Football: Guyer Heads into Summer with No Worries

Football: Guyer Heads into Summer with No Worries

by Steve Gamel

No Noah Cain. No Problem.

That’s the mentality Guyer coach John Walsh had entering spring football practices. For the first time in recent memory, the Wildcats were hit harder than usual with key losses at running back as Myron Mason graduated and star sophomore Noah Cain transferred to IMG Academy.
Both combined to rush for more than 2,700 yards and 33 scores. But Walsh isn’t fazed. In fact, there are a slew of newcomers waiting to be Guyer’s next big star.

“It’s going to be typical Guyer football,” Walsh said. “We’re going to have three or four guys sharing the load. When you’ve got a good offensive line, you’re going to be able to run the ball.”

Walsh pointed to four guys who will share that load at running back, including senior-to-be Devin Jefferson and junior Kaleel Rhoden. There are also a pair of sophomores in Harrison Bohannon and move-in Kaedric Cobbs. Cobbs is a new name at Guyer but not on the football scene as he stood out as a freshman at Melissa last year.

Walsh said all four guys will work into the mix when the 2017 season starts.

As for the rest of the team, Walsh said football provided for a few extra bumps and bruises as players get readjusted to full contact practices. Guyer graduated its entire secondary on defense, but has several new guys stepping in that should also get help from a solid front line. That front line includes Grant Mahon, a 6-3, 260 pound defensive end move-in from Liberty Christian.

“Our defense looks good; that unit is definitely making it hard for us to run the football in practice,” Walsh said. “We knew we’d be good up front, and I’m thinking it will be a good group overall.”


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