DeSoto stays hot, crushes Cedar Hill, 45-13

Eagles next get chance to avenge playoff loss to Stony Point

It’s been more than nine months since DeSoto’s humiliating loss in the regional finals. But it seems like yesterday to the Eagles.

That served as their motivation over the summer. And it drove them Saturday night in a 45-13 victory over rival Cedar Hill at Dallas’ John Kincaide Stadium.

For the third straight week, the Eagles rolled over an opponent. And once again, they are excelling in the weak areas exposed by that 72-48 loss to Round Rock Stony Point.

“They are playing like a team,” coach Claude Mathis said. “Everyone took last year’s loss hard, and have come together.”

The Eagles outgained the Longhorns, 430-305, with a balanced offense and a big-play defense.

If passing was a concern when the season started, it wasn’t Saturday. Quarterback Raheem Wilson completed 11 of 20 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 34 yards and one touchdown.

Dontre Wilson ran for 142 yards, and his touchdown run opened the scoring.

After converting an interception into a touchdown drive at the end of the first half, DeSoto led, 30-13. That swung the momentum in a big way as the Eagles shut out the Longhorns in the second half.

“We trust each other, and that means a lot,” Raheem Wilson said. “We all want the same thing.”

DeSoto made two big mistakes. Otherwise, its defense was solid. Eighty-eight of Cedar Hill’s 230 yards rushing came on a touchdown run by Jared Rayford. He finished with 139 yards and two touchdowns.

The Eagles limited Cedar Hill quarterback Andre Anderson to 4-of-11 passing for 63 yards. The Longhorns had more yardage on penalties (12 for 85).

After outscoring their first three opponents, 151-16, the Eagles get their rematch against Round Rock Stony Point on Friday. Safe to say, they are ready.

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