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Football: Denton dominates second half to beat Wichita Falls 49-21 on senior night

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Clay Massey, Sports Clerk

In their final game at Bronco Field this season, the Denton Broncos gave their fans plenty to cheer about Thursday with a 49-21 win over the Wichita Falls Coyotes.

The Broncos (3-4) used a balanced offensive attack and stout defense to hold the Coyotes (2-5) at bay. Denton quarterback Landry Kinne amassed 226 yards on 19-of-31 passing before he checked out of the game early in the fourth quarter with the win well in hand.

His favorite targets on the night were Isaiah Wofford, who caught five balls for 89 yards and two touchdowns, and Cortez Cardenas, who caught six passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns.

For the senior Cardenas, it was a special night to walk away with a win in his final game at Bronco Field.

"It feels really good," Cardenas said. "It feels good to leave with a 'W.' It's our last game on this field, so we just left it all out here tonight."

The Bronco defense allowed the Coyotes just 13 first downs — 10 less than the Broncos — and 207 yards of total offense compared with Denton's 456. 

Denton coach Billy Miller was happy with what his defense did for the team.

"Defense fought their tails off," Miller said. "They were scrambling. We got a couple sacks, a lot of pressure on the quarterback. I can't say enough about what those guys did tonight."

For a large portion of the first half, it looked as if Wichita Falls would have more punting yards than total yards. But the Coyotes had a big defensive play to swing the momentum their way a bit.

Denton took the lead with just over four minutes to play in the first quarter when Kinne hit Wofford on a screen pass. Wofford bounced past the first block and streaked 30 yards to the end zone for a 7-0 lead.

Wichita Falls found an answer on the next Denton possession. Denton tried the screen again, but it was jumped, intercepted and run back over half the field to the end zone to tie the game at 7 with just over two minutes to play in the quarter.

In the final seconds of the quarter, Kinne hit Cardenas over the middle and he streaked 32 yards for a 14-7 lead.

With 7:29 left in the half, the Coyotes struck again after getting their offense settled in. Receiver A.J. Byrd found himself wide open behind the Bronco defense as Zach Williams hit him in stride. Byrd used his pace to get across the goal line and tie the game at 14.

Denton used the same song and dance to get the lead just before halftime. Kinne hit Cardenas over the middle from 12 yards out, putting Denton up 21-14.

The Broncos would pour the scoring on late. Denton scored four touchdowns in the third quarter to jump out to a 49-14 lead. The Denton third was highlighted by touchdown runs from Kinne and running back Corbin Shelley. 

Shelley finished with 102 yards and a touchdown.

Wichita Falls pulled a touchdown back late in the fourth quarter for some consolation. Backup quarterback Anthony Vargas found Uriel Virgil in the end zone from 18 yards out.

Denton now prepares for a matchup with Denison next Friday night.

"We're going to come out fighting," Miller said. "We've got to fight. If we want to make a push at the playoffs, we have to fight our tails off."

Denton 49, Wichita Falls 21

Wichita Falls 7 7 0 7 -- 21
Denton 14 7 28 0 -- 49

DN -- Isaiah Wofford 30 pass from Landry Kinne (Daniel Calderon kick)

WF -- interception return (Alex Ramirez kick)

DN -- Cortez Cardenas 32 pass from Landry Kinne (Daniel Calderon kick)

WF -- AJ Byrd 67 pass from Zach Williams (Alex Ramirez kick)

DN -- Cortez Cardenas 12 pass from Landry Kinne (Daniel Calderon kick)

DN -- Isaiah Wofford 42 pass from Landry Kinne (Daniel Calderon kick)

DN -- Corbin Shelley 4 run (Daniel Calderon kick)

DN -- Landry Kinne 9 run (Daniel Calderon kick)

DN -- 24 fumble return (Daniel Calderon kick)

WF -- Uriel Vigil 18 pass from Anthony Vargas (Alex Ramirez kick)

Team Stats WF DN
First Downs 13 23
Rushing Yards 22-50 40-230
Passing Yards 157 226
Passing 12-34-2 19-32-2
Punts-Avg 5-29.60 3-17.33
Penalties 10-55 9-77
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0


Rushing -- DN: Corbin Shelley 16-102, Landry Kinne 11-54, Ja'Mal McCoy-Maxwell 10-52, Brooks Bedinger 3-22, WF: Ben McAfee 8-30, AJ Byrd 5-26, Anthony Vargas 1-6, Marcharie Johnson 2-5, Zach Williams 6--17.

Passing -- DN: Landry Kinne 19-31-2-226, Brooks Bedinger 0-1-0-0, WF: Zach Williams 7-20-1-115, Anthony Vargas 5-14-1-42.

Receiving -- DN: Isaiah Wofford 5-89, Cortez Cardenas 6-73, Kollin Buris 2-25, Christian Herry 4-22, Team Stat 1-13, Corbin Shelley 1-4, WF: AJ Byrd 2-79, Marcharie Johnson 5-44, Uriel Vigil 1-18, Jordan Hatton 3-11, Marc Wilson 1-5.