Greetings football fans. It’s Friday morning and if you’re a McKinney High or McKinney Boyd fan, it’s game day. If you happen to be a McKinney North fan, you’ll have to get your football fix some other way tonight because your Bulldogs have already completed week two.
The Lions and Broncos are going to have their hands full tonight as they each face a difficult challenge in week two. Let’s get started with the TownSquareBuzz Featured Game of the Week, McKinney Boyd vs. Flower Mound.
McKinney Boyd (1-0) vs. Flower Mound (0-1)
Three Reasons The Broncos Will Win
-The Broncos, unlike Flower Mound, are riding the momentum of a season opening victory last Friday night. Boyd is determined to head into district play with a 3-0 record and a win over the Jaguars will all but seal that accomplishment. When it comes to momentum, it may not always carry over into the next week but the odds increase when the next game is at home and that’s exactly what the Broncos have in front of them Friday night.
2. Driskell Is Already On A Roll
– I didn’t expect junior Bryan Driskell to be rusty in the first game of the year but I thought it would at least take a while for him to catch fire. The Broncos will be counting on Bryan big time against Flower Mound and the good news for Boyd is that he already has a five-touchdown performance under his belt.
3. The Broncos Have Something To Gain
– Boyd got off to a slow start in its first game of the year and I think a small part of the reason is that the Broncos knew they would win. I’m not saying they weren’t fired up to play on a Friday night. I just think that in the back of their minds they knew they didn’t have to play at an extremely high level to win that game. They had everything to lose but nothing to gain. Well, this week the Broncos are facing one of the best offenses in the area and a slow start could put them in a hole that they won’t be able to climb out of in time. This week, McKinney Boyd has the opportunity to beat a solid 5A football team and also avenge its only non-district loss from 2010. How’s that for something to gain?
Three Reasons Flower Mound Will Win
1. Marshall Williams
– I’ve never seen Flower Mound quarterback Marshall Williams in action. But sometimes stats speak for themselves and his are as loud as any I’ve ever seen before. Against Jesuit last week, Williams made his varsity debut with a jaw-dropping 500 yards passing, four touchdowns through the air, and two more touchdowns on the ground. He scored all six of the Jaguars’ touchdowns in a 42-41 loss.
2. Second Straight Shootout
– Flower Mound could possibly find itself in a late-game shootout for the second consecutive week and I think that will benefit the Jaguars. They know how to make plays in crunch time and should have an easier time adjusting to the pressure should things come down to the wire.
3. Tougher Week One Opponent
– The Jags were challenged and pushed to the limit in week one. The Broncos, not so much. This will be Boyd’s first real test of the year while Flower Mound is already battle tested.
Joe’s Pick: This game is a classic case of my heart telling me one thing and my brain telling me another. I would love to pick the Broncos to win and, make no mistake about it, I will be pulling for them to come out on top but I see Flower Mound beating Boyd for a second straight year.
Jaguars – 40
Broncos – 35
McKinney High (0-1) vs. The Colony (0-1)
Three Reasons The Lions Will Win
1. MHS Needs To Prevent 0-3
– In the back of their minds the Lions know that the odds of beating Boyd aren’t particularly good so a loss to The Colony will mean an 0-3 record to start 2011. For this reason, I expect the Lions to come out hot early and go toe-to-toe with the Cougars for four quarters. Last year’s game came down to one play and this rematch has the potential to be just as close.
2. The Offense Is Clicking
– Aside from a pair of turnovers, the Lions offense looked good in week one. Holding onto the football is an issue that MHS has been working on in practice all week so any points The Colony puts up will have to be earned by its offense.
3. The Defense Will Be Better
– The Lions have the makings of a good defense. They’re speedy and athletic and run to the football as a unit. Right now, inexperience is their worst enemy. There are a lot of fresh faces on the field for MHS and it’s possible that some of them weren’t fully ready for their first varsity game. Now that the pressure of game one is over, the Lions defense will have a much better performance tonight.
Three Reasons The Cougars Will Win
1. Cougars Have Home Field Advantage
– I try not to include home field advantage as one of the three things because it’s a given. But my reason goes beyond the obvious fact that the Cougars are more comfortable at Tommy Briggs Stadium. Last season, The Colony handed MHS its first loss in a tight ballgame at Ron Poe Stadium. Now, in the rematch the Lions have to travel to face a team that they couldn’t even beat at home.
2. Simpson, Thomas Are Looking To Get Recruited
– QB Garrett Simpson and WR Gerald Thomas are a force to be reckoned with. In 2010, Simpson passed for over 2,000 yards, while Thomas hauled in 71 receptions for nearly 1,200 yards. The Lions had a hard enough time containing the ground attack of Frisco’s Carlos Harris. Now, they have a veteran QB-WR combo to deal with and both players are highly sought-after college recruits. It’s going to be a long night if the Lions allow Simpson and Thomas to get on the same page early.
3. The Cougar Blitz Will Find A Way To Disrupt MHS’ Offense
– The Colony’s defense will be attacking all night long. The Cougars’ goal is to blitz and get in the backfield. If the Lions offensive line allows pressure on quarterback Robert Somborn, they’ll be in trouble.
Joe’s Pick: Like the Boyd game, I have to go with my brain over my heart. I do think the game will be very close. It’s probably not going to come down to the final play like it did last year but this one will definitely be decided late in the fourth quarter.
Cougars – 31
Lions – 28
-Joe Arriola, TownSquareBuzz.com