DeSoto, No. 1 Dallas-area team, looks the part in 61-7 blowout vs. Mansfield Timberview

Eagles put on an overwhelming show on both sides of the football

MANSFIELD — DeSoto did not look like a team that intends to see its No. 1 ranking slip away any time soon.

The top-ranked Class 5A team in SportsDay’s area rankings flexed its muscle and overwhelmed No. 18 Mansfield Timberview, 61-7, Friday night at R.L. Anderson Stadium.

DeSoto (6-0, 3-0 in District 7-5A), No. 2 in The Associated Press’ state poll, rolled up 414 of its 607 yards in the first half when it opened a 33-7 intermission lead.

The advantage grew to 54-7 by the fourth quarter when backups flooded the field for the Eagles.

Afforded airtight protection by a dominating offensive line, junior quarterback Desmon White threw for 255 yards and two scores and rushed for 99 yards.

White connected with Tavares Royal for a 21-yard scoring pass in the first half and found Chris Lacy on a 13-yard strike in the third period.

Senior running back Dontre Wilson, who has orally committed to Oregon, led the DeSoto rushing attack with 119 yards and four touchdowns, all from close range.

The DeSoto defense feasted on six turnovers, including five fumbles, by Timberview (3-3, 2-1). The DeSoto defense also contributed a goal-line stand, halting four straight Timberview plays from inside the 3-yard line in the second quarter.

Timberview’s only touchdown came late in the first quarter when Khalid Connor snuck behind the DeSoto secondary on a 41-yard pass from Avery Gilbert.

With Midlothian’s loss to Mansfield on Friday, DeSoto took sole possession of the District 7-5A lead just three weeks into the schedule.

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