The DeSoto magic continues.
Two defensive touchdowns in a span of 23 seconds in the fourth quarter gave the Eagles the lead for the first time and No. 3 DeSoto beat Klein Collins (Spring) 42-31 on Saturday in a 6A Division II semifinal in Houston.
DeSoto (15-0) faces Steele (Cibolo) in the state title game next weekend. Steele beat Cinco Ranch (Katy), 35-14, Saturday.
The Eagles opened the fourth quarter by cutting the lead to 31-28 with 9:44 remaining on a 5-yard touchdown run by Richie Washington. The drive was extended by a pair of fourth-down conversions: quarterback Shawn Robinson ran for 27 yards on a fourth-and-2 play and later Robinson found Orion Smith for 29 yards on fourth-and-10.
On the next possession, DeSoto took the lead when linebacker Ashton Brooks recovered a fumble and went 42 yards for the score. Then, safety Isaiah Stewart stripped the ball from the running back and went 40 yards the other way for the score to give DeSoto the 42-31 lead with 7:23 lead.
The defense made another big play as Klein Collins (13-2) was driving toward the red zone when Gemon Green made an interception. That allowed DeSoto’s offense to start using the clock with a nine-point edge.
DeSoto had to punt with a little more than two minutes left, but Byron Hanspard Jr. made his second interception of the game to end it. Klein Collins finished with five turnovers, including four on four consecutive possessions.
Klein Collins did not get a first down in the second half until midway through the fourth quarter.
“Defense wins championships” coach Todd Peterman told partner TexasHSFootball.com. “That’s what happened tonight. We put our defense in bad situations all night. They responded by scoring touchdowns. The defense’s will to win showed itself.”
Klein Collins led 28-14 at halftime, but DeSoto’s defense came out firing as Hanspard made an interception. DeSoto was not able to generate any points, but the momentum was shifting. After another strong series by the DeSoto defense, Robinson went 42 yards to cut the lead to 28-21 midway through the quarter.
On DeSoto’s next series, the ball deflected off a wide receiver for an interception that Klein Collins took to the 8-yard line, but DeSoto stiffened to force a field goal. That made the score 31-21, setting up the Eagles’ rally.
Robinson finished with 133 passing and 114 yards rushing. Washington had 83 yards on the ground and two TDs.
Klein Collins QB Brett Bridges threw for 141 yards with a touchdown but had three interceptions. D’Anthony Doyle ran for 94 yards and Bryson Powers ran for 70 yards and two touchdowns.