Stewart Talks OSU After Dramatic Win

Wide receiver and cornerback Josh Stewart of Denton (Guyer), Texas, had a rather hectic Tuesday night/Wednesday morning as he received an offer from his favorite school Oklahoma State and by noon Wednesday he had de-committed from Texas A&M to switch his pledge to the Cowboys, joining close friends J.W. Walsh and Jimmy Bean. Stewart thought that was hectic, but it was not even close to Saturday.

Stewart was part of a furious comeback Saturday when he assisted his teammates in beating nemisis Longview 28-27 when he scooped a blocked punt with 25 seconds left that set Guyer up for a 15-yard touchdown pass with six seconds left from Walsh to Quinten Gardener for the winning score.

"It was just a hard fought game on our team's part and we just kept playing," said Stewart still out of breath some 10 minutes after the game ended. "We are not a team that will give up. We just kept playing hard and now we are going to to state and we are going to win it.

"It is all the coaching staff and the players' hard work," added Stewart. "We kept our composure and took it one play at a time and got the win, a good win."

Stewart played well throughout the game on both sides of the ball. He had a couple of good punt returns, one that he took 18 yards and nearly broke with one man to beat.

His biggest highlight came in the third quarter when he caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from a scrambling J.W. Walsh at the front pylon in the end zone to make the score 20-14.

Of course, his scoop of the blocked punt in the fourth quarter was huge. It is that kind of play on both sides of the ball and special teams that caused Oklahoma State to make the scholarship offer earlier this week.

"Coach (Dana) Holgorsen gave me a call. He had come to my game against Southlake (Carroll) and he gave me a call and said, 'we really want you as a receiver,'" described Stewart. "When he said that I was excited because I knew I was going to have that offer and it was a big moment for me, and I'm just happy to be a Poke man."

Guyer head coach John Walsh is very high on Stewart and his ability. Of course, he is so aware of everything that the 5-10, 175-pound speedy athlete is capable of doing.

"Of all three (Guyer commitments to OSU), Josh Stewart may find the field first," said Coach Walsh. "He is one of those guys that I don't care if he is playing corner, receiver or returns, the kid knows how to play football. He is deceivingly strong, and, you know, I'm so happy that he will continue playing with J.W."

Coach Walsh has one more game to see that duo play together and that will be next week, likely, at Cowboys Stadium in the Class 5A Division II championship game against Cibolo Steele, a 44-20 winner over Houston Memorial.

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