Let’s be honest. Garland Lakeview Centennial is not a very good football team compared to McKinney Boyd. Not only are the Patriots 0-3 to start the year, but also their most recent loss was against District 10-4A’s Rockwall-Heath, a program that fell to both MHS and North in 2010.
Last season, the Broncos trounced Lakeview Centennial by a final score of 51-16. It wasn’t even close. Unfortunately for the Patriots, not much has changed in a year. The Broncos are still a team with a dominating ground game and a fierce defense. The Patriots, meanwhile, have virtually no ground game and a turnover-prone quarterback.
Although McKinney Boyd will not make the mistake of overlooking Lakeview Centennial, there’s no doubt that the Broncos are eyeing a much more important matchup that will take place next Friday night.
If you’re a Boyd fan then you already know which game I’m talking about.
Next week, the tradition-rich Garland Owls will visit Ron Poe Stadium for one of the most anticipated District 10-5A games of the year. Boyd head coach Don Drake is well aware of the attention that will be surrounding the Broncos’ second district game but he has been reminding his team that they still have business to take care of on Thursday night.
“If you want to be a district champion you can’t afford to slip up,” he said. “You’ve got to go in every week focused and prepared to play your best football. If we drop that game then we potentially are dropping a chance at winning another district championship.”
Before the start of the 2011 season, the Owls were picked to win the district ahead of McKinney Boyd. The Broncos, who lost at Garland last season by one touchdown, went on to win the district championship in 2010 but have had to carry a chip on their shoulder for a year. The Broncos may have won the district but they failed to dethrone the top dog.
Next week is a chance for Boyd to prove the experts wrong and move one step closer to a second straight district title. Inner-city rivalry games can get heated at times and playing a televised game can be nerve-racking but nothing the Broncos have faced in 2011 will come close to the pressure of hosting Garland. Following last Friday’s win versus MHS, junior Jarell Humphrey said that the Broncos are looking for a big win versus Lakeview and have Garland on their mind at the same time.
“After this game we’re looking forward to Garland because that’s where all the marbles are,” he said. “We lost to them in a heartbreaker last year so we’re looking to get them back this year.”
Garland Lakeview Centennial (0-3) hosts McKinney Boyd (2-1) Thursday night at 7 p.m.
Passing: Denton Edwards 18-of-43, 310 yards, 2 TDs, 4 INT
Rushing: Demarcus Hall 49 carries, 188 yards, 0 TD
Receiving: Jarvis Baxter 8 rec, 203 yards, 2 TD
Lakeview Season Recap
Week One: The Patriots hosted powerful Plano and were down by three scores after just one quarter of play. Things didn’t’ get much better as the Wildcats continued to punish Lakeview for the remaining three quarters. Denton Edwards was picked off three times and Centennial’s backfield totaled less than 50 yards on the ground in a 56-0 loss.
Week Two: Centennial traveled to Sulphur Springs looking to erase the memory of the Plano game. The Pats led at halftime by a score of 21-16 but were outscored in the second half 21-14 and the result was a 37-34 loss on the road. Demarcus Hall was the offensive leader with 114 yards on the ground.
Week Three: Sophomore receiver Jarvis Baxter is the Pats’ biggest offensive threat and he proved it by starting the game off with an 80-yard touchdown reception. Denton Edwards found Baxter again in the fourth quarter on a 64-yard pass to tie the game at 14-14. With time running out, Rockwall-Heath quarterback Cody Court connected with Amaris Fields on a 56-yard game-winning touchdown reception with 0:24 remaining in regulation.
Drake’s Take On Lakeview Centennial
“They’re a much improved football team over what they were a year ago. The last two weeks those kids have competed very well. Offensively, they’re a lot different than they were a year ago. They’re in the I-Formation, trying to run the football and eat some clock. Defensively, I feel like they’ve got 11 guys who are running to the football really well and tackling really well. We’re going to have to make sure we’re on our toes Thursday night.”
Joe’s Pick: McKinney Boyd has yet to play a turnover-free game so far but I believe Thursday night will be the first. The Broncos will want to make a statement that lets everyone, including the Owls themselves, know that they’re ready for Garland and Centennial will have to pay the price.
Prediction: McKinney Boyd 56, Lakeview Centennial 13
-Joe Arriola, TownSquareBuzz.com