Broncos 4-0 for first time since 2003 football season

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Photo by: Chandler Elsbecker

Seniors Key’andre Hearvey (right) and Joe Gloria celebrate after Hearvey scores a touchdown during Denton’s 42-23 win over Carrollton Creekivew.

In 2013, it took the Broncos eight games to win four games, and their season would end a pair of weeks later without them winning a fifth. This year, however, it’s taken just half the time, outperforming any Denton football team through their first four games in ten years.

Each of the Broncos’ four wins have been by two touchdowns or more, most recently a 50-14 thrashing of District 5-5A opponent Chisholm Trail on the road. The receiving tandem of senior Key’andre Hearvey and sophomore Chris Miller tore through the Ranger defense, racking up 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns on a combined 12 receptions. On the other side of the ball, the Broncos forced a pair of turnovers and blocked a 23-yard field goal attempt, bringing their season total for turnovers to 12.

“I can’t express how impressed I am with Coach [Ty] Pattrick and his defensive staff,” third-year head coach Kevin Atkinson said after the game. “They’ve done such an outstanding job. They’re believing in our system, and they’re flourishing in it.”

Junior running back Xavier Scott has led the offense in rushing, averaging 202.5 yards per game and scoring 13 touchdowns. However, Scott is quick to note that his offensive line has been a vital contributor to his success.

“I have to give [credit] to my blocking,” Scott said after his 211-yard, two-touchdown performance versus Carrollton Creekview. “Without my blocking, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing.”

Xavier Scott

The past couple of weeks have seen the Broncos struggle to keep their penalties to a minimum, the two games combining for 23 penalties for 213 yards. Atkinson knows that his players need to cut down on those mistakes.

“The ugliness is the penalties,” Atkinson said. “But I’ll say this: our penalties weren’t malicious. They were effort driven. But we’ve got to learn from that.”

Penalties aside, this year’s team is making a new name for the program. Senior linebacker Kyle Panter, who transferred to Denton his sophomore year, is particularly amazed by the change.

We’re charting a new territory, and we’re excited about it,”

— athletic director, coach Kevin Atkinson

“The last season before I came here, we were 1-9,” Panter said. “To be 4-0 now – it feels awesome.”

With also undefeated Boswell coming Friday, Atkinson feels the time is right for a successful second half to the regular season.

“We’re charting a new territory, and we’re excited about it,” Atkinson said. “The kids are hungry, and they’re motivated, and they’re focused, and the coaching staff is motivated and focused. It’s an exciting time.”