No. 6 DeSoto (Texas) downs Cedar Hill in heated Battle of the Belt Line

No. 6 DeSoto (Texas) downs Cedar Hill in heated Battle of the Belt Line

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No. 6 DeSoto (Texas) downs Cedar Hill in heated Battle of the Belt Line


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CEDAR HILL, Texas — The Battle of the Belt Line was expected to be an offensive shootout between two highly-regarded quarterbacks.

No. 6 DeSoto (Texas) is led by Shawn Robinson, a four-star TCU commit who accounted for seven touchdowns last week against Midland. Cedar Hill has four-star Notre Dame commit Avery Davis, who was making his return to the lineup after being injury in the season opener against Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas).

Robinson passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as DeSoto posted a 33-18 victory after consecutive losses in the rivalry. But the DeSoto defense also had a pair of goal-line stands and forced Cedar Hill to turn the ball over on downs three times.

As might be expected in an emotional rivalry game, the sides combined for a whopping 216 yards in penalties.

The early going was more about the defense as DeSoto led just 3-0 after the first quarter, but the Eagles went into the locker room with a 26-10 lead. Robinson scored on a 10-yard run with 14 seconds remaining and a muffed kickoff resulted in a safety.

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At halftime, Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire said the three big drives in the second quarter orchestrated by Robinson were big keys in the way he disrupted the defense.

DeSoto scored on its first possession in the second half for a 33-10 lead.

Robinson accounted for 343 total yards of offense and Davis finished with 314 total yards of offense, and two touchdown passes.

“It’s just one step on the road,” DeSoto coach Todd Peterson said. “We knew coming into this game we were going to win or we were going to lose. This is my 10th year at DeSoto and I have won this game and we’ve lost this game and you got to be able to deal with it afterwards. A lot of people are going to be on the bandwagon now. But the reality is these kids have been able to keep the outside distractions away, come in and focus and play football. We have over 60 seniors and it showed tonight.”

Among those at the game was Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, who appeared briefly on the sidelines.

DeSoto (4-0) hosts MacArthur (Irving) next week. Cedar Hill (2-2) travels to Duncanville.

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