Broncos topple Brewer, improve to 6-0
October 11, 2014
In front of a rocking homecoming crowd at Bronco Field Friday night, Denton continued their unbeaten run with a 50-14 blowout win over visiting White Settlement Brewer. The 6-0 (3-0 in District 5-5A) start for the Broncos is their best in 27 years.
After receiving the opening kickoff, Brewer went three-and-out and fumbled on their first two drives, and the Broncos did not fail to take advantage of the early opportunities to score. Following a 33-yard reception to open the first drive, junior Xavier Scott ran for a touchdown from eight yards out and scored the ensuing two-point conversion on a fake PAT. Sophomore Chris Miller had a 32-yard reception of his own after the Brewer turnover (a fumble forced and recovered by Denton senior Gabriel Aranda), as well as a 14-yard touchdown catch two plays later.
The Bears’ next drive would stall as well, and senior Key’andre Hearvey hauled in a 22-yard fade in the corner of the endzone from senior Christian Rodriguez, making the score 22-0 just seven seconds into the second quarter. Hearvey would score the second of his three touchdowns on the night after Brewer’s offense again failed to convert a first down. Though the following kickoff was returned 96 yards for a Bears touchdown by sophomore Brian Lopez, Denton went into halftime with a comfortable 36-7 lead over their opponents after another Hearvey touchdown.
The second half saw a seven-yard touchdown reception from sophomore Chris Houston, who made his varsity debut, on the Broncos’ opening drive. Scott would be relieved by sophomore Caleb Osuofa for most of the half, but he still came in for a play to punch in the final Bronco score of the night, a one-yard touchdown at the end of the third quarter.
Brewer added another touchdown of their own, a nine-yard run from senior Eric Worlds, but it was meaningless, as the 36-point lead was far from surmountable in the six minutes and 40 seconds that remained.
After some early attempts at running the ball to little success over their first drive, Denton left the run-first approach that had been their trademark for most of the season. As a result, Rodriguez finished the night with 28 completions for 423 yards and five touchdowns on 38 attempts, all season highs for the senior. Hearvey had his best game of the season, racking up 203 yards and three touchdowns on 12 receptions.
“Whenever you have a strong running game, that’s what people prepare for,” Hearvey said. “They don’t want the ball to be ran down their throats. We knew that the receivers were going to have a big game today. We really just needed to get focused and make plays, and that’s what happened: we came out and made plays.”
On the other side of the ball, the stout Denton defense allowed only 217 total yards from the Bears, who had averaged 7.53 yards per play coming into Friday night. The Broncos also forced a pair of turnovers, bringing their season total up to 14.
“They just keep getting after it, over, and over, and over, and getting turnovers, and attacking the ball,” Atkinson said. “Coach [Ty] Pattrick and his staff have done an outstanding job.”
Despite his team accumulating fewer penalties on the night than normal (six for 86 yards), Atkinson still took exception to the way his players handled the lopsided score line towards the end of the game.
“I just want to be humble in victory,” Atkinson said. “You want to get on your kids sometimes and say, ‘act like you’ve been there before,’ but you haven’t been there before. You’ve got to learn how to win; you’ve got to learn how to be humble…. I thought we handled ourselves great postgame. We’re still learning. We’re 6-0, but we’re still learning, and that’s good.”
Brewer will try to rebound Friday against 5-1 (2-1) Boswell. The Pioneers are coming off of a strong 33-8 victory over still winless Saginaw. The teams did not play each other in 2013.
Thursday, the Broncos make the two-hour trip northwest to Wichita Falls for a game with 3-3 (2-1) Rider. The Raiders shut out Chisholm Trail (49-0 Friday after losing to crosstown rivals Wichita Falls the previous week. Last year’s meeting at Bronco Field ended 51-41 in favor of Rider after a late attempt at a Denton comeback fell short.
“You’ve got to beat three [opponents] when you go there,” Atkinson said. “You’ve got to beat the trip, beat the crowd, and the hostile environment, and you’ve got to beat Rider. It’s going to be difficult for us, but I look forward to the challenge.”
Senior defensive lineman Dailon Holmes has no intentions of falling victim to the Raiders’ home field advantage.
“We’re the better team,” Holmes said. “That’s all I can say.”