By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Writer
TSB looks at this week’s varsity football games in McKinney:
MCKINNEY (3-0) AT NORTH GARLAND (1-2)
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Garland’s Williams Field
Lions Notes: Quarterback Robert Somborn is tied with Jack Brezette of Dallas Jesuit for the most touchdowns in the 5A area with 12… Receiver T.V. Williams leads the 5A area with seven receiving touchdowns and is tied for fourth in scoring with 42 points… At 519.0 yards per game, MHS is second in team total offense in the 5A area, behind only District 10-5A rival Plano East at 529.7 YPG… MHS is averaging 47.3 points per game, third behind Sachse and Plano East… On defense, the Lions are allowing 371.0 YPG, ranked as one of the worst in the area. They are allowing 24.7 PPG, tied for 23rd best in the 5A area with Lake Highlands… The fourth quarter versus Irving Nimitz marked the first quarter this season the Lions haven’t scored a point.
North Garland Notes: The Raiders are projected to finish last in District 11-5A… Defeated Hillcrest 26-6 on the road last Friday to earn their first win of the season. North Garland lost to Irving Nimitz 44-14 in week zero and 48-19 to Richardson Berkner the following week… The Raiders have fumbled the ball 10 times through three games, recovering just four… North Garland went 0-10 last season… Their key defensive weapon is lineman Jesus Valderama, who will play some offensive line as well… Running back Aaron Johnson is the workhorse of the offense, running for a team-high 352 yards on 38 attempts and two touchdowns… Quarterback Chad Wesley is just 10-of-20 passing with 180 yards and three touchdowns, but does most of his damage on the ground. Wesley leads the team in rushing attempts with 41 and has 213 yards and two touchdowns.
Matchup to Watch: MHS has taken tremendous strides in a matter of three games. However, these are now games that fans and alumni expect you to win against a team that you are better than on paper. Somborn to Williams has become one of the state’s deadliest combinations through three games, so can this high-flying Lion offense continue to soar and earn them a 4-0 record when everybody is picking them to? We will see on Friday night.
MCKINNEY BOYD (1-2) VS. ROCKWALL (1-2)
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ron Poe Stadium, McKinney
Broncos Notes: Running back Bryan Driskell is ninth in the 5A area in rushing with 430 yards. He also has four rushing touchdowns and a 96-yard kickoff return versus Garland last Friday. Driskell ran for a season-high 221 rushing yards on 28 carries versus Garland… The Broncos are 40th in the 5A area in points per game allowed at 30.0. They are scoring just 19.0 PPG on offense… Boyd is averaging 239.0 yards per game while allowing 421.0 YPG… Despite beating Garland last Friday 31-21 on the road, the Broncos were outgained by 144 yards… Quarterback Curtis Ladd found his brother, Patrick, in the end zone for a touchdown versus Garland for only Curtis’s second TD of the season and the first receiving score for Patrick.
Rockwall Notes: The Yellowjackets were predicted to finish last in District 12-5A… Rockwall was defeated by Coppell 40-3 at home last Friday. The Yellowjackets defeated Rowlett 41-37 in week one at home for their only victory on the season… This is the first game away from Rockwall’s Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium for Rockwall… Running back Chris Warren is 15th in the 5A area in rushing with 373 yards. He also has six touchdowns… Quarterback Dylan Campman, a year removed from playing receiver, has thrown for 346 yards and one touchdown… Receiver Zach Berryman is 23rd in the 5A area with 206 receiving yards. He has one touchdown on the year after catching two scores a season ago… Rockwall is averaging 347.0 YPG and are 17th in the 5A area in team rushing with 228.0 YPG… On defense, the Yellowjackets are giving up 40.0 PPG and 448.6 YPG. Rockwall visited Ron Poe Stadium twice last year while in class 4A, defeating MHS 31-22 and losing to North 22-14.
Matchup to Watch: It is eerie how similar these two teams are on both sides of the ball. On offense, both look to establish a running game with a play-making back and do just enough through the air to have a viable threat. On defense, both teams have youth in certain areas that cause inconsistency at times and allow opposing offenses to put up big numbers. This one has the makings to be a high-scoring affair at Ron Poe on Friday night. The Broncos can even up their season record at 2-2 if they keep Driskell hot and make one more play on defense than Rockwall does.
McKinney North has a bye this week and will begin district play at Sherman on the 28th.