There are very few boxscores that include Bea Nguyen’s name. There are even fewer than contain Shelby Galyon’s. But they both have a significant effect that goes beyond what is there — or more importantly, what is not there.
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There was something of a cathartic finish for the Yellow Jackets. In what might have been their best game of the season, they went out and took the frustration of some many tough losses out on a team that wasn’t prepared to handle the onslaught. Denison had its most points of the season, rolled up 500 yards and were three plays away from a perfect effort on defense and special teams. It was a frustrating season in that the Jackets end at 4-6, 2-5 and that could easily read 9-1, 6-1. As we head into the off-season with some good things to look forward to in 2015, I turn to a wise old Vulcan for inspiration: “Live long and Prosper.”
The final game of the season for the Yellow Jackets is upon us. Denison travels to Prosper to close things out in District 10-5A and you can follow all of the action here on the Live Blog or follow me on Twitter @JasonDellaRosa
The last game of the season is the first match-up with another program. The growth of Prosper has seen it zoom up to Denison’s classification (and will probably zoom right on past to Class 6A in the next realignment). The Eagles have struggled lately in their foray into what is now known as 5A and are trying to shake it off but they have a history of recent success.
There was so much surrounding the second-to-last game of the season that perhaps the football got a little bit overlooked. As Denison hosted Wylie East, it was Senior Night, Pink Out and Halloween all rolled into one evening that had a much more important aspect: the Yellow Jackets needed a victory to keep their playoff hopes alive. They may have been slim, but a win against the Raiders would have meant the season-finale would definitely mean something. I know you won’t believe this, but in the middle of the fourth quarter Denison was down just a touchdown. And unfortunately by the end of the game, the playoff dreams were dashed.
There’s a lot going on at Munson Stadium tonight. Denison needs a win to stay alive for the playoffs. On Senior Night. On Halloween. During a Pink Out. Will all those factors play a part in the Jackets’ 10-5A match-up against Wylie East? Follow along on the Live Blog or follow me on Twitter @JasonDellaRosa.
With two weeks left in the season, the match-up between Denison and Wylie East is crucial for both sides. Denison needs to win to keep its very slim playoff hopes alive. East can not only end the Jackets’ chances with a win of its own, the Raiders will clinch the final playoff spot for themselves in victory. Last year’s game came down to a blocked extra point in the closing seconds as the difference in a Denison win — it would be quite a trick to have such a drama-filled game again this Friday.
Denison has played five district games. They have now lost four of them, the latest one to get away coming against McKinney North. And yet, as they head to practice this week, they are still alive for the playoffs with two games left on the schedule. Mr. Blutarsky, if you please: “What? Over? Did you say over? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no! And it ain’t over now. ‘Cause when the goin’ gets tough…The tough get goin’! Who’s with me? Let’s go!”
The last time Denison made a trip to McKinney, things did not go well. If the Yellow Jackets are going to make the playoffs, they need to leave Ron Poe Stadium with a victory this time around. Follow all of the action between Denison and McKinney North here on the Live Blog or follow me on Twitter @JasonDellaRosa
When Denison welcomed McKinney North to Munson Stadium in the 2013 finale, the Jackets had already sewn up a playoff spot and no worse than a share of the district title while the Bulldogs were fighting for their playoff lives. Now Denison is facing what amounts to a must-win against North if it’s going to keep its postseason chances alive.
“Rivalry isn’t hate, it is a partnership in disguise. If you want to give your all and be your best, you need a rival. Without one you wouldn’t be your best, you wouldn’t give your all.” — Anonymous.
It’s that time of year again — the 116th time to be exact. The Sherman Bearcats travel to Munson Stadium to take on the Denison Yellow Jackets in a rivalry game like no other in the state. Will Sherman head south with the Ax? Will Denison keep the trophy for a second straight season? Follow all the action here on the Live Blog or follow on Twitter @JasonDellaRosa.
Going into District 10-5A play, I don’t know what the odds would have been that Denison would be behind Sherman in the standings when the 116th Battle of the Ax arrived in the middle of the 10-5A schedule.
“Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me
Do you enjoy football? Do you enjoy homecoming? Do you enjoy bad weather? Well if so, this Live Blog is the place for you! Follow all of those things as Denison hosts Wylie in District 10-5A action or keep track of the action on Twitter by following me @JasonDellaRosa
A team searching for its first district victory takes on a team trying to avoid its first district loss.
“Put ’em up, put ’em up! Which one of you first? I’ll fight you both together if you want. I’ll fight you with one paw tied behind my back. I’ll fight you standing on one foot. I’ll fight you with my eyes closed… ohh, pullin’ an axe on me, eh? Sneaking up on me, eh? Why, I’ll… Ruff!”
After a one-week hiatus, the Live Blog is back! I hope. If this thing is working, you can follow all of the 10-5A action as Denison travels to Ron Poe Stadium and faces McKinney as both teams are chasing their first district win. If the Live Blog doesn’t work, you can get updates on Twitter by following me @JasonDellaRosa
It has been two realignment cycles since Denison faced McKinney and it will be hard to top the last two meeting between the two schools.
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.
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.
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