When junior wide receiver Ke’Von Buris lined up for Denton’s second trick play of the game, he was worried about not catching the ball.
After junior quarterback Cy Ward made the lateral pass to senior wide receiver Wendell Williams, Williams found Buris wide open in the end zone for the second time in the game to give the Broncos a crucial two-possession lead.
“I was excited,” Buris said. “I knew they were going to bite on it. I just tried to fake block and go for the catch. I was pretty worried both times that I was going to drop it, but I saw it in with my eyes and caught it. We were going to keep doing it if they were going to keep biting on it.”
The Broncos rode the wave of momentum from Buris’ touchdown and did not relinquish the lead on their way to their second consecutive victory of the season as they defeated Fort Worth Western Hills 41-33 at Bronco Field on Friday night.
On their way to 314 passing yards and three players with passing touchdowns, the Broncos, now 2-1 for the season, utilized their bubble-screen game, or as the Broncos call it, the zombie game, to perfection.
Ward was 14 of 17 for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Denton head coach Kevin Atkinson said he knew right from the beginning of the game that the Broncos had the Scorpions’ number.
“I’ve always been a play caller on the field ever since I was an offensive coordinator,” Atkinson said. “I like to look in their eyes and see what their temperament is. We are a big bubble, zombie team. I could feel like they were going to do something unsound to hurt us on those plays.”
After Western Hills, now 1-2, rattled off a 12-play, 88-yard scoring drive capped by a 2-yard touchdown from senior running back Aaron Stevenson, the Broncos responded with their first trick play of the game as Ward lateraled to Williams in the flat, and Williams found Buris for the 42-yard TD strike.
“They [the receivers] did perfect routes again and they were breaking on the ball,” Ward said. “We all watched film this week and it worked. I’m just glad we won.”
After the Scorpions went up 14-7 with a 7-yard touchdown by senior running back Shaq McDade, the Broncos put together a 72-yard drive, culminating in a 25-yard touchdown pass from Ward to Buris to tie the game at 14-14.
The Broncos’ defense forced a fumble on a Scorpions fourth-and-goal with 2:17 remaining in the half. Senior quarterback Luke Satterfield took over for Ward for a series and threw a 21-yard touchdown to Deandre Coleman with 17 seconds remaining in the half, putting the Broncos ahead 20-14.
“I was really proud of Luke Satterfield,” Atkinson said. “I told him that he worked hard as a senior and I want him prepared if something happens to Cy. He marched us down there and threw a nice touchdown to Deandre.”
With the Broncos receiving the ball in the second half, they scored after an 11-play, 68-yard drive, with the Broncos’ rushing attack as the driving force.
Tre’Von Jackson capped the drive with a 2-yard scoring run.
“I was glad we scored there at the end of the half,” Atkinson said. “I told them in the locker room that it was going to be a big-time possession if we can go down and go up two scores. Eventually, we were going to throw the ball because they were going to eat the clock up with the run game.”
Jackson also managed to become the first 100-yard rusher for the Broncos this season as he ran for 126 yards on 17 carries.
“That’s what we want to do. Our goal every week is to get over a 100 yards rushing because you can’t rely solely on the pass,” Atkinson said. “They did a good job, and I was proud of them.”
The Broncos again capitalized on the Scorpions’ overaggressiveness on the Broncos’ receivers as Ward pump-faked a screen pass to the right and found sophomore Key’andre Hearvey for the 35-yard TD to put the Broncos up 41-27.
The Scorpions wouldn’t surrender, though, as they quickly answered with a 9-yard touchdown run by junior running back Raekwon Neal.
Western Hills tried two onside-kick attempts that the Broncos were able to recover. After forcing the Broncos to a three-and-out, the Scorpions had one last shot at tying the game. But it was the Broncos’ defense that came through with two huge negative plays that forced Western Hills to throw, but they weren’t able to move the ball quick enough through the air as their comeback attempt fell by the wayside.
“We’ve worked it a little bit, but sometimes they bounce the wrong way and our kids did a great job getting on it,” Atkinson said. “We got them in a situation where we kept scoring and that forced them to throw it and that kind of worked in our advantage.”
Western Hills represented the third straight ground-heavy opponent the Broncos have faced in as many weeks.
Denton 41, Fort Worth Western Hills 33
FW Western Hills
WH — Aaron Stevenson 2 rush (Ivan Sanchez kick) 7:32
D — Ke’Von Buris 42 pass from Wendell Williams (Michael Husbands kick) 6:32
WH — Shaq McDade 7 rush (Sanchez kick) 7:32
D — Ke’Von Buris 25 pass from Cy Ward (Husbands kick) 9:42
D — Deandre Coleman 21 pass from Luke Satterfield (kick failed) :17
D — Tre’Von Jackson 1 rush (Husbunds kick) 7:55
WH — Aaron Stevenson 1 rush (kick failed) 3:22
D — Ke’Von Buris 22 pass from Wendell Williams (Husbands kick) 1:01
WH — Raekwon Neal 2 rush (Sanchez kick) 9:23
D — Key’andre Hearvey 35 pass from Cy Ward (Husbands kick) 6:07
WH — Raekwon Neal 9 rush (kick failed) 4:51
Rushing — FW: Aaron Stevenson 39-266, Shakeel Jones 6-27, Raekwon Neal 11-52, Shaq McDade 6-37, Jacoby Powell 2-14, A.J. Daniels 4-2, Monroe England 1-(-12) D: Cy Ward 6-(-22), Tre’Von Jackson 17-126, Wendell Williams 1-8, Deandre Coleman 1-23.
Passing — FW: A.J. Daniels 5-6-63. D: Cy Ward 14-17-185, Luke Satterfield 5-5-64, Wendell Williams 2-2-64.
Receiving — FW: Michael Maru 4-51, Juan Salazar 1-12. D: Ryan Daniels 1-15, Ke’Von Buris 8-127, Deandre Coleman 7-109, Key’andre Hearvey 3-48, Tre’Von Jackson 1-1, Wendell Williams 1-14.