By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Editor
TSB looks at this week’s playoff varsity football games in McKinney:
JESUIT (5-2 in District 9-5A, 8-2) VS. MCKINNEY BOYD (3-2 in District 10-5A, 6-4)
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Plano’s Clark Stadium
Broncos Notes: Boyd clinched a playoff berth last Friday night by defeating crosstown rival McKinney High 56-21… The Broncos are the number one seed out of District 10-5A in Division II… Running back Bryan Driskell ran for 333 yards on 35 carries last week versus MHS, nine yards away from setting the new school record for most rushing yards in a game. His seven rushing touchdowns set the school record for most in a game, while his 42 points scored was also a school record… Driskell finished first in the 5A area in rushing with 1,763 yards on 234 carries. He surpassed South Garland’s Marquel McNac who finished second with 1,524 yards… Quarterback Curtis Ladd did not complete his first pass until the third quarter versus MHS. He finished 1-of-5 passing for 18 yards… Ladd finished 38th in the area in passing with 918 yards on 77-of-148 passing… Boyd is 15th in the area in team rushing with 246.9 yards per game… The Broncos have made the postseason for the third straight season and the fourth time in seven years. They were defeated by Skyline 31-8 last season in the bi-district round… Boyd is 0-2 lifetime versus Jesuit. The Broncos lost to the Rangers 31-23 in 2008 and 42-35 in 2009, both in district play… The winner of the bi-district round game will face the winner of Longview-Rowlett.
Jesuit Notes: The Rangers defeated Richardson 59-33 last week in the season finale to finish the District 9-5A season 5-2. Jesuit finished third in the district behind Skyline and Lake Highlands… The only two losses of the season for the Rangers came versus Skyline and Lake Highlands… Quarterback Jack Brezette finished fifth in the 5A area in passing with 2,518 yards on 156-of-246 passing. He had 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season… Receiver Jake OIiver led all receivers in the area in receiving with 1,098 yards. He averaged 15 yards per catch and tied L.D. Bell’s Aaron Dixon for the lead with 15 touchdowns… Running back Orion Salters led the team in rushing with 529 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also had 566 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Salters led the Rangers in scoring with 108 points… Jesuit has been defeated in the bi-district round in back-to-back years… They are 2-0 lifetime versus Boyd.
Matchup to Watch: An old district rivalry is renewed once again in this bi-district round matchup. After running all over the McKinney Lions on Friday night, the real season starts for the Bryan Driskell and the Boyd Broncos. This is a game of two polar opposite offenses: one relies on explosive plays in the passing game, while the other wants to break you down by pounding the rock over and over again. Jesuit was 0-2 versus teams with winning records this season, but did come up big in week ten versus Richardson to avoid being the fourth seed in 9-5A. The key to this game for the Broncos to move on will be the offensive line’s ability to create running lanes for Driskell and allow him to be explosive in open space. In games where the line has been neutralized, the Broncos have slowed down on offense and have to rely on passing the football more than they would like to. Having a solid game up front and giving Driskell 30-35 touches is the recipe for a victory versus a very solid Jesuit team.