Yellowjackets play close to the vest

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, October 3, 2012
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The Boyd Yellowjackets are learning how to win the close ball games. After a two-point win against Sanger and a six-point victory against Bowie the Yellowjackets are a confident bunch.

“It’s nerve racking when every game is tight,” Boyd head coach Brandon Hopkins said. “But this team just keeps fighting and keeps competing.”

Boyd (3-2, 1-0) will go for their third straight win and second district win when they host Pilot Point (4-1, 1-0) for homecoming Friday. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Not only are the Yellowjackets finding a way to win close games, they are doing it while facing adversity.

Quarterback Blake McDonald missed a couple of key series against Bowie with an injured shoulder but was finally able to return late in the game.

Running back Fino Cardona tweaked his ankle during practice and was not 100 percent. Both players are expected to be at full strength this week.

One key returnee was middle linebacker Garrett Ragsdale, who seeing his first regular season action, recorded 10 solo tackles.

“He is a big key in the middle of our defense,” Hopkins said. “It was a great time to get him back.”

Pilot Point could feature another match-up that could go down to the wire. The Bearcats lone loss came against rival Aubrey a couple of weeks ago. They picked up a district-opening 20-7 win over Callisburg last week.

“They are a young team that will try to spread you out,” Hopkins said. “It will be a tough challenge for our defense.”

Boyd will also be dealing with a lot of homecoming distractions this week.

“It’s something we have to deal with,” Hopkins said. “It’s all nice and fun, but like I told the kids, there wouldn’t be homecoming if there wasn’t a game. That’s what we have to prepare for.”

PILOT POINT (4-1, 1-0) AT BOYD (3-2, 1-0)
7:30 p.m. at Yellowjacket Stadium

Boyd: Harris Rating 201

Notable: Boyd has won their last two games by a combined eight points.

Pilot Point: Harris Rating 209

Notable: The Bearcats’ lone loss came to rival Aubrey, 33-24.

Harris line: Pilot Point by 7

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