Broncos dream season ends
Big Thicket Messenger - December/January 2007
The dream season for the 2007 Dayton Bronco football team came to a screeching halt on Friday, December 14, as the Austin Lake Travis Cavaliers crashed their hopes for a state bid.
The Cavaliers took the opening kick-off and in just three plays with only 1 minute and 2 seconds off the clock scored their first touchdown of the night as a 20-yard run from Chris Aydam. The Thomas Rebold point after attempt was good.
Dayton was not to be denied as they took their opening drive and marched down the field with a 15-yard pass from Quarterback Gregory Charles to Paul Fontenot. The Ronnie Powell extra point kick was good, tying up the score at 7-7 at the 8-minute14 second mark.
The Cavaliers next scoring drive came on a 24-yard pass from Garrett Gilbert. The Rebold kick also proved to be good and the Cavs were up 14’7 at the 4 minute 53 second mark.
Dayton scored again on a 13-yard pass as Gregory hit one of his favorite targets, A.J. Dugat. The point after was blocked leaving the score at 14-13 in the first quarter.
After that the Broncos were unable to move the ball toward the end zone and the Cavs marched off 35 unanswered points at the hands of a Lake Travis quarterbacks arm.
Gilbert, a junior, completed 33 of 40 passes for 482 yards and four touchdowns while adding a fifth on a 14-yard run.
Head Bronco coach Jerry Stewart said, “He was just on. When you find a good one that is on, you are going to struggle.“
The Broncos had by far their worst offensive effort on Friday night as they were kept to only 221 yards. Charles was limited to 119 passing yards and only two touchdown passes.
The number one ranked defense in the area allowed 625 yards of total offense.
Although the Broncos bowed out one game short of a state title bid, Head Coach Jerry Stewart is definitely proud of this year’s team. This was the best season that the Broncos have had throughout school history.
“The kids fought hard. It just did not work out Friday night.”