Broncos return favor spoil Brewer’s Homecoming

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During a game earlier this season Jacob Audrisch pushes an opposing player out of the way. The Broncos rolled past White Settlement Brewer on Friday.

Those who braved the heavy traffic to White Settlement Friday witnessed the Broncos spoil Brewer’s homecoming festivities in a 51-16 rout. Denton, who lost its own homecoming game in 2012 to the Bears, picks up its first District 5-4A win of 2013.

Brewer received the ball to open the game, scoring in just under three minutes with a seven-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Cole Wallis. After a subsequent Denton three-and-out, Brewer would drive to the opposing goal line, but was stopped at the three. Junior kicker Jose Godinez hit a 20-yard field goal to give the Bears an early 10-0 lead.

“I told [the players], ‘Hey guys: we’ve just got to hold on,’” head coach Kevin Atkinson said. “‘Don’t lose faith; let’s do our job. We’re figuring them out now. It’ll be okay.’”

After a 35-yard return by senior Deandre Coleman gave the Broncos good field position at their own 46-yard-line, a 23-yard pass to junior Key’andre Hearvey and a 15-yard run by Coleman set up a quick sequence of plays ending in a two-yard touchdown run by senior running back Deavonte Doucet. Denton would fake the PAT, with senior kicker/linebacker Michael Husbands throwing to senior fullback Jacob Audirsch, successfully getting the two-point conversion.

The next three drives would end in punts. The Broncos would take a 16-10 lead after a 12-play drive that lasted 4:39 resulted in a one-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Xavier Scott. Denton would again call a fake point-after attempt, this time handing the ball to senior Zac Muthiani.

The Bears would again stall and punt, giving Denton the ball at their own 44-yard-line. Four plays later, junior quarterback Christian Rodriguez would take the ball in for a nine-yard touchdown run. Husbands kicked the extra point, giving Denton a 23-10 lead going into halftime. Between seven different players, Denton rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries in the first half.

Denton’s first drive of the second half ended with a second touchdown run from Scott, this time from two yards out. Muthiani would again run for an extra two points, making the game 31-10 in favor of the Broncos.

On the subsequent Brewer drive, junior quarterback Christian Gibson would be intercepted by Husbands. Husbands wheeled around Brewer tacklers to the far sideline, taking it 59 yards for a touchdown. His PAT attempt was blocked, but the pick-six made a Bronco victory all but sealed.

“We’ve been talking the past few weeks about how if everybody does their job[s], then that’s going to make things happen,” Atkinson said. “We needed a game where we played all three phases really [well], and I thought we had that tonight.”

The Bears, who averaged 314.5 yards-per-game on the ground coming into Friday’s contest, only managed 194 versus the Denton defense.

“[Brewer has] been really hurting people with their read game, and last week against Rider those things were hurting us,” Atkinson said. “Our kids maintained their gaps and tackled well, so everything clicked for us, and that was good.”

Brewer, now 3-4 (0-4 in district play), is alone in last place in District 5-4A. The Bears’ next opponent is the 5-2 (2-2) Byron Nelson Bobcats, who are coming off of a narrow 17-14 victory over Wichita Falls.

Friday the Broncos, at 3-4 (1-3), return home to play Azle. The Hornets, at 3-4 (1-3), just missed an upset of first-place Rider, falling 17-14. In the 2012 meeting, Azle scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull away in a 31-0 victory.