High School: Abilene Cooper

Denton Guyer's Stewart discusses blowout win

November, 29, 2010

Denton Guyer two-way standout Josh Stewart gives his reaction after the Wildcats' 55-7 blowout win over Abilene Cooper in the Class 5A Division II Region I semifinals.

Denton Guyer, Stewart romp Abilene Cooper

November, 27, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas -- At times during Denton Guyer’s 55-7 thumping of Abilene Cooper, it appeared there was more than one Wildcats player on the Cowboys Stadium playing surface wearing jersey No. 3.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comOklahoma State commit J.W. Walsh accounted for four of Denton Guyer's scores.
No single player could make such a big impact, right?

The jersey belongs to Josh Stewart, a 5-10, 170-pound senior wide receiver/defensive back, and he is very capable of making impact plays at any given moment.

In the first half, the Texas A&M pledge turned the Class 5A Division II regional playoff into a rout by:

*Catching a 12-yard touchdown pass for the game’s first score.

*Returning a punt 50 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-0.

*Making the first of two interceptions, a leaping thing of beauty near midfield, that led to Guyer’s third touchdown.

"We just want that ring,'' Stewart said. "We want it real bad. I'm going to do whatever I can to get this team in that position. We're going to keep playing hard. Every practice we're going to go harder and harder. We're not going to give up on nothing. That's what we've got to do and that's what we will do.

"It felt good to know that I was doing big things for my team. I couldn't do anything without them. I just kept doing what I had to do and it paid off.''

Guyer coach John Walsh appreciates his two-way star.

"If you let the ball get near Stewart, good things are going to happen, whether we're throwing to him or you're throwing to him'' the coach said. "I hope people keep throwing to him. We're going to.''

The Wildcats (11-2) in their first season at the Class 5A level, systematically built on their 24-0 halftime lead to earn a berth in next week’s Region I final.

For Cooper (11-2), making a return to 5A this season, it marked the third straight season that ends at the hands of Guyer. It didn’t help that Cooper had to play without three starters who were suspended for school and team infractions following last week’s area playoff victory.

This was, by far, the most lopsided of the three losses.

At least the Cougars didn’t have to make the return trip to Abilene totally empty-handed. They scored a consolation touchdown in the final two minutes to avoid the shutout.

Guyer quarterback J.W. Walsh, who has committed to Oklahoma State, enjoyed another productive afternoon, throwing for three scores and rushing for another. His touchdown run of 34 yards came on the first series of the second half.

In addition to the touchdown toss to Stewart, Walsh went to Connor Crane for scoring throws of 49 and 42 yards.

Guyer advances to the Region I final against the winner of today's second game, Abilene-Southlake Carroll. The game will be played at Mansfield's Vernon Newsom Stadium.

Live chat: HS football regional semifinals

November, 26, 2010
There are just three more rounds until we reach the state championship games, and we'll be chatting here Friday and Saturday for the regional semifinals.

On Friday, Jeff Andrews and Travis Brown are covering the triple-header from Cowboys Stadium. The day kicks off with Denton Ryan vs. Waco Midway at 1 p.m., followed by Wylie-West Mesquite at 4 p.m. and Frisco Liberty-Bastrop at 7 p.m. We also have Randy Jennings reporting from Maverick Stadium for the 7:30 p.m. Euless Trinity-Arlington Martin game.

On Saturday, Jeff, Travis and Randy will triple team the action at Cowboys Stadium. It's Abilene Cooper-Denton Guyer at 1 p.m., Abilene-Southlake Carroll at 4 p.m. and Highland Park-Mesquite Poteet at 7 p.m. In addition, Kellis Cunningham will provide updates from Birdville-Wichita Falls Rider via Twitter as TheKicker04.

Denton Guyer, Abilene Cooper face off again

November, 25, 2010
Abilene Cooper and Denton Guyer likely thought they’d seen the last of each other when the two schools moved up from Class 4A to 5A in the biennial reclassification earlier this year.

But no. Guyer (10-2) and Cooper (11-1) will face off in a third-round playoff game for the third straight year. Only the classification has changed.

The Class 5A Division II regional playoff is the first of a triple-header Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Kickoff is 1 p.m.

Watch ESPNDallas.com's Travis L. Brown, Randy Jennings and Jeff Andrews break down the third round of the UIL football playoffs.
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The winner will advance to the Region I final to play the winner of the Southlake Carroll-Abilene regional playoff that will be Game 2 Saturday at Cowboys Stadium.

Cooper will be hoping the third time around is a charm because the first two didn’t turn out too well for the Cougars -- a 57-34 loss to Guyer last year preceded by a 28-7 defeat in 2008.

Led by the passing and running of Oklahoma State commit J.W. Walsh, Guyer is riding a seven-game win streak. The 6-2, 185-pound senior has thrown for 2,540 yards and 28 touchdowns. He’s rushed for 989 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Running back Treavon Walton went over 1,000 yards last week and has scored 15 touchdowns for the Wildcats. Josh Stewart, a Texas A&M pledge, and Connor Crane are the top receiving threats.

