TSB previews this week’s MISD’s varsity football games:
Friday night is arguably the biggest game of the season for McKinney Boyd.
The Broncos will stroll into Eagle Stadium, home of the defending 5A champion Allen Eagles, winner of 18 consecutive games.
Both Boyd and Allen come into Friday’s game undefeated in 10-5A play, at 2-0. Boyd enters the game with a 4-3 overall record and Allen is 7-0.
Allen has scored more than 60 points in its first two district games, defeating Plano East and Plano West by a combined score of 139-54.
Boyd head coach Don Drake acknowledged Allen’s offense is “very explosive,” and the Bronco defense will have to limit Allen’s possessions and chances to score.
Drake noted Boyd will have to limit Allen’s big-play potential, forcing the Eagles to execute and drive down the field.
Drake said Allen quarterback Kyler Murray is a “phenomenal” football player, noting he has a strong arm and is able to escape the pocket and run when needed. And the defense is solid in every spot, tackling well and running to spots on the field.
“It’s a big challenge for us, no doubt,” Drake said.
Drake said the message to the squad this week has been about improving and coming together, focusing on lining up and playing hard.
If Boyd does that, he said, Boyd can compete with them, and regardless of the opponent, his players will have to play physical and as a team.
“If we don’t do those things, we won’t be successful,” he said.
Junior running back Dedrick Scrivens plans to be a big part of the game plan, with Drake saying it would be “crazy” to not put the ball in his hands, because good things usually happen when they do.
Drake added that the offense will have to manage first downs better, trying to avoid long-yardage situations such as second-and-15, keeping away from penalties and busted assignments.
Defensively, Boyd said Drake will have to mix it up and give Allen’s offense different looks. He said Allen is well coached, and will exploit a defense if it gives them the same look.
Allen and Boyd will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Stadium.
With three games left in the season – Greenville, Wylie East, Dennison – McKinney North sits just shy of the fourth and final playoff spot in 13-4A.
North (3-4, 2-2) currently sits 5th in 13-4A heading into a crucial homecoming match against Greenville at Ron Poe Stadium Friday.
North head coach Mike Fecci said despite Greenville’s struggles – 0-7 and 0-4 in 13-4a – Greenville is very athletic and has the capability of being “very dangerous at times.”
Greenville lost 48-6 last week against Wylie East and has surrendered at least 40 points in all four district games.
North is looking to rebound from a tough showing during a 38-24 loss to Wylie last week. Senior quarterback Ben Dutze had a strong performance last week, throwing for 225 yards on 14 completions.
Junior running back Ronald Jones continued his stellar season, rushing for 160 yards on 21 carries.
Fecci said his team played well in the first half, but didn’t execute in the second half even though defensively, his squad was able to make plays in the fourth quarter.
A point of concern for North all season has been its defense, a defense that Fecci said has been improving with each week, but still not where he wishes it was.
He said the most improved section of the defense is the defensive line, tackling better in recent weeks.
North and Greenville will kick off scheduled at 7:30 p.m.
In a game pitting two teams desperate for a district win, McKinney High hosts Plano West Thursday night at Ron Poe Stadium.
And no matter what, someone will come out the game with its first 10-5A win of 2013.
McKinney High fell to 0-2 in district play, 3-4 overall, last week at Plano East, falling to the Panthers 35-23.
Lions head coach Jeff Smith said although the game was close throughout, East returned a block punt for a touchdown on a special teams break down resulting in a score. He added McKinney’s defense played well throughout, and gave up a touchdown with a minute left.
Offensively, Smith said, the Lions moved the ball well, but untimely penalties cost the Lions points and hindered their ability to put the ball in the end zone.
Smith said despite a three-game losing streak, he is proud of how the Lions are improving each week, but have had to endure several key injuries, most notable senior defensive end Keenan Samuel for the season with a leg injury.
Smith said those injuries are “part of football,” and has forced MHS to change looks on both sides of the ball. He added that the Lions are making “great strides.”
For MHS to capture its first 10-5A win of the season Thursday, Smith continued to preach physicality, especially with West’s two-running back approach.
On the other side of the ball, the Lion offense has to find ways to move the ball and put points on the board.
“It’s all right there, we need to put it all together,” Smith said.
McKinney and West is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Ron Poe Stadium.