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DESOTO, Texas — No. 17 IMG Academy scored on a pair of defensive touchdowns in the second quarter and quarterback Shea Patterson threw his 100th career touchdown as the Ascenders make its trip to Texas a successful one with a 47-29 victory against DeSoto.
IMG (Bradenton, Fla.) is off to a 2-0 start after losing a preseason game to American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.). DeSoto, ranked No. 7 in the Super 25 preseason rankings, has now fallen to 0-2 to start the season after a 46-26 loss to Arlington Martin in Week 1.
“We came out with a lot of emotion, we played well early, but then on offense and in special teams, it got away from us early,” DeSoto coach Todd Peterman said. “It was kind of like last week. We just have to bounce back and get better at some things.”
With 8:06 in the second quarter, IMG led 13-9. DeSoto with a four-play, 75-yard touchdown drive, capped off by a 40-yard run from LD Brown. The Eagles led 15-13 with 6:45 left in the half, and that’s the last time the Eagles were in IMG’s grasp.
The Ascenders scored twice within 54 seconds of playing time toward the end of the half.
DeSoto quarterback Tristen Wallace scrambled right after receiving some pressure from IMG’s defensive front, was hit and fumbled. Free safety Londyn Craft scooped and scored to regain the lead back to IMG, 20-15, with 2:11 left in the half. On the ensuing possession, Wallace threw a lofty pass that got intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Elvis Hines Jr. The Ascenders led the Eagles 28-15 at the half.
“We were running the ball well, (Eagles had 167 rushing yards in the first half) but then they [IMG] started to load the box, we had to throw it,” Peterman said. “We did have some guys open down field, but I know Tristen was feeling a lot of pressure. They’re a good team, and when you’re playing a good team like that, we can’t have multiple turnovers and bad special teams play.”
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The third quarter began with Patterson, the Ole Miss commit, finding Drake Davis on a slant route. He shed a tackle and then took it 41 yards for the touchdown. That was the 100th of Patterson prep career. He previously played at Calvary Baptist in Shreveport, La.
The next two scores came by way of running back Tony Jones, who punched in scores from a yard and four yards out to gain a 47-15 lead.
With a comfortable lead, IMG sent in its second team. DeSoto defensive back Caleb Abrom baited IMG’s backup quarterback, Louis Colosimo, picked him off and returned it 68 yards for the score. DeSoto sophomore running back Kelan Walker punched in the two-point conversion to cut IMG’s lead to 47-23.
IMG sent in its starting backfield after the pick-six, and ran out the waning clock to seal the victory.
“We’ve got to get better as a group. Today wasn’t a lack of effort,” Peterman said. “I think our guys gave great effort throughout, but our lack of simple execution is what let it get away from us so quickly. We need to get better at the basics.”
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