With one week under their belts, all three area high school football teams head into week two of the season at different points. North, coming off its first season-opening win in six years, looks to build from that momentum while Boyd and MHS look to get into the win column.
McKinney Boyd Broncos
Coming off the heels of a 55-36 loss to Mesquite-Horn last Friday to open the season, Boyd head coach Don Drake said his Broncos need to cut down on turnovers to be successful Friday against Coppell.
Drake said although his team did a good job battling back a few times, four turnovers – two which resulted in points for Horn – stymied its chances to come back.
Drake said to understand why teams win or lose, players have to understand they need to match great effort with great performance, and winning a game with four turnovers, “that’s just not going to happen.”
He added that his squad needs to limit the big-play opportunities on the defensive side of the ball and play more sound in the special teams, with Drake saying a missed extra point caused his team the opportunity to tie the game. Boyd was forced to go for two points and could not convert.
“If we go out and make those some kind of mistakes, we’ll find ourselves in the same kind of situations,” Drake said.
Drake, however, said “there was a lot of positives” on the offensive side, especially running back Dedrick Scrivens, who rushed for 228 yards and four touchdowns.
Drake said the staff felt Scrivens was a talented back heading into the season, “and I think he showed that to everybody Friday night.”
Heading into their home opener Friday against Coppell, Drake said his Broncos won’t be making as many adjustments, but instead, they will watch film and make sure the players have a good sense of play recognition.
Drake said the Broncos will have to improve upon phases of the game they already do well – tackle, catching the ball, ball security – and mentally understand on their job at hand.
Boyd will kick off against Coppell on Friday at Ron Poe Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
McKinney High Lions
McKinney High School head coach Jeff Smith said following his team’s season-opening loss to Mansfield-Legacy, that he wanted the Lions to run the ball and be effective on the ground.
However, the McKinney air attack was effective at times last week, with quarterback Bryan Sutter going 11-21 for 210 yards and two touchdowns, along with two interceptions.
Smith, however, said despite Sutter’s strong game, there are no plans at the moment to open up the playbook and showcase Sutter’s arm.
Sutter said “we’ll see” to the possibility of opening the playbook, but will “take what [the defense] give us.”
The Lions will be aggressive at times, and Smith said if the defense gives them the opportunity, “we’ll take it.”
This week, Smith said, the Lions have been working on securing the ball and cutting down on turnovers. McKinney committed three turnovers in the season opener.
Smith said the defense will focus on tackling better and be in better alignment to execute plays and be in position to make plays.
McKinney will travel to take on Frisco-Heritage on Friday at Pizza Hut Park at 7 p.m.
McKinney North Bulldogs
Following a season-opening victory over Carrolton Newman-Smith – the Bulldogs’ first 1-0 start in six years – little is going to change heading into its week two matchup against Prosper.
North head coach Mike Fecci said his team has a great week of practice before playing a “very, very good” Prosper team on the road.
Fecci said Prosper brings to the field a big and physical offensive and defensive line, and the goal is to play better than last week.
North’s offense revolved around junior running back Ronald Jones, who rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns.
This week, Fecci said, his team will try and showcase Jones as much as possible, but will have to wait and see how the Prosper defense plays the run, and if the opportunity arises, North will go to the air.
North is scheduled to kickoff off against Prosper at 7 p.m. at Prosper Eagle Stadium Friday night.