GARLAND, Texas -- They might be young almost every year, but McKinney Boyd has always had a knack for getting the job done.
Multiple players had record-setting nights for Boyd (3-1, 1-0) in a 58-14 win over Garland Lakeview Centennial (0-3, 0-1) on Thursday in the first game of District 10-5A play.
Boyd junior running back Bryan Driskell had a career night for the second week in a row, racking up 270 yards and four rushing touchdowns on 24 carries. His efforts in the first half were more than enough to pass the 2,000-yard rushing mark since the start of his sophomore year.
Driskell had no idea he passed the milestone after the game, but said he was happy the success could come alongside a district-opening win.
Driskell came alive in the third quarter, scoring touchdowns on runs of 47 yards, 58 yards and 32 yards, working his way toward a 3,000-yard mark that is surely in his future.
The remaining Boyd scores came from another blossoming offensive threat, quarterback Curtis Ladd, who went 13-20 for 214 yards and four touchdowns.
His best connection of the night was early in the first when he hit wide receiver Cameron Decell in the end zone from 15 yards out to put Boyd up 14-0.
Ladd made the most of his newly-acquired starting role and impressed head coach Don Drake with is development.
“Week after week, what you want to see is progress out of everybody, but especially those guys whose first year it is on varsity -- you want to see that growth,” Drake said. “I think Curtis, from that moment he stepped on the field as a quarterback for us against McKinney North in Week Zero, he’s made huge strides in his progress.”
The Boyd defense stood tall against Lakeview, allowing just 60 yard of total offense in the first half and 239 in the game.
Decell was huge in the field position battle, setting a school record for touchbacks off kickoffs in a game with seven. Only two of his kicks failed to reach the end zone and most sailed well out of the back of the field.
He was also Ladd’s top target on the night, coming up with 87 yards and a touchdown on two catches.
The blowout win was huge for Drake and his team going into a game against Garland next week, a favorite to take the District 10-5A championship.
“That’s a huge game. The Owls are a very good football program and it’s a big game for us. We know how tough they are and we know they are going to come ready.”