Winning some, losing some
DHS falls behind early in Marysville loss
Justin Haub continued his hot hand in a 48-12 loss to Marysville last Friday night in high school football action.
Haub now has caught 12 balls in the last two games for 160 yards, including six catches against Marysville for 91 yards, and intercepted his third pass of the season in the loss.
"He is just playing great ball for us right now," said head coach Brad Scott."
Logan Smith was also singled out by Scott for having probably his best game of the year.
"Their defense was set up to stop Michael (Allen)," said Scott. "We were taking what they were giving us and Logan ran well. He was also in on 15 or 16 tackles."
Marysville exploded for 21 first quarter points en route to a 41-0 halftime advantage.
Actually Marysville's first touch of the ball was an omen as to how the first half would go it returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for the first points of the night to go up 6-0
A De Soto interception on its first series then gave Marysville great field position at the Wildcat 10 yard line. A four yard touchdown run followed and after the two point conversion De Soto trailed early 14-0.
Marysville connected on a 55 yard touchdown pass later in the quarter to go up 21-0 after 12 minutes of play.
Two turnovers in the second quarter assisted Marysville in extending its lead.
After another big scoring pass of 40 yards, a fumble led to a three yard scoring run and an interception just before halftime let Marysville cash in from five yards out to go up 41-0 at the half.
"At halftime we talked about avoiding the turnovers and not helping them," said Scott. "We wanted to go out in the second half and make them beat us. The second half was probably our best half of football this season."
And that it was. The only second half score Marysville was allowed came late in the game when both teams put their reserves in.
The Wildcats, meanwhile, avoided the shut out by scoring a pair of touchdowns.
Logan Smith broke into the scoring column for the Wildcats with a four yard run to narrow the gap to 41-6.
After holding Marysville to three-and-out, De Soto ran out the final three minutes of the third quarter and two minutes plus of the fourth on its next possession.
Greg Francis capped off the drive with a three yard scoring run to make the score 41-12 and round out Wildcat scoring.
De Soto did drive deep into enemy territory late in the game, but turned the ball over on downs.
"They were definitely the best team we've faced all year," said Scott. "Their kicking game isn't the greatest, but they're solid everywhere else.
"Their quarterback is the coach's kid," continued Scott. " They also have good receivers, good backs and play solid defense. They are just a great powerhouse in 4A football."
De Soto racked up 316 yards of total offense, including 225 rushing and 91 passing.
Allen led the ground attack, running for 104 yards on 23 carries while being keyed on most of the night.
Smith and Francis followed with 74 and 47 yards on the ground on 20 and 11 carries respectively.
Francis completed six of 15 passes for 91 yards. Haub caught all six strikes for the 91 yards through the air.
De Soto hosts an improved Immaculata for Homecoming Friday night.
"They started out the year with a ton of injuries and a new coach," said Scott. "But they're starting to heal on some of those injuries and get comfortable with their new coach."
Scott warns that if the Wildcats don't make strides in the turnover area, it could be a long night for De Soto faithful.
"We have got to do a better job of taking care of the ball," said Scott. "Lansing is the only team that had more turnovers than we did and that's the only game we've won. That shows how key turnovers are for us."
Scott said Immaculata has one of the better running backs in the area in Justin McGlinn and the Wildcats must stop the run to be successful.
"We have to keep the ball in our offense's hands," said Scott. "If we let them eat clock and march up and down the field - we'll be in trouble."