DeSoto defense leads way while offense catches up in 40-7 win over S. Grand Prairie

By Randy Jennings, special contributor

DESOTO — DeSoto was slow to hit its offensive stride Friday night, but its defense never missed a beat all evening.

DeSoto, ranked No. 2 in the SportsDayHS Class 5A area poll and No. 3 in The Associated Press state poll, remained unbeaten with a 40-7 thumping of South Grand Prairie at Eagles Stadium.

The game was scoreless until the final four minutes of the first half.

“Our offense might have come out a little overconfident,” said DeSoto senior linebacker Taylor Young. “But we knew they’d get things together. Defensively, we blitzed more than we have been. We’ve got a lot of speed.”

The DeSoto defense forced six punts and held South Grand Prairie to 170 yards.

DeSoto (5-0, 2-0 in District 7-5A) turned a 14-0 halftime lead into a rout by scoring three touchdowns in the third quarter.

Senior running back Dontre Wilson, held to 20 yards on 11 carries in the first half, broke free for a 79-yard touchdown run on the Eagles’ third play of the second half to make it 20-0. He scored again on a 42-yard run on DeSoto’s next possession and finished with 141 yards.

“I had games like that myself,” said DeSoto coach Claude Mathis, a former running back. “The big thing for Dontre was just to remain patient.”

DeSoto capped a 19-point third quarter with Desmon White’s third touchdown pass of the game — a 46-yarder to Kyle Collins to make it 33-0.

South Grand Prairie (2-3, 1-1) was unable to advance inside the DeSoto 30-yard line for three quarters, but got on the board early in the fourth on a 35-yard pass from Elijah Wright to Louis Dailey.

A failed South Grand Prairie fake punt led to DeSoto’s opening touchdown. Collins shook off a tackle after taking a hitch pass from White and scooted the final 10 yards for a 7-0 lead with 3:32 to play in the second quarter to cap a 45-yard drive.

DeSoto went to a hurry-up attack to move 89 yards in five plays for a 14-0 advantage. White found Chris Lacy unguarded in the end zone on a 24-yard scoring play with 1:08 remaining in the half.

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