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Dominant defensive performance in second half helps DeSoto top Tulsa Union, 44-20
SOUTHLAKE — DeSoto started with an offensive showcase and ended with a dominating defense for a 44-20 victory over Oklahoma power Tulsa Union at Dragon Stadium.
Led by 5-8 senior quarterback Desmon White, DeSoto scored 22 first-quarter points. DeSoto made multiple fourth-down stops in the second half to shut out Union in the final two quarters.
Ranked No. 2 in SportsDay’s 5A area poll, DeSoto (2-0) didn’t wait long before turning attention to meeting No. 6 Euless Trinity next week with No. 8 Cedar Hill the week after that.
“It’s an SEC schedule, that’s what I’m telling the kids,” DeSoto coach Claude Mathis said. “It’s somebody tough every week. We can’t look past anyone.”
Against Union, DeSoto had a 7-0 lead in just over one minute. White scored on a 5-yard run on the fifth play of a 52-yard drive. White threw passes to senior receiver Chris Lacy for 11 yards on the second play and a 34-yarder to junior receiver Kevin Thomas on the third.
Union (0-1) tried to keep up with a pair of Oklahoma commits at receiver. Carson Meier, a 6-6 senior tight end, caught a 21-yard pass on fourth-and-1 for a touchdown and 6-7 receiver Jeffery Mead caught a 46-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-9.
DeSoto took a 29-13 lead with 1:37 left in the first half, but Union made its last rally with a 47-yard pass as part of a 98-yard drive in the final minute to pull within 29-20 at halftime.
In the second half, DeSoto’s defensive front took over even without North Texas commit Johnavhan Grahm , who left on a stretcher with a leg injury.
“I’m proud of where our D-line is,” Mathis said. “Grahm has been playing well and we’ve got a good group with a lot of guys coming through.”
Union coach Kirk Fridrich said he kept trying fourth-down conversions because it “didn’t seem to make much difference whether DeSoto started on our 20 or their 20.”