Denison Football by Ed Meacham (Week 6 Game 7)
Open Mouth and Insert Size 13 Nike
A week ago, I made a bold prediction that Denison would win its game against RoyseCity at Munson Stadium; this would be their first district win and the start to a spot in the playoffs. Denison failed to achieve those feats last Friday as the visitors from Royse City, who entered the game at 0-5, beat the Yellow Jackets 21-6.
Broadway Joe (Namath) got his bold prediction correct; he declared a victory for his New York Jets in Super Bowl III, and got it right in a 16-7 win over the favored Colt in that 1969 game. I didn't in my prediction for the Yellow Jackets! Eating crow; and the taste of my size 13 Nike didn't taste good……..at all.
For the second year in a row, the Bulldogs beat the Yellow Jackets to help secure their own playoff berth while dashing Denison's hopes. The Yellow Jackets will have to win its next three games and get some help if they are to make the playoffs.
With the "Battle of the Axe" looming on the schedule (Oct 21), it's going to be a tough road to pave. The Bearcats have all but secured their playoff aspirations with a win Friday at Bearcat Stadium, 30-17, over Texas High, who a week earlier beat Denison 37-13.
As the first half of play expired Friday, the Yellow Jackets were down 14-0, but not out! A pivotal play at the end of the half changed the complexion of the game. With just seconds left in the half, the Yellow Jackets were on the Bulldogs’ half yard line, but failed to score a touchdown as time ran off the clock.
If the Jackets had scored that touchdown, the momentum would have gone to the home team. That touchdown might have been the difference the Jackets needed to take in the locker room.
The second half of play seemed to belong to Denison. The attitude and posture was certainly on the home side of the stadium. I sensed that Denison taking control of the tempo of the game.
As usual the Yellow Jacket's defense played extremely well. Key adjustments were made at halftime by defensive coordinator Tim McFadden; and the Bulldogs seemed to have lost their ability to move the ball effectively.
But, the Yellow Jackets offense could muster only three more points after another possession. Yet, the game was very much in question at 14-6 entering the 4th quarter.
Unfortunately, the Yellow Jacket offense sputtered from that point in the contest. By game’s end, Denison had just 98 yards of TOTAL offense.
Denison now must prepare for the "Battle of the Axe" with a week off to plan for it. (Bye Week) When Denison and Sherman collide on Oct. 21, Denison will have to play spoiler! Sherman still has hopes of winning its second consecutive district title.
Denison fans will remember way back to 2007 when the Yellow Jackets came into Bearcat Stadium very much the underdog and mounted a huge second half comeback to pull off the upset over a heavily favored Bearcat team.
One can only hope - and not predict - the same for this upcoming game.