Broncos top Western Hills, 41-33

Friday night the Broncos won their second straight contest, this time topping Fort Worth Western Hills, 41-33.

Denton’s offense was led by sophomore Tre’Von Jackson, who ran for 126 yards on 17 carries, as well as one touchdown. This marked the first time a Denton player rushed for over 100 yards this season.

“Our goal every week is to get over 100 yards rushing,” head coach Kevin Atkinson said. “You can’t rely solely on the pass. [Jackson] did a good job; I’m proud of him.”

Senior receiver Wendell Williams was called upon twice to throw the double-pass. Both plays left a confused Cougar secondary unable to cover junior Ke’Von Buris, who easily made it into the end zone for two of his three touchdowns on the night.

“That was a huge momentum swing for us,” Atkinson said.

The Bronco run defense was again a problem. Western Hills racked up 388 yards on the ground, but didn’t have a play go for more than 19 yards.

“I was encouraged by our defense even though they kind of had their way with us with the running game,” Atkinson said. “We didn’t quit…. It’s not how many times you fall down; it’s how many times you get up. Our kids got up and played really well. [Senior Ryan] Duggan played a great game. He went out with an injury towards the end, and Michael Husbands came in and did a good job.”

Discipline was an issue for the Broncos, who racked up 13 penalties for 126 yards.

“We’re a young football team, but the culture’s got to change,” Atkinson said. “Right now it’s a ‘me-me-me’ culture. We’re slowly but surely going to change, and that takes time. It’s a process.”

Denton now goes into their bye week with a 2-1 record and will hit the road to play Lake Dallas next week. The win Friday surpassed last year’s win total when the Broncos went just 1-9.

“We just want to become more fundamentally sound,” Atkinson said. “We want to work on our conditioning; we’ve got to rest up a little bit because we’ve got some guys dinged up…. You never stay the same; you either get better or you get worse. And we want to get progressively better.”