The task for McKinney Boyd seems daunting Friday night — roll into Eagle Stadium and face the defending 5A State Champions on their home turf. Attempt to defeat a team that hasn’t lost since Sep. 28 of 2012, and a team that hasn’t loss a home game in two years.
Allen – the No. 2-ranked team in Texas – has won its two District 10-5A games in dominating fashion. Allen opened 10-5A play with a 62-17 win over Plano East and then followed that up with a 77-37 beating of Plano West.
No doubt, the challenge is steep for the Broncos – but Boyd can win this game.
Yes, I repeat, McKinney Boyd can upset Allen.
And no, the ways they can beat Allen don’t involve playing with a voodoo doll or partaking in any witchcraft. The ways Boyd can defeat Allen are simple, but must be executed to perfection.
1. Feed Dedrick Scrivens the ball over…and over…and over…and over….
Junior running back Dedrick Scrivens has made a splash so far in the 2013 season, and is ranked as the No. 4 rusher in Texas 5A football with 989 yards in seven games. Scrivens is tied for the most total touchdowns in the state with 21, also.
And Scrivens and Boyd are coming in with a wave of momentum after a 24-23 victory over Plano Senior last week – all thanks to a 97-yard touchdown reception by Scrivens.
Boyd, in general, must be able to control the clock by feeding Scrivens the ball at least 30 times, similar to how he was able to control the game against Plano West.
By controlling the clock, Allen’s offense won’t be on the field and its defense will be forced to stay on the field for five-to-six minutes at a time.
2. Pressure the quarterback
The offense Allen will stroll out on the field Friday is among the best in the area. Allen has the No. 4 total offense in Dallas-Fort Worth, averaging 492.3 yards-per-game, and is the No. 5 scoring offense, with 49.4 points-per-game.
The Eagles’ high-flying offense is led by Kyler Murray, who has been sensational all season, throwing for 1, 752 yards in seven games. Murray’s favorite target is Cole Carter, who has 568 receiving yards, good for No. 6 in DFW.
Bringing pressure is, of course, a risky venture. By bringing more defenders on a blitz, less players are in the secondary to match up with Allen’s athletes.
By bring pressure, however, Boyd may be able to force Murray to throw the ball earlier than he wants, which in turn could force turnover for the Boyd defense.
3. Score whenever you can
I know what you’re saying, “Well, duh. Isn’t that the point to score whenever you have the ball?”
And that is correct.
At times, though, drives that take minutes off the clock can be as beneficial to a team as scoring points each possession.
That philosophy this week can be thrown out the window. Boyd must, and I repeat must, score every chance they get.
Whether it by field goals or touchdowns, the Broncos must find ways to get points on the scoreboard – especially against an Allen squad that has scored more than 60 points its last two games.
And that means take some risks. Go for it on fourth down. Open the playbook and make Allen play from behind.
4. Get Lucky
To pull an upset of this size, Boyd will have to have lady luck on its side. Of course luck is the result of effort, at times, but the ball must be bouncing Boyd’s way Friday night.
Maybe it’s not the best solution and plan to win a football game, but how many games have been won through luck? Ask any New York Giants fan about the 1991 Super Bowl. Can anyone say Scott Norwood?
Yes, the challenge is daunting Friday night for the Boyd Broncos, but it is not impossible.
Boyd can stun the DFW area and end Allen’s 18-game winning streak, and topple the Eagles inside the Disney World of high school football.
And if all else fails, Boyd may find themselves wishing upon a star.
Photos by Jennifer Santos