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Denton Game 1941

The Denton Record-Chronicle, Wednesday edition, November 5, 1941:


Denton High’s Broncos, bouncing back to apparent top form after last week they were fought to a scoreless tie by Arlington, whipped through scrimmage Tuesday and had the same sort of program mapped for this afternoon. They were preparing to invade Ennis Friday.

The Denton game would be the ninth for Ennis. The season had been disappointing. Ennis had won five games, lost two and tied one. Denton was undefeated, but tied by Arlington High School. Going into the Ennis game, their season record was six wins and one tie. After Ennis they would have two crucial district games remaining. It is possible the scribes were using reverse psychology to keep the Broncos focused on winning a non-district game by touting Ennis, but they may have seen a dark cloud overhead. Ennis played Arlington High School on September 12, and defeated them 18 to 7.

On November 6, 1941 Roy Moses, a sports writer for the Denton Record-Chronicle, picked Ennis to defeat Denton on Friday night:

“The Denton High Broncos draw a leave from the District 6-AA scramble this week, as they invade Ennis Friday in a non-conference engagement. Coach Clyde Carter’s lads, still undefeated but tied once, will be out to revenge for themselves what happened last week. Ennis on the other hand has a big and powerful eleven and not likely to be stopped at home. This will be a close one—I’ll take Ennis over Denton.”

The Denton Record-Chronicle, Friday edition, November 7, 1941:


When the Denton High School Broncos face the Lions on the Ennis field tonight, they will be looking for a stiff scrap. The Broncos have not been defeated in the district race and have only one tie to mar the record to date, but they are not counting on an easy time in this non-conference game.

The results won’t count in the standing but the Denton grid team has lost no time this week on the practice field in preparing for the Ellis County trip, hoping to maintain the season’s outstanding record.

The Denton Record-Chronicle, Saturday edition, November 8, 1941:


The Ennis Lions rolled over a strong Denton Bronco eleven at Ennis last night 28-0. It was an exhibition of hard running, blocking and accurate passing by both teams but Ennis was the winner all the way.

After having three drives halted deep in Denton territory in the first period by fifteen-yard penalties, the Lions scored early in the second quarter. Billy Pool returned a punt twenty yards to the Bronco 30-yard line, then picked up six around end. Crow passed to B. Pool to carry the ball to the 10, then Pool and Cikanek carried to the 1-yard line before Mock crashed over center for the score.

Midway in the third period the Lions opened up with a powerful running attack that netted another touchdown. Billy Pool, Loyd Pool and Joe Crow carried the ball on a fifty-four-yard drive that saw Crow go over from the 5-yard line. Billy Pool intercepted a pass that set up the third touchdown. Mock passed to Emerson for an eighteen yard gain and then Billy Pool passed to Mock for twenty-five yards and Mock crashed center for the remaining ten yards. The last touchdown came in the last few seconds of the game when Mock passed to Billy Pool for a fifty-four yard touchdown play. Dooney Pierce kicked all four extra points.

In the first quarter Denton drove deep into Ennis territory on passes, but after that they were held in check and never got past midfield. Cromer shot many good passes for the visitors and his end runs also clicked off many good gains.


Ennis Description Denton
15 First Downs 9
223 Rushing Yards 66
143 Passing Yards 117


The above articles appeared in the Denton Record-Chronicle in 1941

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