By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Editor
TSB looks at this week’s varsity football games in McKinney:
MCKINNEY HIGH (1-1, 5-2) AT PLANO WEST (0-2, 3-4)
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Murphy’s Kimbrough Stadium
Lions Notes: MHS defeated Plano 24-12 last week at home to win its first District 10-5A game in school history… The Lions currently sit tied for third place in district with Plano at 1-1… A win versus Plano West guarantees the Lions an above-.500 season… Running back Red Shannon is 24th in the 5A area in rushing with 645 yards. He also has five rushing touchdowns… Quarterback Robert Somborn is fourth in the area in passing with 1,880 yards. He is fourth in the area in passing touchdowns with 23… MHS leads District 10-5A in total offense with 472.4 YPG, which is good for seventh best in the 5A area… The Lions are fifth in the district in rushing yards with 194 YPG, which is 37th best in the area. They are first in the district in passing with 278.4 YPG, which is fourth best in the area… MHS trails only Allen (40.9) in the district in points per game with 36.6 PPG… This is the first game versus an opponent that is below .500 overall since the Lions 41-18 win over North Garland in week three… The Lions are 3-1 away from Ron Poe Stadium this season.
Plano West Notes: The Wolves were defeated 47-25 at home last week by Allen… Plano West currently sits tied for last place in District 10-5A with Plano East at 0-2… The Wolves have been outscored 102-53 in their two district losses to Boyd and Allen. They are last in the district in points allowed per game with 34.0 PPG… West is fifth in total defense in the district, allowing 409.1 YPG. Only Plano East is worst, allowing 421.7 YPG… The Wolves are third in the district in total offense with 441.3 YPG, which is 12th best in the 5A area… They are third in the district in both rushing and passing with 226.6 and 214.7 YPG respectively. Both are in the top-40 in the 5A area… West scores 31.4 PPG, fourth best in the district and 25th best in the area… Running back Sotonya Jamabo is tied for 32nd best in the area in rushing with 603 yards. He also has five rushing touchdowns… The Wolves are 3-1 at home this season.
Matchup to Watch: A Lions win over the Wolves will put McKinney in prime position for a playoff berth and virtually eliminate Plano West from contention. In a district with only six teams, three wins get you in and three losses keeps you out. In a battle of two of the best offenses in the district, expect a ton of points to be scores at Kimbrough Stadium on Friday night. The Lions are riding off the high of winning their first district game on Homecoming night, and are no strangers to having success on the road this season with a record of 3-1. This is a game in which no one would have expected McKinney to be the favorite in at the beginning of the season, but now the fans, students, and most importantly the players, expect to win games like this. The team who has the ball last will win this affair, and if it is in the hands of Somborn and Co., the Lions will win.
ALLEN (2-0, 6-1) AT MCKINNEY BOYD (2-0, 5-2)
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ron Poe Stadium
Broncos Notes: Boyd defeated Plano 15-14 on the road last week… The Broncos are currently tied for first place in District 10-5A with Allen at 2-0… Running back Bryan Driskell is second in the 5A area with 1,261 yards. He has 13 rushing touchdowns as well. Driskell trails South Garland’s Marquel McNac for the leading rusher by 68 yards, despite McNac having 36 more carries this season… Boyd had a season-low 51 passing yards versus Plano. Quarterback Curtis Ladd finished 5-of-9 with one touchdown… The Broncos are fifth in the district in total offense with 356.7 YPG, which is tied for 29th best with Rockwall-Heath in the 5A area… Boyd has the best rushing attack in District 10-5A at 260.7 YPG, which is sixth best in the area…. Boyd scores 30.4 PPG and allows 21.9 PPG, both in the top-40 in the area… The Broncos are fourth in the district in total defense, allowing 261.3 YPG. That is 35th best in the area. Boyd is fourth in rushing defense, allowing 206.7 YPG, which is also good for 38th best in the area… Boyd is 2-1 at Ron Poe Stadium this season… The Broncos lost to Allen 45-21 in 2009 in their last matchup.
Allen Notes: The Eagles defeated Plano West 47-25 last week at home… Allen is currently tied with Boyd for first place in District 10-5A at 2-0… Quarterback Kyler Murray is 38th best in the 5A area with 710 yards. He also has six touchdowns and one interception… The Eagles have four players with 300 or more rushing yards. Marcus Ward leads the team with 493 yards on 70 carries, Jeff Harris is second with 480 yards on 61 carries. Kyler Murray is third with 329 yards on 50 carries, and Oliver Pierce is fourth with 300 yards on 56 carries. All four players have six rushing touchdowns… Receiver Cole Carter leads the team with four touchdowns… The Eagles are fourth in the district in total offense with 395.7 YPG, which is 19th best in the 5A area… Allen has the second-best rushing attack in the district with 258.9 YPG, which is eighth best in the area… The Eagles are fifth in the district in passing offense with 136.9 YPG, ahead of only Boyd at 96.4 YPG… Allen scores 40.9 PPG and allows 15.1 PPG, first in the district in both categories and in the top-10 in the 5A area in both categories… Allen is 2-1 on the road this season.
