Thursday, March 23, 2023

Guyer could not get by Westlake in state title rematch

The Guyer Wildcats led 14-13 at halftime of the 6A Division II state championship on Saturday night, but could not hold on, falling to Austin Westlake by a score of 40-21.

Guyer was shut out by Westlake in the 2019 state title game, and hoped this time things would be radically different.

The Chaparrals took a 6-0 lead early in the first quarter, before the Wildcats answered with a 15-yard touchdown from Jackson Arnold to give Guyer a 7-6 lead.

Westlake scored again to make it 13-7, but the Wildcats came right back and scored on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Arnold to Jace Wilson and led by one at the half.

Westlake regained the lead early in the third, but Guyer answered once again, this time on a 6-yard run from Arnold to give Guyer a 21-20 lead.

Westlake then scored 20 unanswered points to put the game away.

Guyer finished the season with a 14-2 overall record, going 5-1 in district competition.

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