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Yellowjackets face off against Whitesboro

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, November 7, 2012

After a strong second half, the Boyd Yellowjackets clinched a playoff spot with their win over Paradise last week.

Boyd (6-3, 4-1) will now try to enter the playoffs with a share of the district title when they host the Whitesboro Bearcats (6-3, 4-1) Friday.

TAKE THAT – Boyd’s Fino Cardona uses a stiff arm to ward off Panther Cody Carmichael in Friday’s 21-0 Yellowjacket victory. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

The Yellowjackets scored 14 points in the final quarter to finally put away the Panthers. Their defense only allowed three first downs the entire game.

“It was a rivalry game,” Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins said. “We were playing real hard; they just had a good scheme for us. We ended up with 300 yards of offense, and it was the best our defense played all year.”

A Boyd win over Whitesboro and a Callisburg loss would give the Yellowjackets a district title. A Callisburg win would mean Boyd and Whitesboro will be playing for second and third. Callisburg must win over Bowie to make the playoffs, meaning it’s “district title or bust” for the Wildcats. If Callisburg loses, then Pilot Point gets the third playoff spot.

Whitesboro will be a tough task for Boyd. They are coming off an overtime loss to Callisburg, 44-38. Their other two losses came to Fort Worth Christian and Frisco Lone Star. After those two losses to start the season, the Bearcats won six straight.

Whitesboro’s offense has been very tough to slow down. They are averaging 43.5 points in district play.

“They will run the ball down your throat,” Hopkins said about the Bearcats. “We will have to step it up defensively. Our defense has played well in district.”

WHITESBORO (6-3, 4-1) AT BOYD (6-3, 4-1)
7:30 p.m. at Yellowjacket Stadium

BOYD: Harris Rating 203

NOTABLE: With a win and a Callisburg loss, the Yellowjackets will be outright district champions.

WHITESBORO: Harris Rating 205

NOTABLE: This is the second time in school history the Bearcats have qualified for the playoffs. The first was last season.

HARRIS LINE: Whitesboro by 1

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