The Blocked PAT heard around the Metroplex: McKinney Boyd outlasts Byron Nelson with a 28-26 victory
Led by junior quarterback Ryan Shackleton and senior wide receiver Caden Park, the McKinney Boyd Broncos have advanced to a 4-0 start on the season after a close 28-26 victory over Trophy Club Byron Nelson; their first 4-0 start in program history.
Thursday night saw a lot of physical play from both squads from the moment they stepped onto the field until the final whistle. With an early 10-0 lead, the Broncos set the pace the entire game; leading 13-7 as they entered halftime.
Byron Nelson came out of halftime ready to show their muscles to eventually take the lead for a short while, but a late fourth quarter blocked extra point sealed the deal for the McKinney Boyd Broncos.
With a 26-26 tied game, McKinney Boyd senior cornerback/slotback, Evan Dennis blocked what could have been a game-winning extra point for Byron Nelson. Running the ball all the way back for a Broncos' score, Dennis became the hero of the game giving the Broncos the ball with enough time for Shackleton to take a knee and run out the clock.
Shackleton threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns. On the receiving end of both passing touchdowns was Park who totaled 170 yards on the night with six catches and three carries. On the ground, senior running back Carter Whitefield scored a touchdown of his own with 76 rushing yards on 20 carries.
That 4-0 feeling
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— McKinney Boyd Football (@MBHSFootball) September 17, 2021
Playing their own great game respectively, the Bobcats also put up their share of great stats in the game. Senior quarterback Jacob Wilson threw for 319 yards and four touchdowns. Receiving the touchdown passes were junior wide receiver Gavin McCurley (114 yards, seven catches, and one touchdown), junior wide receiver Landon Ransom-Goelz (70 yards, six catches, two touchdowns), and junior wide receiver Addison Cureton (27 yards, one catch, one touchdown).
Thursday Night Lights are back and with that comes pretty great matchups around the state, but especially in the metroplex! This week, the top Thursday game of the week comes with McKinney ISD's McKinney Boyd Broncos and Northwest ISD's Trophy Club Byron Nelson Bobcats as they face off in a battle of the undefeated. VYPE DFW has the scoop on what to watch in this game.
McKinney Boyd Broncos
The Broncos are on a hot 3-0 start for the first time ever. Week one saw a McKinney Boyd shutout over Oklahoma's Midwest City (37-0) while week two saw an incredible 28-21 Bronco win over Grand Prairie. Last week, McKinney Boyd absolutely dominated over Richardson's J.J. Pearce in a 30-7 victory.
Bronco quarterback Ryan Shackleton is on fire as he has completed 72% of his passes (49 for 68) for a total of 576 passing yards and seven passing touchdowns so far this season. On the receiving end of the ball, Boyd hosts Caden Park who has tallied 184 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 12 catches as well as Peyton Shaw who has recorded 166 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 14 catches. On the ground, the Broncos are led by Carter Whitefield who has recorded three touchdowns and 278 total rushing yards on 51 carries.
Boyd's defense will be a true test on Thursday night as the Broncos' defense has allowed just over 200 yards and less than 10 points per game on average.
The Broncos will look to advance to a 4-0 start before next week's district opener against Little Elm's Braswell.
Trophy Club Byron Nelson Bobcats
The Bobcats have also faced off against quality opponents so far this season. In week one, Byron Nelson topped Plano 28-22 before moving on to a 34-24 win over Grapevine in week two. Last week, the Bobcats convincingly shut down Irving MacArthur in a 50-13 week three matchup.
Quarterback Jacob Wilson has led the charge with Byron Nelson posting 826 passing yards and 10 passing touchdowns so far on the season. Wilson is completing 62% of his passes and has even accounted for two rushing touchdowns. On the receiving end for Wilsonis an incredible trio in Landon Ransom- Goelz, Gavin McCurley, and Adam Stellato. Ransom-Goelz has accounted for 259-receiving yards and three touchdowns on 15 catches, McCurley has claimed 250 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 10 catches, and Stellato has tallied 115 receiving yards with a touchdown of his own on 11 catches. Not to be overlooked, however, are Michael Giordano and. David Kabongo who each have a touchdown and over 50 receiving yards to their names respectively. On the ground, Giordano has posted 242 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns on 33 carries while Aaron Darden has tallied 196 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries.
The Bobcats' defense has held opponents under 25 points all season. Fans can expect to see Byron Nelson do everything they can to continue this trend against the likes of McKinney Boyd before heading into their first district matchup next week against Northwest ISD rival V.R. Eaton.