Guyer avenged one of its losses with last week’s 48-35 area playoff victory over Cedar Hill. Undefeated Coppell dealt Guyer its only other defeat in what turned out to be the District 7-5A championship game.

Cooper, picked fourth in District 3-5A, surprised the experts by finishing in a three-way tie with Abilene and Midland for the title. Midland defeated the Cougars, 42-35, in the final regular-season game in Midland.

The Cougars are averaging 43 points a game with a sophomore quarterback and a pair of juniors leading the team in rushing and receiving.

Quarterback Clayton Nicholas has thrown for 2,949 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Davon Riddick has rushed for 1,444 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Kloe Jackson has 59 receptions for 919 yards and six touchdowns.

Cooper, however, will be missing three unidentified players Saturday.

After last week’s 36-17 area playoff win over Amarillo Tascosa in Lubbock, three Cougars were discharged for violations of team and school rules. The identities of the players were not revealed.

5A regionals: Trinity's tough road continues

November, 23, 2010
With few surprises in the Class 5A Division I bracket, Euless Trinity’s road to a consecutive state title has unraveled as expected – difficult.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comRunning back Treavon Walton will look to help Denton Guyer knock off Abilene Cooper for the third time in as many years.
After thwarting a very good Allen team last week, Trinity (12-0) faces Arlington Martin (10-2), which stumbled in nondistrict only to rebound and win 10 straight games.

Should Trinity win, it will likely play Coppell (12-0) in the Region 1 finals. After that, its projected opponent is Round Rock Stony Point (12-0), which Trinity beat in the state semifinals last year. Trinity’s opponent in the state finals would undoubtedly be tough.

If the bracket continues with no upsets, five of Trinity’s six playoff opponents would be teams that have been state-ranked at one point this season.

Rematches highlight Division II Region 1

Class 5A Division II Region 1 is giving old foes a chance to get reacquainted with each other.

Denton Guyer (10-2) will play Abilene Cooper (11-1) in the playoffs for the third straight year. Guyer beat Cooper both times in heated contests that came late in the Class 4A playoffs in 2008 and 2009.

Guyer comes into the game after exacting revenge on Cedar Hill, which
beat Guyer in nondistrict play. Cooper comes in somewhat wounded after three starters were dismissed from the team over the weekend.

Southlake Carroll (9-3) hopes to get revenge on the team that helped knock it out of the national spotlight – defending Division II champion Abilene (9-3).

Coming off a stunning 79-1 stretch, Carroll fell to Abilene in the playoffs during Hal Wasson’s first season as head coach in 2007. The Dragons haven’t sniffed a state title since.

Watch ESPNDallas.com's Travis L. Brown, Randy Jennings and Jeff Andrews break down the third round of the UIL football playoffs.
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Coppell QB Joe Minden »
Denton Guyer QB J.W. Walsh »

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Abilene has been hurt by injuries this year, including a big one to star running back Herschel Sims, who didn’t play in Abilene’s 45-28 win over El Paso Coronado last week.

DeSoto faces resurgent Austin Bowie

Few saw Austin Bowie reaching the third round of the playoffs.

The Bulldogs (8-4) started the year 2-3 and were manhandled by Class 4A Waco Midway, 42-7, in nondistrict, but Bowie won six of its last seven, including playoff wins over Georgetown (35-17) and a strong Klein Collins team (26-16).

DeSoto has yet to be seriously challenged in the playoffs after decimating Dallas Skyline, 38-0, in the area round, but Bowie’s running game, led by Brelyn Sorrells (1,766 yards, 22 touchdowns), has given teams fits.

Tough schedule has Mesquite Horn prepared for playoffs

Mesquite Horn (8-4) may have the ugliest record for a state-title contender in the state.

A brutal nondistrict schedule and a tough district handed Horn losses to Coppell, Denton Guyer, DeSoto and Longview, all of which are still alive in the playoffs.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comQuarterback Collin Strahan has helped Mequite Horn reach the third round of the playoffs.
But experience against good teams has proved valuable as Horn has rolled through its two playoff games, topping Division II favorite Copperas Cove (48-14) and Rowlett (44-22).

Horn faces another team with an ugly record in the third round – Leander (7-5). The Lions started the year 0-4 but have won five straight, including playoff wins over Austin (24-0) and Klein (14-7).

If Horn wins, it may get another shot at Longview, which plays Tomball in the other Region 2 game.

Coppell hits the road for third-round game

A lost coin toss will cost Coppell (12-0) a long trip out to Midland where it will play Midland High for what could be a shot at Euless Trinity.

Head coach Joe McBride lost the flip to determine where the two teams will play. Midland chose its home venue of Grande Communications Stadium.

Despite playing what’s essentially a road game, Coppell is the favorite after an undefeated regular season and decisive playoff wins over Plano (23-6) and Duncanville (35-10).

Midland (11-1) has been equally dominant with its lone loss coming against Abilene. The key matchup comes when the Bulldogs have the ball. They average 38.9 points per game against a Coppell defense that gives up just 9.5.