Sometimes you're the windshield; Sometimes you're the bug
Sometimes it all comes together baby; Sometimes you're just a fool in love
Sometimes you're the Louisville Slugger; Sometimes you're the ball
Sometimes it all comes together; Sometimes you're gonna lose it all.
Sometimes you just tip your cap and move on. There's a little thing called district play up next after Denison's 65-57 loss against Frisco Heritage. Regroup after another wild outing against the Coyotes and get ready to face another pack based out of Wichita Falls.
It was over when — Denison's Austin Emery had an incomplete pass on fourth down with just over two minutes remaining to give the ball back to Frisco Heritage. The Jackets were down by eight points at their 42-yard line after the kickoff. And after six straight combined touchdown drives, there was no reason to believe Denison wouldn't score until it didn't. Kenny Gaffney gained no yards on first down and then three incompletions ended the drive.
It was really over when — Frisco Heritage gained a first down after the turnover on downs. Denison had all its timeouts so theoretically it could have gotten the ball back. It didn't happen as the Coyotes ran out the clock.
Player of the Game — Frisco Heritage quarterback Amare Jones. He was a nightmare to deal with for a second straight season and finished with 27 carries for 300 yards and two touchdowns, was 13-of-19 for 200 yards and two touchdowns and ran for three two-point conversions and threw for another to lead the Coyotes to the win.
Play of the Game — Which one to choose? Let's go with Jared Baehr's seven-yard touchdown catch from Jones as the first half expired. Denison had just scored with 38 seconds left in the second quarter for a 28-21 lead. The Coyotes needed just four plays to answer, the last being Baehr's catch, his only reception of the game. DeCurious Smith tried to come over and knock it away but couldn't get there in time. There were two seconds on the clock before the snap and Heritage showed no inkling of a field goal. Even though the Jackets blocked the kick, they missed a chance to stay up by a touchdown going into the half. And when the Coyotes scored to open the third quarter, they were able to take the lead instead of tie and it changed the back-and-forth nature of the second half.
The good — It was a breakout game for the offense. 598 yards and 57 points should be good enough to win every time out. Denison scored as many touchdowns on offense against Heritage as it did the first three games. The Jackets were half of a drive from having three players with at least 100 yards rushing. Austin Emery looked a lot more comfortable throwing the ball this week with by far his best effort, despite an interception. Three completions gained at least 30 yards and nine of his 13 were for at least 15 yards. Twice Denison had fourth down in Heritage territory and scored touchdowns. The only bright spot defensively was the unit did force three punts and got a turnover on downs in Denison territory. On special teams, Denison added a two-point conversion after its final TD to tie the game at 57. The kickoff coverage was good and almost recovered a kick.
The bad — Despite all the yards and points, the offense turned the ball over on downs at the Heritage 16 and Emery's interception came in the middle of Coyote territory. Defensively, the Jackets allowed 65 points, the sixth-most in school history, and 651 yards — including 451 yards on the ground. In the first three games the unit allowed only 57 points combined. Denison allowed TDs on three straight drives after the Jackets had either taken or tied the game in the fourth quarter. The Coyotes' total number of plays on those drives? 12. They gave up eight plays of at least 30 yards. The group did not have a turnover after getting at least three in each of the first three games. On special teams, Emery missed his first PAT but they got it back with a conversion following the next TD. The Jackets also tried an onside kick after taking a 42-41 lead with 10:36 left. It bounced backwards, Heritage took over at the Denison 42 and scored in four plays.
District dish — In addition to Denison's loss, Sherman was beaten by Naaman Forest, 28-6, Denton lost against Keller Timber Creek, 37-7, Braswell lost against Kaufman, 42-18, Rider lost against Kennedale, 62-26, and Wichita Falls lost against Haltom, 46-16. Denton Ryan held off Frisco Lone Star, 28-21, for the lone victory. Ryan is still undefeated at 4-0, Denison is 3-1, Sherman, Denton and Wichita Falls are 2-2, Rider is 1-3 and Braswell is 0-4. District 5-5A play starts with Denison hosting Wichita Falls, Rider hosting Sherman on Thursday and Denton hosting Denton Ryan. Braswell has the bye.
Stinging stats of the week — The 65 points allowed is the sixth-most in a game in program history…The 598 yards is the 10th-most produced by Denison in a game in program history…The 122 combined points is the fourth-highest scoring game in school history, behind 129 (McKinney, 2008) and 124 (Frisco Heritage and Trinity Christian-Addison, 2016)…Denison scored at least 57 points for the 28th time in school history. It is the second time they scored at least that many points and lost, joining last year's 63-61 loss against Trinity Christian-Addison…The Jackets allowed more yards rushing against Frisco Heritage (451) than the first three weeks combined (283)…Denison did not force a turnover for the first time this season…Austin Emery moved to 22nd on the Denison career passing list with 857 yards. He is 86 yards from the top 20…Emery also surpassed 750 career rushing yards and is just outside the top 50 on the Denison career list (52nd). He is 15 yards from 50th…Emery scored the 100th point of his career and is 31st on the all-time Denison scoring list with 107 points (10 touchdowns, 41 extra points, two field goals). He is 15 points from a tie for 22nd…Kenny Gaffney moved into the top 50 all-time Denison rushing at 808 career yards and sits 46th. He is 71 yards from the top 40…Bubba Roberts had a career-high 17 carries for a career-high 99 yards…DeCurious Smith had a career-high 11 carries for a career-high 83 yards and scored multiple touchdowns in a game for the first time. He also had a career-high 15 receiving yards on his first catch of the season…Dalton Souther had a career high three catches, for 50 yards and a TD…Bubba Roberts had a career-high three catches for a career-high 46 yards with his first career receiving touchdown…Cayden Earnhart had a career-high two catches for a career-high 14 yards…D.J. Gray had a career-high 56 receiving yards…Bralynn Ramsey blocked an extra point.