Jerrod Heard, one of the top dual-threat QBs in the country, made a few big plays with his arm but had limited action running the ball in the controlled scrimmage. He still showed some flashes of the dynamic that took the Denton Guyer Wildcats to the 4A state championship last year and earned him Offensive Player of the Year.
“It was a good feeling getting back out there. The receivers and I connected really well and the offense got flowing,” said Heard.
Longhorn fans can breathe easy knowing that The Elite 11 finalist is solid on his commitment to Texas since he committed last August.
“I’m feeling really strong with UT right now and I’m excited about everything they have going,” said Heard.
Demontrie Taylor (2014 OLB) also made plays early on including an interception showing why he was named to the Texas High School Football Pre-season Elite team in 4A region 1. Look out for him to make some noise for the Guyer defense.
Aledo's Ryan Newsome followed Heard by putting on a show of his own scoring from the running back position and the quarterback spot. Last year’s District 6-5A sophomore of the year showcased some of his sub 4.4 speed scoring from running back from 10 yards out and then burning Guyer for another 75 yard touchdown as the quarterback. Newsome has been receiving a lot of attention from TCU, Baylor, Florida State, and most recently was invited to visit Cal for their season opener against Northwestern.
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“I made some mistakes early on but I made some big plays to get our team going and I feel great about how we did overall,” said Newsome.
Aledo and Guyer won’t face each other during the regular season but both Heard and Newsome both have state championship aspirations this year and understand that they may cross paths again in the playoffs. Newsome is likely to call the snaps if Aledo faces Guyer in the playoffs to match the athleticism of Heard. Both athletes talked about facing each other in the scrimmage and possibly going head to head down the road.
“It was fun going against him he’s a good player and he’s a good guy. It’s hard trying to scheme against him and scheme around him but it was fun,” said Heard.
“The goal is of course to make it to state, but we know if we go Division I we will have to beat Guyer to get there. It’s a blessing to play against someone of (Heard’s) caliber and hopefully I will see him soon,” said Newsome.