The Dayton Broncos (3-3, 2-2) came up inches short in a 24-17 District 19-4A road loss on Thursday night (October 3, 2013) to the Kingwood Park Panthers. Falling short on fourth and inches as the game clock wound down coupled with two interception returns for touchdowns cost the Broncos a chance to build some momentum as they prepare for a match-up against the Humble Wildcats.
For the second week in a row, the Broncos fell behind early before mounting a second half comeback that this week fell short in the closing minutes.
After a scoreless first quarter for both teams, the Panthers offensive weapon, Jaylon Henderson, put KWP on the board just minutes into the second quarter with a nine yard scamper. Following a 51 yard interception return by Garrett Velko put KWP up 14-0 with three minutes to play in the half, the Broncos got back in the game with an Omar Serrano 29 yard field goal.
The Panthers pushed the lead to 24-3 in the third with Caleb Lewallen field goal and an Austin Morales pick six before Dayton answered back.
Quarterback Triston Baughman who threw for 371 yards scored on a one yard run late in the third before throwing a 35 yard scoring strike to wideout Lucious Rhone with 736 to play in the game. Dayton also had a first half touchdown pass called back in the first half.
The loss overshadowed some of the positives of the game as head coach Jowell Hancock talked about after the game.
"Our kids played hard. The last play on offense came down to just a few inches short on fourth down. We had a TD called back and our QB had a good game yardage wise. We had the ball and a chance to tie it up after all the things that went against us. It just did not work out. Proud of the kids effort."