Guyer Ready To Take On New District Slate

Guyer Ready To Take On New District Slate

by Steve Gamel

The Guyer football team is used to being placed in a tough district lineup every year. That won’t change next season, though there is the added incentive of exacting revenge on a few opponents of the past.
Head coach John Walsh and company learned they would join a revamped District 5-6A lineup that includes the likes of Trophy Club Byron Nelson, Southlake Carroll, Keller, Keller Fossil Ridge, Keller Central, Keller Timber Creek, and Haslet Eaton. The news was released during the University Interscholastic League’s biennial reclassification and realignment day on February 1.

The new district lineup is for the 2018-20 school years and is for all sports at Guyer – not just football.

There are several positives with this new district lineup. For starters, it will cut down on Guyer’s travel while at the same time taking the edge off what has been a tough district slate the last two seasons. Not that this new lineup isn’t tough in its own right, but the Wildcats did share a district with defending Class 6A state champion Allen along with the Plano and McKinney schools.

Another coup is that the latest realignment pits the Wildcats against three teams it has lost to in recent years. Keller Central beat Guyer 24-21 when they were in the same district in 2015. Last year, Nelson shocked Guyer with a win in the first round of playoffs. It was the first time in Guyer’s history that it lost in the first round of the playoffs. It was also the first time Nelson had ever beaten Guyer.
Then there’s Southlake Carroll, which has always had a solid rivalry with the Wildcats.

Guyer is 3-2 all-time against Southlake Carroll, including a 48-35 playoff win over the Dragons in 2015.

Walsh told the Denton Record-Chronicle he is extremely excited about the potential for this district.

“When you look at your schedule, you hope to have games where your kids and fans get that rivalry feeling,” Walsh told the DRC. “We created that back in 2010 and it kind of continued through the playoffs. It’s good to make it a district matchup.”

Walsh always feels his teams are prepared for tough sledding, and this year won’t be any different. Since 2010, Guyer has competed in three titles games (once in 5A and twice in 4A) while winning two. They’ve flip-flopped classes regularly during that stretch, and Walsh has made it a point to schedule the best teams possible in nondistrict.

From an athletic program as a whole, Guyer is also better suited to handle tough competition. Its boys basketball team is two of the top programs in the state, and its baseball, softball, and volleyball teams are consistent playoff contenders. The girls soccer team won a state title not too long ago, as well.

This year’s nondistrict schedule for football includes Aledo, which has won six state titles over the last nine seasons. The Wildcats will then face Cedar Hill and Mesquite Horn before district starts.

“If you’re at Guyer High School, you’re going to play a tough nondistrict schedule,” Walsh told the DRC. “We’ll be ready for district play after that.”

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