Written by Matt Wixon
Wixon: Skyline gets tested but puts away McKinney Boyd, 31-8
RICHARDSON — It might be hard to tell from the final score, but Skyline got what it needed Friday night.
After seven weeks of walloping their district opponents, the Raiders got a scare in their 31-8 victory over McKinney Boyd.
No, Skyline was never close to losing its playoff opener at Eagle-Mustang Stadium. But the area’s top-ranked 5A team did get a frightening reminder that it won’t face any more pushovers.
After Skyline (11-0) bounced out to a 24-0 lead early in the third quarter, Boyd (8-3) scored on a long drive and threatened to score on its next one. It wasn’t until Skyline’s defense got a big fourth-down stop that the Raiders could relax a little.
“We needed to be pressed,” Skyline coach Reginald Samples said. “We expected them to come back. They’re a good team.”
And Skyline expects to be remembered as a great team.
To do so, it will need to beat DeSoto (10-1) next week in the Class 5A Division I area round. The powerhouses, who have met in the second round the last three years, will play at 5 p.m. Saturday at Irving Schools Stadium.
“It’s turning into a rivalry — a good one,” Samples said. “The ultimate goal is a championship, and to win it, you’re going to have to play a team like DeSoto some time.”
DeSoto pounded A&M Consolidated, 54-10, on Friday, and by halftime of the Skyline-Boyd game, the second-round heavyweight matchup looked like a lock. But Boyd running back Bryan Driskell helped his team battle back from a 21-0 halftime deficit.
Driskell finished with 29 carries for 125 yards, becoming the first player to run for more than 100 yards against Skyline this year. Driskell also went over 2,000 yards rushing for the season.
Boyd managed only three first downs before halftime, but it cut the lead to 24-8 with a 13-play, 79-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter.
After forcing a Skyline punt, Boyd got to the Skyline 38-yard line before an illegal procedure penalty turned a fourth-and-1 into a fourth-and-6. The drive then ended with an incomplete pass.
“We had some busts on defense,” Samples said. “That’s what happens when you haven’t been pressured.”
Skyline’s defense still allowed only 175 total yards. And Skyline’s offense made sure the game wasn’t close with a fast start.
While Boyd kept punting in the first half, Skyline’s offense kept kicking — into a higher gear.
David Greene got it started with a 60-yard touchdown run, and then Skyline’s second possession was a 12-play, 62-yard scoring drive that again featured a heavy dose of Greene runs.
The third Skyline drive was highlighted by quarterback Devante Kincade connecting on four passes for 65 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown to Thomas Johnson.
That was enough cushion for Skyline to weather a stormy third quarter. Now the Raiders can look ahead to the matchup with DeSoto, which beat Skyline, 38-0, in last year’s area round.
“This is the one we’ve been waiting for,” said Kincade, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. “We’re just going to come out, play hard and show what we can do.”