McKINNEY (Oct. 23, 2015) — In the end – after multiple weather delays and losing a bank of lights on Ron Poe Stadium’s west side – this soggy, crazy game was completed, by golly. Unfortunately for McKinney Boyd, which led the contest early on, it ended in 31-9 defeat at the hands of Flower Mound Marcus (8-1, 6-1).
Marcus was powered again by a crushing ground attack – running backs Nate Hopkins and C.J. Respass combined for 263 yards – and was helped by Broncos mistakes.
“I thought we captured the momentum early,” Boyd coach Don Drake said, “and then obviously they gained it back there after multiple breaks and we never did anything to flip the momentum. Penalty situations hurt us pretty badly tonight. We did not execute very well, offensively, throughout most of the game. And we struggled to stop their run game. They’re a good football team.”
Perhaps the backbreaker for the Broncos occurred just seconds before halftime with Boyd trailing, 17-9. Defensive end Ramon Readus had just recovered a Marcus fumble at the Broncos’ 11-yard-line, ending a serious Marauder threat. But one play later – with 8 seconds left on the clock – Restmeyer looked to pass, was pressured and threw to Marcus defender Zach Gough who raced 31 yards for a touchdown as time expired in the half.
“We were trying to create an explosive play, no doubt,” Drake says. “Obviously, that hurt us pretty badly, throwing the interception there that got returned for a touchdown. That was not good. That’s on me. I should have just run the clock out right there and played for the second half. It would have been an 8-point game at that point. If I had it back that’s what I’d do. But it is what it is, right?”
Another missed Boyd opportunity was Stephen Driskell’s 75-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter that was nullified by a block-in-the-back penalty.
Weather delays were due to lightning detected nearby. The game started 45 minutes late, then twice more in the first half play was stopped, with teams leaving the field and fans evacuating the bleachers. The first in-game delay lasted an hour. Then early in the third quarter, after an abbreviated halftime break, one bank of lights – half the visitors’ side lighting – went dark. After a short discussion between coaches and officials play resumed, with long eerie shadows on the field’s south end the rest of the way.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been involved in one with as many delays as we’ve had tonight,” Drake said. “That would be a first for me.”
Boyd (4-4, 3-3) opened the night’s scoring on the game's first drive, with Kaeden Markham taking a handoff from quarterback Grant Restmeyer and bursting up the middle for 53 yards and a touchdown.
Hopkins fumbled the ball right back to the Broncos on the Marauders' second play from scrimmage. Then, starting at Marcus' 37-yard-line, Restmeyer tossed a screen pass left to Markham that went for 26 yards to the 11. Three plays later, play was suspended with Boyd at the Marauders' 4. When play resumed, Cameron Powell booted a 24-yard field goal to give the Broncos a 9-0 lead.
Bronco linebackers Braydon Webb (40) and Brent Matiscik (44) wrap up Flower Mound Marcus running back C.J. Respass Friday at Ron Poe Stadium.
The Marauders then got going with a 10-play, 68-yard drive, capped by Hopkins' 1-yard TD run. The key play on the march was a 27-yard scamper to Boyd’s 14-yard-line by Respass, who finished with 116 yards on 28 carries. Hopkins totaled a game-high 147 on 30 tries.
After a John Mayers 27-yard field goal gave Marcus the lead, 10-9, the Marauders drove 70 yards in 16 plays, with Hopkins’ 3-yard run topping it off. The drive appeared stalled on fourth-and-1 from midfield when Respass was wrapped up two yards behind the line of scrimmage only to break away for 13 yards to the Broncos’ 36-yard-line.
Respass closed out the scoring with a 1-yard TD push in the fourth quarter.
Markham finished with a team-high 94 yards rushing on 14 carries and also led Boyd receivers with four catches for 63 yards.
Boyd’s passing game struggled this night, with Restmeyer completing 12 of 35 attempts for 128 yards with two interceptions. “They did a great job,” Drake said of the Marauders. “I’m not going to take away from anything Marcus did. We’ve obviously got to do a better job in terms of our execution. There were some plays that we had opportunities to make that we didn’t make. What do you attribute that to? I don’t know. Weather? I don’t know. I’m not going to make excuses about any of it. We’ve got to play better.”
The Broncos travel to face Lewisville (4-4, 3-3) on Friday, Oct. 30.
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|Flower Mound Marcus||10||14||0||7||— 31|
|McKinney Boyd||9||0||0||0||— 9|
Boyd – Kaeden Markham 53 run (kick failed), 10:35
Boyd – Cameron Powell 24 FG, 8:43
Marcus – Nate Hopkins 1 run (John Mayers kick), 5:11
Marcus – John Mayers 27 FG, 1:10
Marcus – Nate Hopkins 3 run (John Mayers kick), 4:28
Marcus – Zach Gough 31 interception return (John Mayers kick), 0:00
Marcus – C.J. Respass 1 run (John Mayers kick), 9:36
Rushing — Marcus: Nate Hopkins 30-147, C.J. Respass 28-116, Andrew Parish 3-12, Tristan Newsome 1-7, Alex Gage 1-2. Boyd: Kaeden Markham 14-94, Grant Restmeyer 4-17, Brandon Bowling 2-6, Doren Gibson 1-0.
Passing — Marcus: Mitch Cason 6-10-0-48. Boyd: Grant Restmeyer 12-35-2-128.
Receiving — Marcus: Kaden Smith 3-32, Alex Albright 3-16. Boyd: Kaeden Markham 4-63, Brandon Bowling 3-42, Julian Coaxum 3-17, Stephen Driskell 2-6.