On Monday it was announced the Wildcats, the defending Class 4A Division I state champions, will play Allen, the defending 5A champions, in the Tom Landry Classic in 2014-15. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two area powerhouses.
“With the way we’ve always put our schedule together, we don’t shy away from anyone,” Walsh said. “It’s been a pretty good formula for us. We’ve lost some non-district games, but we’re better for it. We might as well play a premier program like Allen. It will be a good one.”
According to Walsh, it was originally proposed that Guyer and Highland Park be paired up for the annual classic. But when that fell through Allen, who was already penned in for the event, agreed to play.
The news was first reported by The Denton Record Chronicle’s Adam Boedeker. It is expected that Allen will be a new 6A team when this matchup comes to pass while Guyer would be a new 5A team.
Walsh has dialed up the heat for non-district games in recent years. The Wildcats faced three 5A juggernauts (Cedar Hill, Colleyville Heritage and Marcus) last season and went 1-2. They went on to finish 14-2 and claimed their first state title. Over the last three years, Guyer is 5-4 in pre-season games but has combined for a stout 35-9 record (including playoffs) during that same stretch.
The program (59-14 since 2008) has reached a state semifinal in four of the last five seasons. The Wildcats lost in the 2010 5A title game to Cibolo Steele and beat Georgetown in the 4A final in December.
“It’s worked out well for us over the years because if we have any weaknesses, I’d rather find them out earlier so we can get them fixed,” Walsh said. “We’re definitely looking forward to this one.”