By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Editor
1. It is hard to believe that it’s already November. Just hours after Halloween passed us by, the excitement for Thanksgiving and all of the food, family, and football that comes with it is already getting to me. I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Halloween, and to all of those who have families along the east coast, I sincerely hope everyone is safe and okay after the unbelievable super storm earlier this week. It is mind-blowing to see how powerful Mother Nature can be.
2. On today’s docket I will hope to shine some light on how the football playoff chances look for all three McKinney schools after Week 9 of the regular season. Let’s just say there is one scenario where the crosstown showdown between MHS and Boyd next week could decide one of the final two playoff spots in District 10-5A. Exciting, huh? I will also talk a little basketball, some volleyball, and ask a question to the loyal TSB readers about what I need to bring to a sporting event I am attending this Sunday. Let’s talk sports.
3. After sweeping Skyline 3-0 in the bi-district volleyball round on Tuesday night, the McKinney Boyd Lady Broncos are back in playoff action this Friday night at they will take on Garland Naaman Forest at Plano East High School. The game time has been announced for 6 p.m. Naaman Forest defeated Tyler Lee 3-2 in its bi-district round match to move on.
4. The McKinney North Bulldog tennis team competed in the Region II-4A Tournament this past weekend and took third place in the event after Frisco Centennial withdrew from the third place match. The No. 2 team in the region, Texarkana Texas High, defeated the Bulldogs by a score of 10-8 in the semifinals. However, North did defeat Mesquite Poteet in the opening round 10-1 and knocked off No. 6 Ennis by a score of 10-5. The Bulldog team finished the fall with a 23-6 record and won the District 13-4A championship earlier this month. The spring season begins in January for tennis around MISD.
5. The regular season in high school football has reached Week 9, which is generally the week in which media members and coaches alike are standing around a dry erase board, trying to go through every possibility of how their team can get into the playoffs. For all three MISD schools, the possibilities are almost mind-numbing to break down. District 10-5A is slightly easier to dissect, giving the fact that they only have six members, but it’s still a grind to figure out exactly how each team can advance to the postseason in mid-November.
6. Let’s start with Boyd and MHS. Both teams had huge games this past week and both came up well short. The Broncos were knocked around at home by Allen 34-7, and the Lions came up a couple touchdowns short in their shootout with Plano West 64-36. Here is the current standings in District 10-5A:
1. Allen – x 3-0
2. Boyd 2-1
3. Plano 2-1
4. Plano West 1-2
5. MHS 1-2
6. Plano East 0-3
x – Clinched Playoff Spot
7. Allen is the lone team in the district to have a playoff spot clinched, and with a win over MHS and with a Plano West win over Plano, can seal up the district championship with one week to go. For Boyd, one more win against either Plano East this Friday night or at home versus MHS next week will secure a playoff spot. The same scenario applies for Plano, who needs a win against either Plano West or Allen to get into the playoffs. However, the road for the McKinney Lions is a lot for trickier than their crosstown rivals. Their final two games are against Allen and Boyd, both of which will be played at Ron Poe Stadium. Allen is considered a heavy favorite in this week’s game, but a Lions upset against the Eagles would propel MHS to 2-2 in the standings and would cause some massive chaos when it comes to tiebreaking scenarios.
8. The Lions are not eliminated from contention if they do lose versus Allen, but there are several things that would need to happen in Week 10 for them to sneak into the playoffs. But if you like drama and if you would love to see the crosstown showdown game between Boyd and MHS determine one of the final playoff spots in District 10-5A, here is what needs to happen:
If McKinney, Plano East, and Plano all win this week, the standings would look like this:
1. Allen – x 3-1
2. Plano – x 3-1
3. Boyd 2-2
4. MHS 2-2
5. Plano West 1-3
6. Plano East 1-3
x – Clinched Playoff Spot
In Week 10, here is what the three games would be and what each would mean for the playoff race:
Plano at Allen – The winner would win the District 10-5A championship and the loser would either be the second or third seed, depending on the winner of Boyd-MHS.
MHS at Boyd – The winner would secure a playoff spot. Boyd would be second seed if Allen wins and third seed if Plano wins. MHS would be third seed regardless of who wins between Allen and Plano. The loser of Boyd-MHS would go to a tiebreaker against the winner of Plano West-Plano East. If Boyd loses and West wins, Boyd is the fourth seed. If Boyd loses and East wins, East is the fourth seed. If MHS loses and West wins, West is the fourth seed. If MHS loses and East wins, MHS is the fourth seed.
Plano West at Plano East – The loser is eliminated from playoff contention. See above for remaining details for the winner.
9. Pretty simple, right? I love sports.
10. Now let’s finish up with McKinney North. District 13-4A is a little bit easier to navigate than 10-5A, but there are still a lot of things going on in the final two weeks. The formula is pretty simple for the Bulldogs: win out and see what happens. Entering this week’s game at Wylie East, here is what the standings look like in 13-4A:
1. Lovejoy – x 5-0
2. Sherman -x 4-1
3. Wylie East 4-1
4. Wylie 3-2
5. North 2-3
6. Denison 1-4
7. Royse City 1-4
8. Greenville 0-5
x – Clinched Playoff Spot
11. A North loss against either Wylie East or Denison eliminates them from postseason contention, but winning out doesn’t necessarily ensure the Bulldogs of a playoff berth. There are only two spots left to fill in 13-4A, and with a victory over the Bulldogs at home on Friday night, both Wylie East and Wylie would clinch berths. If North can upset the Raiders on the road this Friday and if Wylie loses at Sherman, both teams would be tied at 3-3 entering the final week of the season with Wylie East sitting at 4-2. North would then need a victory at home in Week 10 versus Denison and a Wylie loss at home versus Royse City to make the playoffs. In fact, if Wylie East also loses to both North and Lovejoy in the final week, the Bulldogs would be the third seed coming out of 13-4A.
12. If you are a fan of the Bulldogs, all you can do is hope your team can stay alive this week as they travel to a very tough Wylie East team that has one of the area’s most high-octane offenses. It will be a huge challenge for the North football team, and we are within 48 hours of finding out if Week 10 is a significant game or not.
13. High school basketball season is upon us once again, as the girls teams kick off non-district competition next week while the boys will tip-off a week later. I sincerely hope you check out the basketball previews that will be published on TSB next week, as we get you all ready for another thrilling season on the hardwood this winter.
14. If anyone is on that American Horror Story bandwagon with me, please don’t jump off after what happened last night. If you want to talk about bordering on the boundaries of what you can show on cable TV, pull up last night’s episode and prepare to be amazed. I love the show like you wouldn’t believe, but I never thought it could go that far.
15. Now I must address all of you who are into NASCAR and are attending this Sunday’s race at the Texas Motor Speedway. I am a sports newborn when it comes to understanding motor racing, but I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be attending my first race. However, I have no idea how one should dress or act at one of these races, nor do I know if you need to bring anything to the race like earplugs and stuff like that. If anyone has some real and helpful advice for me regarding my future NASCAR endeavors, you can leave a comment below. You would be much appreciated.
16. Well that about does it for this week of sports talk and excitement. Make sure you check out TSB’s football Game of the Week, which will be Allen taking on MHS at Ron Poe Stadium. Also, TSB volleyball writer Audra Paine will have the full recap of Boyd’s area round game versus Naaman Forest, so stay tuned for that story this weekend. And if you like sports and you like hearing about them through a podcast form, The Sports Bruu Podcast will return this Monday on TSB. I hope you are excited as I am for that bit of information. Until next time, ladies and gentlemen.