Roughly 24 hours away from the kickoff of the 2013 season, all three area high schools enter the season with questions and concerns. Some All three high schools – McKinney High School, McKinney Boyd and McKinney North are in action this weekend, and all are ready to start to the 2013 season.
McKinney High vs. Mansfield Legacy (7 :30 p.m. Friday, Ron Poe Stadium)
Lions head coach Jeff Smith said Monday that junior quarterback Brian Sutter will be starting the game under center when McKinney High School takes on Mansfield Legacy Friday night at Ron Poe Stadium.
Smith noted during training camp and practices the team was looking at two quarterbacks heading into the 2013 season – Sutter and sophomore Tyree Johnson.
Smith said Sutter has a more traditional drop-back passing game, while Johnson stretches the field and is more of a runner, but both will be utilized during the season.
Johnson will play slot receiver Friday night, Smith said.
McKinney Boyd at Mesquite Horn (7:30 p.m. Friday, E.H. Hanby Stadium in Mesquite)
McKinney Boyd head coach Don Drake said while pleased with his team’s performance during its scrimmage last week, there is a lot of work yet to do before the Broncos travel to take on Mansfield Legacy Friday night.
Drake said last week’s scrimmage against Richardson was a good test for his team, especially for the chance to go against another team.
The Broncos’ challenge heading into Friday’s opener, he said, will be to expand upon what they’ve done in scrimmages through four quarters.
He also noted that “every coach” has worries about running special teams for the first time in game situations.
Along with going against a talented opponent in Mansfield Legacy, a top-15 program in 5A, will be how his young players respond to the bright lights of Friday nights.
“How are they going to respond to that?” Drake said.
McKinney North vs. Carrollton Newman Smith (7 p.m. Thursday, Ron Poe Stadium(
North is looking to rebound from a disappointing 3-7 season in 2012 and is ushering in two new coordinators. Head coach Mike Fecci said he was pleased with how his team performed in its two scrimmages before Thursday’s opener against Carrollton Newman Smith.
“We have a good idea of what we are as a football team,” Fecci said.
One of the biggest improvements heading into the home opener is the revamped defense, Fecci said, saying the squad has made “giant growth” since the beginning of training camp.
He said positions are starting to be filled in, but the unit it still a “work in progress.”
North enters the season with a new coordinator on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball – Joe Welock controlling the defense and Kyle Hardin calling the offensive plays.
And Fecci knows his players will have their hands full Thursday night, when they welcome in a big, physical Newman Smith team to Ron Poe Stadium.
He said Newman Smith has both size and speed and both sides of the ball, and it will be a challenge for his squad to contain their speed, especially in the skill positions.
Fecci also noted Thursday’s game will be very emotional, as it will be the first game for Newman Smith since losing a teammate earlier in the summer to a drowning accident, and also having a player battling cancer.