The McKinney Boyd Broncos fell to 0-2 on the football season Friday night, falling to Coppell 49-24 at Ron Poe Stadium.
Despite losing by 25, the Broncos had numerous chances in the first half to get on the score board but failed to convert.
Boyd found themselves trailing 14-0 early – the opening kickoff was returned for a touchdown and an 83-yard touchdown run- but the Broncos had consecutive possessions ended in field goals, including two drives that stalled inside the Coppell 10-yard line.
Boyd also dropped a pass in the end zone and in the second quarter and junior quarterback Curtis Ladd overthrew an open receiver in the end zone.
“You’ve got to score touchdowns,” Boyd head coach Don Drake said of his team’s inability to score in the red zone.
Drake said it comes down to the offense making plays when it is within 20 yards of the end zone.
Those chances, however, were negated by a strong Coppell football team that was up 14 points while running just one offensive play.
“That’s not the start you want…we were down 14 points before you could take a breath,” Drake said.
The Cowboys’ offense dominated the Broncos defense through the air and the ground. Coppell was led by junior quarterback Sklyer Bonneau, who was a perfect 8-for-8 passing for 189 yards and two touchdowns. He added 26 yards on the ground, also.
Drake said his defense allowed too many big play chances and couldn’t get off the field on third down, allowing Coppell to convert several third-and-long situations. Many of those came in the second half.
Boyd’s defense showed glimpses of strong play – forcing three fumbles on the night – but Drake was concerned about a lack of consistency and being able to be in the proper alignment to make plays. He added numerous “mental breakdowns” cost his defense several times Friday night.
Despite the score and the missed chances, Boyd’s offense put up strong numbers – 426 yards of total offense – including Ladd’s 18-of-45 passing effort for 245 yards.
Drake said it was not the plan for Ladd to throw the ball nearly 50 times, but the game dictated the offense, which he said showed promise, especially at times with Ladd’s throwing and running.
Ladd rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns. Junior running back Dedrick Scrivens rushed for just 87 yards on 17 carriers but didn’t play much of the fourth quarter.
Drake said he was proud of how his team continued to fight, clawing themselves to within in 14-11 in the second quarter.
Coppell, however, would score the next two possessions to extend its lead to 28-11.
Boyd was able to muster two more touchdowns but Coppell continued to push the limit, and racked up 21 points in the second half.
Boyd will be back in action Thursday at 7 p.m. when the Broncos welcome Garland to Ron Poe Stadium.
Photos by TSB’s Sawyer Erickson