By Craig Martin
While both teams head into Saturday’s matchup having both played tough top tier teams from Oklahoma, DeSoto is the only of the two that claimed a victory in last week’s border rivalry. While the Trojans blew a 10-point lead to a very good Tulsa Jenks team, DeSoto’s high-flying offense was on full display at Dragon Stadium against Tulsa Union.
Eagles quarterback Desmon White accounted for 329 of the team’s 444 offensive yards, throwing for 230 and adding an additional 99 yards with his legs while scoring two touchdowns in the process. Euless’ slow and steady offense got its explosive plays from feature back Isaac Ellsworth, who was also able to get loose for two touchdowns as his team-leading 138-yard night came solely off of his 66-yard touchdown in the first half and his 76-yard scamper in the third quarter.
Although the Trojan defense was able to force three interceptions while holding the Jenks offense to a mere 269 yards on the night, they will have a much tougher task with a DeSoto team that put up 44 points on 70 fast-paced offensive plays. A typical Trinity power running attack that amassed 309 yards on the ground will be pitted against a balanced DeSoto team that prides itself on team speed as it medaled in every relay at last year’s State Championships.
While DeSoto is looking for its first ever football sate championship campaign, the Trojans are looking to rebound from last week’s loss and put together a campaign to capture their fourth state title. Trojan fans panicking over their 0-1 start need only to be reminded of their last two championship campaigns in 07’ and 09’, where they began those seasons 1-2 and 2-1 respectively. Saturday’s 7:30 showcase should prove to be a game full of fireworks as the Trojans look to avenge last year’s 42-21 loss to the Eagles. The game is being played at DISD Kincaide Stadium, which is located at 8901-9057 S. Polk Street in Dallas if you are interested in checking out the action.