TownSquareBuzz.com looks ahead to this week’s MISD varsity football games:
McKinney High School
Following a tough season-opening loss to Mansfield Legacy, McKinney High coach Jeff Smith said his Lions were impressive in how they responded in the team’s 28-14 victory over Frisco Heritage last Thursday.
Smith said his team improved in many areas, especially in the turnover battle, which he said is “big” in early-season matchups.
The Lions forced three turnovers last Thursday against Heritage, opposed to surrendering three in the opener.
Leading the way for McKinney was junior running back Antonio Oliver, who rushed for 189 yards on 27 carries and a touchdown.
Smith said Oliver was productive for the Lions last season after a few backs suffered injuries. He noted that Oliver is a physical runner who runs hard and is really impressed with how he’s matured in the offseason.
“We’re looking for great things out of him,” Smith said.
Looking ahead to Friday and McKinney’s matchup with Irving Nimitz, Smith said the Vikings are physical and have big bodies on both the offensive and defensive line, which will test McKinney’s ability to run the ball.
“It will be a battle in the trenches,” he said.
Kickoff is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. at Ron Poe Stadium.
While Fecci said there was “no doubt” the offense played well, he noted the defense played “really, really well” early in the game, forcing several three-and-outs and turnovers.
Fecci, however, said while his defense was playing strong, the offense was stuck in neutral and couldn’t capitalize.
And when the offense did come around, the defense began to wear down, and the Eagles of Prosper capitalize with a key 14-point swing, a moment from which the Bulldog’s couldn’t respond.
“We just made more mistakes than they did,” Fecci said.
He said North’s matchup – Frisco-Centennial – plays a similar style of football as Prosper, bringing to the field a big and physical defense that plays against the run well.
Fecci said, hopefully, his Bulldog’s will take what they learned Friday against Prosper and use that to defeat Centennial.
North will make the short trip to Frisco Memorial Stadium to take on the Titans at 7 p.m.
He said if he goes back and watches the tape, the Broncos were in perfect position to make plays 95 percent of the time, but the other five percent, Boyd made mental mistakes and Coppell was “making us pay for it.”
“We’ve got to get those things fixed; I really feel like we will,” Drake said.
Drake said his team’s effort was good, but his players have to be focused every snap and or high competition will “expose” them. On the flip side, Drake said, the offense “[has] to be able to make plays” but failed to do so, especially when the Broncos had numerous chances to cash in early on against Coppell.
Thursday, Boyd will welcome a physical Garland squad, who last week held Mesquite Horn to one offensive touchdown in the first half.
Drake said the Owls Garland, who his Broncos have played four consecutive years, bring with them a great deal of athleticism and size, which his especially effective on the defensive side of the ball.
To get on the win column, Drake said Boyd will have to eliminate the big plays and make offense “grind out” long drives and earn its points.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Ron Poe Stadium Thursday.