There was no celebration from McKinney Boyd players Thursday night at Ron Poe Stadium.
Absent was the typical chest bumping jubilation you might expect to see between teammates – especially following a playoff-clinching victory. Instead, there was a silent walk from midfield to the sidelines.
Except for sophomore defensive lineman Ramon Readus, who unleashed the lone celebratory moment.
“We’re playoff bound!” Readus exclaimed, running off the field.
And that is exactly what the Broncos are, following their 28-10 victory over Plano East, clinching the No. 2 seed in District 10-5A football in the process.
Boyd looked dominant at times, especially defensively, holding Plano East to 205 total yards and five rushing yards on the night.
Yes, five yards rushing.
“I’m very proud of our defense,” Boyd head coach Don Drake said. “All together they did a great job.”
East (5-4, 1-3) came into Thursday’s game reeling, losing to Plano Senior 42-10 last week at John Clark Stadium. Boyd rolled into Ron Poe Stadium fresh off its strong performance against powerful Allen last week in a 49-26 loss — a game that was as close as eight points in the third quarter.
Drake said his defensive line was able to contain the Plano East quarterback in the pocket Thursday, forcing him to hold on to the ball longer, giving the line and secondary rushers time to attack the quarterback and stuff the run game.
Leading the defensive charge was junior linebacker Ross Matiscik, who was able beat lineman both through the interior and around the edge all night.
Matiscik said the defense knew they had to be ready for a fast-paced offense, and played with energy in all four quarters.
Boyd recorded four sacks on the night, and held sophomore running back Miles Thompson to minus-50 yards on nine carries.
Thursday’s win not only clinched the No. 2 seed in 10-5A for Boyd (5-4, 3-1), but it was also the program’s first victory over Plano East.
“It’s always a good feat to have,” Matiscik said of Boyd’s victory over the Panthers.
The majority of the first quarter was a defensive battle until Boyd broke the ice with Curtis Ladd’s 43-yard touchdown run with two minutes to play in the first quarter.
Dedrick Scrivens would give Boyd a 14-point lead seven minutes later with a 20-yard touchdown run. Scrivens would score again to end the first half, dashing five yards to give Boyd a 21-3 lead.
Boyd would add a final score in the third quarter – a 20-yard touchdown pass from Ladd to Robert Noren.
Boyd’s offense was slowed at times, but found its grove with an option game, gashing the East defense continuously in the second half.
Ladd finished the night 10-for-18 passing for 142 yards and two touchdowns, as well as 73 rushing yards. Ladd finished the night with 215 total yards, just 46 yards shy from 5,000 all-purpose yards for his career.
Scrivens finished the night with 209 yards on 30 carries.
Drake said it feels great to know his Broncos are in the playoffs – Boyd’s fourth straight playoff appearance.
Drake said his players have come ready to play each week, and the tough schedule Boyd played before district play prepared them for playing the likes of Allen and the Plano schools.
“We knew we had to be focused…we couldn’t get ahead of ourselves,” Matiscik said.
And looking ahead, Boyd will conclude its 2013 season next week against crosstown-rival McKinney High School (3-5, 0-3) at Ron Poe Stadium at 7:30 p.m. The Lions travel to Allen to take on the Eagles Friday.
Following that game, Matiscik said, “we could get a little hyped for the playoffs.”