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Jackets look to chase down Jackrabbits

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, September 25, 2013

It hasn’t been the start the Boyd Yellowjackets had hoped for in 2013.

But the good thing about high school football is that they can put the first four games behind them this week as they open up district play.

Boyd (0-4) hosts the Bowie Jackrabbits (2-2) Friday at Yellowjacket Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Despite the loss to Sanger, Boyd head coach Brandon Hopkins saw a lot of positive signs.

“The offense played well,” Hopkins said. “When you go back and look we only had 47 plays and still scored 35 points. The offensive line had its best game all year.”

Sophomore quarterback Clay Barnett continues to emerge, too. He passed for 164 yards with only one interception against Sanger.

“He had a breakout game as far as confidence goes,” Hopkins said. “He really settled down and the line protected well for him. He’s getting better every week.”

The four losses have overshadowed Fino Cardona’s 560 rushing yards and his 5.83 average yard per carry.

The glaring stat is the 138 points the Yellowjackets have allowed in four games.

“I’m not really concerned about our defense,” Hopkins said. “We’re throwing four sophomores and a freshman out there, and trying to get as many one-way starters as we can.”

Boyd will need to turn the corner this week to get a leg up on the playoff picture. The win over Bowie was instrumental last year in getting the Yellowjackets to the postseason.

With Bowie, Pilot Point and Callisburg bring the first three league games, there is no time for a letdown.

“We’ve been preaching all along that we start over at 0-0 this week,” Hopkins said. “Everybody is the same now. It would be great to start off with a win.”

BOWIE (2-2) AT
BOYD (0-4)

7:30 p.m.
Yellowjacket Stadium

Boyd: Harris Rating 192

Notable: Boyd is allowing an average of 34.5 points per game.

Bowie: Harris Rating 196

Notable: The Jackrabbits will be looking for revenge after losing 22-16 to Boyd last season.

Harris line: Bowie by 4

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