Dayton’Broncos vs. Livingston Lions
Big Thicket Messenger - December 2007
The Dayton Broncos via virtue of a 42-10 win over the Texas City Stingarees will now meet the Livingston Lions in the quarterfinals at Galena Park Yellowjacket Stadium on Friday, November 30, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
The Lions earned the Area Crown with their win over the Houston Washington War Eagles.
The Livingston Lions of 2007 made history Friday afternoon with a top score of 42-7.
The Lions are the first young men to win the UIL Region III Area Championship.
On their way to a victory, the Lions amassed 17 first downs and gained a total of 370 yards.
Lion players include Dustin Harris, Carl Wills. Ronald Bogany, Kevin Nettles, Nigel Farr, Daniel Williams, Caleb Washington, Devante Ryans, Keaton Parker, Ricky Carr, Josh Henderson, Stacey Randolph, Drew Nelson, Jake Rowe, Dustin Phillips, Chris Landers, Buck Bland, Isaac Crawford, Colton Westcott, Brandon McGowen, Chris Nick Kemp, Jacob Jerffries, Wesley Wilson, Zach Cowles, Robert Rippy, Roman Lee, Lamar Bogany, Mark Reynolds, Michael Holman, Andrew Boyce, Corey Dickerson, John Davis, Duane Underferth, Manny Rios, Brandon Prescott and Carlos Moreno.
The Broncos got off to a shaky start on Friday, November 23, on the very first play of the game as a fumble occurred on the 15-year line and Texas City recovered. After the fumble, the Stingarees were held by a staunch Dayton Defense and only scored a field goal to lead 3-0.
The Broncos then settled down and gave the fans what they had come to expect. They scored as they marched 77 yards down the field on 13 plays where Quarterback Gregory Charles connected with A.J. Dugat from 19 yards out with 3:57 showing on the clock in the first quarter.
The next score saw the Broncos with a third and 20 from the Stingaree’s 23-yeard line when Charles connected with Ronnie Powell to up the lead to 14-3.
After another third and out for Texas City, the Broncos took the kick at the Texas City 44 yard line, marched the 56 yards down the field with a Charles to Dugat pass to advance the score to 21-3 with the clock showing 8:05 in the second quarter.
Their next score came as Dugat took a pitch from Gregory and then passed to Powell from 23 yards out with 5:07 remaining until half time.
Texas City would score in the third quarter as Daniel Herrera intercepted a Gregory Charles pass, and returned it to the 49-yard line. Blake Apffel went into the end zone on a one-yard run to make the score 28-10.
In the fourth quarter the Broncos were backed up at their 1-yard line and after 12 plays went into the end zone as Charles again connected with Paul Fontenot on a 26-yard pass.
The final points of the night came when John Gable went in from the 10-yard line capping off a 85-yard eight-play drive.
The Broncos had a total of 442 yards with 26 first downs. Texas City had a total of 9 first downs.
The Bronco roster includes Gregory Charles, A.J. Dugat, John Gable, Johnathon Marton, Jonathon Pittsenbarger, Jordan Baxter, Aaron Jenkins, Allen Stein, Brent Kimmy, Chance McCormack, Jordan May, Justin Wilson, K.J., Paul Fontenot, Chase Barnes, Chris Young, Cody Green, Evan Brown, Ray Samuels, Robert Billings, Ford Smesny, Fred Hynson, Jeffrey Summers, Terry Asson, Tony Hill, Moises Herrera, Zachery Favetta, Anthony St. Julian, Clayton J. Howard, Chance Morgan, Ryan Rice, Caleb Lang, Zach Crowder, Damian Berotte, Brian McBride, Dylan Bethea, Darius Detiege and Victor Blanco.
Tickets for the game at the gate will be $7.00 each in the Lion-Bronco clash on Friday, November 30, at 7:00 p.m. at Galena Park Yellowjacket Stadium.