Written by Matt Wixon
Coppell, DeSoto a clash of potent offense vs. dominant defense
Division I area round: Coppell vs. DeSoto, 1 p.m. Saturday at Allen
DeSoto and Coppell have used different formulas this season, but their success adds up the same.
DeSoto has a turbo-charged offense that has scored more than 50 points in five of its last six games. Coppell boasts a defense that has held five of its last six opponents to seven points or less. Combined, the teams have won 22 games by an average of 27 points.
DeSoto, which has made it to the second round in seven straight seasons, finished the year No. 1 in the area 5A rankings. The Eagles started with impressive wins over Arlington Martin, Jenks (Okla.) and Euless Trinity before rolling to a District 7-5A title.
Coppell didn’t make the playoffs last year, but this season the Cowboys have seven wins over playoff teams. Their only close finishes were against Allen (27-24) and Flower Mound (27-18), which was the emotion-filled first game after the death of Coppell player Jacob Logan.
First round: Coppell 31, Irving MacArthur 7; DeSoto 62, Killeen Harker Heights 15
Coppell: Physical defense is at the core of Coppell’s success, and the line and linebackers shine as a unit. DE Solomon Thomas, one of the state’s top recruits in the Class of 2014, is incredibly tough to block. Coppell’s big-play man on offense is WR Cameron Smith, who has 52 catches for 990 yards and 14 touchdowns. The senior caught the winning touchdown pass in overtime as Coppell handed Allen its only loss.
DeSoto: The Eagles’ offense is loaded with weapons, led by RB Dontre Wilson. The senior, who is committed to Oregon, has rushed for 1,455 yards and 30 touchdowns. He’s also caught five TD passes and is a highlight reel in the open field. QB Desmon White has thrown for 2,459 yards and 24 touchdowns with only four interceptions. The junior has also rushed for 912 yards.
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