Young DeSoto squad suffers 72-0 pasting
The DeSoto Wildcats entered Friday's game against Santa Fe Trail with hopes of erasing their season-opening loss against Lansing with a home win against the Chargers.
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the Chargers' Cameron Babb returned DeSoto's first punt for a 66-yard touchdown run and the start of a scoring spree that left the Wildcats with a 72-0 loss.
Although the Wildcats produced 165 yards in the air against Lansing, they had just one complete pass against Santa Fe Trail, and it didn't occur until the third quarter.
Instead, the bulk of the Wildcat offense was on the ground, something DeSoto coach Brad Scott said wasn't in his game plan.
"We tried to throw the ball," Scott said, "but Santa Fe Trail did a better job of defending. We dropped a lot of balls, too."
The Wildcats did find some success with the run. Trailing 22-0 in the first quarter, DeSoto assembled a drive with four runs of 8 yards or more that started on its own 30-yard-line. The Wildcats marched to the Santa Fe Trail 5 before the drive was stalled, and the Chargers blocked a Wildcat field goal try.
DeSoto sophomore Michael Allen had three runs in the drive, including a 29-yard gain from the DeSoto 46. Allen finished with 85 yards on the night.
"Our passing game wasn't open," Allen said. "But our blocking schemes worked well against them when we ran."
On the defensive side of the ball, Scott thought the Wildcats improved from their game against Lansing when DeSoto allowed 517 yards.
"We played better than last week," Scott said after the Santa Fe Trail game. "No one knew where they were supposed to be.
"We were in position, but we couldn't hold on and tackle them."
The Wildcats allowed roughly 100 yards less against the Chargers, but turnovers didn't help their cause. They had 6 fumbles and one interception, including a Santa Fe Trail fumble recovery in the DeSoto end zone for a score.
DeSoto must now direct its attention to a team in a similar predicament. Basehor-Linwood is also winless after a 36-0 defeat against California, Mo., last Friday. The Wildcats take on Basehor-Linwood at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Basehor. Scott said the contest will be a good opportunity for DeSoto.
"It should be a big showdown," Scott said.