The DeSoto Eagles defense came up big when they needed it most. Southlake Carroll was sitting on the Desoto 3-yard line trailing by four points and had 12 seconds left and ran three plays but were stopped short of the goal line each time by the Desoto defense to preserve the 49-45 victory to advance to the semifinal against Allen. Allen defeated Skyline 37-17 to advance.
Despite getting on the broad first, DeSoto had to come from behind before their defense made the great goal line stand. Desoto led 6-0 after a 61-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter by Desmond White.
Southlake Carroll would score 24 unanswered points behind three short Kenny Hill touchdown runs with a Drew Brown 43-yard field goal tossed in there as well and the Dragons led 24-6 midway through the second quarter.
DeSoto would come back and gain some momentum scoring touchdowns on their final two possessions of the first half on an 18-yard run by Desmond White and a 4-yard run by Sparks-Brown and after a successful two-point conversion it was 24-21 Southlake Carroll at halftime.
The third quarter would continue the back and forth affair as Southlake Carroll and Desoto traded touchdowns to open the quarter. Kenny Hill rushed in from 3-yards for Southlake Carroll and Desmond White tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Rickey Daniels to cap a 9-play 75-yard drive yet Southlake still led 31-28. Kenny Hill would throw his only touchdown of the game hitting Mike Gardner on a 30-yard strike to push Southlake Carroll back out to a ten point lead at 38-28.
DeSoto would reinsert standout running back Dontre Wilson, Wilson left in the first half with an ankle injury, and he would pay off in a major way racing 28 yards for a touchdown showing the ankle was not going to slow him and Desoto was again back within three points trailing 38-35. Kenny Hill added his fifth rushing touchdown going in from 6-yards out after the defense returned an interception down to the DeSoto 6 and Southlake Carroll led 45-35. Following that score DeSoto’s White found Wilson on a 76-yard touchdown pass and that three-point spread was still there at 45-42
Controversy ensued a few possessions later after a Southlake Carroll punt. Following the punt Dontre Wilson was hit and appeared to fumble with Southlake Carroll recovering it and returning it to the Desoto 23 yard line however the play was ruled incomplete. Desoto would cash in on the break and score on a 13-yard pass from White to Daniels and took their first lead since first quarter, 49-45.
Southlake Carroll would hold DeSoto on fourth down and had 71 yards to go with 2:04 remaining in the game but fell half a yard short at the goal line when Desoto’s defense made the stop.
DeSoto and Allen will play at 6pm CST at Ford Stadium on the campus of SMU.