Written by Matt Wixon
Wixon: There may be no definite answer to stopping DeSoto, Southlake Carroll other than to 'weather the storm'
DeSoto and Southlake Carroll rolled up big offensive numbers again last week, adding to the long line of defenses they’ve victimized this season. The next challengers, and potential victims, are Arlington Bowie, which faces DeSoto, and Euless Trinity, which takes on Carroll.
Is there any way to stop DeSoto and Carroll?
Arlington Martin coach Bob Wager, whose team faced both DeSoto and Carroll this season, offers this:
Good luck. Because Martin, a solid 7-4 team that suffered all its losses to teams still in the playoffs, didn’t have much luck stopping DeSoto or Carroll. Martin opened the season with a 37-14 loss to DeSoto and was stung by Carroll, 65-7, in the first round of the playoffs.
DeSoto quarterback Desmon White is terrific, Wager said, and running back Dontre Wilson is a “phenom.” Wager then heaped praise on Carroll quarterback Kenny Hill, who is orally committed to Texas A&M.
We all know about A&M’s star quarterback, Johnny Manziel, who could become the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. He’s a heck of a player, Wager said.
“But he better work hard in the off-season.”
Or Hill could unseat him as starter?
Probably not as a true freshman, but that shows the high regard Wager has for Hill. The senior passed for 256 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 137 yards and two scores in the win over Martin.
“We had no answer,” Wager said. “You’ve got to give credit where it’s due. We’ve never had a beating like that.”
Carroll and DeSoto have doled out a lot of thumpings, and most of the time, the rout begins early. Carroll led Martin 49-0 at the half, and last week, DeSoto jumped to a 28-7 halftime lead against previously undefeated Coppell.
“Weathering the storm,” Bowie coach Kenny Perry said. “That’s what we talk about.”
Bowie and Trinity can weather a storm well. Trinity is No. 1 among area 5A teams in total defense, allowing just 212.3 yards per game, and Bowie is fifth (250.1). But they’re not going to stop Carroll and DeSoto from moving the ball and scoring. The Dragons and Eagles just have too many playmakers.
And by playmakers, I also mean the offensive lines for Carroll and DeSoto. They’re as impressive as any you’ll see in high school football.
DeSoto and Carroll each average more than 50 points and 500 yards of offense per game. DeSoto has scored at least 37 points in every game, and Carroll’s only rough night came in a shutout loss to Allen in Week Zero.
How did Carroll get shut out?
It was an off night for Hill, but Allen contributed to that by getting a better rush on him than most teams. If there is another secret, Allen’s not going to share it. The Eagles might have to play the Dragons again in two weeks.
The best defense for Bowie and Trinity, powerful teams in rare underdog roles, is probably the most obvious one. Bowie and Trinity both have strong rushing attacks — Bowie averages 292.5 yards per game and Trinity 272.4 — and long drives would limit the chances for DeSoto and Carroll.
“You have to be able to stick with what you’re doing and don’t panic,” Perry said. “Don’t make mistakes and give them easy points.”
And try to weather the storm. Playing against the DeSoto and Carroll offenses, the seas can get mighty choppy.
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