By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Writer
Every week, TSB will give you all of the last minute news and notes you need to know before the games kick off on Friday nights. Read scouting reports straight from the head coaches, get the latest injury news, and get ready for another exciting week of MISD football with Football Game Day on Town Square Buzz.
MCKINNEY (3-0) AT NORTH GARLAND (1-2)
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Garland’s Williams Field
MHS Injury News: Running back Tommy Candela remains on the sidelines with the broken collarbone. Still no time frame for his return, but the Lions will continue to monitor the situation and hope to have him back on the field sometime in district play.
3 Questions with MHS Coach Jeff Smith:
Q: What stood out to you most in your team’s 42-7 win at Irving Nimitz last week?
A: “I was pleased. It was a really rainy and sloppy night and I thought we kind of had to grind a little bit in the first half to score, but I thought we got a little bit of momentum there before halftime with that touchdown. In the second half I was just really proud of the way we finished and we really played a complete game. I was pleased with both sides of the ball and overall it was a good effort.”
Q: What is the biggest difference between Robert Somborn of 2011 and the Somborn of 2012?
A: “He’s worked extremely hard with his mechanics, reads, and film study; Just a lot of offseason work that has really helped him on the mental side of the game and the physical side too. This is game 23 of his career now so he has seen a lot of things, and he’s just really matured a lot and he has led the team in a great way.”
Q: What’s the scouting report on North Garland?
A: “They are very athletic. They run the ball very well and their quarterback is a runner. He can throw the ball a little bit but he is a runner. I think we have to stop the run game, and even though they lost a couple games this year, it has just been by a couple bad breaks with turnovers and things like that. They are a much better football team than that. They will have the most speed we will have seen up to this point on offense. Defensively, they are just very aggressive and bring a lot of pressure and create havoc. It’ll be a good test for our kids and we are just going to have to go out there and play hard.”
MCKINNEY BOYD (1-2) VS. ROCKWALL (1-2)
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ron Poe Stadium, McKinney
Boyd Injury News: No injuries reported.
3 Questions With Head Coach Don Drake:
Q: What were your thoughts on your team’s 31-21 victory at Garland last Friday night?
A: “I thought we played pretty well. We started slow offensively in the first half but I thought we put together what I thought was a pretty good second half. Bryan (Driskell) had a tremendous game and I thought our offensive line, especially in the second half, did an outstanding job. It was a hard fought game and a very physical game and I was very proud of them.”
Q: How do you and your football team approach Homecoming week?
A: “Homecoming for us is about the football game. The way we approach it is from the very start of the week is that expectation that we are here to win a football game this week. We are going to do what is necessary in practice to achieve that and we are going to play hard like we do on Friday night and not let the rest of the stuff be a distraction for us. Our kids understand that and they know the importance of the game, and they know all the other things that surround homecoming that night bare in comparison to getting a victory on the field. I don’t really worry a lot about distractions”
Q: What’s the scouting report on Rockwall?
A: “They have a pretty good running back in Chris Warren who is a very, very athletic young man and does a good job of running the ball. They have a big offensive line like we have come across for the past several weeks. The quarterback manages the game very well and I think he is very dangerous with his legs too. He can scramble and run the ball effectively himself, so those are concerns for us. We have got to stop the run but at the same time we can’t give up big plays in the play-action passing game. Defensively, they got a group of guys that play really hard and guys that get after it. They got two big time tackles that try and help shore up the inside, which our inside running game is very valuable to us so we’ve got to be able to manage that part of it. They play a lot of man defense, so I guess you could say they have similar philosophies we have seen this year as early as last week. They are going to try and sneak an extra guy into the box to try and shut down the run game, so we are going to have to make some big plays in the passing game.
Make sure you check back with TSB for all the scores and news after week three of the high school football season in McKinney! This week’s TSB Game of the Week is McKinney Boyd hosting its homecoming game versus Rockwall, so check out a little Bronco football this Friday night at Ron Poe Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
McKinney North does not play this week.