Football: Guyer to play Allen in Tom Landry Classic in 2014-15

[Courtesy Photo] The Wildcats, shown celebrating their Class 4A state title win over Georgetown last December, will play Allen in next year’s Tom Landry Classic.

Guyer coach John Walsh has high expectations for his football program. So if there are any weaknesses that need to be exposed, he’d rather get them out of the way earlier in a season.

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.”

Image courtesy of Staff | Allen Publishing
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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