Written by Matt Wixon
Wixon: QB Desmon White's 342 total yards, 3 TDs propel DeSoto past Cedar Hill, 47-20
CEDAR HILL — The daylong rain was down to a drizzle by the time DeSoto and Cedar Hill kicked off Friday night. But after Cedar Hill took the lead early in the second quarter, a downpour returned at Longhorn Stadium.
DeSoto’s dominance, combined with a storm of misfortune for Cedar Hill, turned the latest matchup of neighborhood rivals into a 47-20 rout.
“Once they scored that touchdown, we thought we were in for a dogfight,” said DeSoto senior quarterback Desmon White, who threw a touchdown pass and ran for two scores. “Every time we got the ball after that, we knew we needed to score.”
White completed 14 of 18 passes for 228 yards and also rushed for 114 yards for DeSoto (4-0, 1-0 in District 7-5A), which is No. 2 in SportsDay’s Class 5A area rankings. DeSoto’s defense also was dominant, allowing only 268 yards to No. 4 Cedar Hill (2-2, 0-1).
“Our defense is playing with a chip on its shoulder, and that’s a good thing,” DeSoto coach Claude Mathis said. “We have depth this year that we didn’t have last year. That really helps.”
Cedar Hill scored its only touchdown against DeSoto’s starters early in the second quarter, when the Longhorns put together an impressive five-minute march built on the tough inside running of Larry Hill. With a 6-yard pass from Justin McMillan to Damarkus Lodge, the Longhorns had their first lead of the game at 7-6.
But that lead quickly turned into a massive hole. Over the next 15 minutes of game time, spanning the eight-minute mark of the second quarter until five minutes remained in the third, DeSoto put up 35 points.
First, DeSoto took a 14-7 lead on Jatory Brown’s 19-yard touchdown run with 7:56 left in the first half. DeSoto got in the end zone one more time before halftime after Cedar Hill failed on a fake punt at its 41. DeSoto drove to the 2-yard line with two seconds left in the half, and Brown plunged into the end zone on fourth-and-goal to push the lead to 21-7.
Things got worse for Cedar Hill on its first possession of the third quarter, as a snap rolled to punter Josh Stewart and was recovered by DeSoto at the Cedar Hill 4. DeSoto punched the ball into the end zone, and two minutes later, DeSoto’s Damon Weaver intercepted a pass and returned it to the Cedar Hill 31 to set up another short touchdown drive.
DeSoto then surprised Cedar Hill with an onside kick, and after the Eagles recovered, White scored on a 28-yard run to make the score 41-7 with 5:12 left in the third. DeSoto would reign over its neighbor for the third straight time.
“We’ve got some things that we need to fix,” Mathis said. “Believe it or not, we’re still not clicking on all cylinders.”
Enough of the DeSoto engine was clicking Friday to end the suspense early. After three quarters, most of DeSoto’s starters headed to the sidelines for good.
On a soggy night, they were able to soak up their fourth lopsided win of the season.
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