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‘Jackets tough it out; Defense stalls Farmersville for win

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, November 17, 2012

With Farmersville driving for the potential game winning touchdown the Boyd defense stepped up, like they had all night. Cole Meador recovered a fumble that sealed the 21-15 Class 2A Region II bi-district playoff victory.

HOLD IT HIGH – Boyd stole the 2A Region II bi-district title away from Farmersville in the second quarter. Both teams’ defenses held off scoring attempts in the second half. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“With it 21-15 at halftime you’re thinking it’s going to be a shootout,” Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins said. “Both defenses played great in the second half. Our defense stepped up and really made some plays.”

Boyd’s (7-4) offense was almost just as good as their defense down the stretch. The Yellowjackets played keep away and only allowed the Farmers to have the ball three times in the second half. Two of those ended with turnovers.

Boyd’s offense also survived two costly fumbles as the Yellowjacket defense shut Farmersville down.

After the Meador fumble recovery, Boyd made two crucial first downs to put the game away, mainly with the help of Fino Cardona. The area’s leading rusher ended the night with 160 yards.

“We needed a big couple of first downs, and we just did enough to get them,” Hopkins said. “I didn’t want to give them the ball with a minute or two left, so grinding out those first downs were big.

The Yellowjackets set the tone early with a 61-yard touchdown pass from Blake McDonald to Michael Partin, giving Boyd an early 7-0 lead.

After a Farmersville three and out Boyd took over at midfield. One play later a Boyd fumble set the Farmers up at the Yellowjacket 38-yard line. Farmersville immediately took advantage as Christopher Stanley took it in from 35 yards out to tie the game at 7-7.

Farmersville kept riding the momentum coming up with another stop then drove quickly down field. The drive ended with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Stanley to J’tyus Clark. A botched extra point turned into a two-point conversion and Farmersville took a 15-7 lead.

A McDonald interception on the next drive looked like it was going to be the beginning of a long night for the Yellowjackets. The defense responded though, coming up with the first of numerous big stops, turning the momentum around.

The Boyd offense took advantage scoring 14 unanswered points to close the half.

Cardona scored from two yards out and Blake McDonald closed the half on a 27-yard run.

MAKING TRACKS – Boyd’s Fino Cardona slips past a host of Farmers on his way downfield. Cardona had 27 carries for 160 yards to lead the Yellowjackets in rushing Friday night. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

BOYD 21; FARMERSVILLE 15

Farmersville … 7 … 8 … 0 … … 0-15
Boyd … 7 … 14 … 0 … … 0-21

FIRST QUARTER

Boyd – Michael Partin 61 pass from Blake McDonald; Thomas kick
Farmersville – Christopher Stanley 35 run; Elizondo kick

SECOND QUARTER

Farmersville – J’Tyus Clark 15 pass from Stanley; pass good
Boyd – Fino Cardona 2 run; Thomas kick
Boyd – McDonald 27 run; Thomas kick

FARMERSVILLE … BOYD

First Downs … 12 … 16
Rushing yards … 181 … 225
Passing yards … 48 … 131
Total yards … 229 … 356
Comp-Att-Int … 5-8-0 … 7-11-1
Penalties … 8-52 … 3-20

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing: Farmersville, Stanley 18-80; Boyd, Cardona 27-160
Passing: Farmersville, Stanley 5-8-48; Boyd, McDonald 6-9-120-1
Receiving: Farmersville, J’Tyus Clark, 1-15; Boyd, Michael Partin, 5-102

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