PLANO — Earlier in the week, McKinney Boyd head coach Don Drake said that coming into the season there were concerns about how the team would make up for the absence of Bryan Driskell’s production in the backfield. An all-state running back, Driskell went on to sign to play college football with the Air Force Academy.
Drake said Dedrick Scrivens has answered those questions so far in 2013. And Friday night Scrivens continued to make a name for himself, leading Boyd past 10-5A rival Plano West 42-21 at John Clark Stadium, rushing for 264 yards and five touchdowns.
“He added to his resume tonight,” Drake said of Scriven’s performance.
West came into the game with a record of 4-1, winning four straight games, most recently defeating Flower Mound on October 4.
Scrivens, who averaged 7.8 yards-per-carry Friday night, said he felt quick on his feet Friday, despite battling hamstring cramps during the game. Scrivens said he came onto the field “hoping to have a big game” and he did just that. Scriven’s said his performance on Friday night was “one of the best games I’ve played.”
He credited most of his success Friday night to his lineman for opening up running lanes, which he used to dart and dash through, finding the open field and taking advantage of it. Scrivens gained positive yards despite West defenders penetrating the line, looking more like Barry Sanders at times, to gain yards.
Scrivens didn’t do it alone as senior quarterback Curtis Ladd managed the offense effectively, passing for 116 yards on 10 completions and a touchdown.
Boyd compiled 456 yards of total offense Friday night.
Boyd’s defense, which has stepped up in the past few weeks, did a strong job containing a stout West running game, surrendering 229 rushing yards on the night. Boyd allowed 377 total yards, 148 of which were passing yards.
West’s Sotonye Jamaboo rushed for 143 yards on 18 carries with two scores, but gained 78 of those yards on one carry and West quarterback Logan Williams completed six passes for 148 yards and two scores.
Drake said he and his squad knew West had a strong two-back offense, and praised his defense for containing their running game all night.
“They’re (Plano West) a talented backfield, no doubt, and I thought out kids played well upfront and did a great job,” Drake said.
Drake said the secondary did a great job coming up and stopping the run, adding that his linebackers were strong in the second level, moving well side-to-side to take away any open running lanes.
Boyd jumped on West early, scoring 14 quick points to start the game – a one-yard run by Scrivens and a 19-yard touchdown pass from Ladd to Slater Brown. Scrivens would score again with five minutes left in the second quarter to take a 21-0 lead. West would add a score with 14 second left in the half to trail 21-7.
Boyd opened the third quarter the same way they did the first quarter with a six-yard touchdown run by Scrivens to give the Broncos a 28-7 lead, and then followed it up with a 23-yard run to give Boyd a 35-14 lead.
After a quick score by West to get to within 14 at 35-21, Boyd drove down the field, and capped the drive with an eight-yard run for the 42-21 victory.
Drake said his squad’s 57-7 victory over Lewisville two weeks ago “got us on track,”. He realizes that that is the kind of effort his team will need to bring to the field as they get deeper into their 10-5A schedule.
Earlier in the week Scrivens made it clear he was confident in his defense, saying Boyd’s defense would hold West to 14 points. Scrivens may have been off by seven on his prediction, but said his defense gave it their all Friday night, adding, “They’re among the top defenses in the state.”
And Boyd (3-3, 1-0) will have another tough task Oct. 18, when they host Plano Senior at Ron Poe Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
The Wildcats (5-1, 1-0) defeated McKinney High Thursday night 28-7 in their 10-5A opener Thursday night.