Broncos stay in playoff chase heading into final two weeks

At this point in the 2012 season, Denton had suffered two consecutive routs, one on their homecoming. The last win had been three weeks ago, against an eventual last-place Wichita Falls team. The team didn’t know it, but the next week, theywould again suffer a major loss, this time coming against Rider. Several players would be suspended for a post-game brawl as the teams were supposed to be shaking hands. There wouldn’t be another win for the rest of the season. There was no hope.
Not this year.
With just two games left in their 2013 campaign, the Broncos are 4-4 (2-3 in district play), and have a legitimate chance at making the playoffs for just the second time since 2002. Both district wins have come in the last two weeks.
After dismantling last-place Brewer 51-16 in White Settlement two weeks ago, the Broncos returned home for a game with Azle last Friday. It was an absolute thrashing, Denton winning 42-14. Sophomore running back Xavier Scott accumulated 129 yards on 20 carries. Scott has seven touchdowns to his credit and has averaged 5.0 yards-per-carry in the month of October.
Denton’s receiving corps has been especially effective over the past few weeks. In Obtober, seniors Ke’Von Buris, Deandre Coleman, and Adarian Harris have combined for 50 receptions for 510 yards in October.
The Denton defense has come away with three interceptions their past two games, each being returned for touchdowns. The latest came late in the fourth quarter of the win over Azle from junior cornerback Juan Campos, who ran 105 yards for the score.
“We got the job done [versus Azle],” junior center David Deramee said. “We’re going to keep working, keep getting better, and keep giving the students everything we’ve got.”
In order to make the playoffs one of two things must play out for Denton: first, the Broncos must win their final game of the year versus Byron Nelson, and count on Azle to beat Nelson this Friday. Otherwise, Denton must win out to finish the season.
“There are scenarios about everything,” head coach Kevin Atkinson said. “We’re just thinking about playing our next opponent.”
While the team doesn’t want to get caught in scoreboard-watching, the significance of where his team could be going isn’t lost on Atkinson.
“It’s a true testament to our kids not losing faith,” Atkinson said. “We’re right in the mix, and I don’t think this program has been right in the mix for a while.”