PLANO – No sport is driven by the team dynamic more than football. At times, the unsung heroes and the backups step up and become household names.
Friday night, McKinney Boyd had to depend on one of its unsung heroes in the Bi-District Round of the UIL 5A football playoffs, as Mahlieke Boseman filled in for an injured Dedrick Scrivens. In the process, Boseman and the Broncos claimed the Division II-5A Bi-District Championship, defeating Richardson Pearce High 24-9 at John Clark Stadium.
Boyd head coach Don Drake said he was proud of Boseman’s effort and the way he stepped in for Scrivens – the Dallas-5A leader in touchdowns with 28 – to gain tough yards in the second half.
“We’re going to pound the ball, he [Boseman] knows that,” Drake said.
Boseman took over for Scrivens following Boyd’s first offensive possession in the second half after a hard hit Scrivens took from a Pearce defender. Scrivens laid on the ground for several moments before walking off the field on his own power. Scrivens rushed for 70 yards and one score on 11 carries while in the game.
After the game, Boseman said that he enjoyed being able to step in and help the offense gain yards, and seemingly not miss a beat. He praised the work of the offensive line, who he said were able to get a good push for him and create running lanes in the second half.
Boseman rushed for 67 yards on 14 carries, having come into the game with 307 yards and 41 carries on the season.
Drake said he has no update on Scrivens’ injury, or Kaeyln Young, who also left Friday’s game with an undisclosed injury.
Pearce came out strong Friday, using its two-running back offense to set the tone and take an early 9-3 lead. Drake said the defense was caught on its heels at on the onset of the game, saying there is no substitute for seeing an offense perform live.
“No matter how much you practice something you really don’t know what it’s like until you get on the field with it,” Drake said.
Once Boyd was able recognize the offense, the Broncos linebackers were able to control the middle of the field as well as the edges, containing Pearce’s rushing attack.
Boyd answered the Mustang’s early surge by scoring 21 unanswered points, with senior quarterback Curtis Ladd scoring two touchdowns on the ground. Ladd threw for 64 yards while rushing for 57 yards and two scores on 15 attempts. Boyd racked up 255 total yards Friday night.
The 2013 Bronco defense came into Friday’s game as the No. 1 rushing defense in Boyd history, allowing an average of 132.8 rushing yards per game, and Boyd continued its strong defensive season, allowing 129 rushing yards Friday.
Pearce accumulated 267 total yards.
Boyd will face either Longview or Rowlett in the Area Round of the UIL 5A playoffs next week. The time and location has yet to be determined.
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