Written by Corbett Smith
Denton Guyer storms out to early lead, snaps Aledo's 19-game playoff win streak
JUSTIN — In each of his team’s deep playoff runs, Denton Guyer coach John Walsh said his team has been forced to overcome a difficult early hurdle in the playoffs — such as Cedar Hill or Flower Mound Marcus.
“These kinds of games propel you to bigger things,” Walsh said. “In those three years we made those runs … there was always someone we had to beat. And those games just give you great momentum.”
If that’s true, pencil Guyer going a few more rounds deep in the playoffs.
Guyer ended three-time defending state champ Aledo’s 19-game playoff winning streak, running out to a three-score lead and never looking back in a 42-30 win at Northwest ISD Stadium.
With a brisk north wind scaring Walsh into a run-heavy play list, Guyer rushed for 328 yards. Junior quarterback and Texas pledge Jerrod Heard rushed for 108 yards and three touchdowns, D.J. Breedlove added 169 yards on 22 carries and Richard Whitaker scored two rushing touchdowns for Guyer (10-2).
Guyer sped out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead, capped by a beautiful one-handed 70-yard touchdown catch by receiver Josh Harris — who later left the game with an apparent hamstring pull.
Aledo (10-2) converted only one first down in the first quarter, forced out on two quick three-and-outs.
“I’m never ashamed of losing,” Aledo coach Tim Buchanan said. “The problem was how we lost — dropping the football early, not playing a good game offensively.”
Aledo looked to rally early in the third quarter, scoring a safety to close its deficit to 21-9 when Guyer punter Tanner Hunt fell on the muffed snap in the end zone. After the subsequent free kick, Aledo quarterback Pate Davis narrowly missed Willie Gibson on a deep post that would probably have resulted in a score. Instead, Aledo punted back to Guyer — which proceeded to score on a nine-play, 75-yard drive into the wind, on the strength of eight runs.
“I always look for pivotal drives that really springboard not only your game, but springboard the postseason,” Walsh said. “Those kinds of drives, when something bad happens … it’s huge. It’s momentum for the game and the season.”
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