Monday , 23 April 2018

McKinney High Football: Unbeaten Heath Hosts Winless Lions

The McKinney Lions are not the worst football team in District 10-4A. They are, however, the only team in the conference without a single victory this season. Just like any head football coach in his situation, Jeff Smith has been constantly reminding his players that, when it comes to the playoff race, the Lions are only 0-1 thus far.

“The most important thing is our district record,” he said. “We’ve still got a lot of great opportunities in front of us. We just have to approach it that way.”

In last Thursday’s district opener, the Lions were defeated at home by the Wylie Pirates, 41-22. MHS racked up over 100 yards in penalties, including a holding call on the opening drive that erased an 80-yard carry by Marquez Husband. Smith took the blame for the errors and promised that the Lions have been hard at work this week to clean up those mistakes.

Just like in last week’s game, the margin of error is thin versus the Rockwall-Heath Hawks. If the Lions hope to get back on track and earn their first win of the season they’ll have to do it against an undefeated Heath squad.

MHS This Week

Who: McKinney High (0-4, 0-1) vs. Rockwall-Heath (4-0, 1-0)
When: Friday 7:30 p.m.
Where: Rockwall’s Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium
About the Opponent: The Hawks haven’t scored more than 3 touchdowns in a single game this season….they also haven’t given up more than 2 scores in a single game.

Rockwall-Heath Leaders

Passing: Cody Court 26-of-62, 439 yards, 4 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Rico Henderson (52 carries, 262 yards, 1 TD), Jovan Hernandez (49 carries, 210 yards, 3 TD)
Receiving: Amaris Fields 10 rec, 297 yards, 4 TD

Rockwall-Heath Season Recap

Week 1 – Heath 19 def. West Mesquite 7
Week 2 – Heath 20 def. Frisco Wakeland 14
Week 3 – Heath 20 def. Garland Lakeview Centennial 14
Week 4 – Heath 19 def. Richardson Pearce 14

Smith’s Take On Rockwall-Heath

They play great defense. They’re an even team up front like we are. They have a lot of returners from last year’s team. They like to run the football and control the clock. I think [Amaris Fields] is one of those players that wants the ball. Whenever they call his number he’s ready to make a play and he runs through tacklers.

The Lions Will Win If…

the running game builds on last week’s performance. Like Smith, I’ve been less than impressed with the Lions’ ground attack so far this season but last week versus Wylie was definitely a step in the right direction.

The Hawks Will Win If…

it’s a low-scoring game. Heath hasn’t scored more than three touchdowns in a single game this season and if this one turns into a shootout it will benefit the Lions.

Joe’s Pick

I’ve done pretty well with my predictions so far this season. In most cases I’ve taken the side of the favorite but not this time. The Lions are due for a win and I believe they’ll beat undefeated Rockwall-Heath on the road this Friday night. Heath’s defense is tough but if the Lions are able to both run the ball effectively and light up the secondary with the passing game, they’ll walk away with the ‘W’.

Final Score – McKinney High 31, Rockwall-Heath 21

-Joe Arriola,

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