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Boyd finishes strong: After slow start, Yellowjackets shine in end

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, August 17, 2013

A jaw-dropping hit by Fino Cardona on a Lindsay running back put an exclamation point on the start of the Boyd Yellowjackets’ football season Friday morning.

In the final 20 plays, Boyd dominated the Knights at Henry B. Schroeder Field in Lindsay.

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OPEN LANE – Boyd’s Fino Cardona finds an opening as he heads upfield against Lindsay Friday morning in the Yellowjackets’ first scrimmage. Messenger photo by Clay Corbett

“We were a little nervous early on, seeing somebody different,” Boyd head coach Brandon Hopkins said. “They did a few things that we really hadn’t worked on. Once we adjusted to that I think we looked pretty sharp for the most part.”

The teams took turns running 15 plays on offense, then 15 on defense. The second teams then had 10 plays each before the first teams ended the scrimmage by running 10 plays.

GETTING AWAY – Boyd’s Seth Wallace scrambles away from the defense during the Jackets’ scrimmage with Lindsay Friday. Messenger photo by Clay Corbett

Cardona opened the morning with carries of 46 and seven yards. The drive eventually stalled with a fumble – turnovers ended two of the first three Boyd drives.

“[Quarterback] Garrett Ragsdale started out a little shaky, but once he got his feet under him and saw what they were doing he did a good job,” Hopkins said.

Boyd came up empty, not crossing the goal line on their first 15 plays offensively.

But the first-team defense held its ground too, holding Lindsay’s first-team offense scoreless in their first series of plays, and only allowing one first down.

The Knights came up with their only score when their second-team offense connected on a 25-yard touchdown pass.

“Defensively we were really flying around with some big hits, making plays and being where we were supposed to be,” Hopkins said. “I’ve got a good group of kids, and they get after it.”

Boyd’s offense took advantage when they got the ball back for their final series. Ragsdale took them straight down the field, connecting with Chris Carmona on a 29-yard touchdown pass.

With his performance down the stretch, Ragsdale ended the day 4-for-7 for 74 yards and a touchdown.

Boyd used their final five plays to move into Knight territory again, and they were inside the Lindsay 20 when their 10 plays were up.

The versatile Boyd offense looked sharp in the end.

“We had some plays that might could have hurt them more, but we aren’t out here to score, we want to work on some stuff,” Hopkins said. “The offensive line played well. They had to adjust on the fly to some things that we really hadn’t worked against.”

Boyd’s defense picked up right where it left off in the final 10 plays. They ended Lindsay’s first series with an interception. Lindsay only picked up one more first down, coming on the last play of the morning.

The Yellowjackets will return home for their final scrimmage against Lake Worth Thursday. They open the season at home Aug. 30 against Gunter.

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