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DeSoto's defense, RB Dontre Wilson's big second half too much for Arlington Bowie, 24-6, in 5A regional semis
Bowie is stonewalled in second half as area’s No. 1 team advances
BEDFORD — Arlington Bowie fans launched “overrated” chants at DeSoto before the kickoff of Saturday’s Class 5A Division I Region I semifinal.
Those taunts proved to be premature and ineffective.
DeSoto, SportsDay’s top-ranked team in Class 5A, never trailed Bowie in a 24-6 victory at Pennington Field.
DeSoto’s offense earned all the praise after smashing Coppell’s vaunted defense a week earlier. But the DeSoto defense showed Saturday that it can win games, too, limiting Bowie to 96 yards and no points in the second half. Bowie trailed only 10-6 at halftime.
“We knew [Bowie] had a big offense, and we had to step up,” said junior safety Nick Orr, who had a fourth-quarter interception. “We play fast, and we play hard. We go hard every play, and this says a lot about our defense.”
DeSoto (13-0) advances to face Southlake Carroll (12-1), which defeated Euless Trinity, 16-7, on Saturday night in the other regional semifinal.
Bowie quarterback Tony James and running back Don Jerry were effective on the weak side throughout the first half. DeSoto coach Claude Mathis said that’s where his team focused its energy when it kicked off to start the third quarter.
James, a fleet sophomore, ran for 98 yards and passed for 99 more. He’s been one of the top newcomers in the Dallas area this season, and this was the first time he failed to score a touchdown with his arm or his legs.
“We had a great game plan,” Mathis said. “And once we adjusted weak, they didn’t have an answer for it. They didn’t have an answer at all.”
DeSoto running back Dontre Wilson was used sparingly in the first and second quarters. The Oregon pledge tallied 104 of his 123 yards and two of his three touchdowns in the second half to separate the two teams.
DeSoto quarterback Desmon White added 106 passing yards and 117 more yards on the ground.
Bowie, which was on a 10-game winning streak, finished 11-2.
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