One of the benefits of having our team insiders filled out by the coaches is being able to track trends. 3-4 years ago, we saw that Martin was due a couple of good teams and they delivered. Similarly, we could see the improvement Richardson Pearce was making in the subvarsity - and they broke out and beat Highland Park that season. Denton Guyer has that same progression. Although the varsity has gone 1-19, the JV went 7-3 and the Freshman teams went 18-2 combined last year. The talent is there for a pretty good run the next couple of years - but the pressing question will be - will it be this year or next year? John Walsh returns 15 starters and the fill-ins from the JV/Freshmen team should make an immediate impact.
JW Walsh is expected to be the starting quarterback for Guyer. Although he will only be a sophomore, he will be a quarterback to watch. He already has the frame and success pedigree. A couple of good receivers in Matt Mose and Luke Russell will make his life a little easier. Deandre Wilson and Jamaine Wilhite will split time at running back. Probably the most underconsidered area of Guyer's team will be the offensive line. Cole Underwood is a man at tight-end, and we may see Guyer smash the ball a little more with D1 players like 6'7 Jesse Coffey and 6'5 Kyle Clark on the line - both with great speed and agility.
The defense will be pretty young. The defensive MVP for the 9-1 freshman team was Kamhram Jones. How he fares in the jump up to varsity could determine the strength of the linebacker corps. The defensive line looks solid led by Taylor Bible and Robert Satterfield. Cody Marley will provide the senior leadership in the middle. The secondary will be led by Kyler Freeman and Antonio Burton. I think this could be the weakness of Guyer, as they have great size down the line in every position but the secondary. Against some of the physical receivers of the district, this could be a mis-match. Guyer's response to this could determine if they are a playoff team or almost a playoff team.
Overall, Guyer is going to win more than a game this year. They should start the regular season 2-1 before district starts out against The Colony. There are two tiers in this district with Denton Ryan, Old High and WF Rider being in the first tier, and Guyer sharing the second tier with Lake Dallas and The Colony. Guyer can make a strong statement to start district by beating The Colony and giving itself a straight up shot for the 4th playoff spot. It will have more talent than Lake Dallas, but Lake Dallas has certainly been there the last few years. I do look for a 5th place finish for Guyer this season - but watch out for the Wildcats next season.