Written by SportsDayDFW.com
After winning 4A Division I state title last season, Denton Guyer in repeat mode
Denton Guyer coach John Walsh couldn’t be happier with the attitude of his players during the first two weeks of practice.
“You couldn’t even tell we won it all last year,” Walsh said. “You wouldn’t be able to tell based on how they’re acting. They’re all business.”
Guyer, the defending Class 4A Division I champion, enters the 2013 season as an overwhelming favorite to repeat. It’s the top-ranked 4A team in Texas and features one of the state’s most dynamic playmakers in quarterback Jerrod Heard.
The 6-2, 180-pound Texas pledge passed for 2,090 yards, rushed for 2,138 more and had a combined 52 touchdowns. He accounted for seven of those touchdowns in the state final against Georgetown to earn championship MVP honors.
As good as Heard was, though, Walsh said his quarterback has found ways to improve every facet of his game during the off-season. He’s faster and a more accurate passer. He’s also come into his own as the team’s vocal leader.
“He was almost too shy at the beginning of last season,” Walsh said. “He’s a very humble kid. He’s still humble. But now he’s got the confidence in himself and in our team that he’s more vocal. He’s always led by example, and now he’s added the vocal part of it.”
Guyer’s defense will be bolstered by an experienced front seven. Along the line are Thomas Ferguson, Carl Thompson, Isiah Correa and Derek Watson, all of whom are returning varsity players.
Walsh expects the defense to be substantially better than last season, when it allowed 352 yards per game. Guyer particularly struggled against the run, surrendering 152.9 yards per game.
“Everybody is going to be surprised by our front seven,” Walsh said. “From 2009-11 we didn’t give up many points and you couldn’t run on us. I think you’ll see a similar type defense this year that looks more like those days.”
Behind Guyer in SportsDay’s 4A rankings are No. 2 Lancaster, which is coming off a run to the state finals, and No. 3 Mesquite Poteet, which is under the direction of first-time head coach Kody Groves.