A sign hanging along the fence of the McKinney Boyd student section at Ron Poe Stadium Friday night read: “We Run This Town.”
Boyd proved that sign correct in this regular season-ending football game, cruising past crosstown rival McKinney High 28-0. The win marked the Broncos’ seventh consecutive victory over MHS.
The Bronco defense stampeded through the MHS offensive line, continually putting pressure and sacking Lions quarterback Brian Sutter. Boyd held McKinney High to 119 total offensive yards and Sutter to just 57 yards passing yards and one interception. Tyree Johnson led MHS with 69 rushing yards, but threw a pick on a trick play in the first half.
Broncos head coach Don Drake said the defense was outstanding Friday, continually improving and putting together its second consecutive strong performance.
Boyd (6-4, 4-1) held Plano East to just 10 points and 205 total yards last week.
Drake said Boyd presented MHS with different looks defensively, giving his players more opportunities to get pressure on the quarterback and stuff the run game.
The Broncos, who will take the No. 2 seed from District 10-5A into the UIL playoffs, committed three turnovers – an aspect Drake called a “big negative.”
“We’ve got to clean some of that stuff up next week or our playoff experience will be short lived,” he said.
Despite the three turnovers, Boyd racked up 448 total yards, with running back Dedrick Scrivens rushing for 271 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries.
Under center, Curtis Ladd put together an efficient performance in his final game at Ron Poe, throwing for 62 yards on eight completions. Ladd said Boyd didn’t play its best Friday night, saying “the score should have been a lot better.”
Ladd admitted that Friday was a “sad” night, knowing it would be his final time taking the field at Ron Poe.
“It’s been a great three years playing,” said Ladd, who took a moment to look around the stadium and up at the lights of Ron Poe one more time.
Across the field, MHS coach Jeff Smith said that despite the loss, he was proud of how his young squad was able to fight and stay in the game.
“I just think our kids played so hard…they battled to the very end,” Smith said.
The Lions were able to keep the game within reach, trailing Boyd 14-0 at the half and 21-0 in the third quarter, but a fumble on a kickoff return late in the third quarter helped Boyd put the game out of reach with a one-yard touchdown run by Scrivens.
McKinney (3-7, 0-5) fought through several injuries this season. The Lions lost senior defensive end Keenan Samuel for the year with a leg injury and senior receiver TV Williams was lost for several games with a right-knee injury. But Smith said younger players were at least able to get playing experience.
We need to take that experience and what we learned and we need go next year and really fight for it,” Smith said.
Smith praised his seniors – the first group of freshman Smith coached at MHS – saying all will do well at the next level and wherever life takes them.
“They did everything we asked them to do,” Smith said.
Drake said Boyd will begin preparations for the Bi-District Round Monday morning at 7 a.m., and the Broncos can’t be too excited to just make the playoffs, as they will prepare to win in the first round. The Broncos’ opponent will be learned in the next few days.
“We’re here for a reason, and that’s to win in the playoffs,” Drake said.
Ladd, who will be playing in his final playoff run, said 2013 will be a different story for Boyd in the postseason.
“We’re going to get past the first round this year, we’re going to make a run,” Ladd said. “I’ve got a good feeling about it.”