Coyotes spoil Broncos Homecoming

The Broncos’ losing streak has extended to three games with a 41-21 loss to District 5-4A opponent Wichita Falls on homecoming night at Bronco Field. Denton, who had defeated the Coyotes in their 2012 meeting, falls to 2-4 overall on the year with Friday’s loss.

The Coyotes received the ball to start the game, taking less than two minutes to score the game’s first touchdown on a 35-yard pass to junior receiver O.J. Clark. It would be the first of three touchdowns for Clark on the night, who would finish the game with six catches for 123 yards.

The next drives for each team would stall until Denton recovered a fumbled snap at the Coyotes’ four-yard-line, scoring two plays later on a six-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Christian Rodriguez to Jacob Audirsch that tied the game.

The tie would not stay for long, as Wichita Falls would score touchdowns on their next two drives to give them a 21-7 lead with just under six minutes left in the half. The Broncos would respond with a quick drive in which sophomore running back Xavier Scott carried the ball four times for 51 yards, including a ten-yard touchdown run. Scott would finish with 88 yards on 12 carries and a two touchdowns.

“[Scott] made some outstanding cuts; he read the defenses like he should,” head coach Kevin Atkinson said. “He created some big plays.”

Neither side would score in the remaining three minutes and fifty seconds of the half, Denton starting the third quarter with the ball and down 21-14.

However, the Bronco offense would go three-and-out, punting on fourth and one to the opposing 14-yard-line. Wichita Falls junior quarterback Eric Butler, however, would throw for 57 yards to lead an 86-yard Coyote drive that ended in a touchdown pass to Clark.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Broncos would lose the ball at their own 10-yard-line, allowing the Coyotes to scoop up the ball and take it into the end zone, quickly putting themselves ahead by three touchdowns. Wichita Falls would score one more time and keep the Broncos off the board until near the end of the game, leaving Denton with their third district victory.

“It really points back to one thing,” Atkinson said. “[We’re] beating ourselves with foolish penalties…. Before we can really start talking about beating other opponents, we’ve got to stop beating ourselves.”

Denton was called for 86 penalty yards, almost twice that of Wichita Falls’ 48. Denton penalties resulted in four first downs for the Coyotes.

“We’ve just got to start getting some positive things happening, because it’s contagious right now.” Atkinson said. “We’ve got to put the tourniquet on to stop the bleeding somehow.”

Wichita Falls, now in an unexpected tie for first place in District 5-4A, will host Byron Nelson next week, who is 1-2 in district play after a 34-14 loss to Guyer.

Denton enters the second half of their district schedule with a game on the road against Brewer. The Bears also sit at 0-3 in district play. Brewer is coming off of a 39-36 loss to Azle. Last year’s meeting between the Broncos and Bears ended with Denton on the losing end of a 45-13 game having amounted less than 130 yards of total offense.