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Risenhoover shines in Boyd’s win over Nocona

By Richard Greene | Published Friday, August 31, 2018.
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Boyd senior quarterback Kody Risenhoover stood on the sideline throughout the preseason, nursing a hamstring injury.

In his return to action Friday night, the three-year starter showed no signs of rust, throwing for 331 yards and four touchdowns in the Boyd Yellowjackets’ 38-13 victory over Nocona at J.G. Cartwright Field at Yellowjacket Stadium.

“I hated sitting out,” Risenhoover said. “Coming back and getting this first win felt great.”

Risenhoover spread the ball to six different receivers in leading Boyd on five scoring drives before coming out late in the fourth quarter with the victory in hand. Boyd finished with 461 yards of offense.

“We executed pretty good for the most part. We got in the red zone a couple times and didn’t finish,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins. “We threw it well. They were loading the box on us and we had to throw it. Brian [Couture] had a good game. [Koby] Miller made a couple great catches and so did Nick [Taylor].”

Risenhoover completed 11 of his first 13 attempts with a pair of touchdown passes. His 24-yard connection with Couture put the Yellowjackets up 12-0 a little more than six minutes into the game.

Couture finished with 10 catches for 156 yards and two scores. Among his 10 grabs was a nifty one-handed catch in the third quarter.

Even when Risenhoover was slightly off the mark, his receivers offered a helping hand.

Late in the second quarter, Koby Miller tipped a pass to himself and rumbled to the 1-yard line. Two plays later, Risenhoover hit Jason King in the end zone to put Boyd up 18-7 at halftime.

The Boyd defense was nearly equally as impressive as the offense. Boyd held Nocona in check in the first half except for the one drive set up by a blocked punt. Even getting the ball 30 yards away from the end zone, Nocona needed a fourth-down pass from Hunter Fenoglio to Jason Sparkman to get on the board.

Nocona pulled within five, 18-13, early in the fourth quarter with a 39-yard run by Lane Geurin. But Boyd quickly answered, with Risenhoover hitting Taylor for a 31-yard touchdown to cap a 75-yard, 11-play drive.

Boyd’s Hunter Nash, who recorded a big sack in the first half, all but sealed the victory with an interception on the next possession.

Allen Gaught added an exclamation mark with a 55-yard yard romp to the end zone in the final three minutes.

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