In his first two seasons as head coach, Brandon Hopkins has seen his share of exciting games.
Friday’s win over Bowie added to that list as the Yellowjackets picked up their much-needed first win in triple overtime. Boyd now tries to string together two wins in a row this week.
The Boyd Yellowjackets (1-4, 1-0) take on the Pilot Point Bearcats (3-2, 1-0) Friday at Massey Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.
“I was pretty excited for the kids,” Hopkins said. “We got a win over a good team. It was great for our confidence.”
Fino Cardona was tremendous down the stretch for the Yellowjackets. He scored all three Boyd touchdowns in the overtime periods and finished the game with 222 yards on the ground.
“We rode him beginning to end,” Hopkins said. “He wore down and was getting gassed, but he kept wanting the football.”
Cardona’s leadership powered the Yellowjackets to not only their first win, but more importantly a district-opening victory. If they can follow it up this week, they’ll have the same 2-0 district start they had in 2012.
“It’s not a do-or-die game, but if you can start 2-0 you can really get your foot in the door for the playoffs,” Hopkins said.
Pilot Point is coming off a 20-17 win over Callisburg.
“They are a good team that is young in spots and has some experience in spots,” Hopkins said. “They have a good running back and other skill kids.
“Their quarterback can throw and run. They’ll run some empty sets, and he’ll scramble around, and throw or run it.”
Boyd is also waiting to get kids back from injuries. Jackson Basting was lost Friday for at least three weeks. Garrett Ragsdale is playing with a broken index finger and Austin Cozby is day-to-day.
BOYD (1-4, 1-0) AT
PILOT POINT (3-2, 1-0)
Boyd: Harris Rating 192
Notable: Boyd has already played 5 overtime periods this season.
Pilot Point: Harris Rating 203
Notable: Pilot Point fell to Boyd last season 24-19.
Harris line: Pilot Point by 5