Broncos prepare for 5-4A opener

Three games into the season; the football team has surpassed last year’s win total and has its sights set on continuing to improve as the district 5-4A race heats up this week.

The varsity squad has posted victories over R.L. Turner and Fort Worth Western Hills after dropping their season opener.

Now the real test begins as they team competes in arguably one of the hardest 4A districts in the state. That slate begins Friday as the team hits the road to take on Lake Dallas.The Falcons, who also had the bye week last week, enter the game at 2-1 as well.

According to head coach Kevin Atkinson, the Broncos aren’t looking ahead to their future opponents.

“We’re taking it one game at a time,” Atkinson said. “It’s like a stepping stone: take one step at a time.”

In order to be successful on Friday, the defense will have to contain Lake Dallas quarterback Marshall Dominy. Dominy has been a dual-threat for the Falcons, racking up 673 yards and 6 touchdowns.

“I think our boys will do just fine Friday night,” defensive coordinator Matt Lawrence said. “They have been working real hard on taking away their running back, letting their quarterback carry the ball.”

Junior Cy Ward, who promises a better team than the one that took the field last year, has been leading the Denton offense with 8 touchdowns to 3 interceptions and a 187.27 passer rating.

“He’s been coachable,” Atkinson said. “He’s executed plays and has led this team well this year.

Sophomore Tre’Von Jackson ran for 126 yards and one touchdown in the teams win over Western Hills two weeks ago and hopes to have another good game on Friday.

“I’m going to try to make bigger runs,” Jackson said. “I’ve got to stay focused on what my tasks are.”

Following the teams game with Lake Dallas this week, they take on another district favorite in Guyer. Of the 8 teams in the district seven of them have winning records. Only Guyer the pre-season pick to win the state title has a losing record after playing three 5A opponents in non-district.

Overall the district has an 18-6 record with Brewer, Azle and Byron Nelson entering at 3-0. Denton, Lake Dallas, Rider and Wichita Falls all enter at 2-1.