When a team runs 32 more plays than their opponent, most of the time they would expect to win.
That wasn’t the case for the Boyd Yellowjackets Friday.
Boyd stayed consistent between the 20’s, but couldn’t finish off drives. The Yellowjackets outgained the Gunter Tigers 390 total yards to 259, but couldn’t top the visitors on the scoreboard.
“It was either a penalty or a mistake, something kept happening,” Boyd head coach Brandon Hopkins said. “We’ve just got to focus a little better.”
Things won’t get any easier this week as the ‘Jackets (0-1) travel to take on the Palmer Bulldogs (1-0). Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
Palmer is coached by former Yellowjacket Duke Dalton.
“It’s kind of bittersweet,” Hopkins said about going against his friend. “We haven’t talked this week, but I’m sure we’ll talk a lot afterwards.”
Palmer is coming off a 29-0 shutout victory over Kemp. They fell to Boyd last year, 40-35.
“They will throw the ball quite a bit,” Hopkins said. “They have a lot of good skill kids they can get the ball to.”
Palmer quarterback Ty Mitchell is a dual threat. He passed for 100 yards last week and ran for 116, accounting for four touchdowns.
“They have an offense that we are more accustomed to seeing,” Hopkins said. “We’ve got to get ready to defend the pass.”
Boyd was without three starters when they left the field last week.
Austin Cozby, Chris Carmona and Justin Milligan were all sidelined by injuries as Gunter drove for the clincher, but Hopkins is hopeful all three will return by Friday.
In the meantime, Boyd is working on staying more consistent in the red zone and cutting down on penalties.
“We’ll be better this week,” Hopkins said.
BOYD (0-1) AT PALMER (1-0)
at Bulldog Stadium
Boyd: Harris Rating 197
Notable: The Yellowjackets ran 32 more plays than Gunter last week and still lost the game.
Palmer: Harris Rating 193
Notable: Former Boyd coach Duke Dalton is the head coach for the Bulldogs.
Harris line: Boyd by 4