By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Editor
Every week, TSB will give you all of the last-minute news and notes you need to know before the football games kick off on Friday nights. Read scouting reports straight from the head coaches, get the latest injury news, and get ready for a huge bi-district round matchup between the McKinney Boyd Broncos and the Jesuit Rangers with Playoff Football Game Day on Town Square Buzz.
DALLAS JESUIT (5-2 in District 9-5A, 8-2) VS. MCKINNEY BOYD (3-2 in District 10-5A, 6-4)
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Plano’s Clark Stadium
5 Questions with Boyd head coach Don Drake:
Q: How has been the week of practice leading up to the game on Friday?
A: “It’s been really good. We have had three really good days, the kids are focused and understand the importance of this week, and so it’s been really good.”
Q: What did you team gain most from playing such a strong regular season schedule?
A: “Confidence is a lot of it, but it is the speed and the physicality of the game. So when you played a schedule like we did, and the kids face teams who played at a pretty high intensity level, hopefully you put them in those positions enough times that when you go and play a team like Jesuit, our kids are not caught off guard by the speed and flow of the game.”
Q: What is going to be the key to having success on offense versus a strong Jesuit defense?
A: “We have got to come out and play well in all positions. We have to be fast and physical up front, create those running lanes for Bryan, and then we have to be able to make some plays through the air as well. It is not unlike any week we have had this year. We just have to do what we do and execute.”
Q: What is the key to slowing down WR Jake Oliver?
A: “We haven’t played a kid with his stats and numbers that Oliver has, but we feel like we have played against some kids that are pretty good receivers along the way. When you think of Plano they had two or three of them that were in that 6-foot-4-inch range, so our kids are used to covering some bigger targets. I think that will help, and really our defense have played well all year long. They have to continue to do what they have been doing, which has been containing the run game and hopefully put some pressure on the quarterback and make him move his feet a little bit.”
Q: How important is winning the one-on-one matchups in determining who wins this playoff game?
A: “Football is obviously a team sport, but is built of one-on-one matchups all away across the field. Your left guard is matched up against that defensive tackle, and he has got to go out there and win that battle. It is over and over again a series of one-on-one matchups, whether it’s our corner covering Oliver or whether it’s someone on our offensive line having to kick a defender off the football, or whether it’s Bryan having to beat a safety in the running game. Whatever it is, there is always going to be a matchup there that we have to go win.”
Make sure you follow me @TSBSportsBruu for live score updates and stats live from Plano’s Clark Field tonight.