TSB previews this week’s varsity football games involving MISD teams.
McKinney Boyd’s playoff fate is in its hands Thursday night. All the Broncos have to do is defeat Plano East at Ron Poe Stadium – a feat Boyd hasn’t accomplished in its seven-year history.
“We need to go finish. We need to win this football game,” Broncos head coach Don Drake said.
The Broncos head into Thursday in a tie for second in 10-5A with Plano Senior – both schools are 2-1 in 10-5A. Boyd’s only loss in 10-5A was to Allen, and owns the tie breaker over both Senior and West.
Drake said if Boyd wins Thursday, “We’re in no doubt.”
Boyd, however, found itself in the same situation last season – 2-1 in 10-5A and a chance to clinch a playoff sport against East – and Boyd failed to deliver.
Drake said East (5-3, 1-2) is a very talented squad that started off well but has fallen off during district play.
“They’re a good squad. They’re a talented squad. This is a big game for us,” Drake said.
Boyd is coming into Thursday off a short week, following a physical and emotional 49-26 loss to Allen last week.
Despite the loss, Drake said he hopes the confidence his players showed last week carries over, and they bring the same mentality and physicality to the field Thursday night.
“Hopefully the kids felt like, ‘Hey, when we play with that kind of drive, we can play pretty good,’ ” Drake said.
Judging by how Boyd played against Allen, and how it has improved the past few weeks, Drake said there are always improvements that need to be made, but the question remains: “Where’s our max?”
The offense is finding its max, statistically ranked as one of the best offenses in Dallas-Fort Worth – ranked No. 8 in the area and averaging 428 yards per game.
Drake said he is happy with how his offense is progressing, but noted his Broncos can still catch and throw the ball better and wants to see the offensive line open more holes for Dedrick Scrivens to run through.
With the confidence Boyd has coming out of Allen, and the way the Broncos have improved, Drake stressed the difference between winning and losing can be found in 10 snaps per game.
He said going back to look at the film in any of Boyd’s losses, the difference in a win or a loss in 10 snaps and whether or not Boyd can make the plays when it matters.
“We’ve got to go make some plays….you’ve got to keep getting better.”
Boyd vs. Plano East is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Thursday.
A week after McKinney Boyd went into Allen and gave the Eagles all they could handle, McKinney High hopes to do the same when they go in to Eagle Stadium Friday night.
But the Lions’ offense took a big hit Wednesday as MHS head coach Jeff Smith said dynamic receiver TV Williams, a University of Kentucky commitment, will miss his second straight game with a knee injury.
Williams injured his right knee two weeks ago against Plano East, and did not play during last week’s 38-20 loss to Plano West.
Last week Smith said the injury was not as serious as originally feared, and that Williams would be day-to-day for the remainder of the season.
Williams’ absence will mean receiver Dalon Willis will once again be the main target for Brian Sutter. They will be two key performers for an offense that Smith said has to be able to move the ball and eat clock against a strong Allen defense.
“We’re going to go out there and play hard and expect to be successful,” Smith said.
Smith said his defense will try and throw different looks at the Allen (8-0, 3-0) offense led by quarterback Kyler Murray, who Smith called a “special player.”
He said the Lions (3-5, 0-3) will have to do what they can to force turnovers and bring pressure to hopefully throw Allen out of rhythm.
“We can’t sit in one defense and let them pick us apart,” Smith said.
Allen and MHS will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Eagle Stadium.
McKinney North finished the 2012 season 3-7 and a long way from postseason contention.
Fast forward 12 months. McKinney North is 4-4 and 3-2 in 13-4A play, putting the Bulldogs on the cusp of the postseason for the first time since 2011.
A win Friday against Wylie East, along with a Wylie victory against Sherman, should put North in the postseason.
“It’s huge,” North head coach Mike Fecci said of North’s game against Wylie East on Friday at Ron Poe Stadium.
Fecci said when the season started that North had two goals: to make the postseason and to win the 13-4A District title.
Both goals are out in front of them, Fecci said, and it is up to the players to “go out there and get it.”
As for Friday’s matchup, Fecci said North has been stressing to his players to “worry about themselves” and control only what they can control.
North is coming into Friday’s game with a great deal of confidence following its 45-7 victory over winless Greenville last week.
Fecci said the defense played very well last week, and the offense was led by Ronald Jones and his 217 yards and three touchdowns.
Fecci added that while Ben Dutze didn’t have a great day percentage-wise, he managed the game well and threw for two scores.
North and Wylie will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ron Poe Stadium.