MURPHY (Nov. 15, 2014) — Sophomore Chase Carraher’s 23-yard overtime field goal followed by Frisco Wakeland’s lost fumble on its first OT play lifted the McKinney North Bulldogs past the Wolverines, 24-21, Friday in a wild bi-district battle at Kimbrough Stadium. Noah Forte’s recovery of the loose ball set off a wild Bulldog celebration on the field and in the visitors’ East-side stands. After all, this was a game North (9-2) never led in regulation and had trailed in by as much as 14 points.
Senior Kirvin Parks’ 38-yard touchdown reception from fellow senior Nick Hutchins tied the game at 21 with 3:44 left in the fourth quarter.
“I don’t have any words right now to be honest with you,” North head coach Mike Fecci said amid the Bulldogs’ jubilation. “I mean, just belief and guts. To come out here on a night like this – and play that way and step up when we needed to step up and make stinkin’ plays when we had to make them – I can’t say enough about my kids.”
“I’m super excited,” said Parks, who led all receivers with seven catches for 128 yards. “I’m at a loss for words. I’m glad we came back and got the win.”
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North's Noah Forte (50) celebrates after his game-clinching fumble recovery in overtime.
Said Wakeland head coach Marty Secord, “I was just really proud of my kids for the great effort that they gave. They executed tonight. They executed our plan. Unfortunately, we had the fumble at the end, but that’s not the whole game, that’s not the whole season. Hats off to North. They did a great job.”
North will face West Mesquite Saturday, Nov. 22, at 4:30 p.m. at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas in the Class 5A Region II Division I area round.
As an added Bulldog bonus, Friday’s win marked the first time North has won nine games in a season in school history. “It was a crazy, crazy game,” said senior defensive tackle Justin Madabuike, who made crucial tackles for losses in the second half and generally blew up the line of scrimmage. “It was back and forth, smash-mouth football, but in the end we came up victorious. I thank God for everything.”
On North’s OT possession, Fecci opted for the field goal attempt rather than going for it on fourth-and-1 from the Wakeland 6-yard-line. “My deal on overtime is, I always go with my gut,” he said. “Whatever my gut first tells me is what I do. I felt we could go out on defense and at least hold them to the same.”
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Bulldogs quarterback Nick Hutchins (7) fights off a Wolverine tackler Friday.
The Wolverines (8-3) jumped out to a 14-0 lead and had the Bulldogs’ defense on its heels for much of the first half. (Not helping matters for North were six Bulldog penalties for 60 yards before halftime.) On its first possession, Wakeland drove 73 yards in 11 plays for a touchdown, with the game’s leading rusher, Brent Altieri, cashing in from 15 yards out. Altieri finished with 185 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns. Two possessions later, the Wolverines marched 91 yards in 13 plays, with quarterback Jimmy Wilkins finding a leaping Justice Williams in the end zone for a 20-yard scoring play.
“Credit to them,” Fecci said. “They came out with stuff we hadn’t seen. … But hey, I’m going to turn the credit right back around to our defensive staff. [They did a] heck of a job adjusting – and a heck of a job of our kids adjusting to the adjustment, and going and getting a big win.”
Down two scores, Madabuike said the Bulldogs bore down. “We were like, ‘Guys, we’ve got to buckle up. This is our first playoff game. We can’t go out like some chumps. We’re the real deal.’”
North began to turn things around late in the second quarter, when a Wakeland drive stalled on an incomplete fourth-and-4 pass attempt near midfield. From there, the Bulldogs’ offense came alive, moving 49 yards in five plays, capped by a Hutchins 9-yard touchdown run with 47 seconds left before halftime. The key play on the drive was a 33-yard strike from Hutchins to Parks, deep into Wolverine territory.
The Bulldogs tied the game at 14 on their opening second-half drive – a 13-play, 65-yard march topped off by Hutchins’ 3-yard TD scamper. Hutchins’ 18-yard run on fourth-and-4 from the Wolverine 24 kept the drive alive. On the night, Hutchins hit on 16-of-20 passes for 202 yards with no interceptions.
Wakeland retook the lead on Altieri’s second TD of the game, a 5-yarder with five minutes left to play.
North’s star running back Ronald Jones, nursing a bad ankle all week, appeared only for the Bulldogs’ opening series, carrying one time for 3 yards. “He wasn’t himself,” Fecci said. “You could tell that. When he ran that sweep and didn’t outrun that guy, we knew he wasn’t 100 percent. … He’ll be healthy and ready to go by next Saturday.”
Jones’ backup Micah Baulicex came on to rush for a team-high 79 yards on 20 carries.
So how about those nine wins, Justin? “It is amazing, man,” Madabuike said. “I am so blessed to be a part of this team. These are my brothers. I love them for life. I wouldn’t be anywhere else in the world right now.”
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 two seasons.
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|Frisco Wakeland (FW)||7||7||0||7||0||— 21|
|McKinney North (MN)||0||7||7||7||3||— 24|
FW – Brent Altieri 15 run (Brice Lear kick), 8:00
FW – Justice Williams 20 pass from Jimmy Wilkins (Brice Lear kick), 8:51
MN – Nick Hutchins 9 run (Chase Carraher kick), 0:47
MN – Nick Hutchins 3 run (Chase Carraher kick), 7:14
FW – Brent Altieri 5 run (Brice Lear kick), 4:55
MN – Kirvin Parks 38 pass from Nick Hutchins (Chase Carraher kick), 3:44
MN – Chase Carraher 23 FG
Rushing – Wakeland: Brent Altieri 26-185, Jimmy Wilkins 13-60, Jay Orji 11-30, Justice Williams 3-22, Noah Anderson 3-(-3). North: Micah Baulicex 20-79, Nick Hutchins 15-71, Ronald Jones 1-3.
Passing – Wakeland: Jimmy Wilkins 10-18-0-120, Noah Anderson 1-1-0-13. North: Nick Hutchins 16-20-0-202.
Receiving – Wakeland: Justice Williams 6-89, Luke Bridges 1-10, Brent Altieri 1-1, Noah Anderson 2-16, Aaron Gentis 1-17. North: Miguel Hudson 2-6, Gabe Constantine 6-58, Kirvin Parks 7-128, Micah Baulicex 1-10.
McKinney Boyd 42, Keller Fossil Ridge 23
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Boyd's Dedrick Scrivens (1) bursts through line Friday at AT&T Stadium.
McKinney Boyd (8-3) topped Keller Fossil Ridge, 42-23, Friday in Class 6A Division II bi-district action at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Senior running back Dedrick Scrivens led the Broncos with 225 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 34 carries. Brandon Bowling's 30-yard interception return for a touchdown gave Boyd a 28-7 lead in the second quarter.
Broncos quarterback Grant Restmeyer completed 9-of-15 passes for 117 yards with no interceptions. His 17-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Cantrell gave Boyd a 7-0 first-quarter lead. Scrivens scored on runs of 2, 6, 43 and 7 yards.
The Broncos will meet the Cedar Hill-Colleyville Heritage winner Saturday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m., again at AT&T Stadium.