CARROLLTON — The first road game of the season for the Denton Broncos told a much different story than the Broncos’ 30-14 loss to Dallas Bishop Lynch at home as the Broncos earned a convincing 35-6 victory over the Carrollton R.L. Turner Lions on Thursday at Standridge Stadium.
In Kevin Atkinson’s first win as Denton head coach, junior quarterback Cy Ward showed he can excel in Atkinson’s version of the spread offense as he led the Broncos’ potent offense with five touchdowns on 351 yards passing.
“I thought he did really well,” Atkinson said. “He’s been putting in extra time in the film room and eating lunch with me so I can drill him and pick his brain. He’s been working through his reads in his mind and I’m glad for him to get some fruits of his labor, but I want to find things to work on.”
The junior wide receiver trio of Ke’Von Burris, Deandre Coleman and Adarian Harris combined for all five of the touchdowns and 272 total yards compared to just 104 total yards in their loss to Bishop Lynch.
“We have got a pretty deep receiving core when it comes to talent,” Atkinson said. “Now, numbers-wise, we aren’t really deep. We’ve got a few guys, but they all play really well. They’ve got to do a great job of being selfless and making sure we are spreading the ball around because if you have a lot of people, then they can’t just take away somebody.”
Despite the Broncos (1-1) earning their first win of the season, they did turn the ball over three times and amassed 17 penalties for a total of 159 yards.
“Getting our first win was really nice, but I was really, really happy for our kids because it’s been a long time since they’ve tasted victory,” Atkinson said. “Part of me is like, hey, we won, but we made a lot of mistakes that we need to clean up on special teams, taking care of the ball and foolish penalties. It’s just not being disciplined and a lot of it is youth. That’s what we have to correct.”
After each team traded fumbles in the early stages of the first quarter, the Broncos struck first with a massive 82-yard touchdown down the middle of the Lion defense from Ward to Burris.
Ward again found Burris nine seconds into the second quarter with a 31-yard, high-arching, fading touchdown throw as he crossed the goal line to give the Broncos a 14-0 lead.
Off to their second consecutive strong start to a football game, the Broncos fell victim to another special team’s mental lapse as the Lions blocked a Denton punt and recovered it for a touchdown with 4:13 left in the first half to bring R.L. Turner (0-1) to within 14-6.
The Broncos defense wouldn’t allow another point as the team added two more touchdowns before the half.
“I felt pretty good,” Ward said. “I felt the line was doing good things. They gave us the early edge to block and picked up guys so I could make decisions. We came out a little rusty in the second half, but we stretched it out at the end. All the receivers ran good routes and they all played hard. We got this one down, now we have to get another one.”
Coleman was Ward’s preferred target late in the first half as he found him for a 15-yard touchdown to put the Broncos ahead 21-6 with 1:50 remaining. The Broncos defense then forced R.L. Turner quarterback Saul Aguirre into an interception, which they capitalized on two plays later with a 34-yard touchdown from Ward to Coleman.
“You have to be excited, but at the same time it makes you more hungry and see the possibilities of what we can become. One side I’m really happy, on the other side I’m concerned and want to correct our mistakes. That’s the first step you take in many of becoming a championship program.”
After yielding 278 rushing yards to Bishop Lynch in their first game, the Broncos’ defense held the Lions to just two first-half first downs with just 30 yards on the ground. The Lions ran several misdirection run plays throughout the game that required the Bronco defense to stay with their assignments.
“Our defensive front and linebackers did an outstanding job of really playing assignment football,” Atkinson said. “When you play a team like they are, you have to play assignment football. You can’t just go to the ball. Our word of the week was focus. You see a little, you see a lot. You see a lot, you see nothing. When we tell our kids about seeing a little, worry about what you have to do, not about the big picture.”
The Lions struggled to hang onto the ball, fumbling three times in the second half for a total of eight and were unable to sustain any second-half offensive drives. Ward found Harris for a 10-yard touchdown with 4:43 left in the game to salt away the victory.
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lDenton 35, R.L. Turner 6
D – Ke’Von Buris 82 pass from Cy Ward (Michael Husbands kick) 4:12
D – Ke’Von Buris 31 pass from Cy Ward (Michael Husbands kick) 11:51
R – Blocked kick recovered by Jazhaiel Patterson (Blocked kick) 4:13
D – Deandre Coleman 15 pass from Cy Ward (Michael Husbands kick) 1:50
D – Deandre Coleman 34 pass from Cy Ward (Michael Husbands kick) :32
Adarian Harris 10 pass from Cy Ward (Michael Husbands kick) 4:43
Rushing: R: Jazhaiel Patterson 16-120, Taylor Freeman 5-9, Saul Aguirre 7-0, Armando Morones 4-(-1), Mike Walters 2-(-1), Fransico Estrada 4-2. D: Tre’Von Jackson 10-76, Luke Satterfield 1-1, Deandre Coleman 2-(-2), Cy Ward 7-50, Maurice Wharton 1-2, Wendell Williams 1-14.
Passing: R: Saul Aguirre 1-3-10-2, Fransico Estrada 0-1-0. D: Cy Ward 15-23-351, Luke Satterfield 1-1-3.
Receiving: R: Jazhaiel Patterson 1-10. D: Deandre Coleman 3-76, Ryan Daniels 2-8, Ke’Von Buris 2-113, Key’andre Hearvey 4-71, Adarian Harris 4-83, Tre’Von Jackson 1-3.