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Out of reach: Brock blanks Boyd in second half, clinches district

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With a district title on the line, Boyd receiver Brian Couture split the seams and reeled in a bullet from quarterback Kody Risenhoover.

The play kickstarted Boyd’s first drive of the second half as Couture sprinted 59 yards before being dragged down deep in Brock territory. A touchdown would have brought Boyd even with last year’s state runner-up.

But with the ball in the red zone, the Boyd offense went backward. An incompletion, a pair of short gains and a false start put them in fourth and long.

On fourth down, Risenhoover’s pass hit the turf, and so did Boyd’s chances at the District 4-3A Division I title. Brock went on to score 21 unanswered points in the second half, beating the Yellowjackets 43-15 Friday night in Brock.

Brock back Zakk Young carries the ball and hurdles Boyd’s Zeb Souder in the Yellowjackets 43-15 loss in Brock Friday night. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt.

The loss snapped Boyd’s five-game winning streak, sending them to 6-3 and 4-1 in district.

“We played our butts off,” Hopkins said. “A play here or there and we could be up at half just as easy as they were. In the second half, we got inside the 30 a couple different times. We just didn’t put the ball in the end zone like we needed to. Then they started pounding on us.

“They’re good. They went to a state final last year for a reason.”

Boyd started off the game with a pair of passing touchdowns. Risenhoover connected with Nick Taylor for a six-yard score on the Yellowjackets’ opening drive.

The Risenhoover-Couture connection knotted the game at 15 after the receiver burned the Brock secondary for a 42-yard touchdown late in the second quarter.

But Brock went ahead for good after back Zakk Young squirted free from a tackle behind the line of scrimmage and raced down the sidelines for a 31-yard score.

After Boyd’s opening drive in the second half was turned over on downs, Brock managed one-play scoring drive, then another.

Brock’s Jake Teskey drove in the final nail with a 25-yard touchdown that led to some extracurricular tussling and Couture being ejected in the third quarter, spoiling what was an otherwise a stellar game from the receiver.

Brock added another touchdown in the fourth with Toby Morris punching it in for a one-yard score.

Couture finished the game with 146 yards and a touchdown on four receptions in just three quarters of action.

After the hot start completing 8-of-11 passes in the first half, Risenhoover completed 53 percent of his passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns. He led Boyd in rushing with 87 yards on 16 carries.

While the district title is out of reach, Hopkins said his team will focus on playoff positioning with Whitesboro up next week.

“We gotta take care of business against Whitesboro,” he said “We can still be the two seed. But we can be anywhere from the two-, three-, or four-seed. It’s just according to how things go next week.”

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