Monday , 23 April 2018

Football Feature: Ladd Brothers Connect On 2 TDs in Homecoming Win

McKinney Boyd’s defense has played great all football season and Friday was no exception. On homecoming night, the Broncos held visiting Naaman Forest to 52 rushing yards, its lowest total of the year, and just 150 yards overall in a 28-10 victory.

“I was proud of our effort and I thought we played great the entire night on defense,” Boyd head coach Don Drake said.

There are obviously no serious concerns about McKinney Boyd’s defense, but the offense is a different story. In what was supposed to be a rebound game from last Friday’s crushing 10-point effort versus Garland, the Broncos delivered an offensive performance that left Drake feeling ’embarrassed’.

“Offensively, I’m not real pleased with our performance at all. I thought we left some opportunities out there on the field that we didn’t take advantage of,” he said. “I don’t think that we executed very well and that’ something we’ve been emphasizing in practice and in meetings.”

While he may not have been happy with the overall offensive performance, Drake pointed out that he was impressed by several individual efforts, including brothers Curtis and Patrick Ladd, who connected on two second-half touchdowns.

Three minutes into the third quarter, the Broncos marched down the field after a defensive stop and scored on a 19-yard pass from Curtis to Patrick. Then midway through the fourth quarter, the brothers hooked up once again when Curtis rolled out to his left and threw up a jump ball that was caught over a Naaman Forest defender for a 9-yard score.

“That was a great play,” Drake said. “I thought Curtis did some good things tonight with the football.”

Curtis completed 13-of-19 passes for 125 yards while Patrick finished with two receptions for 28 yards.

Another bright spot for McKinney Boyd’s offense took place less than three minutes into the first quarter when junior Bryan Driskell reached the 1,000-yard rushing mark just six games into the season.

“That’s outstanding,” Drake said. “He’s played a great first half of the season. That’s a great accomplishment and hopefully there’s a lot more yards to be gained for the rest of the year.”

Driskell finished the night with 29 carries for 193 yards and scored on a 4-yard run. In his first six games this season, Driskell has carried the ball 170 times for 1,168 yards and 14 touchdowns.

With the win, McKinney Boyd improved to 4-2 overall with a 2-1 mark in District 10-5A.

Next Friday, the Broncos travel to Williams Stadium to face North Garland. The Raiders are 0-6 this season and were blasted by the Garland Owls 56-0 Friday night.

-Joe Arriola,

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