By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Editor
TSB looks at this week’s varsity football games in McKinney:
MCKINNEY (1-3, 5-4) VS. MCKINNEY BOYD (2-2, 5-4)
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ron Poe Stadium
Lions Notes: MHS lost its senior night game last week 67-14 versus Allen. The loss dropped the Lions to 1-3 in District 10-5A and in a tie with Plano East for fifth place… The Lions have allowed 60-plus points in back-to-back weeks and have been outscored 131-50 by Plano West and Allen… The Lions have the second ranked offense in District 10-5A and eighth in the 5A area, averaging 466.7 YPG… MHS has the last ranked rushing offense in district with 177.1 YPG, but are first in district in passing offense with 289.6 YPG. They are second in the area in passing offense… MHS is 20th in the area and third in district in scoring offense at 34.0 points per game, trailing only Allen at 42.6 PPG and Plano West at 35.7 PPG… The Lions have the fifth ranked rushing and passing defense in district, giving up 231.4 YPG on the ground and 185.4 YPG in the air. They are the only team in the district that is not in the top-40 in the area in both categories… In their four district games, the Lions have given up three turnovers a game and allowed 45.3 PPG… While the Lions are the designated road team this week, they are 2-2 at Ron Poe Stadium this season… MHS is 1-5 all-time versus Boyd, with the lone win occurring in 2006.
Broncos Notes: Boyd was defeated 22-20 at Plano East last week in the return of Panthers starting quarterback Mario Smalls. The Broncos dropped to 2-2 and need a victory over MHS to clinch a playoff berth out of District 10-5A… After scoring 55 points in their district opener against Plano West, the Broncos have scored a total of 41 points in the past three games versus Plano, Allen, and Plano East. Allen and Plano are number one and two, respectively, in the district in total defense, while West is last in total defense… In four district games, Boyd has scored 24.3 PPG and allowed 24.5 PPG… They have passed for 107.5 YPG in district play, while they are averaging 102.2 YPG through the air overall… The Broncos are third in the district and 18th in the 5A area in rushing offense with 232.1 YPG… They are fourth in the district in passing defense with 174.3 YPG… Boyd is 2-2 at Ron Poe Stadium this year… Boyd is 5-1 in the all-time series versus MHS.
Matchup to Watch: In its short six-year existence, this football crosstown rivalry has been pretty one-sided for the team in red. After shutting out the Broncos 34-0 in the first meeting in 2006, the Lions have seen their crosstown foes walk off the field victorious, including that incredible 78-51 Boyd win back in 2009 in which the Broncos had 786 total yards of offense. I’m not saying we will see another 129-point shootout this Friday, but you can expect to see some crooked numbers on that scoreboard in what is without question the biggest game in this rivalry’s history. MHS is out of the playoffs with a loss, and depending on certain tiebreakers, could still be sent home with a win over the Broncos, (shows you just how crazy this district is with one week to go.) For Boyd, a win and you are in as one of the four teams in District 10-5A. This will ultimately come down to which team’s playmakers come up with the big play in the fourth quarter. Can Boyd’s all-state running back Bryan Driskell take over the game like he was in the middle of the season and put the Broncos ahead in the game late, or will Lions quarterback Robert Somborn show why he is a top-five quarterback in the area this season and lead his team to a game-winning score late in the fourth quarter? If you haven’t been out to a game this season, this week ten matchup will be a good one to make it out to.
DENISON (2-4, 2-7) AT MCKINNEY NORTH (2-4, 2-7)
When: Thursday, 7 p.m.
Where: Ron Poe Stadium
Bulldogs Notes: North was eliminated from playoff contention last week after its 50-26 loss at Wylie East. The Bulldogs fell to 2-4 in District 13-4A and are tied for fifth place with Denison… Running back Justin Jones eclipsed the 100-carry mark last week and now has 102 carries on the season. He has rushed for 534 yards and two touchdowns… Receiver Evan Jones needs 19 more receiving yards to reach 300 for the season. Gabe Constintine needs four more receiving yards to reach 200… In district play, the Bulldogs forced 2.8 takeaways a game, while only turning the ball over 1.7 times a game… In six district games, North has been outscored by an average of 29.7-25… North is 2-1 this season against teams with losing records. Their only loss came at home versus Wylie in week seven… The Bulldogs are 1-3 at Ron Poe this season.
Denison Notes: Denison defeated Greenville 28-16 last week to win only its second District 13-4A game of the season. The Yellowjackets first district win came over Royse City 34-21 in week six… Denison has scored at least 21 points in all six district games this season… They are allowing 40 PPG in district play, including allowing 50-plus points three times… Denison is 1-3 on the road this season.
Matchup to Watch: There is no doubt that this has been a disappointing year for the Bulldogs. After the excitement of a new district and some new opponents to face, North will be watching the playoffs from home this year. However, don’t expect to see a lackluster effort from the Bulldogs this Thursday night. Head coach Mike Fecci will have these guys ready to go, especially when the winner of this game will finish in fifth place in the district. Going into the offseason with a win is always a positive after a disappointing season, so let’s see if the Bulldog seniors can get one more win next to their name on senior night.
DISTRICT 10-5A STANDINGS THROUGH WEEK NINE:
1. Allen – y 4-0 8-1
2. Plano – x 2-2 5-4
3. Boyd 2-2 5-4
4. Plano West 2-2 5-4
5. Plano East 1-3 5-3
6. McKinney 1-3 5-4
y – Clinched District Title
x – Clinched Playoff Berth
OTHER GAMES IN DISTRICT 10-5A:
Plano at Allen – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Plano East at Plano West – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Check back to TSB on Tuesday for a full summary of playoff-clinching scenarios heading into an exciting week ten in District 10-5A!