There are always several story lines that can come out of any game. The way things were shaping up for the Yellow Jackets, a repeat of last year’s district opener was looking like a very good possibility. You might remember that at this time last season, Denison was able to pull out a dramatic, one-point victory to help spur them to a share of the district title.
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When it comes to word association and Lovejoy, the one word that immediately comes to mind is offense. The Leopards have been prone to producing large amounts of points the past couple of seasons and been relying on that side of the ball to win since their move up in classification.
There was no hangover from a heart-breaking loss. The Yellow Jacket offense made sure of that. A second straight shootout went Denison’s way this time in a big bounce back effort — a 49-38 victory against Trinity Christian-Addison. There have been very few back-to-back offensive outputs like this in program history and it’s almost a shame that the bye week will stunt the momentum the unit has produced. But there are definitely things for the Jackets to work on for the next few weeks as they begin defense of their district title.
Coming off a heart-breaking loss at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, the Denison Yellow Jackets will close out non-district play with a trip to Tom Landry Stadium to face Trinity Christian-Addison. Follow along as Denison tries to get some momentum going into its bye week as District 10-5A action looms. You can also check in on Twitter if you follow @JasonDellaRosa.
For the second straight week the Yellow Jackets are facing an opponent for the first time. And for the sake of Denison and its fans, here’s hoping the ending is nothing like what they went through last week in the inaugural match-up with Argyle.
There have been very view gut-punch, kick-in-the-pants type games for the Yellow Jackets, especially since I have been covering them full-time starting in 2004. Denison has been the king of doing that to other teams in that span in a variety of ways but the game at AT&T Stadium on Friday against Argyle is definitely near the top of the list.
I can’t remember the last time Denison played a non-playoff game during the day, especially when it takes place on a Friday. But when you get the chance to play at AT&T Stadium — home of the Dallas Cowboys — and the option to do so comes at 2 p.m., there aren’t many schools turning that opportunity down.
One thing is certain about Denison’s match-up against Argyle — a coach with the same-sounding name will go home a winner. Jacket fans will hope that Chad Rogers ends the afternoon at 2-0 while the Eagles are looking to extend the winning streak of Todd Rodgers to 18 after a 16-0 run to the Class 3A Division II championship in December.
They came for a football game first and foremost and Denison fans got drama until the final play. But the curiosity about the brand-new Munson Stadium started the evening on a very positive note and the way the Yellow Jackets finished things was extremely positive as it led to a season-opening victory in overtime, a first for any version of the home turf, against Frisco Liberty.
Another season of Denison football is underway and the Yellow Jackets are opening up in grand fashion with the first game coming at the new Munson Stadium.
There is no team that can give Sherman a run for its money as the longest tenured opponent on the Denison schedule since the Bearcats have been there every fall since 1931. But it might surprise you to learn that the team with the second-most consecutive appearances would be Frisco Liberty, which is about to grace the Denison schedule for the seventh straight season — every year of Liberty’s existence.
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I have to imagine Denison fans are sick of seeing Sulphur Springs. The Wildcats have become a staple of the Jackets’ schedule in the past decade and outside of a region final victory in 2009 to propel Denison into the state semifinals, things don’t normally end well for the black and gold side. When Denison had made it to the playoffs in 2008 after a three-year absence, the Jackets were 12-0 and dreaming big. Sulphur Springs handed them their only loss in the region semifinals and the Wildcats went on to win it all. Fast-forward five years and Denison makes the playoffs after a three-year absence. And again Sulphur Springs is the eliminator, making a trip to the postseason the Jackets had waited so long for come to a quick ending.
For the first time in four years, the Denison Yellow Jackets are in the playoffs. Their first opponent is a familiar one — Sulphur Springs. Follow all of the action at Texas A&M-Commerce here on the Live Blog or follow me on Twitter @JasonDellaRosa
Many Yellow Jackets fans are quite familiar with Denison’s bi-district opponent. Sulphur Springs had been a staple of the schedule for five straight seasons before a one-year hiatus and now the teams square off in Friday’s game at Texas A&M-Commerce.