By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Writer
Become the first non-quarterback in McKinney Boyd football history to reach 4,000 career offensive yards. Check. Pass the 5,000 career all-purpose yards mark. Check. Set the school record for most career points. Check. Break the school record for most rushing yards in Bronco football history. Check. Oh, and don’t forget being voted Homecoming king at midfield during the halftime performances. Check.
Those kinds of achievements would make for an unbelievable season if they were spread out over the ten-game schedule. Fortunately for the Broncos, that was running back Bryan Driskell’s Friday night.
Driskell had a night for the ages and helped the Boyd Broncos roll past Rockwall 44-7 on Homecoming night at Ron Poe Stadium. In front of a packed home crowd, Driskell only needed one half of play to rush for 221 yards on 13 carries and score two touchdowns. He also recorded his first punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter, a 62-yard return right up the middle of the Yellowjacket coverage. With the special teams score, Driskell added to his school record fourth career special teams touchdown.
In the first quarter, Driskell ran the ball 72 yards for a touchdown on the opening play of the drive, surpassing 4,000 career offensive yards. Only former quarterbacks Daryn Alves and Jonovan Griffin have more career offensive yards with 6,490 and 7,286 yards respectively.
After a Jared Symmank 39-yard field goal and a Taylor Fann 31-yard fumble return to put the Broncos up 17-0, Driskell scampered for 33 yards and another touchdown to put Boyd up by 24. On the scoring run, he passed 5,000 career all-purpose yards and passed Alves for the most rushing yards in Bronco football history with 4,030. Alves had the previous mark at 3,925 yards.
One series later, Driskell set another school record when he returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown, breaking Alves mark of 300 career points. Driskell ended the night with 302 career points. Following a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Curtis Ladd to receiver Nick Creedon, the Broncos found themselves up 38-0 heading into halftime and securely on their way to a 2-2 record.
And while Driskell didn’t see the field for the entire second half, he did have one more moment to shine in front of his home crowd when he was announced Homecoming king. Posing with Homecoming queen Brena Lackey, the evening couldn’t get any better for the senior running back.
“Oh yeah it was an amazing night,” said Driskell. “I will probably think about all that stuff later, but it just feels so good to get that win to even up our win and loss record. I’m just ready to get on a roll this season.”
When asked about how it felt to be voted as Homecoming king, Driskell kind of laughed and was just thankful for the honor.
“It’s awesome too. I love my class and just to be able to be represented in that way is so cool.”
Head coach Don Drake was pleased with his team’s overall effort and execution on Friday night, but knew how big of a night this was for Driskell individually.
“He played really well. I thought our offensive line did a great job, obviously opening up some running lanes for him and Bryan does what Bryan does. He’s a great kid and he played well.”
Rockwall would score its only touchdown on a 74-yard run by running back Zach Berryman with 7:42 left in the fourth quarter, the only blemish in an otherwise tremendous showing by the Bronco defense. With senior linebacker Adam Kimm out for the rest of the season with a broken collarbone, Boyd got tremendous games from guys like Fann, linebacker Adam Brown, and Daylon Markham.
“They moved the ball some but we were able to create some turnovers, which was big and then we were able to capitalize on the turnovers, which is the second part of that piece,” said Drake regarding his defense’s strong performance. “You got to be able to create them but you got to put points on the board after you create them, which we were able to do as well.”
In fact, the Bronco defense forced the Yellowjackets to turn the ball over on the first three possessions of the game, and it wasn’t until the seventh series that Rockwall did not turn the ball over or go 3-and-out. The Yellowjackets fumbled six times and lost four while punting seven times for 265 yards. Berryman was the only offensive threat Rockwall had all night, rushing for 175 yards on 15 carries and scoring the only touchdown of the game.
For the Broncos, the passing attack had a solid night as well, with quarterback Curtis Ladd throwing for 144 yards on 10-of-16 passing and one touchdown. Running back Dedrick Scrivens saw a ton of action from the running back position in the second half with Driskell sitting, but only carried the ball for 30 yards on 14 carries. However, he led the team in receiving with 96 yards on six catches, doing most of his damage from the slot position.
“I thought Dedrick Scrivens really had a great game,” said Drake. “He made some big plays for us offensively. Curtis threw the ball well and I just thought we did a pretty good job. He did some great things with the ball. He’s a weapon and we need him to make those kinds of plays on a week-to-week basis. It makes us harder to defend when you have to worry about those guys on the edge making plays as well.”
The Broncos evened up their record to 2-2 and will travel to Lewisville next week in the final non-district game of the season. While there are still some festivities waiting to happen on Saturday, Drake knows that the most important part of Homecoming week for his team is complete.
“You know, winning is winning. We talked to the kids earlier in the week about homecoming and the fact that the most important part is securing a victory tonight and they did that. They will go enjoy the dance tomorrow night and come back Monday ready to work.”
Boyd will face the Fighting Farmers at Lewisville’s Goldsmith Stadium next Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
Photos by Michael Murphy
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