When DeSoto raised their helmets as their alma mater echoed throughout Longhorn Stadium following a decisive 33-18 victory over Cedar Hill this past Friday, there seemed to be a resounding silence from naysayers that had any doubt about the legitimacy of this year’s DeSoto team.
DeSoto, for the moment, has seemed to establish themselves as the District 7-6A favorite with a boastful 4-0 (1-0) record on the season and perhaps the best team in Texas. You could name off the amount of DI commits this team has year-in and year-out but there is no way around who has been the difference maker this year for the Eagles.
The offensive catalyst for a team that has averaged 238.3 passing yards per game and 122.8 rushing yards per game for a total of 361.1 yards per game (according to MaxPreps) has been quarterback Shawn Robinson.
The four-star TCU commit has proved week-in and week-out that his ability to shred opposing defenses either through the air or on the ground is what makes him one of the most dangerous signal-callers in the state. He has passed for 953 yards and ran for 491 yards and has a total of 17 touchdowns with ten through the air and seven on the ground.
Robinson showed how explosive he could be in the first two games of the season where he and the DeSoto Eagles dismantled Dallas Jesuit and his former team in Denton Guyer. Against Jesuit, Robinson accounted for 365 total yards and four total touchdowns. When Guyer looked to offset their former quarterback, Robinson threw for 268 yards and two passing touchdowns while running for 97 yards and two touchdowns. His clutch ability was showcased against Midland when he orchestrated a final drive with his team down by two in the final two minutes. Robinson would toss the game-winning touchdown with 28 seconds left and then run the two-point conversion in to help his team win 49-43. Did I forget to mention he accounted for all seven of DeSoto’s touchdowns that night?
After a 33-18 victory against their in-district rival Cedar Hill where he threw for 298 yards, two touchdowns and ran for 57 yards and a touchdown, we’re left asking if anyone can stop Shawn Robinson.
Now as DeSoto remains unbeaten and holds the No.1 spot in TexasHSFotball’s power rankings heading into their game against a winless Irving MacArthur team, the real question arises: is Shawn Robinson the best quarterback in the state?
Before you answer that question I think you should take into consideration what DeSoto head coach Todd Peterman had to say following their victory against Cedar Hill.
“We haven’t ran our offense yet. We just started to put it in two weeks ago . . . We’re just really getting started offensively.”