Guyer Trio Heading To State Title Game

UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas - There was some orange spotted around the crowd as several Oklahoma State Cowboys fans were at Ford Stadium on the SMU campus Saturday to cheer on Cowboys verbal recruiting commitments in Denton Guyer quarterback J.W. Walsh, wide receiver/cornerback Josh Stewart, and defensive end Jimmy Bean.

The fans in orange and all other Wildcat supporters spent most of three quarters, 11 minutes and 54 seconds wondering if they were going to see the season end with a loss in the semifinals to a familiar nemesis in the Longview Lobos. Five Guyer turnovers helped Longview build a commanding 17-0 halftime lead.

However, the Wildcats weren't going to give in.

With Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen and Cowboys cornerbacks coach Jason Jones sitting in the stands watching, Guyer came out and drove the ball 80 yards to start the second half with Walsh finishing the cross country march with a sensational zig zag 26-yard touchdown run.

Later it was Walsh scrambling to find his favorite target and future teammate in Stillwater in Stewart for a 32-yard touchdown pass that made it 20-14 with Longview leading.

Speaking of teammates, the Guyer trio was not alone as sitting in the stands were Plano West offensive lineman Travis Cross, who will soon room with Walsh in Stillwater as the duo will enroll early for the spring semester, and ultra-talented Plano East safety Lyndell Johnson. Both Cross and Johnson were in Oklahoma State tops and both were cheering hard for Guyer. Cross was using the terms "we" and "us" as if he was a Wildcat.

"The power of Facebook is amazing," said Guyer head coach John Walsh, who is also the father of J.W. Walsh. "I tell you I enjoy it because I'm at home with J.W. quite a bit and we're pretty close.

"He will come in and say Herschel (Sims, OSU running back recruit from Abilene) did this, and Nico (Ornelas, OSU linebacker recruit from Richland Hills) did that. These kids have already become close. They all talk to each other and it's all for the right reasons. I think it is going to be a special class and they all rally around each other."

"We were talking about this a few days ago and I was saying, keep on going, keep on going, and he was saying, 'we're going to get that (state championship) ring,'" said Travis Cross, relaying a conversation he had with his future roommate at Oklahoma State in Walsh. "Even though we didn't go into the playoffs I'm still there for my teammate. When something happens on the field I will stand up and say, keep on going, keep on going. We have a bond."

"Travis (Cross) is crazy. He really is into it and that is great. That is what the future of the Oklahoma State program is fixing to be," said Walsh of the closeness.

"We are going to be a very, very good football team, and they were a very, very good football team this year. That is what is going to happen with the future of the Cowboys, what the last two classes have put together and with our class coming in we are about to have a very good football team.

Johnson added, "Most of us have played against each other, but for us it is unbelievable for us to play next season on the same team all together. This is a great feeling and it is exciting. I can't wait to play with these (Guyer) guys."

Guyer added another touchdown pass after Longview took an early fourth quarter lead of 27-14 to make it 27-21 but the Lobos used their big offensive line and ground game to eat up over five minutes of clock and set up for a punt near midfield with just 35 seconds left.

Guyer head coach John Walsh said his assistants came up with a block call and they got it done as Stewart scooped the block to advance it to the 15-yard line. It was there with six second left that Walsh hit Quinten Gardener for the touchdown on an out route in the end zone. The point after was good and Guyer led 28-27.

They survived the kickoff and won the semifinal to advance to next week's championship game against Texas running back commitment Malcolm Brown and Cibolo Steele, winners over Houston Memorial 44-20.

"When you are down 17-0 going into halftime and you had four turnovers nothing is looking good for you right then, but the character and maturity of our football team, especially the defense and the way they came out and responded after they drove the field and ran a lot of clock," said the younger Walsh of his Guyer team.

"That blocked punt was the biggest play of the year by far and that saved our season. There was never a lack of confidence and on the field and on the sidelines we were all saying we were going to win this game. We didn't care what the score was going to be, we were going to find a way to win."

"At the end I was just thinking in my head that we had to do something real special to get this going," said Bean. "Dan Kottman blocked the punt and Josh Stewart scooped it up and I was right behind him."

"We kept our heads in there, we wouldn't give up," said Stewart, who changed his commitment from Texas A&M to Oklahoma State this week. "We are not a team that is going to give up. We found a way to win and now we are going to state and we are going to win it."

You like to see winners in your recruiting class if you are a college head coach like Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy, and the Guyer trio and their future teammates (cheering section) are doing their best to add to the winning legacy of this Cowboys 2011 class, which still has almost two months before the names go on the dotted line. The old adage that it is never too early to get started certainly applies here.


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