Yellowjackets use big second half to beat Bowie, move to 4-0 in district

By Richard Greene | Published Friday, October 26, 2018.
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After allowing a touchdown drive on the opening series, missing a game-tying extra point and struggling for consistency on offense, the Boyd Yellowjackets needed a spark to turn around a halftime deficit Friday.

Jason King brought the equivalant of a blow torch out of the locker room for the Yellowjackets. The senior fielded the opening kickoff to the second half at his 15-yard line and then found an open seam to race 85 yards for a go-ahead score that ignited the Yellowjackets.

“We were just out there trying to make a play and get the momentum rolling,” King said.

Messenger photo bu Kelly Basting.

“I caught it. I’m not the fastest dude, just to be honest. The dudes made a big hole that you could drive a semi through. I just hit it and ran.”

Boyd added a pair of Kody Risenhoover touchdown runs and a scoring toss and the defense forced three second-half turnovers en route to the 33-13 victory over the Bowie Jackrabbits at J.G. Cartwright Field at Yellowjacket Stadium.

“That was big. They had momentum and it was one of those deals where if it could go wrong, it was going wrong for us,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins. “The offense couldn’t get going and the defense was playing great. For him to return that kick like that it gave us some momentum.

“We overcame a lot tonight. We had some calls against us and some fumbles.”

Boyd had 11 penalties for 105 yards and a pair of fumbles, including one at the goal line.

Messenger photo by Kelly Basting.

The victory ended Boyd’s three-game losing streak against Bowie, but more importantly clinched a playoff spot out of District 4-3A Division I with the Yellojackets (6-2) moving to 4-0. It also set up a clash next week with Brock for the league lead.

“I knew we had a chance to be pretty good this year,” Hopkins said. “We’re young. We’re starting a ton of sophomores but we’ve got great senior leadership and a lot of juniors helping out. We’re just playing well. We’re 6-2 and 4-0 in district and feeling good. We’ve got a chance to shock the state the next two weeks and try to win a district title. We’re going to be playing for it.”

Until King’s return, Boyd was chasing Bowie and relied on a defense that came up big after allowing a 59-yard, 15-play scoring drive on the opening series. Bowie converted three fourth downs on the drive, including Payton Price hitting Garrett Oakley in the corner of end zone on fourth and goal from the 1 for the score.

After that drive, Boyd forced four turnovers, including three interceptions on their end of the field. Zeb Souder picked off two passes, including one at the 17-yard line with Boyd holding a 12-7 lead late in the third quarter.

Boyd limited Bowie to 211 yards.

“The defense stepped up all night,” Hopkins said. “After [the opening] drive, we took care of business.

Following Souder’s second pick, Boyd scored on three of its next four possessions. Risenhoover capped a 15-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run early in the fourth. He then found Brian Couture with a 15-yard toss to extend the Boyd lead. He capped the game with a 30-yard down the sideline for his third rushing touchdown of the night.

Risenhoover finished with 151 yards on 21 carries. He added 87 yards through the air completing nine of his 16 attempts.

With Boone Eustace adding 100 yards on 22 attempts, Boyd finished with 343 yards.

Now, Boyd heads to Brock with a chance to take control of the 4-3A I race.

“It’s a big game next week going up against Brock. I’ve heard they’ve ran the district for a while,” said King, who is in his first year at Boyd. “It’s time things change.”

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