Friday , 27 April 2018

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

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.

Let me begin this week’s column by saying that the following list of the Top 5 games of the year is a personal list because it is limited to the events that I personally attended and covered. At the conclusion of this Top 5 countdown, I will post a TownSquareBuzz Best of 2010-2011 Highlight Video so stay tuned for that.

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 best games of the year.

Honorable Mention: McKinney High vs. Frisco (boys basketball)

The MHS boys basketball team was one of my favorite groups of players to watch this season. I’m a huge Dallas Mavericks fan so it was cool to see the Lions play a fun, run-and-gun style of basketball that resembled the Mavs of the early 2000s.

Wes Watson’s team played a lot of thrillers this year but none was more entertaining than it’s opening round playoff win over Frisco High (78-70). For starters, the Lions and Raccoons epic showdown was held at Prosper High School, which features one of the best arenas around. The rowdy student bodies from both schools showed up in full force and didn’t let up till the final buzzer. And if that wasn’t enough, the McKinney North Bulldogs, who were eliminated from the playoffs in the first game of the night, were in attendance cheering on their rivals.

It was an exciting night than included a couple of big dunks from AJ Moutry (21 pts), several big three-pointers from Hunter Edwards (25 pts), and a post-game ovation from the Bulldogs when the Lions walked off the floor.

5. McKinney High vs. McKinney North (football)

Every year I predict a down-to-the-wire Crosstown Showdown.

Three years and three blowout games later I was certain the 2010 matchup between the Bulldogs and the Lions would deliver and I was finally right for a change.

After battling the crazy traffic surrounding Ron Poe Stadium, I finally took my seat in the press box and much to my surprise McKinney North was leading 7-0. I’m going to make a confession now. I was pulling for the Bulldogs in this game. By no means was I rooting against the Lions but I desperately wanted to see North win because I have a great deal of respect for coach Fecci and how hard he’s worked to get that program back to where it needs to be. When the Bulldogs started the season 2-1, all I heard in the press box was chatter about how the Dawgs hadn’t beaten anybody and how they were going to get blown away by the district competition.

On that night, McKinney North put on one of the best rushing displays I’ve ever seen. It was less about the statistics and more about the fact that they dominated the line of scrimmage on offense and completely stuffed the run on defense. Even after sophomore quarterback Brylen Williams left the game with an injury, the Bulldogs running machine kept rolling and the Lions never found an answer for North’s ground attack. Personally, I considered this game to be an upset and judging by the crowd reaction from both sides of the stadium, I would say that most people agreed with me.

When all was said and done, the final result was a 14-7 victory for McKinney North and the second closest game in Crosstown Showdown history

Player of the Game: junior Devin Smith racked up 115 yards on 35 carries and scored both of McKinney North’s touchdowns.

And I Quote: “You have to come out strong in these district rivalries and know that you are capable of winning no matter the situation. I am real proud of these boys.” – North head coach Mike Fecci

Buzz worthy: The Bulldogs victory in the 2010 Crosstown Showdown was their first rivalry game win since 2007.

-Joe Arriola,


*Make sure to check back tomorrow as I continue my Top 5 series with my #4 Game of the Year.*

*At the conclusion of this Top 5 countdown, I will post a TownSquareBuzz Best of 2010-2011 Highlight Video*


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