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Boyd seeks Area Round win over Raiders

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, November 21, 2012

When a football team is still playing on Thanksgiving weekend, you know they have had a successful season.

With a 21-15 win over Farmersville last week, that’s exactly what the Boyd Yellowjackets have achieved.

Boyd (7-4) will take on the Winnsboro Raiders (7-3) in the Class 2A Division I Region II area round Friday at Rockwall’s Wilkerson-Sanders Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

“It’s always nice when you’re playing during Thanksgiving,” Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins said. “You want to get into the playoffs, win a game and keep the run going.”

Boyd’s defense is coming off its best performance of the year keeping Farmersville out of the endzone during the second half last week. They also recovered a key fumble that allowed the Yellowjackets to run out the clock.

Boyd had some fumble issues of their own that they have been addressing this week in practice.

“We’ve talked about it and worked on it,” Hopkins said. “We did a good job for most of the year holding on to the ball. Farmersville did a good job of trying to rip the ball away.”

Winnsboro was the champion of District 7-2A. They rolled through league play with six straight wins, scoring at least 38 points in each game.

The Raiders are an old-school football team that score all their points running the option. It’s an offense Boyd hasn’t seen this season.

“They’ll run a double tight veer option,” Hopkins said. “They might throw it four or five times a game. We are going to have to play assignment football.”

Boyd should feel pretty good about the balance of their offensive output, too. The Yellowjackets completed eight of their 11 passes against Farmersville for 128 yards and picked up 212 more on the ground.

IN YOUR FACE – Fino Cardona brushes away a Farmersville defender in the Boyd victory Friday, Nov. 16. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

BOYD (7-4) VS. WINNSBORO (7-3)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Wilkerson-Sanders Memorial Stadium in Rockwall

BOYD: The Yellowjackets put up 340 total yards of offense last week against Farmersville and defensively shut the Farmers out in the second half.

WINNSBORO: The Raiders fell in the first round of the playoffs a year ago and finish the season 7-4. They are currently riding a six-game winning streak in 2012.

HARRIS LINE: Winnsboro by 10

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