Keller Vs Guyer Preview


Matt Harris

Staff Writer

The all important yet uneventful bye week has come and gone for the Keller Indians. This year, Keller effectively used its bye week to prepare for their game against the always physical Denton Guyer Wildcats. As the Indians head into their first district match with the defending District 5-6A champion, Denton Guyer, let’s take a look at how this game could go down:

The Offense:

Although Keller has an experienced and proven starter at quarterback, the Sam Houston State University commit Caleb Griffin, Guyer wins the position battle here. The Wildcats will send out their senior quarterback Shawn Robinson, a 5-star recruit who will play his college ball for Gary Patterson at TCU. At running back, Denton Guyer has handed the ball off to junior Christian Moore the most out of the backfield, although their leading rusher is QB Shawn Robinson. Moore is averaging 7 yards per attempt on 29 rushes for 190 yards and 3 touchdowns this year, per Sportsday HS. Meanwhile Keller’s running back Tyler Tutt set the school records against Rowlett for rushing yards in a single game with 342 yards, and touchdowns in a game with 6 touchdowns. The Texas State commit is off to a blazing start this year, averaging 10 yards per rushing attempt with 686 yards on 69 carries. Tutt also has 9 touchdowns on the year, giving Keller the clear advantage in the backfield. Keller also holds a clear advantage on the perimeter as well with 3 wide receivers who have 10 or more catches this year. Guyer does not have a receiver with more than 5 catches on the year, although Guyer does have a more experienced offensive line than Keller does.

The Defense:

Sportsday HS does not provide stats for the defensive side of the ball, so I will be going off of my own knowledge here. I will give Keller the edge on the defensive line, anchored by senior Texas Tech commit and 3-star recruit Houston Miller, and junior, Spencer Misko, who is being looked at by several schools. Together the tandem has caused havoc in the backfield this year, and their opponents have not had much success running the ball against the Indians. This will help Keller due to the fact that Guyer hasn’t been strong on the outside, and has found much of their success in running the ball. Guyer will be forced to make throws in order to win this game. I’ll give Guyer the advantage at linebacker because I know they are a physical team who usually performs well on the defensive side of the ball, although I do not know much about either team’s linebacker. For the defensive backs, I will give Keller an advantage. While I know close to nothing about Guyer’s DBs, Keller has a plethora of senior experience, as Landry Hutchins, Logan Braden, and Landon Rowlett have all had sufficient playing time for the last 2 years, and most of them were on varsity as Sophomores.

The Prediction:

Guyer has won their district championship the past 3 years, including back to back state titles at the 4A level (the new 5A) in 2012 and 2013. A gritty team that seemingly always has playmakers, makes it very hard to count the Wildcats out, especially when we know little about what they have. The offense looks below average based on stats thus far, which is surprising for their usual output. But to be fair, Guyer played 3 tough teams to open the season, including 3 time defending 6A state champion Allen. It will definitely be a fun game to watch, but I can’t forget about the athleticism and speed that has been a hallmark at Guyer in years past. I think Guyer will win 35-31.