Following a 42-21 win over Plano West in their 10-5A District opener last week, McKinney Boyd has another challenge ahead of them Friday when they welcome in Plano Senior High to Ron Poe Stadium.
Boyd (3-3, 1-0) will look to slow down a stout running take of Plano Senior (5-1, 1-0), which saw sophomore running back Brandon Stephens rush for 237 yards in the Wildcat’s 28-7 victory over McKinney High last week.
Bronco head coach Don Drake said Plano is very ground oriented, using a big offensive and many two-tight end sets to run the ball.
And following the script that lead to a victory over West, Drake said his defense has to have solid gap responsibility, be physical and tackle well when they get a chance to wrap him up.
Offensively, Drake said his offense has to be able to move the ball consistently, and find ways to score points when they get in position. Hopefully, Drake said, Boyd can force Plano to play from behind and put them in a situation they are not used to. Plano has trailed in a game just once all season.
“We’ve had tough physical battles with Plano in the years we’ve lined up to complete with them,” Drake said, harping back on Boyd’s 15-14 victory over Plano last season.
Boyd’s schedule the next two weeks is a treacherous one, hosting Plano this week then traveling to take on defending 5A State Champion Allen next week.
“There’s just not any off weeks,” Drake said. He noted that each week is bigger than the rest, and the importance of each week is magnified when the team continues to win.
“You got to keep hopefully putting yourself in that position because of success. If you’re not winning and you’re not successful, well then, next week’s probably not that big,” Drake said.
And many around the area were “a bit surprised” with how Boyd was able to control the game against West, who was ranked No. 14 in the Dallas area before the game, and Boyd will need that same mindset to take down a talented Plano squad.
“That was a huge win, this one’s even bigger,” Drake said.
It is also the “Purple Out” game for the McKinney Boyd Athletics’ Community Project. The players will wear purple sashes and escort a friend or loved one who is dealing with cancer onto the field at 6:45 p.m. Donations will be accepted and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to families who live in McKinney.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ron Poe Stadium.
McKinney looks to rebound Friday night against Plano East, a week after falling to Plano Senior 28-7 in its 10-5A District opener.
Lions head coach Jeff Smith said even though MHS didn’t get the result it was looking for last week against Plano, his squad still controls its own destiny, especially with a win against Plano East.
McKinney’s offense failed to respond against Plano Senior High, compiling just 209 total yards and never were able to move the ball consistently.
Hoping to learn from last week’s loss, Smith said his offense is definitely going to want to establish the run game with Tommy Candela and Antonio Oliver, which in turn will aide Brian Sutter and the passing attack.
Smith said the offensive line played well last week, which is a trend he hopes will continue against Plano East.
Smith said the key aspect heading into Friday’s matchup is to be physical, and play better in the first half.
“From start to finish we have to be a physical football team,” he said.
McKinney will travel to Murphy Kimbrough Stadium Friday night to take on East at 7:30 p.m.
Through six games in the 13-4A season, three teams are 2-1 through three district games, and those three teams are Wylie, Wylie East and yes, McKinney North. North will have its chance to distance themselves from the logjam in 13-4A Friday night, when they travel to Wylie in a critical district bout.
“We want to be one of those teams at 3-1,” McKinney North head coach Mike Fecci said.
Fecci said he expects to get “the very best game of the year” from Wylie, and knows it won’t be a game for the weak.
“It’s going to be a battle,” he said.
Following a “crazy shootout” last week against Lovejoy – a 48-45 North victory – Fecci said all the games from now on will be big in a “crazy” 13-4A district.
North compiled 510 total yards against Lovejoy, including 437 on the ground from junior running back Ronald Jones. Senior quarterback Ben Dutze threw for 73 yards on four completions.
To be successful Friday night, Fecci said, his Bulldogs squad will have to defend the pass well, saying Wylie likes to air the ball out and throw it around the field.
The Pirates average 258 passing yards per game through six games, and have compiled 1,548 and 12 touchdowns through the air.
Wylie and North will kick off at 7:30 p.m. in Wylie.