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Late pass play seals Southlake Carroll's 42-29 victory over Denton Guyer
DENTON — Despite playing a game with three turnovers and 60 yards in penalties against undefeated Southlake Carroll, Denton Guyer was in a prime position to win Friday’s regular-season finale and take home a share of the District 7-5A championship.
Facing third-and-17 from the Guyer 48-yard line with almost three minutes remaining in the game and holding on to six-point lead, Southlake Carroll quarterback Kenny Hill needed a big play to keep the Wildcats from taking possession with a chance to win.
He got it on a 20-yard pass that sailed high to Corey Kemp, forcing the senior wide receiver to go up high to catch the ball as he was walloped by Guyer safety Ryan Williams. Kemp managed to hold on to the ball and put the game on ice in Carroll’s 42-29 win to claim the 7-5A crown and finish an undefeated regular season.
“What I like about tonight is — and I knew this would happen — they did some things no one else has done to us by running the read game, throwing on our corners and attacking different areas of our defense,” Guyer coach John Walsh said. “We have to use this to get better at the things they hurt us with and tighten the screws a little bit.”
Guyer (7-3, 5-2) will now be the No. 1 seed in the Class 5A Division II bracket out of District 7-5A while Carroll (10-0, 7-0) will face Plano East in the Class 5A Division I bracket. The games will be played at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.
Walsh has been in a similar position, losing an emotional regular-season finale to a bitter rival.
In 2009, Guyer was beaten by Denton Ryan in Week 10 in a battle for the District 5-4A title, but still went on to the Class 4A Division I state semifinals.
“We’re going to draw back to 2009 when we lost to Ryan and still made a deep run,” Walsh said. “Our staff has been there. We just have to get the kids to follow and go to work. They’re a smart and determined group. They understand.”
The game was sloppy on both ends, especially in the second quarter.