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November 3, 2013

Long pass helps Denison pull away from Greenville


GREENVILLE —   A 99-yard touchdown pass helped the Denison Yellow Jackets pull away from the Greenville Lions for a 64-14 football victory on Friday night.

  The 6-3 Yellow Jackets secured a playoff berth with the victory and stayed in front in the District 13-4A race at 5-1.

  Greenville dropped its home finale at T.A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium to remain winless for the season (0-9) and in district (0-6). The Lions, who’ve now lost 39 straight games, will close out the season on Friday at Sherman.

  Greenville was trying to dent a 21-0 deficit with less than five minutes left in the second quarter, driving from its 40 to the Denison 8-yard line. But a Greenville running back lost a fumble while fighting for extra yards around the goal line. Denison’s Yefri Chavez recovered the fumble inside the Yellow Jacket 1-yard line.

  On the very next play, Denison quarterback Devon Blanton lofted a pass to Jaleel Dade, who outraced the Lions down the right sideline for the 99-yard touchdown. Denison running back Colton Henslee then scored on the swinging gate play for a two-point conversion. Thus, instead of the Lions trimming the lead to 21-7 they found themselves down 29-0.

  Greenville responded with a 59-yard, five-play drive led by quarterback Matthew Riskey. Running back Tyler Matthews bolted for gains of 19, 8 and 20 yards on the drive before Riskey fired a 10-yard touchdown pass to De’Marcus Bridges with 1:03 left before halftime. Theodore Hughes converted.

  Denison then scored two more touchdowns in the final 53 seconds to go up 43-7 at the half.  Khalil Brown’s 32-yard run set up a 12-yard touchdown pass from Blanton to Steven Wagoner with 19 seconds left before halftime.

  The Lions muffed the enusing kickoff. Denison’s Yavel Hernandez recovered the Greenville fumble at the Lion 26. Blanton fired a 26-yard touchdown pass to Dade with two seconds left before halftime.

  Denison finished with 586 total yards, including 359 rushing. Brown led the Yellow Jackets with 158 yards on 20 carries and Henslee added 108 on eight rushes.

  Greenville wound up with 294 yards, including 190 on the ground. Matthews finished with 132 yards on 24 carries for the Lions, upping his season total to 773 on 162 carries. It was his fourth 100-plus rushing game of the season.

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