Previewing The Desoto Eagles

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By: Kyle Spishock (@kyleelconqueror)
September 23rd, 2016


Quarterback Shawn Robinson transferred twice in his high school career, landing in Desoto after his parents accepted respective job opportunities. Having played for Denton Guyer two and a half years, Robinson wasn’t used to running tempo with the Wildcats, so he conditioned his mind and body for the Eagles’ spread. His perseverance has paid off.

After Desoto struggled to a 6-6 record in Todd Peterman’s first season as head coach, the Robinson-lead unit is undefeated, and is ranked in the top 10 nationally. The offensive line may be best in Texas with three players in the top-75 recruits in state; eleven players are college commits, 20 student athletes have FBS or FCS offers.

The offense lit up Dallas Jesuit in their opener, burning the outwitted Rangers defense with heated drives that caused a stadium speaker to catch fire. In all, the Eagles accounted for over 600 yards of total offense — a high tally that seems to be the consistent theme of Peterman’s sophomore season.

The second week brought a momentous challenge for Robinson; the Eagles were scheduled to face his former team in Denton Guyer. Coach John Walsh planned to slow-down the Eagles’ Air Raid, and smother the offensive efficiency of Robinson. Instead, Robinson offered the Wildcats unrelenting offense, airing two scores and running for another, finishing the day with nearly 100 yards of rushing. An impressive Eagles defensive front limited Denton Guyer to only 20 yards of passing.

Week 3 saw a near upset from a focused Midland team. With 1:53 remaining in regulation, the Bulldogs had a 43-41 edge over the Eagles. Robinson then embarked on a seven play, 65 yard comeback drive that resulted in a touchdown and a two-point conversion. The senior’s seven total touchdowns garnered him “Player of the Week” honors from the Dallas Morning News and, vaulting the Eagles into the no. 6 spot in USA Today’s Super 25 ranking.

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