The annual McKinney Boyd-McKinney High game has been a staple at Ron Poe Stadium ever since the Broncos joined the varsity ranks in 2006.
Families and friends declared allegiances to their schools, and no matter the record, students alike treat the rivalry game with an intensity unlike any other.
That’s because it could be the last time MHS and Boyd take the field against one another for a number of years — at least as district rivals — as class re-alignment within the University Interscholastic League scheduled for later this month will likely separate the squads. Shawn Pratt, McKinney Independent School District Athletic Director, said last month UIL will be adding a 6A class, with Boyd expected to join Allen and the Plano Schools in it. Next year’s 6A class will be made up of current 5A schools. McKinney High, however, is an unknown, Pratt said, adding that it looks as if MHS will stay in the 5A class.
Though the teams could still play in early season non-district games, there is no guarantee of that. For example, McKinney North (currently 4A) does not play either crosstown rival this season.
McKinney high head coach Jeff Smith, whose Lions hope to gain a sense of pride by clinching their first district win over their bitter rivals, said while Boyd-MHS may not happen for a number of years, there will always be crosstown game, noting North and MHS could begin a series.
And although MHS may not be in the same class as Boyd for the next few years, Smith said the Lions will return.
Renovations to McKinney High this summer will bring more students to the campus, along with it more talent and time to grow.
“It’ll happen again,” Smith said.
Boyd head coach Don Drake said he hasn’t thought much about Friday possibly being the final game in the series between MHS and Boyd, noting his squad has been “fortunate” to win the past six games.
Aside from the first game in the series in 2006, a 34-0 shutout victory by MHS, Boyd has dominated the series, winning every game since, including last season’s 56-21 victory.