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Week 9 5A roundup part one: Guyer win sets up district title game vs. Carroll
KELLER – Denton Guyer’s rushing attack has not been hitting on all cylinders at every point this season.
But in Friday’s 41-21 win over Keller Fossil Ridge, the Wildcats ran the ball early and were successful immediately.
Running back Sebastain Williams took the game’s first offensive snap untouched 62 yards around left tackle to the end zone en route to rushing for 135 yards on 10 carries (all in the first half) as Guyer clinched a playoff berth with next week’s game against Southlake Carroll looming for the District 7-5A championship.
“We’ve challenged Sebastain for a while now,” Guyer head coach John Walsh said. “He has the full package of speed, vision and power and he doesn’t put it all together all the time. Tonight, he did it.”
Guyer (7-2, 5-1) needed just three offensive snaps to take a 14-0 lead when Tavi Sanches returned a punt 38 yards to the Fossil Ridge 22-yard line less than two minutes into the game.
After a Williams run for a yard on first down, Heard found Conner Crane, who had a career-high 199 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday’s 35-21 win over Keller, for an easy touchdown pass.
Williams got in on the fun again when he caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Heard with less than five minutes to play in the opening quarter and after one of several three-and-outs by Guyer’s defense, Williams went untouched again on a 29-yard scoring jaunt to give Guyer a 27-0 lead before the first quarter was over.
Heard finished the night completing 12 of his 18 pass attempts for 173 yards and four touchdowns before sitting for much of the second half.
“Our quarterback will read defenses and attack them,” Walsh said. “He has two big targets out there [Crane and Jefferson, who are both 6-4] for the defense to cover. They have to cover them both, and usually one of them will be open.”
Guyer also got a brilliant performance from its defense, which entered the game as the No. 1 statistical defense in District 7-5A and matched up against the Panthers (5-4, 3-3) offense, ranked No. 1 in the district.
Guyer had a 41-0 shutout going into the fourth quarter when much of the first-teamers were removed and Fossil Ridge was able to move the ball, compiling 91 yards on the ground and 216 through the air.
Colleyville Heritage 36, Hurst L.D. Bell 29
BEDFORD — Cody Thomas threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Connor Davis with 3:37 remaining Friday night, giving Colleyville Heritage a 36-29 victory over Hurst L.D. Bell at Pennington Field.
L.D. Bell (6-4, 5-3 District 6-5A) used touchdown runs by Kyle Romano and Michael Jones-Scott to score 20 unanswered points and take a 29-28 lead with just 4:54 left.
Cedar Hill 49, South Grand Prairie 16
CEDAR HILL — Cedar Hill started slowly but used a trick play and a strong second half rushing attack to defeat South Grand Prairie and clinch the 5-5A district title at Longhorn Stadium.
South Grand Prairie (3-6, 2-4), punted late in the second quarter, and Cedar Hill (7-2, 6-0) marched down the field in the final minute of the half. After a Damion Hobbs 16-yard run, Cedar Hill scored on a 14-yard halfback pass from Andre Anderson to Hobbs to take a 21-14 halftime lead.
Grapevine 10, Irving MacArthur 7
Grapevine (5-4, 4-3) limited Irving MacArthur to two first downs and 125 yards of offense as it hung on for a District 6-5A victory at Mustang Panther Stadium.
Mansfield 45, Grand Prairie 2
GRAND PRAIRIE — Jerod Evans passed for 150 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 68 yards, including a long run of 35 yards that set up a touchdown, as Mansfield (8-1, 5-1) beat Grand Prairie in a District 5-5A game at the Gopher Warrior Bowl.
Kenneth Burks ran for 113 yards on 11 carries in the win.
Arlington Martin 57, Weatherford 7
ARLINGTON — Kyle Hicks rushed for 191 yards and passed for another 23 yards as Arlington Martin clinched a playoff berth with a win over Weatherford.
Martin (8-1, 6-1 District 4-5A) finished with 510 yards of total offense and held Weatherford (2-7, 1-6) to 115 yards.
Duncanville 64, Mansfield Legacy 50
MANSFIELD — Deandre Grimes threw five touchdown passes and carried five times for 152 yards, including a scoring run of 66 yards, as Duncanville outlasted Mansfield Legacy to clinch a playoff spot.
William Jackson added 125 yards rushing for Duncanville (5-3, 3-2 District 5-5A), which led 43-7 at halftime before Legacy came on strong.
Richland 42, Irving Nimitz 14
IRVING — Quarterback Walker Burns rushed for 163 yards and three touchdowns as Richland (4-5) rolled over Irving Nimitz (3-6) 42-14 in a District 6-5A showdown at Irving Schools Stadium.
Burns completed four of five passes for 75 yards, but it was Richland’s rushing attacked that accounted for 370 yards and six touchdowns.
Arlington Bowie 63, Fort Worth Paschal 7
ARLINGTON — Senior tailback Russell Hansbrough rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns to lead Arlington Bowie over Fort Worth Paschal in a District 4-5A game at Wilemon Field.
Bowie (6-3, 4-2) scored just 65 seconds into the contest when Robert Zenon returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown. Bowie tacked on six more touchdowns to lead 49-0 at halftime.
Haltom 46, Irving 24
HALTOM CITY — James Gibbs ran for 270 yards and four touchdowns as Haltom (4-5, 3-4 District 6-5A) ran over Irving (0-9, 0-7).
Three of Gibbs’ scores came in the first quarter, including a 54-yard run. That touchdown came two plays after Jaredd Tennell-Hickey’s 3-yard run had cut Haltom’s lead to 14-6 late in the first quarter.
Mansfield Timberview 49, Midlothian 42
MIDLOTHIAN — Charles Taylor led Mansfield Timberview (7-2, 4-2) to a playoff berth, rushing for two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a win over Midlothian (3-6, 1-5).
With his team trailing 42-41 with three minutes left, Mansfield Timberview cornerback Trevor Walker intercepted Bryce Fausett at the Midlothian 33. Three plays later, Taylor ran it in from 8 yards and converted a two-point conversion.
Arlington 42, North Crowley 35
FORT WORTH — Paul Sneed was stopped just short of the goal line on a 6-yard pass on the final play, giving Arlington (6-3, 5-1) a District 4-5A victory over North Crowley to clinch a playoff spot.