Memories of two tough losses to open the 2013 season for McKinney Boyd were erased Thursday night following its dominating 51-9 victory over Garland at Ron Poe Stadium.
Boyd’s offense, which was sporadic the first two games of the football season, exploded against the Owll for 477 total yards. Senior quarterback Curtis Ladd and junior running back Dedrick Scrivens combined for more than 400 yards of total offense.
Garland fell to 0-3 on the season, however played Plano East close in a 28-20 loss to start the season before losing to Mesquite Horn 35-7 last week.
Ladd said early on he felt rusty and overthrew several open receivers, but found a grove in the second half. He noted Garland was playing its safeties close to the line of scrimmage, so he threw over them.
Bronco head coach Don Drake said Ladd did a great job managing the game, making big throws when he had to and also giving the offense an added dimension when he decided to take off and run with it.
Ladd’s favorite receiver on the night was Scrivens, who he connected with for three catches for 82 yards and two scores.
Ladd said before the game he told Scrivens big plays were going to be there and “run as fast as you can as I’ll get the ball to you.”
And getting the ball to Scrivens is something Drake said happens more of, noting Scrivens is a “very talented” runner and hopes they can “do what we can to get the ball in his hands.”
Once Scrivens got the ball in his hands Thursday night, good things usually happened, rushing for 129 yards and four touchdowns along with the one receiving score.
The Bronco defense, which had given up a combined 50 points in its first two games, held Garland’s fast-paced offense to 138 total yards. Garland rushed for 42 yards on 30 carries, and compiled 96 yards through the air.
Drake said his defense did a great job – except for one long run in the first quarter – maintaining the Owls’ running attack and forcing five turnovers, including three interceptions and two fumbles on the night.
The Broncos’ first score came by the hands of Scrivens, whose 18-yard touchdown run gave the Broncos a 7-6 lead.
Following a safety – which came by Garland snapping the ball out of the end zone to give Boyd a 9-6 lead – Boyd would put together a six-play, 50-yard drive capped by a one-yard touchdown by Scrivens to stretch the lead to 16-6
Scrivens and the Broncos would strike again, this time connecting with Ladd on a 50-yard bomb on 3rd and 28 to for a 23-6 lead.
Boyd could have buried the Owls early, but 11 penalties for 84 yards cost the Broncos some big plays, as did an interception and a missed field goal late in the second half.
Boyd lost 55 interception return yards due to penalties.
The second half was controlled by Boyd, as they outscored Garland 28-0.
Boyd (1-2) will next prepare for a Rockwall squad that is 1-1 going into Friday’s trip to Coppell. The Broncos make the trip to Wilkerson-Sanders Memorial Stadium Sep. 20. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Photos by TSB’s Sawyer Erickson