The first offensive possession for Guyer was arguably the worst the Wildcats played all night as Jerrod Heard’s interception gave the Denton Broncos valuable field position inside the Wildcats’ red zone, but Guyer’s defense held strong and forced the Broncos into a failed field goal try.
From there, Heard and the Wildcats wasted no time in getting their offense working as efficiently as an assembly line, steamrolling their way to a 66-7 District 5-4A victory on their homecoming night Friday at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.
“In the passing game, after the interception, we connected really well, and we knew if we had anything to fall on, the running game was going to be there,” Heard said. “We really worked on our passing game, and the receivers and I connected. It was a great night.”
Guyer’s running game drew most of the acclaim as the Wildcats (3-2, 2-0 district) racked up 415 yards on the ground, with Heard rushing for 162 yards and two touchdowns. He also finished 9-of-15 passing for 106 yards and three more scores.
Heard’s high throw on third-and-7 on Guyer’s first drive fell into cornerback Juan Campos’s hands, and the Broncos had the ball deep in Wildcats territory. But Denton couldn’t convert the 31-yard field-goal attempt.
“I made a bad read on it,” Heard said. “I saw the corner and thought they were playing cover 2. I tried to hit the outside, but I knew I had to bounce back. That’s part of the game. We were trying to get that throwing game in, and I’ve grown from it. I had a lot of confidence in our defense. It’s going to be the main focus of our team. They really help us out in critical times, and we lean on them now.”
With Guyer escaping Denton’s initial threat, it took Heard and the Wildcats eight plays to break the scoreless tie with senior running back DJ Breedlove’s 4-yard touchdown run nearly six minutes into the first quarter.
From there, the Wildcats’ offense began moving more fluidly. After a three-and-out by Ward and the Broncos gave Guyer solid field position at midfield, Heard proved the early interception was insignificant. He and the Wildcats swiftly moved through the air and on the ground with a five-play drive finished off by Heard’s 4-yard touchdown pass to junior wideout David Haynes with 3:14 left in the first quarter.
The Broncos used a 37-yard kickoff return by senior wideout Ke’Von Buris to get the ball at the Wildcats’ 46-yard line. Junior quarterback Christian Rodriguez found Adarian Harris for 37 yards on his first pass of the game, setting up sophomore Xavier Scott’s 4-yard touchdown run to get the Broncos to within 14-7.
That would be as close as Denton (2-3, 0-2) would get to Guyer as the Wildcats began to pump out yards and touchdowns.
“Now it’s going to be up to our coaching staff to come up with a good play to instill some confidence in our kids because now we’ve lost two in a row and our backs are against the wall,” Denton head coach Kevin Atkinson said. “We’ve got to find a way to overcome some things.”
Heard showed why he’s one of the top-rated quarterbacks in the nation, as he divided the Denton defense with a decisive, 47-yard scamper right past the oncoming safety five yards from the line of scrimmage to give the Wildcats a 21-7 lead with six seconds left in the first quarter.
After the Guyer defense coerced another Denton three-and-out, it took the Wildcats just two plays to go ahead 28-7 with 9:41 remaining in the second quarter as Heard found junior wideout Alex Honey wide open for a 34-yard touchdown.
Guyer’s defense then held Denton again and Heard put on a show in the middle of the Denton secondary as he ripped off a 52-yard touchdown run, putting a Bronco in his rearview mirror by cutting inside and making the defender lose his balance and stumble to his backside.
“Some were designed calls and some were pass-play calls that he decided to take off on,” Guyer head coach John Walsh said of Heard’s running prowess. “That’s the beauty of having a dual-threat quarterback. And one like him, they can make a bad call a good call in a hurry. Physically he’s as gifted as there is in the state of Texas and I’m glad he wears the black and silver.”
With Denton’s offense still struggling, Heard found Breedlove for a 5-yard touchdown that gave Guyer a 42-7 lead with 4:49 left in the second quarter.
Last year’s matchup saw Denton down 42-0 at halftime. Guyer added a 37-yard field goal to take a 45-7 lead into halftime and finished out the game with Haynes as quarterback.
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Guyer 66, Denton 7
DG — DJ Breedlove 4 run (Brad Grems kick)
DG — David Haynes 4 pass from Jerrod Heard (Brad Grems kick)
DN — Xavier Scott 4 run (Michael Husbands kick)
DG — Jerrod Heard 47 run (Brad Grems kick)
DG — Alex Honey 34 pass from Jerrod Heard (Brad Grems kick)
DG — Jerrod Heard 52 run (Brad Grems kick)
DG — DJ Breedlove 5 pass from Jerrod Heard (Brad Grems kick)
DG — Brad Grems 37 FG
DG — Anthony Taylor 11 run (Brad Grems kick)
DG — David Haynes 7 run (Brad Grems kick)
DG — Dale Hodge 3 run (Brad Grems kick)
Rushing — DG: Jerrod Heard 10-162, Anthony Taylor 11-122, David Haynes 9-51, DJ Breedlove 7-47, Dale Hodge 8-21, Tyler Smith 1-4, Laith Smadi 3--13, DN: Xavier Scott 13-29, Deandre Coleman 2-4, Cy Ward 3--12.
Passing — DG: Jerrod Heard 9-15-1-106, David Haynes 4-5-0-33, DN: Cy Ward 15-22-0-100, Christian Rodriguez 2-8-0-53.
Receiving — DG: Alex Honey 3-62, Tripp Reed 3-21, David Haynes 2-16, Eric Ramon 1-15, DJ Breedlove 3-13, Tyler Smith 1-12, DN: Adrian Harris 6-127, Ke’Von Buris 4-20, Deandre Coleman 4-10, Key’andre Hearvey 3--4.