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Guyer's offense shines in road win over Mesquite Horn
Heard throws for 277 yards, 2 scores as team has only 1 turnover
MESQUITE — On a night with a constant, nagging rain at Mesquite’s E.H. Hanby Stadium that could have doomed offenses, Guyer had its cleanest, most crisp performance of the season on Friday night and earned a 31-23 victory over Mesquite Horn.
After committing six turnovers in its first two games, Guyer (2-1) had just one — on a fake punt attempt — against Horn.
“Like I’ve said, if we hold on to the ball and let [sophomore quarterback] Jerrod [Heard] play, he can play. And that was evident tonight,” Guyer head coach John Walsh said.
Heard completed 16-of-25 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns to Conner Crane.
The first, when Heard found Crane for a 21-yard touchdown in the corner of the end zone, capped off an 80-yard opening drive for Guyer.
The second was even more impressive.
With less than three minutes remaining in the half, Heard faced third-and-goal from the Horn 13-yard line and was flushed out of the pocket by a heavy blitz.
Heard stayed upright while a Horn defender tugged on his jersey, and he spotted Crane at the 2-yard line, where he completed the pass and watched him walk into the end zone.
But Crane’s favorite receiver of the night was junior Ellis Jefferson, who had six catches for 161 yards, including a 75-yard scamper in the fourth quarter that put Guyer at the Horn 3-yard line.
Horn forced Guyer into a 21-yard field goal attempt by Josh King, who was hit after the play for one of Horn’s four roughing penalties.
That gave Guyer a first-and-goal at the Horn 2-yard line, and sophomore running back D.J. Breedlove scored on the next play to give Guyer a 28-17 lead.
Guyer’s defense forced two turnovers, including a key interception from middle linebacker Dominic Ramacher.
“I think we are where we need to be,” Walsh said. “We’re not where we’re gonna be by Week 10, but that’s OK. We’re making progress, and I’m pleased.”