Both of these teams had this game circled on their schedule since before the season kicked off. It’s the beginning of a budding rivalry with Denton looking to keep momentum heading into playoffs, and Braswell getting a chance to upset former teammates and record its first win.
The Game: Denton (8-1) at Braswell (0-9), Thursday, 7 p.m., at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex
What happened last week: Braswell played its best game all season in a 57-27 loss to Wichita Falls Rider, and extended its streak of games with a touchdown with four scores. A good majority of Braswell’s roster comes from Denton and there has been a lot of talk between players from both squads.
Denton had its bye last week.
What to expect: Same story, different team. Braswell hasn’t been able to stop the run all season, and with Denton running back Caleb Osuofa averaging close to seven yards per carry and three yards short of 1,000 heading into the contest, it’s safe to say Osuofa will eclipse the rushing milestone on his first carry.
Braswell will score, but it’ll be from former JV Denton Ryan running back Ki’Andre Jackson. The Broncos surrender an average of 354 yards per game, but the Bengals haven’t surpassed the 300-yard mark yet, and they won’t do it against the Broncos.
Final say: The one thing both teams don’t want to see is it getting chippy on the field. Most of these players are friends off the field, and everyone knows what happens to friendships when opposing teams step on the field: they are put aside because there’s a game to play. Braswell doesn’t want to end its season with multiple personal foul penalties and Denton doesn’t want to waste an opportunity to fine tune some things before heading into its bi-district playoff game against a stout Northwest Texans squad.