Two area football powerhouses will square off on Thursday night in a game that should have fans in Southern Denton County buzzing.
Marcus and Guyer will play in the bi-district round at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday night at Marcus High School in a game that features two of the areas top offenses.
Marcus, led by the two pronged attack of 1,000-yard running backs Rufus Mason and Dagan Newsome, are going to be hard to slow down, and Guyer coach John Walsh said he knows his team will have it’s hands full.
“Flower Mound Marcus is a well coached football team that comes into the game with a lot of confidence,” Walsh said. “They will be the first team we’ve played since Coppell that brings a physical mentality to the field.”
Mason and Newsome have combined for more than 3,000 yards rushing this season along with 25 touchdowns, and Walsh said his team will have to play good fundamentals to come out on top.
“For our team to win this game, we have to win on first downs against Marcus on both sides of the ball and win the turnover ratio,” Walsh said.
Guyer has one of the top area quarterbacks in J.W. Walsh, who has proved to be a two-dimensional player himself.
Walsh has combined for nearly 3,000 yards of total offense, including 23 passing touchdowns and 11 rushing touchdowns.
Perhaps most impressive is the fact that the Guyer quarterback has thrown just one interception this season.
Marcus coach Bryan Erwin said that the entire Guyer squad impresses him and his coaching staff.
“Denton Guyer is the most athletically gifted team that we have played all year,” Erwin said. “They really do not seem to have any weaknesses. They have tremendous overall team speed.”
Guyer is pretty sharp on the defensive side of the ball, as well, yielding just 288 yards of offense per game this season.
Interestingly, Erwin has a similar philosophy to Walsh for his Marauders to pick up the victory.
“We are going to have to win the turnover battle, and we are going to have to play great in the kicking game,” Erwin said.
By the Numbers:
Record: 8-2, second in district 7-5A
Points Per Game: 40.9
Team Rushing Defense: 108.5 yards per game
Record: 8-2, second in district 8-5A
Points Per Game: 37.3
Team Rushing Offense: 381.2 yards per game