RICHARDSON – Three minutes and 35 seconds doesn’t seem like a long period of time.
That’s roughly the amount of time one would put a bag of popcorn in the microwave, or how long it takes to boil an egg.
But on Saturday, three minutes and 35 seconds is all it took for McKinney Boyd’s football season to unravel.
Two lost fumbles by Dedrick Scrivens and 20 points later, the Longview Lobos put the finishing touches on eliminating the Broncos 27-10 from the UIL 5A Area Round Playoffs in the Area Round at Ram-Wildcat Stadium.
And all it took was 215 seconds.
“You can’t make mistakes,” Boyd head coach Don Drake said. “You can’t turn the football over. You can’t put them in that position with a short field and expect to be in the game.”
Longview will move on to face A&M Consolidated in the 5A Regional Round.
Boyd’s downhill roll came at the start of the second half, leading 10-7:
1. Scrivens fumbled the kickoff into the end zone, recovered it, but only made it out to his own 1-yard line. Longview would force a three-and-out and would connect on a 7-yard touchdown pass to take a 13-10 lead.
2. Scrivens would lose a fumble on Boyd’s next possession at the 31-yard line, which resulted in a 10-yard Longview touchdown pass, with the Lobos expanding their lead to 20-10.
3. The Broncos’ implosion would continue moments later when Scrivens lost a fumble on their first offense play, which the Lobos ran in for a 25-yard touchdown.
Scrivens, a talented offensive leader who rushed for 1, 745 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2013, would not touch the ball again.
“If we could have played the second half like the first I’d like to see what happened, but unfortunately we weren’t able to do that,” Drake said.
Boyd committed four turnovers, with the final two coming out of the hands of Curtis Ladd, who threw two interceptions in the fourth quarter – one inside the 10-yard line and the other was thrown in the end zone.
The Broncos’ offense was able to manage 305 total yards with Scrivens rushing for 79 yards and Boyd’s only touchdown, which came at the 5-minute mark of the second quarter. Ladd threw for 124 yards on 10 completions.
Drake said his defense was put in tough situations in the second half, continually having to defend a short field. Compounding Boyd’s issue was they took the field against a Longview team that possessed a great deal of team speed on both offense and defense, and the Boyd offense could never climb back into the game.
“We really dug ourselves a hole that’s going to be very, very difficult to dig out of against a team with as much speed as they had,” Drake said.
The Lobos used that team speed to accumulate 380 total yards. Jamycal Hasty rushed for 170 of Longview’s 249 rushing yards, while Dezmond Chumley threw for 121 yards and 2 scores on seven completions.
Despite a disappointing end to the 2013 season, Drake said Boyd was predicted to finish fifth in District 10-5A, but exceeded expectations by grabbing the No. 2 seed with a 4-1 record –its only loss coming to Allen – while compiling a 7-5 overall record with a 1-1 playoff mark.
Boyd defeated Pearce High School 24-9 in the Bi-District Round last week.
Drake praised his seniors, who he called “the hardest working group of kids we’ve had come through.”
He said his seniors’ work ethic elevated each year they were in the program and expects for the remaining Broncos to “get back to work.”
“They’ll show up and they’ll be hungry and they’ll be committed because that’s who they are and that’s what they do, and we believe in them and they believe in us and that’s where it starts,” Drake said.
Photos by Jennifer Santos