The sun was still waking up when the purple and gold took the field at Denton High School Monday morning. After almost nine months of waiting, the Broncos wasted little time getting back on the field.
By 6:45 a.m., after a team meeting at 6, head coach Billy Miller stood in front of his team and opened up the 2019 season.
The first of many practices ensued, with focus on the basics and fundamentals. The workout gave players a taste of what to expect before practices start getting more advanced.
“I was super excited about how we looked today,” Miller said. “We’ve been talking about the future for the past six months and now we get to get out here and see it full speed. I’m excited about the additions we have on this staff and everything we’ve done offensively and defensively over the past six months.”
After managing just two wins last year, Denton underwent changes in both personnel and the coaching staff this offseason that breathed fresh energy into the first practice of the season.
Senior quarterback Davian Guardo, senior receiver Sam Strange, and senior defensive end and receiver Isaac Broades are all poised to lead Denton in 2019.
The Broncos feature nine new coaches and lost several senior leaders from last year’s team. But after a summer of working out the kinks, most newcomers were ready to go on the first day.
“That’s what we used the summer for,” Miller said. “We know there are going to be new guys over the course of the spring, and over the summer time we were able to learn about each other and fine-tune how our staff and players learn from each other and build those relationships.”
In addition to being without leading receiver and defensive back Marcellus Lockley, who transferred to Flower Mound Marcus last month, Denton was also missing running back Xylohn Posey on Monday morning.
The Broncos’ leading rusher and top offensive weapon was one of the best backs in the Denton-area last year. Miller confirmed Posey was not at practice, but did not give an official statement on Posey’s situation.
Later Monday evening, Melissa head coach Matt Nally confirmed in a text to the Denton Record-Chronicle that Posey had moved to Melissa. The Cardinals went 8-4 last year and 4-2 in District 7-4A (Division I), the same district as Argyle.
The Broncos will continue to have 6 a.m. practices during camp and will have their first scrimmage Aug. 23 against Little Elm.
“First day of practice was great. Everyone was moving around and things went smooth,” Guardo said. “We had a few mistakes but coaches didn’t have to get on us too much. Throughout the summer we were comfortable and on the same page, and now it’s kicking it up a notch.”
Reece Waddell contributed to this report.