On fourth-and-4 from deep inside its own territory and with the game still scoreless, DeSoto opted to go for the first down and made good on the early gamble.
There were no tricks or gadgets on the play. The Eagles simply lined up and moved the chains in a display of brute force, and less than three hours later were on the delivering end of one of the most lopsided losses in Robert E. Lee history.
DeSoto, the state’s third-ranked team, outscored the Red Raiders 38-0 in the first half and continued the onslaught in the second. The result was a commanding 66-13 outcome in a District 11-5A matchup before about 3,500 fans Friday night at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
DeSoto (7-0, 2-0 in District 11-5A), which is also ranked in multiple national polls, finished with 627 yards of offense to nearly hand Lee its worst loss in program history, which remains a 55-0 defeat against Nacogdoches in 1958. The dominant performance came a week after the Eagles needed to rally from 17 points down in their district opener.
Lee, which has given up 121 points during the first two weeks of league play, fell to 1-6 on the season and 0-2 in district.
DeSoto went into the break with a 38-0 lead, thanks to five touchdowns in the first half and two-point conversions after four of the scores. The Eagles defense, meanwhile, forced two Lee fumbles in the first half and made the Red Raiders punt the ball four times.
DeSoto running back Devin Rushing finished the night with nine carries for 122 yards and two touchdowns, which included a 74-yard run to increase the Eagles’ lead to 52-0 with 5:59 remaining in the third.
Sophomore quarterback Desmond White, who is normally the backup, finished with five carries for 71 yards and two touchdowns, plus passed for 133 yards and another pair of scores to help the offense generate 266 yards through the air.
Eagles junior running back Dontre Wilson ran for 85 yards on 15 carries, plus reached the end zone on a 50-yard reception.
Robert E. Lee junior Marcus White, who had a career high 195 yards on the ground last week, performed well for the second straight game, carrying the ball 20 times for 169 yards and a touchdown. The score, which came from 74 yards out, put the Red Raiders on the board with 5:10 left in the third quarter.
DeSoto’s White scored the first two touchdowns on runs of 10 and 22 yards to make it 16-0 with 2:52 left in the opening quarter. Rushing added a 1-yard plunge to extend it to 24-0 with 7:20 to go in the second quarter.
DeSoto quarterback Raheem Wilson, the normal starter, then hit Wilson for a 50-yard score, on which Wilson outran the defense 47 yards to the end zone. The Eagles got the ball back with less than three minutes on the clock, and once again drove the ball in hurry up fashion to score on a 10-yard pass from White to Kyle Collins with 1:16 left in the first half.
No. 4 DeSoto 66, Robert E. Lee 13
Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium
DeSoto 16 22 21 7 — 66
Lee 0 0 7 6 — 13
DES—Desmon White 10 run (Bryson Echols run), 5:53
DES—White 22 run (Echols run), 2:52
DES—Devin Rushing 1 run (Mike Davis pass from Raheem Wilson), 7:20
DES—Dontre Wilson 50 pass from Raheem Wilson (Bryson Nichols kick), 3:33
DES—Kyle Collins 10 pass from White (Nichols kick), 1:16
DES—Collins 59 pass from White (Nichols kick), 10:55
DES—Rushing 57 run (Nichols kick), 5:59
LEE—Marcus White 74 run (Lumi Kaba kick), 5:10
DES—Wilson 9 run (Nichols kick), 2:20
LEE—Dalaven Baker 4 run (kick failed), 4:40
DES—Mitch Shamlin 11 run (Nichols kick), 66-13
First Downs 30 17
Rushes-Yards 39-361 51-302
Passing Yards 266 18
Comp.-Att.-Int. 13-18-0 4-11-0
Punts-Avg. 0-0 4-35
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 5-2
Penalties-Yards 3-35 2-25
RUSHING—DeSoto, Devin Rushing 9-122, Dontre Wilson 15-85, Desmon White 5-71, Raheem Wilson 3-36, Marcus Williams 5-32, Mitch Shamlin 1-11, Rick Daniels 1-4. Lee, Marcus White 20-169, Dalaven Baker 16-78, Aneas Sutton 12-47, Cole Paxson 1-8, Joseph Seeber 2-0.
PASSING—DeSoto, White 5-7-0—133, Wilson 8-11-0—133. Lee, Seeber 4-11-0—18.
RECEIVING—DeSoto, Kyle Collins 3-79, Ricky Daniels 3-21, Nick Jackson 2-38, Ridge Jones 2-36, Wilson 1-50, Wilson 1-24, Tony Cook 1-18. Lee, Baker 2-1, Luke Swanson 1-17, Sutton 1-0.