Broncos blow out Lions, get first win

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After dropping their opener on the road to the Bishop Lynch Friars in Dallas, Friday night the Denton Broncos recorded their first win of the season in a 51-18 rout of the R.L. Turner Lions.

The victory is the teams fourth straight over the  Lions, and the third straight victory by over 30 points.
Right out of the gate, Turner showed what kind of game it was going to be with a pair of delay of game penalties that  pushed the opening kickoff back to their own 30. The Broncos on their first possession put together a three-minute, 12-play drive ending with a five-yard Deavonte Doucet touchdown run.
Turner threatened to score on the subsequent drive, going to the Denton 21-yard line. However, senior Lion quarterback Carlos Ramirez, attempting to throw a screen to junior teammate Bruttus Walters, threw a backwards pass that fell to the ground and was picked up by a surprised senior linebacker Maurice Wharton, who took it 79 yards for a Bronco touchdown that made the game 14-0.
Turner would again stall deep in Denton territory, Ramirez being intercepted in the end zone by a diving junior cornerback Gabriel Aranda. The Broncos would take a 35-10 lead into halftime after passing for 185 yards and three touchdowns.
The Lions threatened to make things a bit closer coming out of the locker room with a 16-play drive that ate up half of the third quarter, but were stopped on fourth down three yards short of the end zone.
The ensuing drive, Denton would score quickly, going 97 yards on three plays: Senior Cy Ward ran down the Turner sideline for 43 yards, and was followed by a 40 double-pass from senior Adarian Harris to Deandre Coleman, capped off with Ward throwing a 14-yard touchdown pass on a fade to junior Key’andre Hearvey. Denton missed the extra point, but regardless, it remained a one-sided affair for the final 16 minutes.
“I was proud of the way the kids played,” head coach Kevin Atkinson said. “We kind of turned the heat up on them during practice and demanded some things of them that we haven’t been doing, and I think those things paid off.”
Atkinson was happy with the way that despite allowing over 400 yards of offense, his defense steeped up at the right time.
“We still need to figure out some things in the secondary,” Atkinson said. “However, our defense bent, but they came up with some big stops. It was good to see that.”
Next Friday the Broncos travel to Fort Worth to face the Cougars of Western Hills High School. In last year’s meeting, Denton came out on top in a 41-33 home win. The Cougars are currently 0-2, coming off of a 62-10 thrashing at the hands of White Settlement Brewer.