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DeSoto shakes off Arlington Martin threat en route to 22-point victory
MIDLOTHIAN — DeSoto proved again that when threatened, Desmon White and his offensive mates can find another gear.
DeSoto (13-0) punched holes in a very good Arlington Martin defense for a 56-34 victory in a Class 5A Division I regional semifinal Friday night at MISD Multi-Purpose Stadium.
DeSoto advances to the Region I title game for the second consecutive season and will face Euless Trinity at a time and site to be determined. DeSoto already owns a 61-35 win over Trinity in a Week 2 nondistrict encounter.
Arlington Martin (10-3), which led by 11 points midway through the second quarter, last lead in the early moments of the third quarter and managed to pull within eight points in the fourth quarter.
Jaimon Peterson ran for 113 yards and four touchdowns, and White added to DeSoto’s 400-yard rushing total with 131 yards and a score.
Martin, beaten 46-7 by DeSoto in the season opener, has grown with the improvement of its star sophomores — running back Nic Smith and quarterback Eric Walker.
Martin’s last gasp was Josh Hall’s 73-yard kickoff return that set up a 1-yard scoring run by Josh Watson. Walker threw to Myles Garrett for the conversion pass to make it a one-score game, 42-34.
DeSoto answered in typical fashion with touchdowns by Larry Nixon and Jatory Brown.
Spencer Evans kicked his second field goal of the game, a 30-yarder, in the final minute of the third quarter to cut the DeSoto lead to 36-26.
A failed fake punt set up DeSoto for the touchdown that made it 36-23. White’s 30-yard keeper led to a 2-yard scoring run by Peterson.
DeSoto countered with Jaimon Peterson’s 44-yard touchdown burst straight up the middle. Desmon White hit Chris Lacy on the 2-point conversion pass for a 30-23 DeSoto lead with 8:06 to play in the third period.
Martin went back in front in the opening minutes of the second half, with a 30-yard Eric Walker pass to Jess Trussell setting up a 1-yard touchdown run by Daquaylyn Thomas for a 23-22 lead. The conversion run was stopped.