Written by Matt Wixon
Wixon: McKinney Boyd, Plano West take care of business; 5-4A comes down to tiebreaker
Entering Friday night’s games, all six teams in District 10-5A still had a chance to make the playoffs. The possible combinations of winners, losers and tiebreaker scenarios could leave your head hurting.
But McKinney Boyd and Plano West avoided all of that by putting a hurting on their opponents.
Led by senior running back Bryan Driskell’s 333 yards rushing and seven touchdowns, Boyd (6-4, 3-2 in 10-5A) crushed McKinney, 56-21, to earn a playoff spot. Plano West (6-4, 3-2) also dominated with its rushing attack, piling up 417 yards in a 47-28 win over Plano East.
“We didn’t want to have any time after the game to think about other scores,” said Plano West running back Sotonya Jamabo, who rushed 24 times for 273 yards and two touchdowns. “We just wanted to go out, win the game and we did. The score says it all.”
Boyd will be 10-5A’s top seed in 5A Division II and West will be the second seed. The district’s Division I participants will be Allen (9-1, 5-0) and Plano (5-5, 2-3), which played to the wire Friday night. Plano, which last beat Allen in 2005, lost 35-34 after failing on a two-point conversion in the final minute.
Plano West and Boyd saved themselves the calculation headaches of 5-4A, which came down to tiebreaker points after Lake Dallas’ win over Azle and Trophy Club Byron Nelson’s win over Denton created a three-way tie for the final two playoff spots. In a perfect example of a tiebreaker-points puzzler, Byron Nelson (7-3, 4-3) was left out because the 21-13 victory by Lake Dallas (6-4, 4-3) was between six and 11 points. Had Lake Dallas won by more, Nelson would be in and Azle out; had Lake Dallas won by less, Nelson would be in and Lake Dallas’ 10-year playoff streak would’ve been over.
North Dallas, hoping to make its first playoff appearance since 1952, needed a win Friday and help from other teams. North Dallas got the help when Carter beat Seagoville in overtime and Adamson beat Pinkston, but the Bulldogs couldn’t hang on to a 7-6 halftime lead against Molina. North Dallas lost, 30-7, so the playoff drought will span at least 61 seasons.
The playoff drought isn’t nearly as long for Garland Lakeview, but it will miss out for the 17th straight year. In a winner-gets-in matchup in District 11-5A, Lakeview (5-5, 2-4) led Rowlett (4-6, 3-3) after a touchdown early in the second half. But Rowlett rallied for a 36-29 win that extended its playoff streak to eight seasons.
A pair of teams that moved up to 5A this season also clinched playoff berths Friday. Rockwall-Heath (6-4, 3-3) crushed Tyler Lee, 34-3, to earn a spot out of 12-5A and Denton Ryan (5-4, 3-2) earned a 5-5A spot with a 24-17 win over Flower Mound.
Ryan, a 4A state finalist two years ago, will make its 13th straight playoff appearance.
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