Matchup to Watch: Ron Poe Stadium will be packed this Friday night in a battle of the two undefeated teams in District 10-5A. The winner of this game clinches a playoff berth and is in the drivers seat to clinch the district championship in November. Allen is a top five team in the area and has only one loss at Coppell in overtime, so Boyd won’t see a more complete team for the remainder of the regular season. Boyd and Allen have the best rushing offenses in District 10-5A with 260.7 and 259.9 YPG respectively. However, Allen and Boyd are fifth in the district in passing offense with 136.9 and 96.4 YPG respectively. This means you can expect the football to stay on the ground for much of the night, and whichever team can make plays through the air will win this game. Allen will have the advantage given its top-15 defense in the 5A area, allowing just 172 rushing yards per game. Something has to give in this matchup in one of the area’s top matchups of the season.
MCKINNEY NORTH (1-3, 1-6) AT GREENVILLE (0-4, 0-7)
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Greenville H.S.
Bulldogs Notes: North lost 35-20 to Wylie at home last week… The Bulldogs are tied for fifth in District 13-4A with Denison and Royse City at 1-3… North has had its top two passing games of the season in the past two weeks versus Lovejoy and Wylie. The Bulldogs threw for 180 versus Lovejoy and 178 versus Wylie… Quarterback Ben Dutze is 82-of-175 passing for 912 yards with seven touchdowns and nine interceptions… Running back Justin Jones is now the leading rusher on the team with 310 yards. Jones was the leading rusher on the team versus Wylie with 69 yards on 13 carries… North scores 20.1 PPG and allows 30.9 PPG… The Bulldogs are 0-3 away from Ron Poe Stadium this season.
Greenville Notes: The Lions lost 42-17 at Wylie East last week… Greenville is in last place in District 13-4A at 0-4… Quarterback Marquist Davis is 32-of-65 passing for 318 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Davis is the leading rusher on the team with 354 yards on 94 carries with one touchdown… Jakorian Johnson leads the team with two rushing touchdowns… Receiver Eric Quiroz leads the Lions in receiving with 78 yards and one touchdown… Greenville has been outscored 223-70 this season. The Lions have scored double-digit points in just four of seven games this season… The Lions are allowing 40 PPG and scoring just 12 PPG in district play.
Matchup to Watch: The Bulldogs lost a crucial district game last week versus Wylie, meaning that they must win their final three games and get some help along the way to sneak into the playoffs. North head coach Mike Fecci said after the Wylie loss that his team needed to start making plays, something that has avoided the Bulldogs all season long. The Bulldogs will try and run it down the throat of the Lions defense with Justin Jones and Ronald Jones. If they can establish the running game and force some turnovers on defense, this should be a very winnable game for the Bulldogs to keep them in the playoff picture.
FRISCO LEGACY CHRISTIAN (2-0, 7-1) AT MCKINNEY CHRISTIAN (0-1, 3-4)
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: McKinney North H.S.
Mustangs Notes: MCA lost to Colleyville Covenant Christian 47-0 last week in its first District TAPPS 2-III game of the season… Quarterback Dallas Brock is 38-of-74 passing for 662 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions… Connor Doyle leads the Mustangs with 918 rushing yards and 315 receiving yards. He has 16 total touchdowns… MCA is 2-2 at home this season.
Frisco Legacy Christian Notes: The Eagles defeated Gainesville State School 49-8 last week… F.L.C. is now 2-0 in District TAPPS 2-III, tied with Colleyville Covenant Christian… Quarterback Adam Beck 32-of-66 passing for 648 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions… Running back Ovie Urevbu is the leading rusher with 1466 yards on 130 carries with 22 touchdowns… The Eagles are 2-1 on the road this season.
DISTRICT 10-5A STANDINGS THROUGH WEEK SEVEN:
1. Allen 2-0 6-1
1. Boyd 2-0 5-2
3. MHS 1-1 5-2
3. Plano 1-1 4-3
5. Plano West 0-2 4-2
5. Plano East 0-2 3-4
DISTRICT 13-4A STANDINGS THROUGH WEEK SEVEN:
1. Lovejoy 4-0 7-0
2. Sherman 4-0 6-1
3. Wylie East 3-1 5-2
4. Wylie 2-2 2-5
5. Denison 1-3 1-6
5. North 1-3 1-6
5. Royse City 1-3 1-6
8. Greenville 0-4 0-7