Over those first three games, Dayton yielded 71 points. Since then, however, the Broncos and defensive tackle Darrian Wright has turned up the pressure on opposing offenses, giving up just 33 points in the last six games (all wins).
Even more impressive, Galena Park accounted for 23 of those 33 points. Thus, the Broncos have allowed a grand total of 10 points in their other five wins, including three shutouts.
"The weather that day (2 1/2 hour lightning delay, accompanied by heavy rains) didn't really bother me, although I wanted to watch the game," said Wright. "It rained so much that we left at halftime.
"The weather conditions and crowd didn't have any affect on my feelings towards SMU. Having fans is nice, but it's not something that I'm worried about."
What are Wright's thoughts on his senior season?
"Our goal is to get a state championship and just keep working harder each week. We need to listen to what our coaches tell us. I had a big play in our last game against Crosby (42-3 Dayton win). The quarterback came down the line in my direction on a sweep and I put a hit on him.
"There was another play in an earlier game where the team tried to run a counter and block down on me. I beat the block and tackled the ballcarrier in the backfield."
The Broncos have to replace an integral part of their offense after the most productive running back was sidelined with an injury.
"Our running back broke his leg and he had almost 20 touchdowns this year," said Wright. "He had some back-to-back bad luck, because he was in a car accident two weeks before he got injured in a game. As a team, that made us realize that you never know when it's going to be your last chance to step on the field."