The past two weeks have been clear sailing for the state's No. 2-ranked Class 4A team, Denton Guyer.
In fact, last week's 54-21 win over Wichita Falls was so easy, Guyer QB J.W. Walsh called it "kind of boring" after scoring 54 points in the first half then shutting it down at halftime -- I can't think of a much more telling quote.
But the past two weeks have seen a couple of crazy things happen in Guyer's games, both of which were blowout wins (56-7 and 54-21).
Two weeks ago against District 5-4A's fourth-place team, Little Elm, Guyer had its backups in and with a little more than three minutes remaining, went to the "victory formation" to kneel the ball, kill the clock and hit the showers with its 56-7 lead.
Then they took a false start penalty on purpose to run more off the clock. That's when Little Elm coach Donald Stowers called a timeout and went out to midfield where me met Guyer head coach John Walsh and asked that he not run the "victory formation" and run his offense with nearly three minutes remaining.
"I was just trying to be nice," Walsh said, adding that Stowers wasn't upset but just wanted to work on his defense.
So on the very next play, backup QB and starting WR Luke Russell took an option keeper 78 yards to paydirt, but it was called back because of a block in the back penalty.
Then last week after Guyer took a 54-7 lead into halftime at Wichita Falls, Walsh, Wichita Falls coach Jayson Lavender and the officials met and agreed to play with a running clock in the second half. Now don't get me wrong, that was a sports writer working on a deadline's dream. No clock stoppages on incomplete passes or out of bounds plays? Count me in. But it was a bit weird to see.
Guyer will have its hands full in Thursday's regular-season finale against crosstown foe Denton Ryan and won't have these same luxuries and it should be a great game.