Jackets look to sting Indians

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, September 18, 2013
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So far this season, the Boyd Yellowjackets can’t seem to catch a break.

Injuries and inconsistent play have led to an 0-3 start, and things won’t get any easier this week when the much-improved Sanger Indians come to town for Boyd’s homecoming.

Sanger (1-2) takes on Boyd (0-3) Friday at Yellowjacket Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

BREAKING AWAY – Boyd’s Fino Cardona and the rest of the Yellowjackets look for their first win this week against Sanger. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

Austin Cozby is the latest Yellowjacket to go down, after suffering a concussion during the game with Godley last week. He hopes to return by the time league play starts.

Garrett Ragsdale, who was out last week, is expected back against Sanger Friday, but Clay Barnett will continue to see a lot of snaps at quarterback.

“He’s doing a good job for us,” Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins said. “He was real nervous early on against Godley and he had to run for his life a few times.”

The performance of the offensive and defensive lines have been the biggest disappointment for Hopkins so far.

“I thought we had a chance to be good there, and we still have a chance to be good there,” Hopkins said. “Everything starts with them.

“We’ve got good skill kids – we just have to play better in the trenches.”

The Yellowjackets upset the Indians last season in Sanger. Sanger is coming off a 50-17 win against Pilot Point and narrowly lost to Liberty Christian the week before, 38-35.

New Indian running back Trevon Jackson rushed for 263 yards against Pilot Point. Boyd has the task of slowing him down while dealing with homecoming festivities.

“It would be good to get a win for confidence, but we just have to play better,” Hopkins said. “There is a lot of stuff going on with homecoming, but we told the kids everybody shows up to watch the football game.”

BOYD (0-3)

7:30 p.m.
Yellowjacket Stadium

Boyd: Harris Rating 197

Notable: Garrett Ragsdale is expected back after sitting out due to injury last week.

Sanger: Harris Rating 195

Notable: Sanger went 0-10 in 2012 but defeated Pilot Point 50-17 last week.

Harris line: Sanger by 7

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