When Boyd’s first play – a nifty 21-yard run by Fino Cardona – got called back on an illegal motion penalty, you had a feeling it might not be the Yellowjackets’ night.
Sure enough, it wasn’t.
Boyd bowed out of the playoffs early Friday night with a bruising 35-8 loss to Van Alstyne in their bi-district matchup at Flower Mound.
Two plays after that opening run got called back, a lost fumble set Van Alstyne up at the Boyd 33. The Panthers took eight plays to score the first of their five touchdowns – all of them coming before Boyd got on the scoreboard.
Coach Brandon Hopkins was philosophical after the loss.
“We had a couple of breaks go against us,” he said. “We had a chance to score a couple of times and we didn’t score, and everything just kind of snowballed on us.”
Van Alstyne quarterback, Alex Phillips, turned in a strong performance, running for 38 yards and a touchdown, and passing for 179 and three touchdowns. Like his team, the big junior was more inevitable than spectacular – but he just kept pounding.
The Panthers scored their second touchdown just under five minutes before the half on a 20-yard pass. Less than two minutes later, linebacker Bryce Himmelreich tipped a Clay Barnett pass up in the air, caught it, shook off a tackle and rumbled 34 yards to make it 21-0.
Barnett and ‘Jacket running back Fino Cardona were both injured just before halftime and did not return. Barnett broke a finger, Hopkins said, and Cardona rolled his ankle as he tiptoed down the sideline for a nice run.
“Injuries – that’s kind of been the theme of the whole year,” Hopkins said. “We haven’t played a full game with every one of our players, but that’s no excuse. Injuries happen in football. You’ve just got to overcome them.”
Van Alstyne scored on their opening drive of the second half to make it 28-0.
Boyd managed a couple of first downs on a 22-yard catch by Jackson Basting from new quarterback Garrett Ragsdale, and a 14-yard scamper by Quaylynn Wells. But Ragsdale got sacked for an eight-yard loss and a fourth-and-13 pass fell incomplete.
The ball went over on downs at the Van Alstyne 28, and the Panthers set off on a drive that took more than five minutes. It ended with a touchdown when Phillips found a wide-open receiver in the end zone after scrambling on a fourth-and-nine at the Boyd 19.
Punts and penalties marked the fourth quarter. The Yellowjackets’ lone score came with 2:07 left when Wells shrugged off tackles at the line of scrimmage and finally broke into the open for a 74-yard touchdown run.
Sonny McCarmack swept in for the two-point conversion and the final margin was on the board.
“We’ll be alright,” Hopkins said. “We’ve got some good kids coming. We’ll just try to regroup, have a good off-season and get ready.”
VAN ALSTYNE 35, BOYD 8
Boyd … 0 … 0 … 0 … 8 … – … 8
Van Alstyne … 7 … 14 … 14 … 0 … – … 35
Van Alstyne – 8:19, Alex Phillips 1 run; Matt Perez kick
Van Alstyne – 4:54, Donte Kehler 20 pass from Phillips; Perez kick
Van Alstyne – 3:08, Bryce Himmelreich 34 interception return; Perez kick
Van Alstyne – 10:46, Kearon Redmon 23 pass from Phillips; Perez kick
Van Alstyne – Shawn Wheeler 19 pass from Phillips; Perez kick
Boyd – 2:07, Quaylynn Wells 74 run; Sonny McCarmack 2-pt. conversion run
BOYD … VAN ALSTYNE
First Downs … 10 … 18
Rushes-Yards … 37-180 … 38-100
Passing Yards … 36 … 179
Total Yards … 216 … 279
Comp-Att-Int … 3-13-2 … 16-24-0
Punts-Avg. … 4-31 … 5-34
Fumbles-lost … 3-1 … -
Penalties … 8-40 … 9-55
Rushing – Boyd, Quaylynn Wells, 14-129 yds., 1 TD; Fino Cardona, 10-83; Van Alstyne, Alex Phillips, 9-38, 1 TD
Receiving – Boyd, Jackson Basting, 2-33; Van Alstyne, Shawn Wheeler, 7-80, 1 TD
Passing – Boyd, Clay Barnett, 2-5-1, 14 yds., Garrett Ragsdale, 1-8-1, 22 yds.; Van Alstyne, Phillips, 16-24-0, 179 yds., 3 TDs