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Friday night’s season opening game between the McKinney Christian Mustangs and the Garland Christian Swordsmen ended in a 55-27 victory for Garland.
Despite 452 yards of total offense, the Mustangs were hampered by 165 yards in penalties and big plays by the Swordsmen defense. Those plays included a blocked punt and an interception both returned for touchdowns. In addition, two Mustang drives were stopped inside the Swordsmen 10-yard line.
Garland scored on the first possession of the game. The score remained 7-0, though, as both offenses were essentially ineffective for the remainder of the opening quarter. However, Garland exploded for 35 points, including the two defensive touchdowns, in the second quarter. McKinney managed to score making the score at halftime 42-7.
After the half, McKinney raced down the field to score on their opening drive cutting Garland’s lead to 42-13, but big stops by the Swordsmen inside their own 10 kept the Mustangs from scoring further in the quarter. McKinney Christian’s own defense also came up big as they kept Garland out of the end zone in the third quarter and allowing only 13 points for the remainder of the game.
The final quarter was marked by tradeoffs as both teams managed to score twice for the final score of 55-27.
The offensive leader for the Mustangs was running back Connor Doyle who rushed 36 times for a stellar 268 yards. Additionally, freshman Montana Brock managed a healthy 93 yards on only 8 carries. Garland’s quarterback Braxton Berry led Swordsmen rushers with 20 carries for 192 yards. Berry also had 206 yards passing.
McKinney Christian bounds back next week in the home opener against First Baptist Academy in another non-district match. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at McKinney North High School.