The 2008 and 2009 football seasons saw Denton, TX, Denton Guyer High feature a football team with a record of 12-3 and 13-2, respectively, en route to consecutive state semi-final appearances.
Pretty amazing considering that before the 2008 season Denton Guyer had yet to win a football game.
With two strong seasons under their belt and two very deep runs into the playoffs, one might be led to think that Denton Guyer is poised to make another deep run into the state playoffs. While that very well could be the case, it is by no means a given this season for the biggest high school in the Denton municipal area.
Why is it that Denton Guyer has their work cut out for them this season? Denton Guyer didn’t really lose too many critical players aside from DT Taylor Bible (a Texas signee) and OL Cole Underwood (a Stanford pledge), and the program has shown impressive stability in its coaching staff, as head coach/athletic director John Walsh has been at the helm of the Denton Guyer program since 2005.
The answer to why Denton Guyer has a difficult hurdle ahead is a two part answer. Part one to the answer lies in the fact that Denton Guyer jumped up from class 4A to class 5A for at least the 2010 and 2011 seasons, which can be quite a challenge in itself. The second part to the answer is Denton Guyer finds itself in a very tough district, featuring Coppell High School (D1 regional finalists), perennial powerhouse Southlake Carroll High School (D2 regional semi-finalists), and a host of other formidable teams, including Keller High School, Keller Central High, Keller Fossil Ridge, Justin Northwest, and Saginaw High, all of whom will likely compete for the fourth and final playoff spot in the difficult 7-5A district.
As stated earlier though, Denton Guyer has plenty of factors working in their favor, the most important of which is their undeniable experience. Denton Guyer will be returning six starters on both sides of the ball, including a senior class that has played a staggering 30 games over the past two seasons (12-3 in 2008 and 13-2 in 2009). It’s in that experience though, where the real jewels lie. Those said jewels, are the outstanding athletes and football players that Denton Guyer fields. The most notable of which is likely QB J.W. Walsh, who is an Oklahoma State commit. QB Walsh is not only the coach’s son, but he could very well be the best quarterback in state. In fact, he’s a 2nd team Super Team selection according to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.
The Denton Guyer team is littered with other standouts who have received significant interest from FCS college football programs. DL Jimmy Bean will find himself in familiar company with Walsh, as the 6′ 5″, 225 lbs. star is also listed as a solid verbal commit to Oklahoma State. DB Josh Stewart received offers from seven FCS programs including Boise State and Texas Tech, but ultimately decided on Texas A&M. Stewart is currently rated as a 3-star prospect according to rivals.yahoo.com. LB Blake Terry is listed as a solid verbal to the University of Kentucky, choosing the Bluegrass State’s flagship university over other schools, including Colorado State and Louisiana-Monroe, both of which offered a scholarship. WR Quentin Gardener, LB Ty Hook, and RB Treavon Walton will all likely play college football at FCS programs.
And it’s not only the seniors who are getting all the attention in the Denton Guyer program. WR Connor Crane is already seeing interest from multiple colleges, as is OL Jon Ferguson. With depth like that, it’s hard to argue against Denton Guyer having a successful year.
Statistically speaking, Denton Guyer looks poised to make another playoff run. QB Walsh threw for 2,600 yards and 30 touchdowns while only throwing 6 interceptions and managed to maintain an impressive completion percentage of 64.5%. He ate up yardage on the ground too, rushing for a total of 1563 yards on 167 attempts. RB Walton averaged 9.2 yards per carry on 37 attempts, and while Denton Guyer may feature an air-raid offensive system, he could see an increased number of carries in his senior season. WR Gardener (43 rec. 547 yds. 6 TD) will be the primary target in the receiving corps. All that offense doesn’t amount to much without a defense to reclaim the ball for the offense though, and Denton Guyer will look to standout players such as DL Bean (27 tackles/23 QB hurries/7 sacks), LB Blake (72 tackles/11 sacks), LB Smith (63 tackles/5 QB hurries) and DB Stewart (40 tackles/5 interceptions to anchor a defense that forced 14 fumbles.
Denton Guyer’s two toughest tests of the year will be when they travel to Coppell in a match up on October 1st,, a game that could likely decide who is crowned the district champion, and when they meet up with an always impressive, albeit depleted Southlake Carroll squad in the final week of the regular season.
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