Guyer starts slow, cruises to 53-28 win over Byron Nelson

Jerrod Heard rushed for 172 yards and Richard Whitaker scored four touchdowns as Guyer beat Trophy Club Byron Nelson, 53-28, on Thursday to improve to 3-0 in District 5-4A.

Nelson (1-2 in district) started strong, and behind the strength of Tylor Blake’s 194 rushing yards and three scores, racked up 391 yards of offense by game’s end. But the Wildcats (4-2 overall) scored on seven of eight possessions after being held scoreless through the first 12 minutes.
“I didn’t like having a goose egg in the first quarter, or giving up seven points, but I am proud of it being 7-0 not in our favor and it was 30-7 by halftime,” Guyer head coach John Walsh said. “You have to go through a lot of things in a football game, and I’m glad we are testing the waters on how we will react when we eventually get to playoffs.”

The game had some wacky moments, including a Byron Nelson punt with 6:15 left in the third quarter that got caught in the wind and fell for a negative 27-yard loss. Nelson fell on the ball in the end zone for a Guyer safety. It was one of two Nelson safeties and they finished with three punts for nine yards.

Heard was steady all evening. He completed 13 of 19 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns. He also added touchdown runs of 21 and 16 yards. Whitaker finished with 13 carries for 77 yards, scoring four times (three rushing, one receiving). He also caught five balls for 56 yards.

Trailing 7-0 early in the second quarter, Guyer scored 30 points in the final 8:50 of the half. The onslaught started when Heard broke loose for his 21-yard touchdown run. With 5:41 left in the half, he found Preston Thrailkill for a 22-yard touchdown. Whitaker scored on their final two drives, once on a one-yard plunge and the other on a 10-yard reception with 32 seconds left in the half. They also added a safety.

As a team, Guyer racked up 350 rushing yards. They’ll face Lake Dallas next Friday.

Guyer                  0    30   16    7  —  53
Byron Nelson      0   14      7    7 —   28
STATISTICS          GUY              BNHS
First downs               27                    16
Rushing yards        49-350           27-279
Passing yards           167                  112
Comp-att-int          10-15-0           10-20-1
Punts-avg                 1-28               4-10.5
Penalties-yards        6-60                 3-9
Fumbles-lost             3-1                  1-0
BNHS: Blake Clinton 2 run (Trenton Shank kick)
GHS: Jerrod Heard 21 run (Brad Grems kick)
GHS: Preston Thrailkill 22 pass from Heard (Grems kick)
GHS: Safety (Grems kick)
GHS: Richard Whitaker 1 run (Grems kick)
BNHS: Tylor Blake 1 run (Shank kick)
GHS: Richard Whitaker 10 pass from Heard (Grems kick)
BNHS: Blake 25 run (Shank kick)
GHS: Heard 16 run (Grems kick)
GHS: Safety (Grems kick)
GHS: Whitaker 9 run (Grems kick)
GHS: Richard Whitaker 5 run (Grems kick)
BNHS: Blake 21 run (Shank kick)
PASSING —  GUY: Jerrod Heard 13-19-0-151, David Haynes 2-2-0-16. BNHS: Blake Clinton 10-20-1-279.
RUSHING — GUY: Nate Maki 3-21, Richard Whitaker 13-77, Jerrod Heard 20-172, DJ Breedlove 5-26, Josh Harris 1-4, David Haynes 6-38, Connor McCown 2-12. BNHS: Tylor Blake 17-194, Courtney Miles 12-50, Blake Clinton 5-21, Drew Dehaven 2-14, Lance Honeycutt 1-0.
RECEIVING — GUY: Josh Harris 4-26, Preston Thrailkill 3-64, Richard Whitaker 5-56, Tyler Smith 1-9, Ellis Jefferson 1-7, Connor McCown 1-5. BNHS: Jordan Diamond 3-51, Courtney Miles 2-(-4), Brandon Flieschmann 1-6, Chad Loving 2-23, Hayden Sanders 1-19, Tylor Blake 1-2, Deshaun Diggs 1-15.

Steve Gamel About Steve Gamel

Steve is a well-known sports guy in the area, having covered high school sports for the last 15 years. He got his start in 1997 with the Lewisville News and considers himself a human “rabbit’s foot” of sorts. His first assignment for the company was to cover the Marcus football team -- which went on to win a state title that year. In 15 years, he’s covered approximately 14 teams in various sports who have at least advanced to state. From the Lewisville News, he went on to work for the Dallas Morning News in its Denton County bureau before joining Allen Publishing Company in 2004. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and lives in Denton with his wife Leslie and sons Christian (5) and Jackson (4 months). He was born and raised in Houston, but his entire family is from Boston.

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