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Football: Coming off historic win, Braswell moves on to Denison

The Braswell Bengals are on cloud nine after recording the first win in program history last week, a 54-41 decision over Wichita Falls.

Now Braswell has to move forward — there are three games left in the regular season — and the Bengals are optimistic.

"There is a different feel to this week, and practice has been even better than it has the last few weeks, but we all know it's just another week and another game on the schedule," Braswell coach Cody Moore said. "I'm extremely proud of our team, school and community for the way they reacted to last week's win, but that was one win and we have to move on and focus on Denison."

The Yellow Jackets are the only team other than Ryan that is undefeated in District 5-5A play. For Braswell to continue its winning ways and hand Denison its first loss in district play, the Bengals will have to keep up their offensive production, stifling run defense and secondary playmaking.

In the win over the Coyotes, Braswell racked up a program-record 257 yards on the ground and quarterback Greyson Thompson completed seven of 11 passes for 132 yards and four touchdowns, also a program record.

"I told our team during the first week of practice last year that we are going to be a physical team that runs the ball and is able to big-play teams," Moore said. "I was encouraged when we did that last week, but Denison is a whole different animal. They have a really good defensive front and will get after the quarterback."

Braswell made the Coyotes abandon their run game almost entirely, compiling only 4 rushing yards. The Coyotes still found success in the passing game, as quarterback Anthony Vargas put up video game-type numbers, completing 28 of 47 attempts for 525 yards and five touchdowns.

"Denison is an 80 percent run team who gets to the next play faster than anyone we'll play all season, so we'll have to line up quickly,"Moore said. "We can't overthink what we do. We just have to play."

Braswell defensive lineman Brendan Aland agreed.

"The defense has worked on picking up our tempo this week because Denison lines up really fast, and I feel like after last week's win we know what to do to stop a backfield," Aland said. "It's great to get a win, but our season isn't close to being over. We've got one win under our belt and we know what that feels like, but we have to keep it going. We want to make playoffs."

What You Need to Know
Matchup: Braswell vs. Denison 
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: C.H. Collins Athletic Complex
What happened last year: Denison won 49-20
Predictions:
Steve Gamel — Denison 35, Braswell 21
Jimmy Isbell —Braswell 28, Denison 24
Brady Keane — Denison 42, Braswell 24
Clay Massey — Denison 35, Braswell 27