ARLINGTON (Nov. 22, 2014) — McKinney Boyd’s Broncos ran into an offensive powerhouse in Saturday’s Class 6A Division II Region II area playoff game at AT&T Stadium. And when it was over, so was Boyd’s season.
The Cedar Hill Longhorns, last year’s Class 5A Division II state champions, rolled past Boyd, 50-28, with 651 yard of total offense, two punishing running backs and defensive plan that worked to perfection.
Cedar Hill’s Aca’cedric Ware led all rushers with 197 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, including scoring dashes of 24 and 58 yards. His backfield colleague, Denvre Daniels, added 91 yards and three TDs on 13 tries. Cedar Hill quarterback Justin McMillan threw for 253 yards and three touchdowns, adding 64 yards on the ground.
Cedar Hill scored points on all but one possession this day, not counting a kneel-down at game’s end. The Broncos’ star running back Dedrick Scrivens was bottled up for 41 yards on 11 carries. Though Boyd fought back through the air – quarterback Grant Restmeyer threw for 321 yards and four touchdowns – it was not enough.
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Boyd's Dedrick Scrivens (1) gets loose for a long kickoff return in the fourth quarter.
The Horns (10-2) advance to face Abilene (9-3) next Saturday in Aledo.
“They’re a quality football team,” McKinney Boyd head coach Don Drake said of the victors. “They’ve got a lot of team speed and that was obvious tonight. When they got that speed in space, they were able to make some plays, and we had a difficult time containing that speed.”
“We knew coming in we were going to have to be able to score some points, get some stops – and we didn’t get enough of either. ... We’ve played some quality opponents and Cedar Hill is another quality opponent. We knew we’d have to play a fantastic game to come out with a win and, unfortunately, it didn’t happen.”
Said Cedar Hill head coach Joey McGuire, “I thought our offensive line played great. We were really effective running the football, and whenever we can do that it puts a lot of people in a bind.”
“Our two running backs, Daniels and Ware, are special. Then, when you have receiver like Damarkus Lodge, you’ve got to play honest. You almost have to double-team him. If not, he’s going to score a touchdown.”
McGuire said stopping Scrivens was foremost in the Horns’ defensive planning. “We were going to put as many as we could get in the box and make them throw the football. I thought they were very effective throwing the football, but we said the whole week, ‘Look, if we give up some pass plays, it’s OK. We just don’t want to get [Scrivens] in a groove of running the football.’”
Scrivens did have three catches for 66 yards, including a nifty 21-yard TD grab near a goal-line pylon in the third quarter that pulled Boyd (8-4) to within two scores, at 36-21.
But in the fourth, Jaylon Jackson’s 37-yard touchdown catch and Daniels’ 18-yard scoring scamper ended any hopes of a Broncos comeback. Stephen Driskell’s 23-yard TD reception for Boyd completed the game’s scoring.
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Boyd's Jeremiah Campbell (10) races to the end zone on the game's first play from scrimmage.
On the contest’s first play from scrimmage, the Broncos struck for a 75-yard Restmeyer-to-Jeremiah Campbell touchdown pass. Campbell, who finished with a game-high 125 yards receiving, got behind the defender on a deep slant route and Restmeyer hit him in stride. Cedar Hill responded three plays later with a 76-yard touchdown strike from McMillan to Daniels and then proceeded to score TDs on its next three possessions. When the dust settled, the Horns held a 19-7 early second-quarter advantage.
Boyd fired back with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Restmeyer to Brandon Bowling but the Horns pumped in 10 more points before halftime. Cedar Hill effectively put the game way on the opening drive of the second half with a 75-yard, 11-play drive, capped by Daniels’ 28-yard scoring run to go up 36-14.
“I think we gave it everything we had,” Scrivens said after his final game for Boyd. “So you can't be disappointed about the performance. They just outplayed us this week. It was a good season. ... We just kept giving it 100 percent and that's all you can ask for."
