Broncos drop district 5-4A opener to Lake Dallas


Deavonte Doucet tries to outrun a Lake Dallas defender in Friday's district 5-4A opener. The Broncos dropped the contest 42-28.

Friday night the Broncos were defeated at home by District 5-4A opponent Lake Dallas. It was the first district game for each team, and both teams were coming off of bye weeks.

While three of the Falcons’ first four drives ended in either punts or turnovers, they still headed into halftime with a 21-7 lead behind 113 passing yards from sophomore quarterback Dagan Haehn.

The lone Denton score of the first half came with 25 seconds left, with a 12-yard strike from junior Christian Rodriguez to fellow junior Key’andre Hearvey.

Getting the ball back to begin the second half, the Broncos began their possession on the Lake Dallas 13-yard-line thanks to an 81-yard kickoff return by senior receiver Deandre Coleman. However, on first and goal from the three, the snap to senior quarterback Cy Ward was low, and in the ensuing scramble Lake Dallas came up with the football.

The next four Falcon drives would result in touchdowns, their running attack being too much for the Bronco defense, which allowed 200 rushing yards in the second half alone. While Denton would score three more touchdowns, all through the air, it was never again close, the Broncos dropping to 2-2 overall.

“We just need to correct the misalignment on defense and foolish penalties,” head coach Kevin Atkinson said.  “We didn’t execute the blocking schemes like we needed to. You’ve got to learn to eliminate those things when you play a playoff-caliber team, and [Lake Dallas is] a playoff-caliber team. They made plays over and over, and we made just a few plays.”

Senior linebacker Michael Husbands would come up with both of the Broncos’ interceptions and was perfect in kicking extra points.

“I know we could’ve played better and won, but we gave it our all,” Husbands said. “We never quit. That’s the Denton High School Broncos.”

The Broncos’ average starting field position for the game was at their own 40-yard-line, and they entered the red zone six times.

“We didn’t get enough first downs, plain and simple,” Atkinson said. “Any time we got any sort of momentum going, it got pulled out from under us. It’s disappointing; I know our kids are hurting; our coaches are hurting; but the thing about this is, you’re going to think about this tonight, and you’ve got to wake up and get ready for your next opponent next week.”

Lake Dallas improves its record to 4-0 and will play at home versus 3-1 Byron Nelson.

Denton, meanwhile, prepares for a neutral-site game at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex versus the crosstown rival Guyer Wildcats, who are 2-2. Last year’s contest resulted in a 63-0 victory in favor of Guyer, who would go on to win the Class 4A State Championship.