On its homecoming night, No. 7 DeSoto (Texas) allowed its fans to celebrate early and often in a 51-7 rout of Irving.
The Eagles (7-0) entered having won every game by an average of 27.5 points, and they showed no signs of letting up against the visiting Tigers. Three players – Kelan Walker (14 rushes, 113 yards), Jamonne Williams (9 rushes, 111 yards) and Richie Washington (11 rushes, 104 yards) – ran for 100 yards for the hosts in the rout.
Williams and Washington each rushed for two touchdowns as part of a DeSoto offense that outgained Irving, 604-68. At the half, DeSoto had not only a 38-7 lead, but had racked up 415 yards to Irving’s 33.
The Eagles finished with 30 first downs to their opponent’s 3.
Early on, Shawn Robinson (6-for-14, 179 yards, 2 TDs, INT) hit KD Nixon for a 70-yard touchdown, putting DeSoto ahead, 7-0.
The Eagles padded their lead when Emmet Perry made a circus catch in the end zone moments later, bringing the cushion to 14-0 after the extra point. The score was 21-0 after the first quarter, and the rout was on. Robinson’s lone blemish was an interception that Irving’s Kevin Kirklin took 60 yards for the score in the second quarter.
DeSoto’s Jermarius Marshall caught a 10-yard TD pass from reserve quarterback Courtney Douglas in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.
Up next, DeSoto visits Duncanville on Oct. 21.