Written by Matt Wixon
Wixon: DeSoto steals show at Herbstreit Classic with 63-point victory
ARLINGTON — Monday was a day of rest for many American workers, and at Cowboys Stadium, it looked that way for the local teams that took on out-of-state opponents. There was very little laboring as Arlington Bowie, Skyline and DeSoto dismantled their competition in the first three games of the Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic.
“I think Texas represented very well today,” DeSoto coach Claude Mathis said. “I tell you right now, Texas doesn’t like to lose to nobody.”
And Monday, Texas got a lot of what it liked. Before the late-night showdown of Cedar Hill and Denton Guyer, Bowie smashed New Orleans Edna Karr, 36-6; Skyline dominated Cocoa (Fla.), 36-20, and then DeSoto pummeled Oklahoma City Douglass in a game that could never be called a classic.
Well, maybe a classic mismatch.
DeSoto pummeled Douglass, 63-0, in front of 10,000 fans who had the toughest job of the day: staying awake. It was hard to watch as DeSoto (2-0) whipped an overwhelmed opponent, but it was easy to appreciate just how good the Eagles could be this year.
“I think we’re pretty good,” running back Dontre Wilson said. “I think we can win a state championship.”
He might be right, but it’s hard to tell from what DeSoto did to a smaller, slower opponent. Douglass had won 12 straight games and is the defending Class 4A champion in Oklahoma, but with an enrollment of 543, it’s the size of a 3A school in Texas.
DeSoto (enrollment 2,750) is a good-sized 5A school, and it’s a very good 5A football team. Maybe even state-champion caliber based on how its defense is playing.
DeSoto’s defense allowed more than 30 points per game last year, but it has allowed three points in its first two games this season. Douglass (0-1) managed only 49 total yards — less than a yard per play — against DeSoto’s big, fast and ferocious defense.
“The expectations for the defense this year are very high,” Mathis said. “There cannot be a letdown from week to week.”
There was no letdown on defense, and on offense, DeSoto launched big plays all over the field. Raheem Wilson threw touchdown passes, to Ridge Jones (40 yards), Devin Rushing (27 yards) and Dontre Wilson (33 yards). Five of DeSoto’s eight offensive touchdowns were scored on plays of more than 25 yards, and another score came on an 81-yard kickoff return by Zack White.
When combined with a DeSoto defense that forced nine punts, intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble, it added up to a snoozer. It was DeSoto’s Jolly Green Giants against Douglass’ crushed orange.
“We knew we would come out with a win,” DeSoto linebacker Alex Lyons said. “But we didn’t know it would be like this.”