Written by Michael Florek
DeSoto overcomes sloppy start to dominate Jenks (Okla.), 46-27
CARROLLTON — Saturday afternoon, just about everything was traded between DeSoto and Jenks (Okla.): penalties, special teams miscues, the lead, and most of all, the ball.
The teams combined for six fumbles (three lost), four total turnovers and two blocked punts. In the first half. The second saw one more turnover and three more fumbles as DeSoto ran away in the second half for a 46-27 victory at Pennington Field despite fumbling eight times.
“It put our kids in a situation where we have to overcome adversity,” DeSoto coach Claude Mathis said. “We’re by no means clicking on all cylinders right now. … We overcome that adversity, so I’m OK with that.”
DeSoto spotted Jenks 12 early points thanks to some good field position after a snap went over the DeSoto punter’s head. DeSoto scored 18 straight points to retake the lead and after forcing a fumble, thought it had distanced itself, but running back Dontre Wilson’s 49-yard touchdown was called back because of penalty.
A couple of plays later, Jenks ripped a shovel pass out of the hands of the DeSoto receiver and took advantage of the short field to take a 19-18 lead.
Despite scoring 27 points, Jenks had just 183 yards of offense for the game.
“The [players] were so hyped for Texas vs. Oklahoma that they were just playing too fast,” Mathis said.
DeSoto’s Nick Orr took over in the second quarter. He blocked a Jenks punt, then picked up the ball after a couple small bounces and ran it in for a four-yard touchdown. It was Orr’s second blocked punt of the game.
“I was just coming off the edge as fast as I can,” Orr said. “They didn’t block me. I don’t know why.”
Jenks returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, but Orr gave DeSoto a short field just before the half with an interception. Three plays later, DeSoto led 32-27 and never looked back, shutting out Jenks in the second half.