Eagles Clenching First Play Off Win

Eagles Clenching First Play Off Win

IMG_9155 IMG_9676The Eagle’s bi-district playoff game on the road to state saw the DeSoto continue its history of winning against the Coppell Cowboys with a 52-35 score.

“It feels great to start it all off at the AT&T Stadium,” Chris Orr, senior, said.

Kickoff was at 9:40 PM and the Eagles had the first possession. #11 Kadarrion Senior Larry Nixon had the kickoff return at the 29-yard line and the team passed and ran to the eight-yard line. With 8:21 remaining in the first quarter, Nixon scored the first touchdown of the game with an off-tackle play.

Coppell’s first possession went nowhere as the Eagles strong defense held. At the 50-yard line, Carrington Nelson, senior, stopped a Coppell runner. A play later the Eagles recovered a Coppell fumble at the 43-yard line. “We have the 18th best defense in the nation,” Orr, said, “and we wanted to test it with Coppell.”

For their next possession, Nixon rushed the ball to the one-yard line and ended up scoring once again with 3:46 remaining in the quarter. The score was 14-0 for the Eagles.

Immediately after the second period started, Coppell scored a touchdown. However, the Eagles bounced back with a touchdown by Nixon with 6:23 left in the half to make it a 21-7 game.

Coppell opened their next possession with a 10-yard penalty. At the 41-yard line, Bryce English, Matthew Siggers, and Kelon Hicks team tackled forcing Coppell to a a turnover on downs.

Quarterback Tristen Wallace returned to the game after a injured ankle in the first game of the year tp complete a pass to Kevin Thomas. With another pass from Wallace to Akile Davis, the ball was at the 16-yard line.

“It’s a great feeling being back with the team,” Wallace, a junior, said.

Since time was an issue, Francisco Obregon kicked a field goal a field goal the half 24 and Coppell at 7 in DeSoto’s favor.

The Eagles scored the first touchdown of the second half after Coppell went three and out on downs. With a 30-yard run to the end zone, Wallace scored again putting Desoto up 31-7. Throughout the 3rd quarter, the Coppell team tried to comeback with three TD’s.

Up to the challenge the Eagles shifted the momentum on their next possession, #With Wallace and Nixon moving the ball. Nixon eventually tacked on another touchdown with 3:18 remaining in the 3rd.

Early in the 4th quarter AJ Green made an interception with 6:42 remaining. With that possession, #5 Wallace made a touchdown from a 40-yard pass with only 4 minutes remaining in the game. Coppell soon scored a touchdown as well, 52-35 with roughly 2 minutes remaining.

The Eagles locked in on their first playoff game with almost a 20-point difference. Their next game is the huge and highly anticipated game against Allen. The fans and especially the Eagle team are focusing on gaining another win.

“Next week, we get to come back and probably play Allen,” Orr said. “We’ll get to avenge ourselves from the last two years.”