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Football: Denison runs through Braswell in 56-0 shutout

Denison didn't have to stray away from its usual game plan of running the ball with its four horsemen, and Braswell couldn't stop the sting of the Yellow Jackets' rushing attack all night.

Denison quarterback Austin Emery and running backs Kenny Gaffney, Bryan Roberts and Decurioius Smith combined for a whopping 270 yards rushing and six touchdowns in a 56-0 shoutout against Braswell at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex on Friday night.

"They are so multiple with their offense, and the amount of guys they have to run the ball, it makes it tough on really anybody to adapt to," Braswell coach Cody Moore said.

By halftime, the Bengals were well out of reach, trailing 42-0.

Braswell's defense was run ragged due to the lack of offensive production. The Bengals recorded four first downs in the half, had 59 yards, ran four plays in Denison territory and punted on six of their seven drives.

"Our defense was put in some tough spots tonight, and the penalties we had to start drives on offense didn't help early on," Moore said. "Against a really good team, recording multiple penalties to start a drive will make it tough to be consistent offensively."

Braswell (1-7, 1-3 District 5-5A) recorded six first downs and 99 total yards in what Moore said was "their worst night of the year."

Quarterback Greyson Thompson didn't have much time in the pocket, completing five passes for 48 yards. Running backs Ki'Andre Jackson and Jeremiah Richardson split carries for 69 yards, and Jaeden Johnson led the Bengals in receiving with one catch for 23 yards.

Box Score: Braswell vs. Denison

The defense came into the contest surrendering an average of 189 yards on the ground, but the Yellow Jackets' backfield posted 232 in the first half and ended with 373.

"Denison is really good up front, and we knew that," Moore said. "We were outmatched on the front lines of both sides of the ball, and when that happens, it's usually tough to stop the run."

Moore wants the Bengals to take steps forward, but he admitted the team took a small step back in the loss.

"We took a step back, but we'll bounce back next week and get things right because we still have some season left ,and I want us to compete against two really good teams," Moore said. 

JIMMY ISBELL can be reached at 817-781-0379 and via Twitter @Jimmy_Isbell12.