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DeSoto outlasts Mesquite Horn as on-field brawl breaks out in emotional game
MESQUITE - There were 1,158 yards of offense, 15 touchdowns and one ugly brawl as DeSoto outlasted Mesquite Horn, 61-47, in an emotion-charged game Friday night at Hanby Stadium.
DeSoto's Ryan Polite passed for 357 yards and four touchdowns and added two rushing touchdowns as No. 4 DeSoto (7-1, 3-0) pulled away from Horn in the second half and clinched a playoff spot.
Polite's counterpart, Horn QB Collin Strahan, also had a big performance, passing for 299 yards, rushing for 113 more and accounting for five touchdowns. But No. 10 Horn (4-4, 1-2) had a failed fake punt and an interception in the fourth quarter that halted its momentum.
The brawl occurred with 10:40 left in the third quarter, in the aftermath of a four-yard run by Polite. Pushing and shoving escalated into punches being thrown, and at least 10-15 players were involved in the skirmish before they could be separated by coaches and teammates. The game was delayed for 14 minutes.
On the first play after the brawl, Polite scored on a 5-yard run to give DeSoto a 48-47 lead. Horn's subsequent drive ended with a failed pass on a fake punt, and DeSoto then scored on a 60-yard pass from Polite to Cameron White for a 55-47 lead with 7:31 left in the game.
DeSoto put the game on ice on its next possession when Polite scored on another 5-yard run for the final margin.
Wide receiver Jakeem Grant had a tremendous game for Horn, catching five passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns. He appeared to sprain his ankle late in the second quarter, but he showed that he was OK when he took off on a 64-yard run on the first play of the second half, setting up a Horn TD.
Strahan, who had missed the previous three games with a broken wrist, missed the final two plays of that third-quarter series as trainers looked at his wrist on the sideline. He returned but was not nearly as effective passing the rest of the game. Strahan threw for 288 yards in the first half and only 11 in the second half. There were 760 total yards in the first half - 392 for DeSoto and 368 for Mesquite Horn.
The teams also combined for 28 penalties for 266 yards.