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DeSoto endures first scare of season, rallies to beat North Mesquite
DeSOTO — The end didn’t feel at all like the beginning. DeSoto players shouted and celebrated their 28-17 victory against North Mesquite with the post game homecoming crowd, the good vibes masking the earlier disappointment.
For the first time this year, DeSoto (6-0, 1-0) struggled. The outside sweeps failed. Its passing game was nonexistent. On defense, the Eagles looked like they did last year, allowing the other team to convert key third downs.
At halftime, North Mesquite (4-2, 0-1) led 17-0 behind the rushing attack of King Davis, Demarcus Luke and Anthony Sims.
During the first half, DeSoto coach Claude Mathis didn’t say much. He wouldn’t say much at halftime either. He delegated the responsibility to quarterback Raheem Wilson and defensive end Michael Richardson. They rallied the team.
Richardson promised Wilson that the defense wouldn’t allow any more points if the offense could cover the 18 needed to win. Both sides kept their part of the agreement.
On its first three drives of the second half, North Mesquite failed to gain positive yards. DeSoto held it to 19 yards.
On offense DeSoto went 69 yards for a score on its first second-half drive, 10 more yards than it gained the entire first half. Raheem Wilson, Dontre Wilson and Devin Rushing revived the rushing game — the Eagles had 209 on the ground for the game. Wilson also connected with Ridge Jones for a touchdown pass.
DeSoto had won its first five games by an average of just over 49 points. It had a true challenge on Friday.
“We needed something like this,” Mathis said.