McKinney Boyd –
Despite having the worst overall record in 10-5A, the season will start new for McKinney Boyd (2-3) when they begin their 10-5A schedule Friday night.
And the challenge is stout, facing the 4-1 Plano West Wolves at West’s John Clark Stadium.
But despite having a bye week to prepare for West, head coach Don Drake said the bye week was “business as usual”, saying they prepared the same way they would if a game were to be played Friday night.
Drake added his team has renewed sense of confidence coming off its 57-7 drubbing of Lewisville two weeks. He said his team played well in all aspects and now know what they’re capable of when they do play on all cylinders.
But, the opponent is not Lewisville this week, instead it is a West club that has scored more than 35 points in all four of their victories.
West is led by their backfield tandem of Sotonye Jamaboo and Robert Colmery, who combined to rush for 219 yards and five touchdowns during West’s 41-6 victory over Flower Mound.
“We know we got our work cut out for us this week,” Drake said.
Drake said he and his squad respect what West has done so far this season, but know both the offense and defense have to execute to both control the clock, and keep West off-balanced offensively.
“They’ve got some talented kids in the backfield, they know it, we know it. They’re going to get their carries and we’ve got to do a good job of containing them,” Drake said.
Drake said, offensively, his squad needs to execute and move the chains, and if they do that, the touchdowns will take care of themselves.
Defensivley, Drake said his team needs to get them in down-and-distance scenarios that force West to move away from the run game, because if West is able to stay balanced, they will be “very, very difficult” to stop.
And one member of the Boyd offense has some bold words on behalf of his defense.
“Our defense will hold them under 14 points, I believe,” running back Dedrick Scrivens said.
Boyd will kick off against West at 7:30 p.m. at West’s John Clark Stadium.
McKinney North –
Following a dominating 42-13 victory over Royse City last week, McKinney North head coach Mike Fecci said the goal for Friday’s game against Lovejoy is to carry over that momentum into Ron Poe Stadium Friday night.
Fecci said the squad played well in “all aspects of the game” last week against Royse City, with much of the credit going to the defense’ ability to get back to fundamentals, especially tackling better in space.
And in this battle of teams both 1-1 in 13-4A play, Fecci said his squad will have to get the ball and be able to move it against a Leopard defense that has allowed the fewest points in 13-4A with 141. Lovejoy has scored the most points in the district, putting up 212 points in five games.
Fecci added that North will have to take care of the ball, and create turnovers on defense when given the opportunity.
North will kick off against Lovejoy on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Ron Poe Stadium.
McKinney High School –
Sitting at 3-2, McKinney High School will host 10-5A power Plano Senior Thursday night to open district play. Lion head coach Jeff Smith said he believes Thursday’s game will be much different than McKinney’s 38-21 loss last season.
Smith said his players confidence is high heading out of the bye week, and more than anything, his players head into Thursday’s matchup with a level of familiarity his Lions’ didn’t have a year ago.
Last season was McKinney’s first season back in 5A. Smith said his team walked into John Clark Stadium not knowing what to expect, never playing in that atmosphere before.
But this year, he said, his players are more familiar with the idea of 5A football and expects them to be ready Thursday night at Ron Poe Stadium.
During the bye, Smith said, he and his coaches reviewed tape of what Plano has done so far this season, and have put together drills and practices that prepared his squad for a powerful Senior team – a team that has allowed 38 points in five games.
Smith knows how crucial this game is also, understanding how important it is to gain the upper hand by starting 10-5A play, especially since the top-four teams qualify for the playoffs.
“Everything matters in every game,” Smith said, saying there were be nothing better than starting 1-0 in 10-5A play by beating Plano.
The Lions will kick off against Plano Senior at 7:o0 p.m. Thursday night at Ron Poe Stadium.