For the first time since their season opener on Aug. 29 against Carrollton Newman Smith, the McKinney North Bulldogs will return to Ron Poe Stadium for a home game Thursday night.
This time, however, they welcome in a Sherman squad that poses “big issues,” North coach Mike Fecci said.
Fecci said Sherman brings with them a stout running back who can do damage once in open field a strong offensive line that opens up large running lanes.
Sherman, which is 1-2 on the season following a 49-7 loss to Highland Park last week, plays a strong man-to-man style defense.
To be successful the “bottom line” is they need to stop the run. “It’s time for those guys to grow up a bit,” Fecci said of his young defense.
North, 1-2 on the season, will kick off against the Bearcats at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at Ron Poe Stadium.
Following a self-professed “frustrating” 34-14 loss to Rockwall, McKinney Boyd coach Don Drake knows the importance of this week’s homecoming game against Lewisville at Ron Poe Stadium Friday night.
Drake said no doubt Friday’s game is a “big game,” with it leading to a bye before traveling to Plano West to open district play the next week.
Drake said one of the more concerning factors in his team’s 20-point loss to Rockwall was giving away yards through penalties, as the Broncos committed 11 penalties for more than 100 yards.
Drake said the penalties extended drives, and more importantly gave away field position and made it easier for Rockwall to put points on the board.
He added most of the penalties were offensive – holding and illegal motion calls – and also some facemasks.
He said while some penalties are the result of hard work, the offensive penalties come down to concentration and being in control.
Boyd was also hit with a few personal fouls, which Drake said he “didn’t particularly agree with” after watching the footage.
Drake said a key to Friday’s game is how is offense will respond following a game were he said they struggled to move the ball and gain momentum. He said offensively, “we’ve got find ourselves again” and execute to the level they showed in the first three games of the season.
And if Boyd can find themselves again, they can take advantage of having four of its last six games at home, and possibly get back into the postseason conversation.
“We’ve got a tough road ahead, we know that – winning helps in a lot of ways,” Drake said.
Boyd (1-3) will welcome in Lewisville (2-2) to Ron Poe Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.
McKinney High will have to finish the 2013 season without a key member of its defense, as Lions coach Jeff Smith announced that senior defensive end Keenan Samuel will be out for the season.
Samuel suffered a fractured tibia and torn ACL in his right knee during McKinney’s 49-7 victory over North Garland last week, Smith said.
Smith said Samuel’s lost will definitely be felt on the line as he’s one of the defenses best players. He noted, however, they will be rotating guys to fill Samuel’s space on the edge “to get the job done.”
Samuel’s injury comes at a time were the MHS defense will be tested, especially Friday night against Denton Ryan.
Smith said, however, last week’s game was a good test for its offense, especially the passing attack, noting both Bryan Sutter and Tyree Johnson were able to make reads and throws down field.
He added during the week the coaches have been working on giving both QB’s “wild looks” and the ability to make decisions and reads from the line.
McKinney (3-1) will travel to Denton Ryan (3-0) with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.