DENHAM SPRINGS — For the second straight week, the Denham Springs Yellow Jackets racked up more than 150 yards in penalties.
And for the second straight week, it didn’t matter.
The Jackets were penalized 18 times but still beat Broadmoor 35-12 in a District 4-5A contest Friday night.
Denham Springs gave up 170 yards in penalties, but coach Dru Nettles chose to focus on the fact that the Yellow Jackets improved to 3-2 and remain undefeated in district play through two games.
“All wins are great, and we’ll take this one,” Nettles said.
To offset the penalties, Denham’s offense rolled up 370 yards.
Junior quarterback Torez Kinchen engineered the offense. He completed 12 passes and gained 144 yards on 17 attempts without an interception.
Freshman running back Tyree Golmon looked to notch his fourth consecutive 100-yard game but fell short after gaining 76 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries to pace the Jackets.
Kinchen, Robert Thomas, Elton Knight and B.J. Armstrong also had touchdowns for the Jackets.
Brodrick Delihue had a game-high 93 yards on 12 attempts for Broadmoor. Quarterback Earl Butler scored two running touchdowns but failed to complete a pass.
Nettles said he was pleased to see the Yellow Jackets offensive output spread out among several players.
“We’ve got a good quarterback and three good running backs,” he said. “Every week it’s not just going to be one guy you depend on. Tyree had some good quality runs for us tonight, but the other guys all did their jobs, too.”
Broadmoor fell behind 21-0 at halftime and had a 72-yard touchdown run called back for a holding infraction.
The Bucs were penalized 13 times for 115 yards.
Though trailing at halftime, Broadmoor bounced back and scored twice in the third quarter to stun the Yellow Jackets and stay in the contest.
Butler put the Bucs on the scoreboard with a 1-yard TD run at the 7:10 mark of the third quarter.
Trailing by three touchdowns, the visitors took the opening possession of the second half and drove 79 yards in nine plays for the score.
The drive was aided by a personal foul penalty and an offside infraction by the Yellow Jackets. Denham was penalized for more than 180 yards in its victory over Live Oak last week.
Broadmoor scored again on its next possession, taking advantage of a 13-yard punt by Denham Springs. The Bucs used four plays and another pair of Yellow Jackets penalties to drive 33 yards for the TD. Butler scored on a 3-yard run, but his pass failed on the conversion attempt, and the Bucs still trailed 21-12.
Broadmoor coach Elliott Wilkins said the Bucs (2-3, 1-1) appeared out of sync after defeating Walker 48-46 last week.
“We just never caught a rhythm tonight,” he said. “The first half, we kind of shot ourselves in the foot. We had a long touchdown run called back by a holding penalty behind the ball, and that was a killer for us.”
Broadmoor will travel to Live Oak to take on the Eagles on Thursday night. Denham Springs will travel to Central on Friday.