Guyer Season Preview: Won’t Be Pushed Around By Anyone In 2017

Guyer Season Preview: Won’t Be Pushed Around By Anyone In 2017

by Steve Gamel

Despite returning just seven starters – two on defense – from a team that lost in the second round a year ago, Guyer looks like that big brother who can push around every wannabe bully in the Class 6A yard.

The 2017 Wildcats will again feature an offense predicated on a run-first mentality, but they are brimming with confidence now that they have a bigger and more experienced offensive line to pave the way. Adding to that are even more nasty, hard-nosed big men in the defensive trenches.

“We’ve got some big ol’ boys to carry us. We won’t get pushed around at all,” head coach John Walsh said.

This is big news for Guyer, which appeared to be on its way to another deep playoff march last season when it blew a 21-0 lead against Cedar Hill in a 23-21 loss. Cedar Hill had more depth and strength, and wasn’t as easy to wear down with the game on the line.

Not being able to overcome upper echelon teams was a common theme all year for Guyer, which also lost to Allen and eventual state champion, DeSoto. Guyer was outscored 116-45 in those games.

Walsh is hoping this year will be drastically different given their sheer size up front on both sides of the ball. The offensive line features guys like 6-3, 280-pound TCU commit John Lanz, all-district center Dylan Alexander, and Caleb Gill. Defensively, 6-3, 285-pound Arian Baht should be a force on the line alongside Isaac Carrillo and Grant Mahon. Mahon (6-3, 260) is a move-in from Liberty Christian. Bhat hauled in 42 tackles last year, including 10 for loss.

The size and strength on the defensive line should help offset an all-new secondary.

Offensively, Guyer was able to rush for close to 300 yards per game a year ago. Gone are star backs Noah Cain and Myron Mason, but Kaleel Rhoden offers just as much speed and shiftiness. And he won’t be alone. Walsh pointed to four guys who will share the load at running back, including senior Devin Jefferson and sophomore Kaedric Cobbs. Cobbs is a dynamic transfer from Melissa.

Quarterback Luke Stillwell should also be better, and will factor heavily into that vaunted run game.

Guyer opens its season August 31 on the road against Mansfield Lake Ridge.


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