For Braswell, Thursday night's victory was more than a year in the making.
The Bengals won their "Becoming" game — Braswell's version of homecoming — against Wichita Falls, 54-41, at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.
The Braswell student section, dubbed the "Braswell Jungle," didn't waste any time rushing the field and mauling the team as Braswell snapped a 16-game losing streak dating to last year, its first year as a program.
"It's been a long road," Braswell coach Cody Moore said. "I couldn't be more happy for the guys who started here at C.H. Collins on Day 1 when our facilities weren't ready. We've gone through a lot together, and I kept telling them good things are down the road, and tonight was definitely special for our team, our program, our school and our community.
"I tip my hat to those kids because this was their night."
The game plan the Bengals' coaching staff put together worked to near perfection. Moore said his team needed to start fast and to grind out the rest of the game. The former worked, but the latter was more difficult.
Braswell (1-6, 1-2 District 5-5A) got the start it needed when Jaeden Johnson took the opening kickoff 88 yards for a score. It wasn't long before the Bengals extended their early lead to 28-7 with 1:38 to go in the first quarter.
Braswell posted a 48-21 halftime lead, but the Coyotes made things interesting when they scored at the end of the third quarter to cut the Bengals lead to 48-34.
"We jumped on them [the Coyotes] early, which was what we wanted to do, but to their credit they kept scoring," Moore said. "I never felt comfortable at all."
Although Braswell tallied the most points it had ever scored, the defense is what gave the Bengals the historic victory. It held the Coyotes to 4 yards rushing but struggled to stop their aerial attack, surrendering 525 yards and five touchdowns to Wichita Falls quarterback Anthony Vargas, who completed 28 of his 48 passes. The secondary intercepted Vargas six times, though.
Coyotes wide receiver Jordan Hatton hauled in a school record 14 passes for 297 yards and three scores.
Braswell quarterback Greyson Thompson threw for 132 yards on seven completions, four of which went for touchdowns. Christian Battle and Johnson each scored three touchdowns, and running back Jeremiah Richardson paced a rushing attack that combined for 257 yards — a school record — with 103 yards on 16 carries.
"We couldn't have done this without the whole team," Braswell cornerback Quinton Draine said. "It was a team victory, and now that we've got our first victory in Braswell history, we can focus on adding to that.
"It's a brand new start to something, and whether I'm here or not, that's a brand new start for our program. I'm proud to be a part of tonight."
It was 444 days since Braswell took to the field at C.H. Collins for their first practice, and each of those days mattered for the second-year program to garner the historic win.
JIMMY ISBELL can be reached at 817-781-0379 and via Twitter at @Jimmy_Isbell12.
Denton Braswell 54, Wichita Falls 41
DB -- Jaeden Johnson 88 kickoff return (Arturo Ramirez kick)
DB -- Sully Martinez 19 pass from Greyson Thompson (Arturo Ramirez kick)
DB -- Christian Battle 62 pass from Greyson Thompson (Arturo Ramirez kick)
WF -- Jordan Hatton 69 pass from Anthony Vargas (Alex Ramirez kick)
DB -- Quinton Draine 70 interception return (Arturo Ramirez kick)
DB -- Christian Battle 13 pass from Greyson Thompson (Arturo Ramirez kick)
DB -- Christian Battle 7 pass from Greyson Thompson (Arturo Ramirez kick)
WF -- Makkedah Brown 8 run (Alex Ramirez kick)
DB -- Jaeden Johnson 44 run (kick failed)
WF -- Jordan Hatton 24 pass from Anthony Vargas (Alex Ramirez kick)
DB -- Jaeden Johnson 3 run (kick failed)
WF -- AJ Byrd 81 pass from Anthony Vargas (Alex Ramirez kick)
WF -- Jordan Hatton 31 pass from Anthony Vargas (kick blocked)
WF -- Marcharie Johnson 17 pass from Anthony Vargas (Alex Ramirez kick)
Rushing -- DB: Jeremiah Richardson 16-103, Jaeden Johnson 5-88, Ki'Andre Jackson 14-66, Jhari Grose 4-6, Christian Battle 1--1, Greyson Thompson 6--5, WF: Makkedah Brown 3-20, Marcus King 5-12, AJ Byrd 2--10, Anthony Vargas 4--18.
Passing -- DB: Greyson Thompson 7-11-0-132, Jaeden Johnson 0-1-0-0, WF: Anthony Vargas 28-47-6-525.
Receiving -- DB: Christian Battle 3-82, Sully Martinez 2-29, Sam Madison 1-13, Jeremiah Richardson 1-8, WF: Jordan Hatton 14-297, AJ Byrd 4-136, Marcharie Johnson 8-84, Tre McKenzie 2-8.