McKinney Boyd cruised past Richardson Pearce, 24-9, Friday night at Plano’s John Clark Field in the Class 5A Division II Region II bi-district playoffs. The Broncos trailed in the second quarter but pushed through with 21 unanswered points for the win.
“It feels great,” said Boyd head coach Don Drake. “I’m real happy for these guys. They’ve done everything we’ve asked them to do. They keep working, they keep battling. I’m just really proud of them.”
“It’s great to win a playoff game, very exciting,” said Bronco safety Keaton Livingston, whose diving fourth-quarter interception ended Pearce’s last scoring threat. “I had a great time out there. We all played hard, played tough.”
The Broncos (7-4) will meet Longview (10-1) at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Wildcat-Ram Stadium in Dallas.
Boyd trailed, 9-3, in the second quarter after Pearce’s Gjordan Dumas rambled 33 yards around the left side for a touchdown. The Broncos, who had gone three-and-out on their previous possession, erupted for two quick touchdowns and 17-9 halftime lead.
“We have this thing called ‘reboot,’” said Boyd receiver Stephen Driskell. “Whenever we’re down we just get back up and get ready for the next play. We just kept saying, ‘reboot, reboot, reboot.’ And plays started happening.”
Indeed they did. After the Dumas TD, Slater Brown returned the ensuing kickoff 35 yards to near midfield. Six plays later, Dedrick Scrivens punched it in from four yards out, and Boyd had a lead it would never relinquish. The key play on the drive was a 21-yard pass from Curtis Ladd to Driskell that moved Boyd to the Pearce 10-yard line.
Boyd safety Boone Tate ended the Mustangs’ next possession with an interception and return to inside Pearce’s 30-yard line. Two plays later, Ladd sped through a seam on an option-right play, 23 yards for a touchdown. “Our kids know they’ve got to respond,” Drake said. “We didn’t get rattled, we didn’t panic. We knew we had to go back to work. And that’s what they did.”
Scrivens left the game early in third quarter with unspecified injuries after getting slammed down hard on his back at the line of scrimmage. He did not return, finishing with 70 yards on 11 carries. Boseman, in relief, rolled to 68 yards on 14 carries.
Linebacker Adam Brown ended a Pearce third-quarter drive with a fumble recovery at Boyd’s 25-yard-line.
Boyd opened the game with a 68-yard, 13-play drive capped by Cameron Powell’s 22-yard field goal. Pearce responded, moving to the Broncos’ 12-yard line before a Ross Matiscik sack on third down forced the Mustangs to settle for a tying field goal.
Ladd was sacked three times and took some big hits on the night. “I’m good,” he said. “I take hits. It’s part of the position.”
“We kept competing and kept playing,” Drake said. “Every playoff game is going to be tough. You’ve got to line up and you’ve got to keep playing ball. You’ve got to find a way to go win. And that’s what our kids do.”
Said Ladd, “We didn’t play to the best of our ability in the beginning. We came back in the second half, we came out firing, and ended up getting the victory. It wasn’t pretty but we’ll come back on Monday ready to focus on Longview or Rowlett.”
Boyd – Cameron Powell 22 FG
Pearce – Spencer Lange 34 FG
Pearce – Gjordan Dumas 33 run (kick failed)
Boyd – Dedrick Scrivens 4 run (Cameron Powell kick)
Boyd – Curtis Ladd 23 run (Cameron Powell kick)
Boyd – Curtis Ladd 9 run (Cameron Powell kick)
Rushing: Boyd – Dedrick Scrivens 11-70, Curtis Ladd 15-54, Mahlieke Boseman 14-68. Pearce – Jack McKeen 1-23, J.R. Griffin 4-8, Geoffrey Nwarie 9-30, Gjordan Dumas 10-50, Hank Hughes 19-27, Jake Hercamp 3-(-4).
Passing: Boyd – Curtis Ladd 5-11-0-61. Pearce – Hank Hughes 13-23-2-120, Carter Brown 1-1-0-13.
Receiving: Boyd – Slater Brown 2-25, Stephen Driskell 3-36. Pearce – Hank Hughes 1-13, Trey Vinzant 2-14, J.R. Griffin 4-39, Blake Fletcher 5-61, Ryan Hart 1-0, Geoffrey Nwarie 1-6.
McKinney North 26, Texarkana Texas 14
In Longview Friday, McKinney North topped Texarkana Texas, 26-14, in the Class 4A Division I Region II bi-district round of the playoffs. The Bulldogs (7-4) will face Mansfield Legacy (9-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kincaide Stadium in Dallas.
Ronald Jones rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns for North, and Ben Dutze rushed for one TD and threw a 36-yard scoring pass to Kervin Parks. The Bulldogs led, 20-0, in the third quarter before Texas got on the scoreboard.
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Bronco defenders Ramon Readus, right, and Kiel Simas, on ground, wrap up Pearce quarterback Hank Hughes.