Written by Corbett Smith
DeSoto puts on a show, crushes Euless Trinity, 42-21
Offensive fireworks make difference in clash of powerhouses
DUNCANVILLE — Ready to start the second half, DeSoto and Euless Trinity had to wait a few minutes before kicking off as fireworks lit up the sky behind the scoreboard at Kincaide Stadium.
While it might have sold some tickets, the show was hardly necessary. DeSoto had plenty of fireworks to wow the crowd Saturday night.
Desmon White accounted for three touchdowns, two passing and one rushing, and Dontre Wilson scored four times as No. 3 DeSoto rolled past No. 4 Euless Trinity, 42-21, in the finale of the Lone Star Sports High School Football Classic.
“Teams always want to play Euless Trinity, since they’ve got so much tradition,” Wilson said. “It was a test, and we came out and dominated.”
DeSoto outrushed Trinity, delivered its share of crushing hits and didn’t back down when the game got testy.
“Our guys, you can try all you want, but these guys just don’t get intimidated,” DeSoto coach Claude Mathis said.
The quickness of Wilson and White was the difference-maker.
White knifed up the field on an option keeper for a 30-yard gain on the game’s opening snap. In less than two minutes, Wilson scored on a 3-yard run.
As hot as DeSoto looked, Trinity (1-2) sputtered out of the gate with a near-fumble on the subsequent kickoff and a three-and-out.
White zipped a 16-yard touchdown pass to Rickey Daniels on the following drive, giving DeSoto (3-0) a 14-0 lead.
Using play-action to perfection, quarterback Matt Hawkins hit two long passes on Trinity’s first scoring drive, capped by a 1-yard run by Homer Babcock.
But Wilson answered midway through the second quarter with rushing touchdowns on back-to-back drives, putting the game firmly in DeSoto’s grasp.
Trinity’s frustration boiled over on one of those drives when defensive tackle Sam Tevi got into an altercation with DeSoto’s Aubrey Beal. Blocked to the ground away from the play, Tevi — orally committed to Utah — threw several punches at Beal, then pulled off his own helmet as he squared up for more. Officials ejected Tevi and called two personal fouls on Trinity. Wilson scored on the following play.
It’s Trinity’s first 1-2 start since 2009. That season, after consecutive losses to Cedar Hill and Allen, Trinity rallied to win the 5A Division I state title.
“This game will make us better,” Trinity coach Steve Lineweaver said. “We’re not there yet, but we are in the building stage. Hopefully, we’ll keep getting better.”
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