It’s no secret that the McKinney Boyd varsity football team has been chomping at the bit to get back to the playoffs since 2010’s disappointing area round loss versus A&M Consolidated. With just one game standing between them and the long awaited postseason, the Broncos entered Ron Poe Stadium Thursday night looking to put South Garland away as fast as possible. In fact, the first half of play lasted less than an hour.
Led by a 182-yard, two-touchdown performance from junior Bryan Driskell, the Broncos final game of the regular season rushed by. After a quick four quarters of action, Boyd put the finishing touches on an 8-2 regular season campaign with a 24-14 victory over the South Garland Colonels.
“We got it done,” Boyd head football coach Don Drake said. “It wasn’t the prettiest win but it counts the same nonetheless. Every time we line up it’s important to go get a victory and our kids were able to do that tonight.”
With the win, the Broncos not only matched their 8-2 overall record from 2010 but also their 6-1 district mark from last season.
“It’s hard to do that in back-to-back seasons,” Drake said. “We wanted to be at least where we were last year and that’s significant to get eight wins in the regular season and qualify for the playoffs for a second consecutive year.”
Through 10 games, Driskell’s junior season has been nothing short of incredible. The second-year varsity running back has not only totaled 30 touchdowns but he also finished the regular season just 50 yards shy of the 2,000-yard rushing mark. As if that wasn’t enough, Driskell also surpassed 4,000 all-purpose yards in just 22 varsity football games.
“Bryan has done a great job,” Drake said. “He’s very talented and we depend on him a lot for our success.”
The first two quarters of action saw Driskell scamper for two rushing scores and Jared Symmank boot a 41-yard field goal to give Boyd a 17-7 lead heading into the locker room. South Garland came onto the field in the third quarter looking to stage a second half rally. Any chance of a comeback was dashed on the opening kickoff when the Colonels couldn’t hang onto the football and fumbled it into the endzone where it was recovered by McKinney Boyd.
“That was huge,” Drake said of the Broncos’ fumble recovery for a touchdown. “I challenged them to come out and put the game away in the third quarter.”
Just six seconds into the second half; the Broncos extended their lead to 24-7. Less than a minute later, South Garland respond with a five-yard touchdown pass from Rashaad Dorsey to Trey Porter. The Colonels appeared to regain momentum but at that moment the Broncos defense raised its level of intensity and the rest was history.
“We had some fourth down stops that were key to keep them out of the endzone and that was crucial,” Drake said.
Next week, the Broncos face their toughest challenge yet in a bi-district showdown with the No. 1 team in the area, Skyline. The Raiders closed out their regular season schedule with a 60-0 victory over W.T. White at Forester Stadium. The shutout was the fourth consecutive for the Skyline defense, which hasn’t surrendered a touchdown since Oct. 7 in a 54-7 win over Jesuit.
“We’re not ready yet but we’ll be ready by next Friday,” Drake said. “We’re excited about the chance to go line up with one of the top teams in the state of Texas.”
-Joe Arriola, TownSquareBuzz.com