McKINNEY BOYD (2-1) at GARLAND LAKEVIEW CENTENNIAL (0-3)
7 p.m. Thursday at Garland’s H.B. Johnson Stadium
When we saw them last: Boyd took a Mc-Town battle, beating McKinney, 38-28. Boyd quickly took a31-7 lead at the half thanks in part to a 60-yard touchdown pass and a 66-yard touchdown run. Lakeview Centennial put up a good fight against 4A No.9 Rockwall-Heath, losing 20-14.
2010 result: Boyd blew out Lakeview Centennial in McKinney, 51-16. Lakeview Centennial nearly matched Boyd in total yards, but former Boyd quarterback Jonovan Griffin picked apart Lakeview Centennial through the air for two touchdowns and added one more on the ground.
What’s at stake: A f ast start in District 10-5A play. Boyd is expected to be a playoff contender out of 10-5A, and a loss to Lakeview Centennial in the district opener would damage the Broncos' chances. The Patriots would establish themselves as a dark-horse playoff candidate by pulling off the upset.
Key matchup: Lakeview Centennial’s front eight vs. Boyd running back Bryan Driskell. Driskell is one of the most electric rushers in the area and is Boyd’s go-to man on offense. Lakeview has strong leaders in linebackers Lee Willis III and Mike Allen, who will have to find some way to control Driskell for the Patriots to have any chance to stay in the game.
Players to watch: Next in line for Boyd after Driskell is quarterback Curtis Ladd, who is second on the team in rushing and is fairly consistent through the air. Lakeview Centennial DB Deonte Morrison could have a field day in the secondary as Ladd has thrown three interceptions in three games this season.
Prediction: Lakeview Centennial remains winless in a 38-21 loss.