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Guyer QB Jerrod Heard accounts for 7 TDs; Wildcats erase 16-point deficit to win 4A-I title over Georgetown
ARLINGTON — Denton Guyer’s state title aspirations have been fraught with disappointment in previous years, but this time, junior quarterback Jerrod Heard, responsible for all seven of his team’s touchdowns, sparked a memorable rally in a 48-37 win over Georgetown in the Class 4A Division I state final at Cowboys Stadium.
“We’ve been close the last five years,” Guyer coach John Walsh said. “It’s refreshing. We’ve been good enough, we just didn’t finish. We’ve been behind before. Even when we’ve lost, we’ve never felt like we were out of it.”
Guyer (14-2) has reached four state semifinals in five years, and lost in the final minutes to Cibolo Steele in the 2010 5A Division II state final.
In its first state final, Georgetown (15-1) built a 30-14 lead with 8:26 in third quarter behind the passing of senior quarterback Jake Hubenak (25-of-43 for 316 yards) and the speedy running of senior Austin Weston, who scored twice and rushed for 103 yards on eight carries.
But Heard, a second-year starter verbally committed to Texas for 2014, took command in the air and on the ground to spark the rally. He passed for 189 yards with scoring strikes of 71 and 31 yards. Heard also got his ground game going , scoring four rushing touchdowns in the second half. He finished with 143 yards on 24 carries after only rushing for 33 yards at halftime.
Heard scored runs of 17- and 14-yards in the third quarter to cut Georgetown’s lead to 30-27.
Then Guyer’s defense stepped up and forced a huge turnover. With Georgetown’s offense facing third-and-6, senior linebacker Connor Allen forced a fumble by hitting Hubenak. Guyer recovered at the Georgetown 5-yard line, and then Heard scored from five yards out, breaking four tackles in the process, to give Guyer the lead, 34-30.
Guyer extended its lead early in the fourth quarter when Heard connected with senior receiver Ellis Jefferson for a 71-yard scoring pass, giving the Eagles a 41-30 advantage. Georgetown responded with a 39-yard touchdown pass by Hubenak to Randy Knightner to pull within four, but then Heard scored on a 7-yard run to put Guyer up, 48-37.
“Guyer didn’t do anything differently in the second half,” said Georgetown coach Jason Dean, a college teammate of Guyer’s Walsh at McMurry in 1992-93. “They bowed their necks and said they are a running team and that’s what they decided to do. Heard is a great player but that offensive line is the best we’ve faced. He doesn’t do it alone.”
“I have confidence the defense that they’ll get a couple stops,” Heard said. “I have confidence in our offense. I was thinking about keep getting first downs, get it in the end zone and we’ll be all right.”
In the second round of the playoffs, Heard scored three touchdowns as Guyer ousted three-time defending state champ Aledo. This season, Heard rushed for 2,138 yards with 35 touchdowns and passed for 2,090 yards with 17 touchdowns. Now, Heard (22-6 as a starter) and Guyer have a state title and he’s hoping to get a little slack from his mother, Tina.
“She’s pretty strict,” Heard said. “I’ve got make As and Bs. I’ve got be home around 9 [p.m.] during school. She’s been on me to get a [championship] ring. Maybe I can stay out a little later.”