McKINNEY (Sept. 18, 2015) — A miracle finish was not to be for McKinney Boyd’s Homecoming Friday.
After rallying from 14 points down late in the third quarter, a late missed extra point and 43-yard field goal ended the Broncos’ hopes as Flower Mound held on for its first win of the season, 28-27, at Ron Poe Stadium.
But it wasn’t just those two kicks that sealed Boyd’s fate. “You’ve got to score points, right?” Broncos coach Don Drake said. “I mean, we go the first half, and move the ball pretty well, but we don’t come away with any points at all. You’ve got to put the ball in the end zone and that’s plagued us now for several weeks in a row, where we’ve moved the football but we haven’t put it in the end zone. And when you do that, it’s really hard to win.”
After that scoreless first half for both teams, the offenses suddenly found their rhythm – and the end-zone – in the furious final two quarters. Flower Mound (1-3, 1-1) opened with touchdown drives on its first two second-half possessions. On the first, Jags quarterback Noble Newton floated a deep pass down the right sideline to Desmond Joy for a 40-yard touchdown, capping a 61-yard march. Newton followed that with a 14-yard juke-and-scramble scoring run and a 14-0 Flower Mound lead.
Boyd's Doren Gibson is dragged down from behind Friday versus Flower Mound.
The Broncos (1-3, 0-2) then came to life, scoring touchdowns on consecutive drives to tie the game with 10 minutes left to play. The first drive, 79 yards in nine plays, featured a key 23-yard Grant Restmeyer to Brandon Bowling pass down to Flower Mound’s 15-yard-line. From there, Kaeden Markham punched in for a touchdown from two yards out. On Boyd’s next possession, Restmeyer connected with Stephen Driskell for a 12-yard scoring strike.
From there, the teams traded touchdowns to the finish. A Jags’ 30-yard touchdown pass to Connor Lee was answered by Dorian Gibson’s 36-yard scoring scamper for Boyd. When Flower Mound answered with Chase Lembke’s 2-yard touchdown run, Restmeyer connected with Driskell again from 14 yards out to draw within 1 – and that’s where it stayed, as Ryan Dempsey’s long field goal try was short.
There were no turnovers by either team.
Noble finished with 248 yards passing and two touchdowns, hitting on 22-of-33 passes to 11 different receivers. He also rushed 22 times for 94 yards and another score.
Restmeyer threw for 320 yards – surpassing 3,000 career passing yards – connecting on 21-of-34 attempts. Boyd’s Stephen Driskell led all receivers this night with 10 catches for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Julian Coaxum tallied 91 yards on six catches for the Broncos.
Driskell praised the Broncos' offensive line for his success. “I just want to give them a shout-out,” he said, “because without them I wouldn’t be able to catch the ball at any time. And a shout-out to my quarterback because he knew where to put it and I was just able to make plays.” Driskell made one of his fourth-quarter touchdown catches lying on his back in the end zone, as Flower Mound was called for pass interference.
What were Drake’s thoughts as halftime arrived with two zeroes still staring from the scoreboard? “Obviously, defensively, we were playing well,” he said. “Offensively, we had done some good things but again, inconsistency has plagued us. I told the kids at halftime, it’s nothing that we hadn’t seen or worked or anything like that. We’ve just got to go execute better and go find a way to score.”
Drake’s message to the Broncos this week? “Get our head up and go fight,” he said. “You can drop your head and hang your head and feel sorry for yourself or you can find a way to go compete and continue to get better and turn this thing around.”
Boyd travels to face Plano West (1-2, 0-1) on Friday, Sept. 25.
Go to the next page for the scoring summary
|Flower Mound||0||0||14||14||— 28|
|McKinney Boyd||0||0||7||20||— 27|
FM – Desmond Joy 40 pass from Noble Newton (Josh Grant kick), 9:43
FM – Noble Newton 14 run (Josh Grant kick), 4:14
MB – Kaeden Markham 2 run (Ryan Dempsey kick), 1:39
MB – Stephen Driskell 12 pass from Grant Restmeyer (Ryan Dempsey kick), 10:03
FM – Connor Lee 30 pass from Noble Newton (Josh Grant kick), 8:20
MB – Doren Gibson 36 run (Ryan Dempsey kick), 7:35
FM – Chase Lembke 2 run (Josh Grant kick), 3:19
MB – Stephen Driskell 14 pass from Grant Restmeyer (kick blocked), 1:35
Rushing — Flower Mound: Noble Newton 22-94, Chase Lembke 6-4, Ifeanichukuwu Uzowihe 1-(-1). McKinney Boyd: Doren Gibson 13-77, Kaeden Markham 15-40, Grant Restmeyer 9-30, Brandon Bowling 5-25.
Passing — Flower Mound: Noble Newton 22-33-0-248. McKinney Boyd: Grant Restmeyer 21-34-0-320.
Receiving — Flower Mound: Dylan Tillotson 4-53, Desmond Joy 3-63, Hayden Houser 3-22, Jack Seykora 2-22, Dylan Goerlich 2-20, Brenden Alves 2-11, Aaron Epping 2-8, Connor Lee 1-30, Chase Lembke 1-9, Freddie Jackson 1-5, Devyn Coleman 1-(-2). McKinney Boyd: Stephen Driskell 10-149, Julian Coaxum 6-91, Brandon Bowling 4-66, Kaeden Markham 1-14.
About the author: Rick Atkinson is a McKinney-based freelance writer and cartoonist. He has covered McKinney high school football for McKinneyOnline.com for the last three seasons. You can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.