Wildcats Wrap Up the Season

Wildcats Wrap Up the Season

By Steve Gamel

Guyer’s playoff success in football has been well documented over the years. Not only have the Wildcats won two state titles, but they regularly make deep playoff runs. And the best part is that they’ve been
able to maintain that success across multiple classifications.

Needless to say, it’s a shocker when Guyer doesn’t have playoff success.

That’s what happened last month when Guyer lost to Trophy Club Byron Nelson, 28-24, in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs. The Wildcats had a chance to win in the closing seconds, but their game-winning touchdown was negated by a penalty.

It was the first time in program history that Guyer lost in the first round.

The early-round exit was a rotten cherry on top of an uncharacteristically up and down season. Guyer still won seven games, but it was no secret that the team struggled to maintain consistency on both sides of the ball and got off to a 2-2 start. The Wildcats rebounded by winning five of their last six regular-season games, but needed to show it could pass the ball consistently if it wanted to rattle off one of its trademark deep playoff runs.

Instead, Guyer threw for 74 yards against Nelson, turned the ball over once, and committed 85 yards in penalties. The one penalty that hurt the most came on the second-to-last play of the game as quarterback Luke Stillwell broke free and made a diving play for the end zone to score. Everyone on the Guyer sideline erupted in celebration, but it was short lived as referees called one of Guyer’s receivers for holding near the 15-yard line.

That set up a fourth-and-long situation as time expired, and Guyer couldn’t convert.

Despite the negative ending to the season, the Wildcats did show they have plenty of weapons to work with in the coming years – the biggest being sophomore running back Kaedric Cobbs.

Cobbs, who transferred from Melissa in the offseason, was an absolute monster all year and finished his first year with the Wildcats having rushed for 1,362 yards and 25 touchdowns. He was also a great pass catcher out of the backfield, catching 10 balls for 135 yards.

His performance was good enough to make him the No. 11 rusher in all of Class 6A. Cobbs averaged just more than seven yards per carry.

Expect Cobbs to have another big year next season as Guyer continues its run-heavy attack. But with the upcoming graduation of TCU commit John Lanz, the team will need to beef up its offensive line to pave the way for its dynamic running back.

Guyer will also have a new quarterback next season. Stillwell will graduate, which opens the door for backups like Trace Jewell. Jewell saw plenty of action this past season while finishing with 215 passing yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 315 yards and a score.

The bottom line is that while Guyer will have plenty of new faces leading the charge next year, it always manages to find itself making the playoffs. And you can bet the Wildcats will be more motivated than ever in 2018 to erase the memory of this year’s early-round exit.

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