NEWPORT NEWS — After the Denbigh Patriots claimed their rights as the kings of Todd Stadium, Coach Marcellus Harris told his players, "Call me first if you think you're going to do anything stupid tonight."
Denbigh won its homecoming game 28-3 Saturday against the winless Gloucester Dukes.
In their second win of the season, the Patriots scored in every quarter and were able to hold the Dukes to a mere field goal at the end of the second quarter. Quarterback Terrence Dingle and wide receiver Jaquan Jenkins had consistent chemistry. Together, the two were responsible for two of Denbigh's touchdowns, both on passes of 40 yards.
Dingle completed eight passes and ran for 117 yards and two TDs. Gloucester's James Scott nearly performed a one-man show, rushing 21 times for 131 yards of the team's 31 carries for 163 yards.
After the game, Harris told his players to keep up their momentum to finish the season.
"They fought hard like they've been doing all year, and now the results came off for us," Harris said. "Just make sure they keep continuing to do the right thing, continue thinking about the team and the job they have to do."
With an almost-empty stadium, the Patriots (2-6, 2-5 Peninsula District) began the game on defense. Denbigh refused the Dukes any points and forced them to two incomplete passes during the first possession.
After holding Gloucester to eight plays, the Patriots brought their offense on the field. With a complete pass to Jenkins, Dingle used the next play to run the ball 33 yards into the end zone for a touchdown with 7:08 left in the first quarter.
Denbigh kept the momentum and scored again in the second quarter, with 7:53 on the clock, with a 12-yard run from Dingle. Gloucester suffered from recurring penalties but put its only points on the board with a field goal by Jackson Lowther as the second quarter ended.
After a lengthy halftime show, Gloucester racked up penalties and rarely gave its offense a chance to touch the ball. The Dukes gave up another touchdown with a 40-yard pass from Dingle to Jenkins with 4:04 on the third-quarter clock.
After their fourth and final touchdown, another 40-yard catch-and-run from Dingle to Jenkins with 11:45 left in the game, the Patriots sent in junior QB Michael Curtis.
DENBIGH 28, GLOUCESTER 3
D: Terrence Dingle 33 run (Lassister kick): 7:08
D: Terrence Dingle 12 run (Lassister kick): 7:53
G: Jackson FG Lowther, 0:03
D: Jenkins 40 pass from Dingle (Lassister kick), 4:04
D: Jenkins 40 pass from Dingle (Lassister kick), 11:45
TEAM STATS Glo Den
First downs 9 13
Rushes-yards 31-163 15-138
Passing yards 9 174
Comp-Att-Int 11-16-0 1-5-0
Punts-avg. 6-39 1-34
Penalties-yards 6-45 5-20
Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-2