QB Desmon White accounts for 351 yards as DeSoto runs away from Arlington Martin, 37-14

ARLINGTON — After a 2011 season of sharing time as DeSoto quarterback, the job is solely in the hands of junior Desmon White this season.

Those hands looked pretty trustworthy in DeSoto’s 37-14 win over Arlington Martin in the season opener for both teams Friday night at Cravens Field.

White accounted for three touchdowns, rushing for 175 yards and passing for 176, to lead DeSoto, No. 4 in the SportsDayHS Class 5A area rankings and No. 7 in The Associated Press’ state poll.

Dontre Wilson, a University of Oregon pledge, accounted for two DeSoto scores, including a 94-yard punt return that broke the game open in the third quarter.

“With the type of offense we have, it is going to be hard for people to stop Dontre and me both,” White said.

Martin coming off its best season in school history in 2011, had to feel fortunate to be trailing by only 21-14 at halftime since DeSoto owned a 347-145 advantage in total yardage at the break.

Texas pledge Kyle Hicks, who took snaps at quarterback and running back, accounted for both Martin scores on runs of 14 and 10 yards. Hicks finished with 124 yards on 24 carries.

Martin began the season No. 7 in the area and No. 11 in the state.

DeSoto’s defense pitched a shutout in the second half. Martin made only one legitimate scoring drive. Its second touchdown was set up by a botched punt snap.

“Our defense played lights out,” said DeSoto coach Claude Mathis. “Offensively, we were a little sloppy at times, but we overcame a lot of adversity.”

DeSoto made long touchdown drives the first three times it touched the ball. White lofted a 33-yard scoring pass to Texas State pledge Brandon McDowell and had a 77-yard scoring run partially nullified because of a taunting flag. But White later finished off that drive with an 8-yard scoring run.

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