By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Writer
TSB’s weekly look at MISD varsity football games coming up this week.
McKinney Boyd Broncos vs. Mesquite Horn, Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Ron Poe Stadium
Head coach Don Drake and his football team will begin the 2012 season by hosting Mesquite Horn at Ron Poe Stadium. The District 12-5A foe is a projected playoff team this season and will provide a good early season challenge to the Broncos. Despite a 4-7 record last season, the Jaguars made the playoffs due to the 3-2 record in district and were losers in the bi-district round.
Horn is led by three standout defensive stars in linebacker DJ Green, defensive end Colton King, and linebacker Hunter Harwell. The three players combined for 168 tackles in 2011, including 13 tackles for loss. On offense, expect the ball to be in quarterback Destri White’s hands quite a bit, as the junior signal caller threw for over 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. White can throw and run the ball effectively, so expect the Broncos to do a lot of linebacker spies and various zones to contain the athletic quarterback.
For the Broncos, establishing a solid run game will be the most important task for Drake and his coaching staff to accomplish on Friday night. Led by all-state running back Bryan Driskell, Boyd will look to dominate the Jaguars on the ground and look to tire down the Horn defense as the game progresses. Quarterback Curtis Ladd will look to continue a strong sophomore campaign by getting the ball out to his newest receiver, sophomore Dedrick Scrivens. You might see Scrivens used in a variety of packages on the field, as the receiver played running back in his freshmen year.
The Broncos have five non-district games on the docket this season, and while these games are used to prepare teams for the district portion of the schedule, victories in August and September will go a long way towards the team’s potential success this year. The Jaguars will be a tough opponent for the Broncos on Friday night, so expect a very close football game between these two 5A opponents.
McKinney Lions at Mansfield Legacy, Friday, 7:30 p.m., R.L. Anderson Stadium
The Lions will open up the 2012 season on the road at Mansfield Legacy this Friday night. The Legacy Broncos dropped down from Class 5A last spring and into District 15-4A. Led by head coach Chris Melson, the Broncos will rely on their ground game, led by junior Kijana Amous. Amous ran for 896 yards and four scores a year ago as a sophomore, so expect even bigger numbers from the speedy back this fall. Legacy is not expected to make a run at the postseason in a very difficult 15-4A district, but Melson and his team will be a very physical team week in and week out.
MHS will hope to carry over the positives from last Friday night’s scrimmage against Richardson, in which quarterback Robert Somborn and wide receivers T.V. Williams and Red Shannon all looked to be in sync on offense. If the Lion offensive line can give Somborn time to throw in the pocket, the senior gunslinger can make just about any throw in the McKinney offensive scheme. Defensively, the Lions showed their willingness to make opportunistic plays last Friday, often jumping routes and running aggressively to the football. While this could leave them vulnerable to reverses and screens, McKinney will need to be aggressive against a Legacy squad that will look to use the ground game to set up short to intermediate passes.
The Lions desperately want to get the first win out of the way and eliminate the monkey off of their backs after an 0-10 season in 2011, so look for a highly motivated bunch at Mansfield Legacy this Friday night.
McKinney North Bulldogs at Carrollton Newman Smith, Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Standridge Stadium
The lone 4A school in McKinney will begin its non-district season on the road at Carrollton Newman Smith on Thursday night. The Bulldogs will face a Newman Smith Trojan squad that struggled a season ago, going 2-8 and failing to make the postseason after two previous appearances. Both sides of the ball for the Trojans are seven returning players, which means that head coach Paul Ressa and his staff are excited about what 2012 could bring for the program. The star of the defense is defensive end Camryn Cole, whose ability to get to the edge and explode off of the ball has college scouts keeping a close eye on him. The Trojans are a projected playoff team in District 10-4A, with schools like Highland Park and West Mesquite also making bids at postseason play.
McKinney North can’t be accused of not playing difficult non-district opponents, as Newman Smith, Prosper, and Frisco Centennial are all expected to win or finish in the top three in their respective districts. The Bulldogs, led by head coach Mike Fecci, will see how the two-way system will play out in its first real action of the season. In 2012, each player on the roster will have a position on both sides of the ball in an effort to create depth. Fans and parents will be able to check out the offense led by junior quarterback Ben Dutze, who will use both his arm and his legs to create scoring opportunities for the team. Running back Trey Smith will be an exciting player to watch as he looks to match his impressive 2011 season where he ran for eight touchdowns and almost 900 yards.
The Bulldogs will hope that coming off a 6-5 season a year ago that included a playoff appearance will bring some momentum into the season that will see the team compete in a brand new district. With 13 returning starters, expect a very cohesive and fundamentally strong football team this fall at McKinney North.
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