FORT WORTH — Denton withstood a strong start from the Fort Worth Brewer Bears on Friday, spotting them a 10-0 lead, but the Broncos erupted with 37 straight points to secure their first District 5-4A victory of the season, 51-16, at Brewer Bears Stadium on Brewer’s homecoming night.
The Bears began with a 10-play drive to open the game and scored on a 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Christian Gibson to wideout Cole Wallis just 2:46 into the game. With a 7-0 lead, the Bears tacked on a 21-yard field goal to take a 10-0 advantage with 5:44 left in the first quarter.
“I told them, ‘Hey guys, we have to hold on,’” Denton coach Kevin Atkinson said. “‘Don’t lose faith and we’re figuring them out now and we’ll be OK.’ Offensively, we got stoned on the first series and it didn’t look good, but we held them to a field goal and that was huge. We’re down 7-0 and went for it on fourth down, but we held them to a field goal and that kind of set the tone for us.”
The Broncos didn’t go scoreless for long, as they answered with a seven-play drive that was finished off by a 1-yard touchdown run by senior running back Deavonte Doucet. A two-point conversion pass from senior kicker Michael Husbands to senior wideout Deandre Coleman inched the Broncos within two points at 10-8 with 3:36 left in the first quarter.
Denton’s offense continued to click midway through the second quarter as it put together a 12-play drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Xavier Scott. Maurice Wharton scored on the two-point conversion and the Broncos had their first lead at 16-10 with 7:02 left in the first half.
After the defense held strong for a Brewer 3-and-out, the Broncos used their supreme field position to drive down the field in four plays with junior quarterback Christian Rodriguez taking a designed run for a 7-yard touchdown, which gave Denton a 23-10 lead with 3:33 left in the half.
Continuing their offensive authority, the Broncos (3-4, 1-3 district) needed just six plays on a mix of run and pass before Scott pounded home his second touchdown of the night on a 4-yard inside run. Another two-point conversion by Wharton out of the swinging-gate formation extended the Broncos’ to 31-10 three minutes into the third quarter.
Less than three minutes later, the Broncos’ defense got into the scoring act as Husbands picked off Gibson on a roll-out for a 59-yard interception for a touchdown that gave the Broncos a 37-10 lead.
“We executed,” Atkinson said. “We’ve been talking for a few weeks now that if everybody will relax and take care of their job, then that’s going to make things happen. … We needed a game where we played well in all three phases. Offensively, we executed and we blocked well. Our wide receivers were blocking like crazy. Defensively, I can’t say enough. We had been hurt by the read game and tonight we were gap sound and we were tackling well. Everything clicked for us.”
The Bears (3-4, 0-4) clawed back after Denton’s punt into the swirling wind went for just 3 yards at their own 34-yard line. Six plays later, sophomore running back Jameson Carson took a 4-yard run to the right for a touchdown with 44 seconds left in the third quarter, and after a failed two-point conversion, the Bears trailed 37-16.
After the Bears’ attempted onside kick was recovered at the Denton 45-yard line, junior wideout Key’andre Hearvey hauled in a screen pass from Rodriguez on third-and-19 for a 61-yard catch-and-run down to the Bears’ 3-yard line. On a 5-yard play-action slant pass from Rodriguez to senior wideout Adarian Harris, the Broncos took a 44-16 lead with 10:06 remaining in the game.
Then, after the Bears’ punt fell to their own 24-yard line, five straight runs by senior fullback Deontrae Murray ended with a 9-yard touchdown run and gave the Broncos a 51-16 lead with 6:30 left in the game.
With the win, the Broncos still have a shot at the playoffs and will face Azle at home next week.
“It’s an exciting time that we’ve got to seize the opportunity and make the most out of it,” Atkinson said. “We definitely have some games that we can line up and play. Honestly, we are talented [enough] to play with anybody at any time if we do what we’re supposed to do.”
PATRICK HAYSLIP can be reached at 940-566-6873 and via Twitter at @PatrickHayslip.
Denton 51, Fort Worth Brewer 16
Fort Worth Brewer
BR — Cole Wallis 7-yard pass from Chris Gibson (Jose Godinez kick) 9:14
BR — Jose Godinez 21-yard field goal, 5:44
DN — Deavonte Doucet 1-yard run ( 2-point conversion, Deandre Coleman pass from Michael Husbands) 3:36
DN — Xavier Scott 1-yard run (Maurice Wharton run) 7:02
DN — Christian Rodriguez 9-yard run (Michael Husbands kick) 3:33
DN — Scott 4-yard run (Maurice Wharton run) 9:00
DN — Husbands 59-yard interception return (kick failed) 6:33
BR — Jameson Carson 4-yard run (pass failed) :44
DN — Adarian Harris 5-yard pass from Rodriguez (Michael Husbands kick) 10:06
DN — Deontrae Murray 9-yard run (Husbands kick) 6:30
Rushing — DN – Deandre Coleman 6-55, Xavier Scott 12-48, Deavonte Doucet 8-38, Deontrae Murray 6-26, Adarian Harris 1-21, Christian Rodriguez 1-9, Cy Ward 3-0
Passing — DN – Rodriguez 8-11-157, Ward 2-5-17-0
Receiving — DN – Key’andre Hearvey 4-103, Scott 1-26, Harris 2-15, Murray 1-12, Ke’Von Buris 1-11, Coleman 1-7.