EXTRA POINTS Keys to a successful year POSITION OF STRENGTH
The Broncos’ stable of wide receivers will be the playmakers in coach Kevin Atkinson’s second year of the spread offense. Senior quarterback Cy Ward has a rapport with several wideouts and the arm to get the ball to them in the pocket or on the run. Seniors Adarian Harris, Ke’Von Buris and Deandre Coleman, Coleman along with junior Key’andre Hearvey, all collectively possess enough speed, size and savvy that the Broncos’ offense should improve. Atkinson’s infusion of a up-tempo, offense should provide enough touches to keep them engaged and in rhythm with Ward.
POINT OF CONCERN Denton’s offensive line was young and brittle last season, leading to several negative plays, mental errors and turnovers. As a result, the running game struggled and Ward was constantly being chased out of the pocket. The Broncos’ offensive line is again a concern, but has matured and developed consistency. Atkinson started several sophomores last season to build cohesion.
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KEY NEWCOMER In his first year on varsity, running back Xavier Scott will compete for a vital role in the Broncos’ spread offense after spending last season on the freshman team. With Atkinson looking for one of the halfbacks to take charge of the position, he expects Scott to be among those with a shot at starting. Atkinson expects his running backs to be three-tool players. In order to crack the top spot on the ladder, Scott will need to effectively pass block, be an effective receiver out of the backfield and use a balance of speed and physicality while taking care of the ball.
GAME OF THE YEAR Last season’s 5-4A district-opener against Lake Dallas saw the Broncos start slow while the Falcons outgained Denton 213-109 in the first half, scoring all of their points in the second quarter on the way to a 21-12 road victory. After winning just one district contest in 2012, this year’s district opener on Sept. 27 against Lake Dallas will be a crucial test. The Broncos will need to win the games against the district’s middle of the pack — Trophy Club Nelson, Brewer and Azle — in order to grab one of the four playoff spots.
BRONCOS Roster No. 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 13 14 15 17 18 19 21 22 24 25 26 27 28 30 32 33 35 36 37 39 40 42
Player Cy Ward Michael Husbands Tyson Hokes Xavier Scott Maurice Wharton Jake Cleveland Zac Muthiani Israel Galvan Cha’Michael Neal Adarian Harris Ke’Von Buris Deandre Coleman Christian Rodriguez Dailon Holmes Key’andre Hearvey Courtney Green Deavonte Doucet Gabriel Aranda Hayden Gray Alex McCann Javier Noriega Darius Scott Jesus Bautista Jacob Audirsch Dylan Tekell Kyle Panter Lorenzo Salas Javion Brewster Louis Torralba Mitch Damon Titus Hawkins
Pos. QB LB DB RB LB DB LB DB RB WR WR WR QB DL WR DB RB DB LB DB WR DB LB FB LB LB LB LB DB DL DL
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Special contributor/Michael Clements
Denton quarterback Cy Ward runs through the R.L. Turner defense last season at Standridge Stadium in Carrollton. Ward is back this season and will look to capitalize on the experience he gained last season.
their height while senior Ke’Von Buris’ speed and hands balance out a wealth of receivers for Ward to trust. “He’s worked with a lot of those guys,” Atkinson said. “He’s worked with KB [Buris] since his freshman year along with Key’andre. I think he has a lot of confidence with him. He’s got confidence that if he throws the ball to one of those [receivers] that there’s no doubt they are going to catch it.” While Ward has developed a relationship with his receivers, there is much more of his game he needs to round out if the Broncos are going to be a playoff team this season. Ward wasn’t a shoo-in for the quarterback position last season, but his ability to escape pressure with his speed and downfield vision earned him the job. As a junior, he had to beat out senior Luke Satterfield for the starting job, and this season was
DENTON Schedule Date Opponent Aug. 30 at Bishop Lynch Sept. 6 R.L. Turner Sept. 13 at FW Western Hills Sept. 27 Lake Dallas* Oct. 4 at Guyer* Oct. 11 Wichita Falls* Oct. 18 at Fort Worth Brewer* Oct. 25 Azle* Nov. 1 Wichita Falls Rider* Nov. 8 at Trophy Club Nelson* *District 5-4A 44 45 46 47 50 54 55 56 57 60 61 62 65 75 76 78 80
Aaron Maxwell Kyle Hubbert Deontrae Murray Adam Bershell John Carmona Rowdy Clark Caleb Ridgeway Joe Gloria David Deramee Seong Jung Jacob Dodson Kade Wagner Ervin Williams J.D. Cherry Charlie Terry Mo Diop Jeffon Stowers
DL LB FB DL OL OL DL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL DB
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no different. “I honestly have confidence in both our quarterbacks,” Atkinson said. “Christian Rodriguez is a really good player, too, and the competition has made Cy even better. There was a real possibility that, ‘Hey, this kid might beat me out, so I’ve got to work extremely hard and keep it up.’ At the same time, it gives us a lot of confidence that we have two solid quarterbacks.” Ward has taken the quarterback position seriously, putting in the work in the classroom and in the weight room — anything to get better. That means earning the trust of his teammates and coaches and showing he can do what’s asked of him. “I’m trying to see that come out of Cy a little bit and confidence is established a lot of the time by having a lot of success, so he’s probably got to earn a few more things on the field,” Atkinson said. “In the weight room and on the track, our kids have seen him really put forth great effort, and I think he’s got the respect of all his teammates.”
Football 2013 is the Denton Record-Chronicle's look at the upcoming football season for the University of North Texas Mean Green and Denton...