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Mike Albanese: Boyd’s Season Rests on Young Defense

mike albanese column mugMcKinney Boyd will stroll into Plano West’s John Clark Stadium Friday night in arguably its biggest football game of the season.

Boyd (2-3) will open its 10-5A district schedule against a stout West club that is 4-1 and winner of four straight.

The Broncos, however, defeated West last season in a 55-28 shootout at Ron Poe Stadium, so they should feel confident, right?

Not exactly.

Yes, the Broncos defeated West by 28 last season, but those Broncos aren’t coming out of the tunnel in 2013.

There is no Bryan Driskell, who rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns against West in 2012, and there is no Kalvon Howard with his 107 yards and two scores in the same game.

opinionInstead, there is junior Dedrick Scrivens, who has been impressive replacing the-now Air Force member Driskell, rushing for 637 yards and 11 touchdowns so far these season.

And most importantly, Boyd will bring a remade defense that was decimated by graduation, losing nine players from last year’s defense who surrendered just seven points at halftime in last season’s game.

This season, the Boyd defense has been, statistically, the worst defense in 10-5A, allowing 154 points in five games, including giving up 55 to Mesquite Horn, 49 to Coppell and 34 to Rockwall. And now Boyd’s hopes of being a part of the 10-5A division race rest on its defense.

At times, Boyd’s defense has shown the ability to step up and control an offense and in turn give the Bronco offense — which has scored the second-most points in 10-5A — a chance to make noise and control the clock.

Last week, Boyd held Lewisville to less than 35 rushing yards en route to its 57-7 defeat on homecoming.

boyd homecoming 5Early on in the season, Boyd’s defense was getting shredded by Mesquite Horn and Coppell, with the defense giving up 555 and 429 total yards, including 447 rushing yards combined in two games, to start the season.

Recently, however, Boyd’s defense has turned the corner, playing more aggressively against the run and experiencing some success in the past three weeks.

Beginning with the game against Garland, the Broncos’ defense has given up a combined 204 rushing yards in three games. That includes games against Garland and Lewisville, where they gave up fewer than 50 yards each game. In those two games, Boyd gave up less than 180 total yards of offense.

Now, facing a West squad looking to avenge last season’s loss, Boyd will have to turn to a young, inexperienced defense to lead its path back into the 10-5A standings.

We all know the offense with senior quarterback Curtis Ladd and Scrivens can be dangerous, and at times explosive, but if the defense can step up and give the offense a chance, Boyd may well have turned the corner this season.

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