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Football looks to win district championship on Senior Night

October 28, 2009

When the Wildcats take the field Thursday night, they know the district championship is on the line and will look for a little revenge.

Last year against Bishop Miege in the district title game, De Soto had a 14-point lead in the second half, but could not hold for the victory. The two teams will meet again at 7 p.m. Thursday at De Soto.

“I think they’re obviously a better team than a year ago when we played them,” De Soto football coach Tom Byers said. “And they have several talented kids on paper.”

Miege beat Spring Hill 41-7 two weeks ago and beat St. James 60-15 Friday. But De Soto has improved each week and is a much different team than it was the first few weeks of the season.

De Soto has its offense, defense and special teams clicking at the right time. And the Wildcats feel they could be district champs.

“Coach is going to get us prepared for the next one, and whatever he says, we’re going to do it,” Dylan Burford said. “We’re going to do it to the best of our ability.”

Byers said the team welcomed a challenge such as Miege, and even more so with the game being late in the season.

“We’ve got a huge challenge, but we like that challenge being the last week of the season rather than the beginning like Gardner,” Byers said.

The game is also Senior Night, and there’s nothing more the Wildcats would like than to send their seniors out with a district championship and play a home playoff game on Tuesday.

“They’re going to be a very talented, athletic group that’s going to present some huge challenges for us this next week,” Byers said. “But we’ll do our best.

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