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Saturday's HS football playoff roundup: Guyer holds off Amarillo
MIDLAND — In Saturday’s third-round playoff game, Denton Guyer coach John Walsh wanted his team to jump out to a decent lead against Amarillo’s ground-and-pound wing-T offense. And Walsh wanted his offense to stay on the field for sustained drives against a Sandies team that likes to own time of possession.
Walsh was disappointed in both areas, but he was ecstatic that Guyer was still able to win, 38-30. Guyer (11-2) advanced to face Birdville in the Class 4A Division I Region I final at 2 p.m. Saturday at Southlake’s Dragon Stadium.
“I’m really pleased because we won a ballgame that we certainly didn’t want to be in the fourth quarter with just a one-score lead,” Walsh said.
Guyer’s quick-strike offense that scored 42 points in each of the first two playoff games ran just seven offensive plays in the first quarter, but the Wildcats still led, 7-3. Amarillo’s first drive of the second half was 71 yards on 16 plays in 7:10, and it ended with a field goal to cut Guyer’s lead to five points.
But Amarillo couldn’t stop Jerrod Heard, a junior quarterback who has committed to Texas. He ran for 155 yards and two touchdowns and threw a 43-yard scoring pass to Arizona State pledge Ellis Jefferson.
Leading 21-16, Guyer started at its 21 and drove for Heard’s 3-yard touchdown run. Heard had a 42-yard run on the drive.
Brad Grems’ field goal and D.J. Breedlove’s 11-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter extended Guyer’s lead to 38-23. Gabe Rodriguez threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Sluder to pull Amarillo (10-3) within eight points with 1:16 left, but Guyer recovered the onside kick.
WICHITA FALLS — Birdville (13-0) scored on its first six possessions and beat Lubbock Monterey (9-4) in a Class 4A Division I Region I semifinal.
Birdville had 413 yards of offense, and many of the fireworks came from tailback Xavier Turner, who started the game with a 64-yard run. Turner finished with 195 yards rushing and four first-half touchdowns.
Justin Martin kept the Birdville offense clicking in the second half, throwing two touchdown passes.
TCA-Addison’s defense intercepted two passes in the final four minutes, preserving a victory in a TAPPS Division I state semifinal. TCA-Addison (11-2) advanced to play district rival Fort Worth Nolan in the state final at 3 p.m. Saturday at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco.
Patrick Rea intercepted a pass at the TCA-Addison 5-yard line with 3:56 left in the game. After a punt and a 23-yard return by Anthony Mullins to the TCA-Addison 15, Chad Baldwin intercepted a pass with 1:07 left.
With Bishop Lynch (8-5) leading 16-13, TCA-Addison quarterback Daniel Davidson was facing 3rd-and-19 when he hit Brock Thomas for a 58-yard gain to the Bishop Lynch 6. Davidson scored on a 1-yard run two plays later to give TCA-Addison a 20-16 halftime lead.
Late in the third quarter, TCA-Addison was again facing third-and-long when Davidson connected with Thomas for a 45-yard pass to the Bishop Lynch 19. Six plays later, Harrison Woodard scored on a 1-yard run to increase TCA-Addison’s lead to 27-16.
Aus. St. Michael’s
TEMPLE — Luke Alves, Joseph Prud’homme and Joe Montez each exceeded 100 yards rushing as Fort Worth Nolan (11-2) defeated Austin St. Michael’s (12-1) in a TAPPS Division I state semifinal. Nolan rushed for 394 yards to reach its eighth Division I final in the last nine seasons.
Nolan took control late in the first half. Nolan trailed, 14-13, before Montez scored on a 7-yard touchdown run.
Nolan’s Jonathon Faltynski then intercepted a pass and Prud’homme scored his second touchdown four plays later on a 30-yard keeper on fourth-and-2. McCaleb Taylor kicked a 33-yard field goal as the first half ended to give Nolan a 30-14 lead.
ABILENE — Four first-half turnovers led to 24 points for Midland Christian as
the Mustangs (12-1) rolled past Dallas Christian in a TAPPS Division II state
semifinal. Dallas Christian (12-1) managed a season-low 137 total yards,
including minus-5 on the ground.