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Guyer overcomes early errors to top Wichita Falls Rider to stay unbeaten in 5-4A
DENTON — On its first two offensive snaps of the second half, Denton Guyer twice gave Wichita Falls Rider the ball. The first turnover, an interception thrown by Jerrod Heard, resulted in a Rider touchdown. The second, a Richard Whitaker fumble, resulted in no points for Rider. That failure by Rider to convert excellent field position allowed Guyer (6-2, 5-0) to remain undefeated in District 5-4A play, topping Rider, 21-10.
“We felt good at halftime,” Guyer coach John Walsh said of the Wildcats’ 14-3 midway lead. “Those turnovers took momentum away from us and gave it to them. We decided to tighten things up, milk the clock with them and then try to cross that goal line.”
Crossing the goal line was an easy task for Guyer running back Nate Maki in the first half. The junior took his first two handoffs for two touchdowns and a total of 19 yards. Those touchdown runs about summed up the extent of any offensive fireworks.
“I thought we would have some more explosive plays, but sometimes you have to win with defense,” Walsh said. “To come out and not put many points on the board but still come out a winner is a great sign for us.”
With less than nine minutes left in the fourth quarter, Rider (6-2, 4-1) threatened to take the lead before a fumble gave possession back to Guyer. Instead of milking the clock for all it was worth, the Wildcats marched down the field and Heard sealed the game with a three-yard touchdown scamper.
“We needed points,” Walsh said. “You don’t want to be one score away from a state-ranked club, so we had to score.”
Raider running back Dominic Thrasher accounted for their lone touchdown, one of his 14 carries for 76 yards.