Scott stars in Broncos’ 42-23 win over Creekview

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Junior running back Xavier Scott evades a Creekview defender. Scot ran for 218 yards and two touchdowns in the 42-23 win Friday.

Friday night at Bronco Field Denton closed their non-district schedule by cruising to a 42-23 win over visiting Carrollton Creekview.

The Broncos were on the board quickly, scoring on a flea flicker thrown by senior Christian Rodriguez to senior Key’andre Hearvey on Denton’s fourth play from scrimmage. The 28-yard touchdown pass, one of four Hearvey would score on the night, was set up on the previous play by a 40-yard run by junior Xavier Scott.

Later in the first quarter, senior Creekview running back Emory Nelson was stripped behind the line of scrimmage by Bronco linebacker Kyle Panter. Senior Dmonte Smart fell on the ball, and shortly afterwards, Hearvey was again in the end zone, giving Denton a 14-0 lead. Scott would tack on another score after Creekview fumbled on the ensuing drive.

The Mustangs were able to answer with a touchdown of their own with 7:49 remaining in the first half, but they failed to close the gap to seven points when senior quarterback Patrick Wood mishandled the snap from the Broncos’ four-yard line. Denton senior Caleb Ridgeway came out of the pile with the ball, and the Broncos drove 98 yards down the field to go up 28-7 immediately before halftime.

Scott and Hearvey each scored touchdowns early in the third quarter, making it a 42-7 lead. Creekview would score a pair of touchdowns and a field goal, but none of it factored in the final score; Denton came away 19-point victors with their third win of the season. Scott finished the night with 211 yards and a pair of touchdowns on just 18 carries.

“I’m glad that we have him to rely on,” head coach Kevin Atkinson said. “I can’t say enough about him: he ran tough, he ran hard, broke tackles, so he really did a great job.”

I want them to be proud of what they’ve done and what they’ve accomplished,”

— Coach Kevin Atkinson

At the same time though, Atkinson was encouraged by how balanced his team’s offense was, with Hearvey and sophomore Chris Miller combining for 203 yards to go along with Hearvey’s four touchdowns.

“[Xavier] is an unbelievable weapon, but if that’s all you do, then people can game plan against you,” Atkinson said. “They tried to take Xavier away. He still had some really nice runs and nice yards, but we were able to throw the football…. I was just excited to take what the defense was giving us.”

Creekview falls to 1-2 for the season and have next week off. On the other end of the bye, the Mustangs face 1-2 Dallas Conrad, who Friday lost 60-0 to RL Turner.

The Broncos also have a bye week before travelling to Fort Worth to play new District 5-5A opponent Chisholm Trail. The two schools have never played each other in football. The Rangers, also without an opponent next week, are coming off of a 50-14 rout of Western Hills. Earlier in the season, Chisholm Trail hosted Creekview and lost 24-14.

For Panter, such a strong start to the season provides some validation for the effort the team has committed.

“People don’t realize that we’ve been working all offseason like everyone else has,” Panter said. “It’s really good that we’ve gotten people out here and that we’re 3-0 and starting the season out right.”

However, Atkinson says he won’t let his players get ahead of themselves. The bye week will be spent cutting down on the 93 penalty yards they racked up.

“We had so many foolish penalties,” Atkinson said. “We’ve really got to cut that down, because that’s going to end up hurting us.”

Maintaining focus is what Atkinson believes his team has to do.

“You can’t be feeling too good about yourself,” Atkinson said. “I want them to be proud of what they’ve done and what they’ve accomplished, but I don’t want them to get too full of themselves. We’ve still got a tough road ahead of us, and the only thing better than 3-0 is 4-0.”