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Denton Guyer outrushes Flower Mound Marcus, 297-37, in 35-17 win
DENTON — In the week leading up to Friday’s game against Flower Mound Marcus, the Guyer coaching staff stressed the physical nature of football the Wildcats would see from the Marauders.
But physical football is nothing new to Guyer, and the Wildcats won the trenches on both side of the ball en route to a 35-17 win over Marcus at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.
“All week long, they said they’re [Marcus] physical and big and they would power us, counter us and zone us [in the run game],” said Guyer defensive end Thomas Ferguson. “We just got out there and knew what was coming, and we dominated.”
The Wildcats (2-1) held Marcus’ vaunted power rushing attack to 37 yards on 31 carries while racking up 297 rushing yards of their own.
Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard had 15 carries for 141 yards and three rushing scores while passing for 208 yards and a touchdown, and the Texas pledge was a busy kid in the 24 seconds of game time that were the book ends around halftime.
Guyer, ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press Class 4A state poll, had not been in a two-minute situation yet this season and really never was in 2012, but Walsh got to test his offense before the close of the first half.
The Wildcats started at their 26-yard line with 2:02 remaining in the first half after the Marauders had scored to take a 10-7 lead.
Guyer needed eight plays to march 74 yards, highlighted by a double-reverse flea-flicker from Heard to D.J. Breedlove for a 30-yard gain, and with four seconds remaining in the half, Heard plunged in from a yard out to send Guyer to the half with a 14-10 lead.
The Wildcats received the second half’s opening kickoff, and it was returned 60 yards by starting linebacker Michael Carrillo. On the first offensive snap of the second half, Heard went untouched up the middle for a 40-yard touchdown scamper to give the Wildcats a 21-10 lead after previously being down 10-7.
Then, the rout was on.
“We don’t fast-tempo people because I like playing the game like we play it,” Guyer head coach John Walsh said. “But we do have quick-strike guys all over the place and we have quick-strike plays. Those quick-strike guys and quick-strike plays hit hard and fast. That’s huge momentum.”
Playing without senior quarterback Cole Erwin, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last week, the Marauders (1-2) turned to Taylor Gibbs, who was efficient in the first half, going 10-for-13 for 136 yards and a touchdown. But his fortunes changed in the second half as he went just 3-for-12 for 71 yards.
Ferguson pointed back to that quick 24-second stretch as the point he knew the game was over, even though there was still nearly a full half to play.
“That was when we knew we had the momentum, and we knew they were done,” Ferguson said. “When you look across and see them, you just know. We knew they were mad and we were on top.”
Heard, who accounted for two of his four touchdowns in that span, played his most crisp game yet on the young season, Walsh said.
Heard agreed, saying it was the best start to the season during any of his three seasons as Guyer’s starting quarterback for a traditionally slow-starting team that likes to peak in November and December.
“In my three years of starting, I think this is the greatest start we’ve had,” Heard said. “It’s almost scary. That’s a great sign with our offense and definitely with our defense. Our defense helped us a lot getting the ball back to us. They deserve a ton of credit.”
Walsh said Heard’s quick start to the season is in line with the rest of his team’s.
“He’s getting better each week,” Walsh said of Heard. “That’s his nature. He’s getting better quicker in the season this year than he did last year. He’s one of our stallions, and we’re going to keep riding him all the way.”
Now with a bye week coming before District 5-4A play begins Sept. 27 at Azle, Walsh said his team can get healthy and get even better.
Guyer has played its first three games with a makeshift offensive line and has two injured starting cornerbacks, but now they’re starting to get healthy and should be back for district opener.
“We’re rather healthy,” Walsh said. “And we’re actually going to get a little better because we’ll get some guys back on the field.”