JUSTIN — Jerrod Heard didn’t have a good night passing the ball, but he didn’t need one.
Denton Guyer had plenty of defense and enough rushing to remain undefeated in District 5-4A with a 34-14 win Friday over Trophy Club Nelson at Northwest ISD Stadium.
Heard, the University of Texas commitment, was only 4 of 16 for 82 yards but had 144 yards rushing on 21 carries. He scored twice, as did DJ Breedlove, who chipped in 102 yards on 15 rushes.
Nelson (4-2, 1-2) needed big plays on offense to stay in this game but couldn’t get them against a stifling Guyer defense. The Bobcats’ longest play from scrimmage was 18 yards, and the offense was held to just 164 total yards.
Esteban Ortega took most of Nelson’s snaps, completing 10 of 21 for 90 yards and a score and rushing for 42 yards. Sophomore Preston Haire was 3 of 7 for 21 yards and a TD.
Nelson held Guyer to three-and-out on the Wildcats’ first possession, but a 41-yard run on a fake punt put Guyer in the red zone. Breedlove later scored his first TD of the night on a 10-yard run for a 7-0 lead.
Nelson tied the game later in the first quarter when Ortega found Hayden Sanders from 17 yards to cap a four-play drive in which Ortega went 3 for 3.
The Wildcats answered on the next possession, with Breedlove scoring again from 21 yards out.
Nelson threatened on its next drive, but bogged down in Guyer territory and turned it over on downs at the Wildcats’ 28.
Heard didn’t complete a pass until late in the the second quarter, but it was a big one. He found David Haynes for 44 yards on third and 8 to extend the drive. Heard eventually finished the drive with a 1-yard run to give Guyer a 21-7 lead.
Brad Grems kicked a 21-yard field goal late in the quarter to give the Wildcats a 24-7 lead at halftime.
The Bobcats pulled within 24-14 in the third quarter when Haire found Jordan Diamond on a 12-yard TD pass.
After that, it was all Guyer. Heard added another score late in the third quarter, and Grems closed it out with a 25-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
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