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Lions roar past Dayton

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    Dayton QB Blayne Denton steps back to pass. The Vindicator | Amanda Jordan
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    Ashton Garner catches the kick-off on special teams against the Montgomery Lake Creek Lions. Garner had three touchdowns on the night for the Broncos. The Vindicator | Amanda Jordan

On Friday night at Bronco Stadiums Houston Methodist Field, home of the Dayton Broncos, the Broncos came into the 2021 football season with the mindset of turning things around from a 2020 season where they went winless. Unfortunately, the season’s first game didn’t turn out the way the Broncos hoped that it would have gone. The Dayton Broncos on Friday night fell to a pretty wellcoached Lake Creek Lions team. But despite coming up short and out the losing end, thanks to second-year head coach Blake Ware and his staff, Broncos fans left Methodist Stadium feeling somewhat positive about this upcoming football season. “There Is Brightness Out the Horizon.”

The Lions received the opening kickoff, and with 10:26 left in the first quarter, score a Touchdown, the PAT failed. And from that point on, the lions never looked back.

Dayton had a chance to either tie or go ahead before halftime with Lake Creek up by three points after the Broncos scored on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Blayne Denton to Donovan Orebo; the home team fought back and found themselves back in the game, down only by three, on the short kickoff Lake Creek raced some 50 yards for a touchdown to help the Lions go into halftime up by 10 points, 31-21.

The Lions came out after halftime and scored 14 unanswered points in the 3rd quarter before the Broncos offense got back on the track, scoring two touchdowns in the 4th quarter. Lake Creek would score again, bringing the final score to Lake Creek Lions-58 and Dayton Broncos 34. This Ashton Garner had three touchdowns on the night (35-yard pass by Denton to Garner, 15-yard pass by Denton to Garner, and a 3-yard touchdown rushing). While Orebo had a single score and 56 yards receiving. Donovan Washington also scored on a 47-yard reception from Denton.

Friday, the Broncos will travel to Montgomery, TX, to take on the Montgomery Bears. The kickoff is at 7:30 pm.