STONEWALL—After suffering a pair of tough losses in District 1-4A, North DeSoto coach Scott Abernathy knew exactly the remedy to heal his ailing Griffins.
Abernathy ran the football with sophomore Aubrey Scott and senior Delmonte Hall leading the way, North DeSoto erupted in the second quarter and held on for a 41-20 victory over Northwood’s Falcons Friday night.
“We played very good in general in the first half,” Abernathy said. “We knew Northwood had a good offense so we had to play well on both sides of the ball.”
Scott, just a sophomore, had one of the better games of his career with 176 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Hall, a Northwestern State commit, added 126 yards on the ground and 34 yards receiving. He also contributed four touchdown runs, including a 50-yarder.
“We chewed up a lot of yards in the third quarter,” Abernathy said. “Aubrey and Delmonte did a good job running. We also did a good job defensively. We knew they were explosive.”
Northwood quarterback Peyton Bogan flashed a strong arm completing 17 of 27 passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns.
“He (Bogan) has been a three-year starter for us and he gives us everything he can,” Northwood coach Jim Gatlin said. “Defensively, we struggled but we played better in the second half. This group won’t quit.”
The Falcons (2-5, 1-3) actually got within 34-20 on the third play of the fourth quarter to make it a game. That came on a beautiful 38-yard pass from Bogan to Lacedric Smith. In the third quarter, Bogan found Trayon Jones Jr. for a 4-yard toss that made it 34-13.
Bogan’s other TD pass came in the second quarter. It was a 7-yarder to Blakely Welch on a second-and-goal play.
North DeSoto (4-3, 2-2) got great field position thanks to a fumble recovery by Chris Norris at the Falcons’ 16-yard line. Five plays later, Scott pushed his way over from the 1 for a 7-0 lead with 5:52 left in the first quarter.
A 54-yard dash by Scott got the Griffins going again late in the first quarter. Hall took over after that and rambled 6 yards for the touchdown on the first play of the second quarter.
Jones’ 34-yard reception was the big play for the Falcons. Two plays later Welch’s TD catch cut North DeSoto’s lead to 14-7.
On the Griffins’ next possession, Hall sprinted up the middle for 50 yards to make it 21-7.
North DeSoto came right back to score again thanks to a 67-yard run by Scott to the Northwood 8. Hall carried the football from there for the touchdown and a 27-7 cushion.
Another fumble lost by Northwood was recovered by Hunter Bates at the Falcons’ 21. Four plays later, Scott made them pay with a 1-yard plunge. That gave the Griffins a 34-6 cushion at halftime.
After Northwood had trimmed the Griffins’ advantage to 34-20, North DeSoto drove 50 yards on eight straight running plays by Hall. Hall went the final 5 yards for the touchdown and the final margin.