McKinney North made it two in a row following a wild game against Lovejoy Friday night at Ron Poe Field, defeating the Leopards 48-45 to move to 2-1 in 13-4A play.
Friday’s matchup was an offensive explosion from both squads, combing for 1,206 yards of total offense. North compiled 510, while Lovejoy compiled 696 total yards. North’s junior running back Ronald Jones had a monster night, rushing for 325 yards on 24 carries and six touchdowns. North, as a team, rushed for 437 yards.
Senior quarterback Ben Dutze did most of damage on the ground Friday night, rushing for 112 yards on 16 carries and a score. Dutze passed for 73 yards on four completions.
Lovejoy quarterback Dakota Michaels also had a night to remember, throwing for 518 yards and three touchdowns.
Friday’s game started out quietly, with North taking a 7-3 lead after 12 minutes. But everything changed, and changed quickly. The teams combined to score 34 points in the second quarter, and Lovejoy was able to gain a 23-21 advantage heading into halftime.
North would answer Lovejoy’s offensive surge, scoring 21 points in the third quarter to take a 42-38 heading into the final quarter. North would score one more touchdown, a Jones 49-yard run, to ice the 48-45 victory over its district rival.
North (3-3, 2-1) will travel to take on Wylie (3-3, 2-1) Oct. 18 at Wylie ISD Stadium at 7:30 p.m.