ALLEN — McKinney Boyd gave the Allen Eagles and their fans an early Halloween fright Friday, pushing Allen for three quarters, before falling to the defending 5A State Champions 49-26 at Eagle Stadium.
The Broncos might have entered the District 10-5A game unbeaten in district play, but still they stunned almost everyone in Eagle Stadium in the second half, when they were able to pull within eight points of powerful Allen at 28-20 with 6:25 left in the third quarter.
Boyd (4-4 overall, 2-1 in 10-5A) had shown at that point it was for real. But what happened next was summed up best by Bronco head coach Don Drake, when he said “We needed to make a few more plays we didn’t make.”
And plays are exactly what unbeaten Allen made, including one of the biggest: Facing a third-and-12 at midfield, Allen quarterback Kyler Murray connected with receiver Kendall Clinton for a 55-yard pass to the Boyd 1-yard-line, turning the momentum in Allen’s favor for the rest of the night.
Drake said he thought his defense had Murray wrapped up in the backfield, but he was able spin out and complete a pass, noting it’s tough for his secondary to be in coverage that long with the athletes Allen (8-0, 3-0) has.
Allen would outscore Boyd 21-6 from that moment on to seal the victory.
Allen came into the game riding an 18-game winning streak, and most recently dominated Plano West 77-37 last week. Boyd rolled into Eagle stadium with a great deal of confidence following its 24-23 victory over Plano Senior last week.
“We feel good about our performance, but it could have been better,” Boyd running back Dedrick Scrivens said following the loss.
Scrivens said he felt Boyd played well in the first half, but didn’t execute down the stretch and made some careless plays that ended up hurting the Broncos in the end.
Despite the outcome, Drake said he was pleased with his squad’s effort, saying he asked the club to give him their best effort, and “I think they did that.”
Although Boyd ended up with the loss Friday night, Drake said he hoped his players would walk away from the game with their heads held high, knowing they came into Eagle Stadium and went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in Texas.
“We took some positives steps forward as a program showing we’ll come over, lineup and play,” Drake said.
Scrivens echoed those sentiments, saying, “We can play with anybody in the nation if we execute.”
Allen established a 14-0 lead after the first quarter, with Boyd getting on the board with less than five minutes before half thanks to a Scrivens one-yard score, shrinking the Allen lead to 14-7.
The Eagles and Murray would add another score before the end of the first half, giving them a 21-7 lead after 24 minutes.
“We had drives in the first half that stalled, but the kids kept fighting,” Drake said, referencing three consecutive series to start the game where Boyd went for it on fourth down in Allen territory.
Scrivens said the Broncos falling behind took Boyd out of rhythm, forcing Boyd to play catch up for all of the game.
Allen didn’t let up in the second half, taking just 70 seconds and six plays to widen the lead to 28-7.
Boyd would make its move with 11 minutes to go, and the Broncos scored quickly, with quarterback Curtis Ladd connecting with Mahlieke Boseman for a 94-yard touchdown pass.
Eagle Stadium was sent into silence for moments after the Broncos were able to recover the online kick, giving them the ball, and momentum, inside the Allen 40-yard-line.
Aided by four Allen penalties on the drive, Boyd was able to move the ball inside the Allen 5-yard line, and Boseman sent the Boyd fans into a frenzy with a two-yard score, bring the Broncos to within eight points.
Allen, however, would seize control of the game from then on, dominating the line of scrimmage and sealing the win.
McKinney Boyd was able to match Allen’s offense, putting up 412 total yards on the night. Ladd threw for 176 yards on 10 completions with a pick and a touchdown. Scrivens once again led the way for Boyd on the ground, rushing for 124 yards and one score.
Allen however, was just a little better, tallying 472 total yards, with Murray dominating the air, going 20-28 for 330 yards and four touchdowns. Murray threw two interceptions, also.
Drake said of his team Friday night, “We’ll fight to the finish,” and once his players watch the tape and see how well they played, it should give them confidence moving toward the tail-end of the season.
“We have to keep improving each week,” Drake said.
The road to the postseason for Boyd gets no easier. The Broncos will welcome Plano East (5-3, 1-2) to Ron Poe Stadium Halloween night, in a game that has postseason implications. Boyd currently sits in third in 10-5A, with Plano East sitting in the fourth and final playoff spot.
Plano East vs. Boyd is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. Thursday night.
Photos by Jennifer Santos