Happy Friday everybody. Game day is upon is yet again and we’ve got two huge games scheduled for tonight. The McKinney North Bulldogs hit the road to face a Denton team that was in the playoffs last season. It will be interesting to see if North can keep its momentum rolling against a team that accomplished a goal that the Bulldogs failed to reach in 2010.
Also, one of the biggest games of the year takes place tonight at Ron Poe Stadium. In a battle for the Collin McKinney Cup, McKinney Boyd will defend its crown against the Lions of McKinney High. Let’s take a look at that matchup.
BOYD (1-1) vs. MHS (1-1)
The Broncos Will Win If… they maintain offensive drives and keep the ball off the turf and out of the hands of McKinney High’s defensive backs.
Boyd’s defense will do what it does best on Friday night and that’s make stops, cause turnovers, and set up the offense will great field position. Don Drake said it best…”Defense, keep doing what you’re doing”. The Lions best chance to pull off the upset is to capitalize on any turnovers or execution errors the Broncos’ offense commits. Boyd doesn’t have to score a lot points to win the game. All the Broncos have to do is hang onto the football on offense, put some points on the board, and let the defense take care of the rest.
McKinney High Will Win If… the Lions are able to take an early lead in the game and trade touchdowns for four quarters.
MHS is not built to complete a come from behind victory over the Broncos. The underdog Lions need to find a way to draw first blood. MHS must also respond to every touchdown Boyd scores. One bad drive could doom the Lions for the entire game. If the Lions can find a way to score first, they can control the clock with the running game and grind it out until the fourth quarter.
Joe’s Pick: McKinney Boyd is not only the better team but the Broncos are on a mission to erase the memory of last week’s loss to Flower Mound. Boyd is going to limit its offensive mistakes and turn up its defensive pressure to pull out the win.
McKinney Boyd 54, McKinney High 31
NORTH (1-1) vs. DENTON (1-1)
McKinney North Will Win If… the Bulldogs’ defense can get pressure on Broncos’ QB Dentton Hudspeth.
In their two previous games, the Bulldogs have done a great job of putting pressure on the quarterback and are averaging at least two sacks per game. North’s secondary is solid so if Hudspeth has trouble throwing the football – and I think he will – he’ll try to rely on his mobility to carry the Broncos. If the Dawgs can contain Hudspeth and keep him from racking up yards on the ground, tonight’s game should go North’s way.
Denton Will Win If… McKinney North underestimates the Broncos.
The only way the Bulldogs can lose this game is if they head out to Denton expecting to play the same team they beat last season. I watched the Broncos in their scrimmage against McKinney High and they are a much better team than they were a year ago. If the Dawgs expect 2-1 to just fall into their lap, they could be in for a rude awakening and find themselves with a losing non-district record heading into the bye week.
Joe’s Pick: After last week’s game, I talked to offensive linemen Sean Yoo and defensive back Brylen Williams and they both admitted that the Bulldogs didn’t take Bryan Adams as seriously as they should have. I don’t expect McKinney North to make this mistake again this week. The Dawgs are focused and well aware of what’s at stake as they prepare for their first road game.
McKinney North 38, Denton 24
-Joe Arriola, TownSquareBuzz.com