Photo via John Glaser, TexasHSFootball.com
By: Kyle Spishock (@kyleelconqueror)
September 23rd, 2016
The Battle of the Beltline was expected to be an offensive shootout between two gunslingers; 4-star TCU commit Shawn Robinson accounted for seven touchdowns in a tough win against Midland last week and is arguably the best Class 6A dual-threat quarterback in Texas. Four star Notre Dame commit Avery Davis is coming off a successful junior season, but was injured in the Bishop Gorman opener — this outing marking his return to calling the Longhorn’s snaps.
The kickoff was expected to trigger an offensive explosion, but was muffled by the bomb-disposal unit of oppressive defense in the first quarter. The usually offensively prolific Robinson was limited beneath 20 yards of passing, and the score was only altered by a single field goal by Desoto.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was briefly in attendance on the sidelines; his attire making the rest of us feel like we were draped in rags He remarked that he wished he had some of the competitors on his Red Raiders squad.
In the second quarter, the 25-30 mph winds that breezed through the stadium blew the Longhorn secondary away from the intended receivers, sacrificing 23 points to the Eagles. DeSoto forced a safety as the final score of the half, tackling Cameron Fleming in the end zone.
At halftime, Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire spoke briefly on the Longhorn’s first half struggles. Coach McGuire pointed to three big drives in the second quarter orchestrated by Robinson that disturbed the cohesion of the defense. He anticipated more discipline on the defensive side of the ball, and believed in the capabilities of his team to shut down DeSoto.
Despite the potential kindling of a comeback fire in the third, the Longhorns inevitably succumbed to the Eagles and their oppressive offensive line, losing 33-18.
Robinson accounted for 343 total yards of offense, including two touchdowns through the air, and another running score. Davis finished with 314 total yards of offense, and two touchdowns thrown.
Head Coach Todd Peterman of DeSoto, when asked about how big this win was, said, “It’s just one step on the road. We knew coming into this game we were going to win or we were going to lose. This is my 10th year at DeSoto and I have won this game and we’ve lost this game and you got to be able to deal with it afterwards. A lot of people are going to be on the bandwagon now. But the reality is these kids have been able to keep the outside distractions away, come in and focus and play football. We have over 60 seniors and it showed tonight.”