Guyer Comes Up Short In State Title Bid

It may go down as the most watched Texas High School State Championship Game ever by Oklahoma State Cowboys fans as Denton Guyer fell to Cibolo Steele 24-21 in the Class 5A Division II title game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday.

The reason it was so intriguing to OSU fans were the three Guyer players that are committed to the Cowboys – quarterback J.W. Walsh, wide receiver/cornerback Josh Stewart, and defensive end Jimmy Bean.

In the stands at Cowboys Stadium were no less than four of their future classmates at Oklahoma State. Plano West offensive lineman Travis Cross is going to room with Walsh and the two will enroll for the spring semester. Also on hand were Plano East safety Lyndell Johnson, Lake Highlands running back/wide receiver Desmon Roland III, and McKinney Boyd cornerback Jonovan Griffin.

Guyer had the lead in the fourth quarter after a sensational 25-yard punt return by Stewart gained an additional 15 yards on a facemask penalty to set up the Wildcats at the 18-yard line. After Walsh ran for eight yards then Treavon Walton scored on a 10-yard run up the middle to make it 21-17 in favor of Guyer.

That is when Steele and future Texas Longhorns running back Malcolm Brown responded. Brown, who was hounded all night by the Guyer defense and averaged less than half his regular nine-yards per carry in the contest, finished a long drive with a two-yard scoring run and the 24-21 lead.

Guyer started a drive but the ill-fated march ended when Walsh was picked off on a long heave off of a scramble.

In the first half, which ended tied at 14-14, Walsh opened the Guyer scoring with a 16-yard touchdown run. The Wildcats other touchdown came on a 42-yard scoring pass and run from Walsh to Stewart, who changed directions and used his speed to run away from the Steele defense.

Give Steele's defense credit as it made adjustments that made it more difficult on Walsh and the Wildcats offense to move the ball in the second half. Walsh finished with 112 yards rushing on 17 carries with a touchdown. He completed 8-of-16 passes with two interceptions and a touchdown. He finished with 80 yards through the air.

Unofficially, Walsh finished the season with 1,469 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns and passed for 3,197 yards and 36 touchdowns.

Josh Stewart finished the game with four receptions for 39 yards and a touchdown and on defense had five unassisted tackles and forced a fumble.

Jimmy Bean had 3 unassisted tackles and 4 assisted stops.

There were three Oklahoma State assistant coaches that flew to Texas after the Cowboys Saturday practice in order to be at the contest and they were suspected to be outside receivers coach Gunter Brewer, running backs coach Robert Gillespie, and inside receivers coach Doug Meacham.

Denton Guyer finished the season with a 13-3 record overall. Oklahoma State adds some huge winners to their program in the Guyer trio.

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