Heading into a week five matchup with Royse City and sitting at 1-3 on the season – 0-1 in 13-4A play, North coach Mike Fecci said getting back to .500 in the district is the main goal.
Following North’s game Friday against Royse City, the Bulldogs will have four consecutive games at Ron Poe Stadium and a chance to separate themselves from the pack.
Fecci said there will be a lot of 1-1 teams following this week, and if North can put itself in a position moving forward to contend, it has a good chance to challenge for the lead in 13-4A.
First, however, is a meeting with Royse City, who enters week five 1-3 but 1-0 in district play after defeating winless Greenville 30-14.
Fecci said he and his defensive squad have been going back to basics this week, going through a training circuit like it would during spring practice.
He said the goal of the training circuit is to re-emphasize the fundamentals of tackling, which he hopes will cure, statistically, the worst defense in 13-4A play, giving up 174 points in four games.
Across the field, North will be going up against a team that has scored the fewest points, 85, but also given up the fewest the points, 110, in district play.
Fecci said Royse City likes to utilize a ball-control style of offense, taking time off the clock and forcing the opposing defense to make plays.
He said this style of offense will put pressure on his offense, knowing it will have to score each time it has the ball, and his defense must be able to force three-and-outs to keep the time-of-possession in North’s favor.
Kickoff against Royse City is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Royse City.
Both McKinney High and McKinney Boyd have a bye week, and will return to action Oct. 11. MHS will be at Ron Poe Stadium, hosting Plano Senior, while Boyd will travel to John Clark Stadium to face Plano West.