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Joe Arriola: My Top 5 Games Of The Year – #1

With the 2010-2011 school year in the books, it’s only fitting that we take a look back at some of the season’s great moments and games. This was my fourth year covering high school sports in McKinney and it’s undoubtedly been the most exciting of my career as a reporter. So without further adieu, let’s take a look at the #1 game of the year.

1. McKinney Boyd vs. South Garland (football)

When the McKinney Boyd girls soccer team won the Class 5A state championship this spring it was easily the most incredible sports moment of the year in McKinney ISD. In what would turn out to be the final year for head coach Jimmie Lankford, the Lady Broncos ran through the district competition and marched through the playoffs to claim their second state title in the school’s five-year history.

Although Boyd’s soccer state title run was phenomenal, it would go down as the fourth state soccer title in the city of McKinney since 2005. Our No. 1 moment on today’s countdown comes from a game that featured an accomplishment no team has reached in McKinney since the year 2000.

When McKinney Boyd made its first-ever playoff run in 2007, Bryan Driskell was a seventh-grader at Dowell coming off an undefeated season. Driskell had his sights set on leaving his mark on the Boyd football program and when he got his opportunity, he rushed for three touchdowns, including the game-winner to give the Broncos their first-ever district championship in football.

On his nineteenth carry of the game, he took the ball up the middle and was met by a pack of defenders immediately but he kept his feet moving and eventually broke free for the game-sealing touchdown.

The Broncos came into the 2010 year as a program new to District 10-5A, otherwise known as the Garland district. The crowd that gathered at Homer B. Johnson stadium was seeing the Boyd football team for the first time and in a matter of three hours they would watch their homestanding Colonels fall to the new team on the block.

Over the years I’ve seen a lot of football games won on the incredible talent of a few players. But on this night, it was all about the total team effort. The Broncos defense came through in the clutch, the ground game led by Driskell punched a hole through the South Garland defense, and when star quarterback Jonovan Griffin went down, junior Tyler Phelps stepped up on the biggest stage of his career and put his team in position to claim the district title.

Of all the games I watched last season, this was definitely my favorite and of all the incredible moments I had the privilege of being a part of, my personal favorite was watching head coach Don Drake unveil the district championship banner just a few minutes after the win.

Player of the Game: Sophomore running back Bryan Driskell (156 yards, three touchdowns, including game-winner)

And I Quote: “I’m going to cherish this moment forever. No one can take this from us. It’s the best.” – Bryan Driskell

Buzz worthy: McKinney Boyd head coach Don Drake had his team’s district championship banner made the week of the big game without his players knowing.

– Joe Arriola, TownSquareBuzz.com

And now, it is my pleasure to present the TownSquareBuzz Best Of 2010-2011 Highlight Video. Enjoy!

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