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2012 LSG Team Preview — DeSoto Eagles

2012 LSG Texas High School Football Team Preview — DeSoto Eagles

Team: DeSoto Eagles (7-5A)

Stadium: Eagle Stadium (Year Opened: 1986)

Enrollment: 2,833 -- 3rd largest in the district out of 8 schools

2012 Schedule:
@ Arlington Martin
Jenks Oklahoma
Euless Trinity @Kincade Stadium, Dallas
Cedar hill **
South Grand Prairie **
@ Mansfield Timberview **
Midlothian **
@ Duncanville **
Grand Prairie **
@ Mansfield **

Coach: Claude Mathis (4 years) 36-12 at DeSoto; 61-36 all-time coaching record

Returning Lettermen: 18

Returning Starters: Offense: 8 Defense: 2

Key Players:
* OL Sergio Phillips TOP 30 OL
* DB JR Nick Orr TOP JR
* RB Dontre Wilson 20 total TDs 1st Team All-District TOP 20 RB Committed to Oregon
* LB Taylor Young Honorable Mention All-State (TSWA) 116 tackles TOP 20 LB
* WR Kyle Collins TOP 40 WR
* WR Ricky Daniels 42 catches 544 yards receiving TOP 40 WR
* DB Myron Turner Committed to Washington State
* QB JR Desmond White

Notes:
* Have gone 30-8 over the last 3 seasons

  • Mike Says: The Eagles fell in the Area round last year to a tough Dallas Skyline team. Their only 2 losses of the season came against times that had a combined 25-3 record. The Eagles always play a tough pre-district schedule and this year that will not change. They face Arlington Martin opening weekend and then take on Euless Trinity a few weeks after that. The Eagle offense will be as explosive as always this year behind QB White and RB Wilson. The defense has only 2 returning starters but they are LB Young and DB Orr so they will be good. Cedar Hill and Mansfield will give them competition for the district title. Look for them to go 8-2 or 9-1 in the regular season and then compete for the Region I championship with Southlake Carroll, Euless Trinity and Arlington Martin.
  • Chris Says: DeSoto has turned into a football powerhouse the last few years - ever since record setting former Barlett high school and Texas State University running back Claude Mathis took over.  During the offseason, all the buzz was about him leaving the team for the University of Houston.  Just a short time after than announcement, Mathis was back at DeSoto.   The offseason drama may have overshadowed the Eagles for a while, but in a few short week, it will be about their play on the field once again.  They have the returning players on the offense to once again put up some serious points.  Their defense only returns two players, but they are some good ones.  They could run the table in the regular season but will be hard pressed to make it past Region come postseason.

Last Years Record: 10-2 overall 4-1 District

2011 Games:
vs Leander (8-4) (W 43-3)
vs Douglass High School, OK (W 63-0)
vs Cedar Hill (8-4) (at Kincaide Stadium) (W 45-13)
at Round Rock Stony Point (4-6) (W 42-7)
vs NOAH Homeschool Tulsa, OK (W 61-13)
vs North Mesquite (5-5)* (W 28-17)
at Tyler Lee (1-9)* (W 66-13)
vs Mesquite Horn (4-7)* (OT) (W 59-53)
vs Mesquite (7-6)* (W 41-16)
at Longview (11-2)* (L 21-23)

Playoffs: Division I Area
vs A&M Consolidated (5-6) (at DeSoto) (W 54-10) Bi-District
vs Dallas Skyline (14-1) (at Irving Schools Stad) (L 31-41) Area

History:
* 15 consecutive non-losing seasons and playoff appearances
* 8-5 vs. Cedar Hill since 1996 including a playoff loss in the "Battle of Belt Line
* Playoff Appearances (20) 1971,1974,1992,1993,1996,1997,1998,1999,2000,2001,2002,2003,2004,2005,2006
2007,2008,2009,2010,2011

Championship History: No Championship Games

Last 5 year record: 45-17

Last 10 year record: 84-37


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