Guyer Ends Spring with All Positives, No Concerns

Guyer Ends Spring with All Positives, No Concerns

by Steve Gamel

New Guyer quarterback Luke Stillwell may be everything he’s cracked up to be after all.
Before spring workouts started, Wildcats head coach John Walsh insisted his offense would not skip a beat following the loss of two-year starter and TCU commit Shawn Robinson to DeSoto. Simply put, Stillwell is the new signal caller and expect Guyer to again be a dominant team in Class 6A next season.

All that was left was for Stillwell was to back up those words—which he did all spring long—concluding with a stellar showing in the spring game on May 19 where he threw two touchdowns and zero interceptions.

“He was accurate all spring, and he’s going to continue giving us the dual threat quality we are used to,” Walsh said of the junior-to-be. “People are asking me, ‘Can you guys still throw and run?’ Yes, we can.”

Stillwell didn’t see a ton of playing time on varsity with Robinson at the helm, but he finished the year with 194 passing yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 107 yards on 18 carries.

He started Guyer’s 12-10 District 5-6A win over Trophy Club Byron Nelson when Robinson was sick, and also came in at quarterback in two of the team’s four playoff games.

We’ve written a lot about Stillwell, but truth be told, Walsh said he’s one of a slew of Wildcats who had a successful spring and are looking to build on last year’s run to the Class 6A Division II regional final.

He pointed to newcomers like fullbacks Turner Aune and Trevor Caples, who should both be able to step in immediately in the fall. The same was said of safety DeRay Darthard. All three, with Stillwell, should fit in nicely with six returning starters on offense and five defensively.

Stillwell appears to have the most help thanks to a trio of running backs in Christian Moore, Myron Mason and sophomore-to-be sensation, Noah Cain. All three return from last season. He also has tight end and Miami commit Jason Polendey and several quality receivers at his disposal.

“We literally don’t have any concerns at this point,” Walsh said. “That’s why you do spring ball, because you want to feel like you have a good team heading into the summer. We worked on a lot of different things, and we weren’t going to do anything halfway. Both sides of the ball got after it this spring.”

Guyer hopes to parlay that into a successful 2016 season in the new District 6-6A. That district includes Plano East, Plano West, Plano, McKinney Boyd, McKinney, Wylie and Allen.

“We’re going into this district believing that we are competing for a district championship,” Walsh said. “We feel like we have a very good team, and we are back to form in every way.”

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