early on in a game they only led 7-0 after the first 12 minutes of play.
“I don’t think it was a lack of focus, I think our offensive production was stale because we just weren’t executing,” Walsh said. “The look in our kids’ eyes was fine, they were just very average tonight and Guyer offense is not average … but tonight it was very average. As far as our defense goes, it’s been spectacular and has been all year long.”
Azle (2-2, 0-1) came in averaging just shy of 37 points per game in nondistrict play but was limited to 81 yards in the first half and finished with 210. The Hornets were without starting quarterback Jamie King, who was injured. He was replaced by Sean Townsend and Trevor Boiles, who combined to complete 14 of 29 passes for 172 yards.
The Hornets’ lone touchdown came with 2:22 left in regulation.
Last year, Guyer — the defending Class 4A Division I state champs and No. 5 team in the latest Associated Press Class 4A poll — outscored its district opponents 365-73 to win its first outright district title. The program is now riding an eight-game district win streak dating to last year; its last district loss was to Southlake Carroll in the season finale on Nov. 4, 2011. The Wildcats are a stout 30-6 in district games since 2008.
On Friday, it just took them a bit longer to get warmed up. Quarterback Jerrod Heard, a Texas commit, was intercepted twice in the first half. The first one came just minutes into the game as Guyer stood deep in Azle territory.
The game remained scoreless until Heard drove his team 73 yards in 10 plays and capped the drive with a 7-yard touchdown run with 1:23 left in the opening quarter.
That’s when the Wildcats seemed to settle down, scoring on three of their next four possessions. Anthony Taylor led that march, scoring on runs of 26 and 27 yards, respectively. Heard mixed in a pretty 70-yard bomb to Alex Honey to put the team up by three touchdowns with 6:41 left in the half. On the very next possession, Taylor capped a four-play, 40-yard drive with his 27-yard scamper for a 28-0 lead.
Heard finished 10-of-13 passing for 191 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 69 yards on 13 carries.
“I feel OK about the performance, but I think we can get better,” Heard said. “On one of the plays I just tried to force it in there and the other one was just a bad call on my part. We just want to get the ball rolling. What’s behind is behind, we just want to feed off it and go one step at a time and hopefully get the district championship.”
The offense continued its momentum in the second half, taking its first possession 32 yards in four plays for a 35-3 lead. Heard found Honey for an 11-yard touchdown with 8:50 to go in the third quarter, then flipped a short 1-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Pershall with 1:39 left in the same quarter. Guyer missed the extra point but still led 41-3.
Taylor finished the night with 99 yards on five carries, while D.J. Breedlove added 61 yards on eight carries. Nine different receivers caught passes for Guyer, led by Honey’s three grabs for 87 yards and two scores.
“When you get that many points, 41 points is still 41 points,” Walsh said.
“But we were in third-and-long plays when we shouldn’t have been in third down, period, if everyone was executing the way we need them to. We try to think of these trips as business trips, but I think I’m going to push a bit more as a head coach to make sure they stay focused,” he said.
Guyer 41, Azle 10
DG — Jerrod Heard 7 run (Brad Grems kick)
DG — Anthony Taylor 26 run (Brad Grems kick)
DG — Alex Honey 70 pass from Jerrod Heard (Brad Grems kick)
DG — Anthony Taylor 27 run (Brad Grems kick)
AZ — Dylan Tritton 36 FG
DG — Alex Honey 11 pass from Jerrod Heard (Brad Grems kick)
DG — Jonathan Pershall 1 pass from Jerrod Heard (Brad Grems kick failed)
AZ — E.J. Salinas 6 run (Dylan Tritton kick)
Rushing — AZ: E.J. Salinas 6-38, Dalton Cole 6-8, Trevor Boiles 1-3, Chase Smith 7-2, Sean Townsend 14--13, DG: Anthony Taylor 5-99, Jerrod Heard 13-69, DJ Breedlove 8-61, David Haynes 7-27, Adam Scott 1-7, Collin Clayton 3-6, Jose Carrillo 1--2.
Passing — AZ: Sean Townsend 12-23-0-159, Trevor Boiles 2-6-0-13, DG: Jerrod Heard 10-13-2-191, David Haynes 1-1-0-9.
Receiving — AZ: Tyler Albers 5-101, Demetrius Hutcherson 4-37, Trevor Boiles 2-14, Chase Smith 2-13, Matt Delprincipe 1-7, DG: Alex Honey 3-87, Eric Ramon 1-37, Jose Carrillo 1-24, David Haynes 1-15, Tyler Smith 1-14, Tripp Reed 1-9, Adam Scott 1-7, DJ Breedlove 1-6, Jonathan Pershall 1-1.