McKinney Boyd High School
Boyd notched its first win of the season last Friday, an exciting 31-21 thumping of Garland, and Broncos head coach Don Drake sounded pleased this week at how his team did it.
“We kept competing,” he said, “kept battling there in the second half through those lead changes. We just kept fighting back. Garland’s got a good football team. Very talented.”
Bryan Driskell’s opening kickoff-return for a touchdown got the Broncos off to a perfect start. “That kind of set the tone,” Drake said. “That was a huge play for that to happen.”
Driskell also rushed for 220 yards, including the 50-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run on 4th-and-1 that put the game away for Boyd.
Could Driskell, an All-State pick back a year ago, be hitting his senior-season stride?
“I think so,” Drake said. “I thought he played outstanding the other night. We need that from him, on a weekly basis, there’s no doubt.”
Quarterback Curtis Ladd’s clutch touchdown pass to brother Patrick Ladd gave Boyd a 24-21 early in the fourth quarter.
Commenting on the Broncos’ offensive line, Drake pointed to senior center Rafael Serrano, a three-year starter, as a leader up front. “He’s just really played well for the first three weeks.”
Defensively, Boyd (1-2) gave up some yards against Garland, but didn’t break -- stuffing the Owls on a critical fourth-quarter fourth down in Broncos territory.
“When we needed that stop,” Drake said, “we rose up and got it done.” Driskell’s clinching touchdown came moments later.
Linebacker Adam Brown led Boyd with 22 tackles.
“I’ve been real proud of our defense all year,” Drake said. “They’ve battled and given our offense some great opportunities with field position and they’ve created some turnovers.”
The Broncos host 1-2 Rockwall on Friday, a team that was strummed last week, 40-3, by undefeated Coppell. The Yellowjackets narrowly defeated Rowlett before that.
Offensively, Rockwall is led by sophomore running back Chris Warren, who rushed for 88 yards against Coppell. “They’re going to try to get him going,” Drake said.
On defense, the ‘Jackets feature senior linebackers Jared Farrow and Chris Minor, a pair called a top team strength by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine.
Said Drake, “I would imagine on Friday night you’re going to a see a pretty hard-fought football game.”
Prediction: Boyd doubles-up Rockwall, 34-17, and doubles-up its record at 2-2.
McKinney High School
The Lions are riding high after win No. 3 on Friday, a 42-7 dismantling of Irving’s Nimitz Vikings. McKinney broke open a fairly tight game with 21 third-quarter points and cruised to victory.
“Both teams really were grinding at the beginning of the game for yardage and positive plays, working through the rain,” said McKinney head coach Jeff Smith.
Lions quarterback Robert Somborn tossed five touchdown passes, three to TV Williams, en route to a 300-yard performance. Williams tallied nine catches for 140 yards and running back Red Shannon added 120 rushing yards.
How good can these guys be -- as the Lions get into the tougher part of their schedule?
“Well, we’ll see,” Smith said. “We’re going to face some really good teams every week from here on out. Everybody’s been good we’ve played so far, please know that, but I think, obviously, our district is extremely competitive and there are a lot of great programs.”
(The Lions share District 10-5A with Allen, Plano East, Plano, Plano West and Boyd.)
Defensively, Smith said he was most pleased with his team’s tackling at Nimitz. McKinney held the Vikings to under 200 total yards of offense and pitched a second-half shutout. Linebackers Dalton Harris and Matt Reynolds led the Lions with nine stops each.
Smith said there’s no date set for the return of injured running back Tommy Campela, who went down last week with a broken collarbone.
“I’ve heard six to seven weeks, as soon as he had the surgery,” Smith said, “which would possibly put him back at the end of the year, for maybe a game or two. … If [the doctors] feel good about it, and everybody feels good about it, he’ll be able to come back. But if not, we’re going to have to judge on what’s best for him.”
The Lions face North Garland on Friday, a team that topped Hillcrest, 26-6, last week for its first win. The Raiders rolled up 400 yards of offense in that one, mostly on the ground. “We’ve got to stop their running game and make them throw the ball,” Smith said.
That means slowing Aaron Johnson, who rushed for over 200 yards last week -- at nearly 13 yards a pop -- and Raiders quarterback Chad Wesley, who rushed for two touchdowns. North Garland’s two losses, to Nimitz and Richardson Berkner, have been by large margins but that’s misleading, Smith said.
“They’ve just had some turnovers in their games, here and there, that have really hurt them. They’re a lot better than some of the scores would appear.”
Prediction: The Lions roar on, 40-17. Hello, 4-0.
McKinney North High School
With its tough non-district slate complete after Friday’s 42-21 loss to Frisco Centennial, 0-3 North has a week off now to digest what’s transpired and improve before facing Sherman on Sept. 28.
Bulldogs head coach Mike Fecci’s philosophy has been to learn from these early games, win or lose, as preparation for district play.
Has Fecci gotten what he wanted for his team from these contests?
“I hope so,” he chuckled this week.
“You know, what we wanted was to find an identity," he said. "What we wanted was some competition and some adversity, because you’re always going to face that in district. And I think we found those things.”
Though undefeated Centennial jumped out to a 35-0 lead last Friday, Fecci was pleased to see the Bulldogs battle back with two rapid-fire scores just before halftime - including a nifty 38-yard touchdown run by Trey Smith, one play after a Marc Bresnahan interception.
(North quarterback Ben Dutze had thrown an 11-yard touchdown pass to Evan Jones moments earlier.)
“[Smith] got a great block out of some offensive linemen up there and sprung it,” Fecci said, “which was nice to see. We’ve kind of been waiting on that one all year long.”
“I think it showed the character of our kids,” Fecci said of North’s scoring spurt. “They did what we told them to, and that’s play one play at a time. Never get too high, never get too low, just keep playing.
“But we just made some early mistakes that we can’t make.”
Centennial quarterback Lamar Jordan, a University of Arkansas commit, passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more, keeping the Bulldogs on their heels.
“He made some great runs against us,” Fecci said. “One time down there on the goal line we had him dead-to-rights, and he made one guy miss and broke another one’s tackle and got into the end zone. He’s a good player. He’s going to do well, for sure.”
“We’ve got to have a good off week,” Fecci said. “We’ve got to use that to our advantage, as far as getting better at some minor details. We can slow down a little bit, catch our breath, work on some grades, work on getting healed up a little bit, and roll into next week ready to go.”
Your humble predictor managed a 3-0 mark again last week, moving the season mark to 7-2 (.778).
- Boyd vs. Rockwall: Friday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m., Ron Poe Stadium
- McKinney at North Garland: Friday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.
- North: Bye week
McKinney Boyd photo: Quarterback Curtis Ladd, right, hands off to Dedrick Scrivens during practice this week.
McKinney High photo: Offensive linemen nail down blocking assignments during practice.
McKinney North photo: From left, running back Trey Smith, defensive tackle Dominique Parish, quarterback Ben Dutze and the rest of the Bulldogs look to turn their season around when district play begins on Sept. 28.