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November 4, 2012

Denison pulls away from Greenville Lions, 28-16


GREENVILLE —   DENISON — Denard Whitfield rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns to power Denison to a 28-16 District 13-4A football victory over the Greenville Lions on Friday night.

  Whitfield scores on bursts of 3, 2 and 2 yards at Munson Stadium as the Yellow Jackets improved their season record to 2-7 while the Lions remained winless for the season at 0-9 with their 29th straight loss.

  Denison wound up with a 376-282 advantage in total yards.

  Layne White of Greenville saved a touchdown on the opening kickoff as he ran Whitfield down from behind at the Greenville 31 following a 54-yard return. White made another big play on fourth down, knocking down a Denison pass attempt from the Greenville 28.

  Greenville followed that defensive stand with a drive to the Yellow Jacket 7-yard line. Running back DaMarcus Bridges raced for 12 yards on the first play. Running back Tyler Matthews also dashed for an 8-yard gain. Quarterback Marquist Davis fired a 9-yard completion to Bridges and then set up Matthews for a 31-yard run with an option pitch. Denison’s defense dug in and forced the Lions to settle for Kellen Cox’s 24-yard field goal with 6:13 left in the first quarter.

  Denison threatened on its next possession, moving the ball from its 29 to the Lion 37 but defender Chase Vanzura turned the Yellow Jackets back with a fumble recovery at the Greenville 37.

Greenville got backed up by a fumble and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and Denison started its next drive on the Greenville 32 following a 27-yard punt. Denison covered the short distance in six plays, all of them runs by Whitfield. Whitfield followed the blocking of 300-pound right guard Blake Cunningham in for a 3-yard touchdown run with 38 seconds left in the first period. Jake Walters converted.

  Greenville answered with a drive from its 25 to the Denison 15 but lost ground and Cox’s 37-yard field goal attempt landed well short.

  Denison threatened again but Greenville defensive back Eric Quiroz picked off a pass at his 10 and returned the interception 69 yards to the Denison 21. The Lions scored in five plays, including an 18-yard strike from Davis to Michael Hernandez and then a 12-yard touchdown pass from Davis to Quiroz in the left corner of the end zone. Cox’s kick gave the Lions a 10-7 lead with 3:26 left before halftime.

  Denison countered with a 66-yard, 11-play drive. Whitfield ran for gains of 23, 6, 5, 5 and 2 yards on the drive with the 2-yarder counting for the touchdown with 19 seconds left before the half. Walters’ kick gave Denison a 14-10 halftime lead.

  A Greenville fumble recovered by Denison’s Josh Henry at the Greenville 32 set up Denison’s next touchdown. Whitfield carried the ball on four of the five plays, runs of 22, 2, 6 and 2 yards.

  Greenville answered the 21-10 deficit with a 73-yard, six-play drive. Davis ran for gains of 12, 4 and 4 yards and Matthews dashed for 13 yards. Davis capped the drive with a 17-yard touchdown run on a quarterback draw, pulling the Lions to within 21-16 with 5:32 left in the third quarter.

  Denison padded its final margin with an 89-yard, 16-play drive. Denison quarterback Clifton Hines completed the drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Walters with 10:45 left.

  Davis wound up with 76 yards rushing on 22 carries and was 9-of-18 passing for 89 yards.

Matthews led the Lion rushers with 93 yards on 10 carries and Bridges finished with 24 yards on two rushes.

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