“We played hard, we played physical,” Broncos senior safety Keaton Livingston said. “We've seen the speed before, we just had a couple of plays here and there where we didn't fit it right, and they gashed us on a couple."
"They're a good football team,” said Bowling, a junior. “We knew that going in. But we had to believe, you know? It's a tough loss, but I'm looking forward to next year."
Drake said he’ll remember the 2014 Broncos’ heart. “What an outstanding group. That senior group? They came to work every day, off-season, practice, the whole deal. They’re a tough group of kids that have just competed, over and over again.”
Livingston called his Broncos career “the best four years of my life." What will Scrivens remember about this season? "My brothers,” he said. “I love them. They're like my family now and I'll never forget them." Bowling added he’ll miss this group of seniors. “I'm going to miss them a lot,” he said, “especially Dedrick.”
“These kids had a great year,” Drake said. “I’m very proud of their effort and I’m very proud of the way they kept competing to the finish.”
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.
Go to the next page for the scoring summary and North game story.
|McKinney Boyd (MB)||7||7||7||7||— 28|
|Cedar Hill (CH)||13||16||7||14||— 50|
MB – Jeremiah Campbell 75 pass from Grant Restmeyer (Andrew Smith kick), 11:38
CH – Denvre Daniels 76 pass from Justin McMillan (kick failed), 10:25
CH – Damarkus Lodge 21 pass from Justin McMillan (Brooks Ralph kick), 3:37
CH – Aca'cedric Ware 24 run (kick failed), 9:22
MB – Brandon Bowling 31 pass from Grant Restmeyer (Andrew Smith kick), 7:59
CH – Aca'cedric Ware 58 run (Brooks Ralph kick), 7:34
CH – Brooks Ralph 38 FG, 0:11
CH – Denvre Daniels 28 run (Brooks Ralph kick), 7:23
MB – Dedrick Scrivens 21 pass from Grant Restmeyer (Andrew Smith kick), 0:49
CH – Jaylon Jackson 37 pass from Justin McMillan (Brooks Ralph kick), 10:41
CH – Denvre Daniels 18 run (Brooks Ralph kick), 5:10
MB – Stephen Driskell 23 pass from Grant Restmeyer (Andrew Smith kick), 4:47
Rushing – Boyd: Dedrick Scrivens 11-41, Grant Restmeyer 9-(-29). Cedar Hill: Aca'cedric Ware 20-197, Denvre Daniels 13-91, Justin McMillan 10-64, Jaylon Jackson 2-7, Avery Davis 1-9, Trevon Williams 4-30.
Passing – Boyd: Grant Restmeyer 14-23-0-321. Cedar Hill: Justin McMillan 17-23-0-253.
Receiving – Boyd: Jeremiah Campbell 3-125, Brandon Bowling 5-61, Stephen Driskell 1-23, Kassidy Woods 2-46, Dedrick Scrivens 3-66. Cedar Hill: Denvre Daniels 4-90, Damarkus Lodge 4-46, Darris Harper 7-71, Elijah Moore 1-9, Jaylon Jackson 1-37.
McKinney North 50, West Mesquite 44
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North's JoMarr Davis (6) sets a block for Ronald Jones (24) Saturday at the Cotton Bowl.
McKinney North topped West Mesquite, 50-44, Saturday in a Class 5A Division I Region II area-round battle at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Bulldog running back Ronald Jones rushed for 308 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries, with scoring runs of 83, 50 and 80 yards. JoMarr Davis and Kirvin Parks had TD catches for the Bulldogs.
North trailed, 30-21, in the third quarter. West Mesquite quarterback Chason Virgil threw for 400 and six touchdowns in the loss.
The Bulldogs (10-2) face Mansfield Lake Ridge (8-4) in the regional semifinals at 4 p.m. Saturday at Dallas' Kincaide Stadium. Lake Ridge edged Longview, 37-35, to advance.