FAMILY MATTERS: Denton Guyer father-son duo cap off career together at state

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Last weekend’s state-title matchup between Austin Westlake and Denton Guyer had some incredible storylines. 

There was the return of Todd Dodge to a state-title game for the second time since taking over as Westlake head coach, and then, there was the Guyer coaching staff’s longevity. 

The underlying story, however, might be the most heart warming. 

Although it wasn’t intended outcome for the Wildcats, Guyer defensive coordinator Derek Ramsey savored every moment. 

Ramsey has been at Guyer from the beginning, and his son Cole witnessed it all, dreaming of playing in the state title game with his dad coaching him the entire time. 

This dream become a reality last weekend, putting them among rare company of fathers who coached their kids in state-title games. 

Cole mentioned before the game how getting to this point in his playing career is extremely special and sharing the experience with his father is something he will cherish for the rest of his life. 

Derek kept a photo on his phone since Guyer’s first state-title game in 2012, and the two anticipated such a moment since.  

Cole came up with a huge interception of Westlake quarterback Kirkland Michaux in the second quarter of the contest, but Guyer trailed going into halftime and would ultimately come up short, falling 24-0. 

It was Cole’s final game under his father’s leadership, and according to, he finished with 93 total tackles, including 30 solo, and averaged 5.8 tackles per game. 

While the special experience is over for the father and son, they will never forget the moments they shared living out their dreams. 

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