DeSoto takes care of Tonganoxie

By Sean Kosednar PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: November 22, 2017 - 1:28 PM

It was a workman like effort from the DeSoto Wildcats as they advanced past Tonganoxie 42-7 on Friday, November 3.

Arguably the biggest play came on the games fourth snap. The Chieftains did nothing with their first three plays and line up to punt. A DeSoto lineman burst through the line and blocked the punt. The Wildcats recovered on Tonganoxie’s 10-yard line. After getting stopped on their first two plays, quarterback Bryce Mohl play actioned and rolled to his right. The senior avoided an oncoming rusher and found Trevor Watts in the back of the end zone for the game’s first touchdown.

“We wanted to be good on special teams,” DeSoto head coach Brian King said. “We wanted to get a short field and we wanted to take advantage of it. Our offense did a really good job capitalizing on that short field.”

There wasn’t much action as the teams traded punts for most of the first quarter. Late in the opening frame The Wildcats were on the move again. And again, it was Mohl and Watts marching them down the field. On the second play of the second quarter Jack barker punched in a 4-yard touchdown to put DeSoto up 14-0.

With three minutes left in the first half Tonganoxie looked to be getting the ball back when they had DeSoto at fourth and 10. The Wildcats dialed up a slant to Watts. Mohl hit him in stride and Watts did the rest going 30 yards to the house.

DeSoto punted on their first drive after halftime. Hopefully no one went to get popcorn because the next 3 minutes of game time were action packed. First, Tonganoxie throws an interception on their third play of the half.

The Wildcats took over on the 37 and quickly were inside the 10. Trevor Gress was finally able to plunge into the end zone putting DeSoto up four scores.

On the Chieftains first play after the kickoff Dalton Bock broke a run off tackle right 69 yards for a touchdown. The whole Tonganoxie bench and stands went crazy. It felt like the beginning of a comeback.

“They have great character,” Tonganoxie head coach Al Troyer said. “These are young men who have worked hard for a long time. We were the underdogs week in and week out and we came in and showed that we were someone to be reckoned with.”

That feeling was short lived however.

As he has done so many times this year Trevor Watts slammed the door on the game. The senior took the handoff on the Wildcats first play straight up the middle 53 yards for a touchdown silencing the crowd.

“I tell these kids all the time that momentum is huge in sports,” King said. “You give someone some momentum you have to try and stop it as soon as you can, and not let it keep building. So for [Watts] to come back and answer right there and stop that momentum out is huge. If you let that get rolling you can’t hardly stop it. So that was huge in making that big play for us.”

Watts would add another receiving touchdown in the fourth quarter.

DeSoto will host Fort Scott Friday Nov. 10 in the next round of the Kansas Class 4A-I playoffs.