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May 5, 2013

Denison Wins Denton 7 on 7 Tournament

DENTON - The Denison Yellowjackets up until last summer had never been a player in the 7 on 7 tournament scene, in fact Denison had not played in a SQT in over ten years. That all changed last year with the arrival of new head coach Chad Rogers, who is a big proponent of the summer game. "I'm a big believer in the positive that 7 on 7, specifically tournament play," said Coach Rogers. "We encourage the kids to play and stay busy in the summer, we have some great people in the community who coach the team, raise the money and transport the kids to tournaments, and all I've got to do is come out and be a cheerleader, which is fun."

Last summer was a learning process as the 'Jackets had their share of struggles in three tournaments, but Saturday's 5-1 mark at the Denton 7 on 7 Warm Up could mean a better summer and more importantly a better fall for Coach Rogers bunch.

After losing their second game of the tournament to Fort Worth Southwest 34-25, Denison rattled off four straight wins en route to the tournament championship. The road was far from easy as Denison had to knock off Lake Dallas in a 48-45 shootout to win their pool and then in the tournament championship they fell behind Frisco Heritage 10-0 and 17-7, before rallying back for a 31-24 win. Some standouts for Denison on the day were QB Will Parker, QB/WR Chance Rogers, WR Jaleel Dade, LB Derrick Bennett and DB Quay'shaun Gray.

This was a warm up tournament, so the rules were slightly modified from the standard state qualifying rules. The games were 25 min in length instead of 40, teams got three points for an interception and upon scoring a touchdown a team could opt for the automatic one point or choose to go for two from the ten.

Denton 7 on 7 Scores

Pool A

Frisco Heritage 41 Denton 31

Princeton 27 Carrollton Smith 10

Frisco Heritage 20 Princeton 6

Graham 31 Granbury 20

Trophy Club Nelson 38 Granbury 21

Graham 31 Carrollton Smith 13

Trophy Club Nelson 31 Denton 28

Frisco Heritage 69 Carrollton Smith 7

Princeton 16 Graham 7

Granbury 41 Denton 14

Trophy Club Nelson 31 Frisco Heritage 14

Denton 34 Princeton 21

Granbury 35 Carrollton Smith 17

Graham 41 Trophy Club Nelson 28

Pool B

Lake Dallas 25 Fort Worth Southwest 24

Denison 32 Bridgeport 28

Fort Worth Southwest 34 Denison 25

Denton 45 Argyle Liberty Christian 21

Azle 31 Princeton 20

Bridgeport 27 Argyle Liberty Christian 14

Fort Worth Southwest 38 Bridgeport 24

Lake Dallas 24 Azle 11

Denison 45 Argyle Liberty Christian 28

Lake Dallas 35 Carrollton Smith 31

Azle 20 Fort Worth Southwest 13

Denison 48 Lake Dallas 45

Azle 41 Argyle Liberty Christian 7

Denton 34 Bridgeport 7

Semi-Finals

Denison 28 Trophy Club Nelson 21

Frisco Heritage 28 Lake Dallas 24

Tournament Championship

Denison 31 Frisco Heritage 24



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