Desoto defeats Mesquite Horn in heated battle

MESQUITE -- Mesquite Horn couldn't be stopped Friday in the first half against DeSoto.

The problem for the Jaguars was that Eagles quarterback Ryan Polite was unstoppable all night long.

Polite completed 19-for-27 passes for 357 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 44 yards and two more touchdowns as DeSoto remained unbeaten District 11-5A with a 61-47 victory over Horn.

Horn (4-4, 1-2) started strong and held a 41-37 lead after a first half that featured 760 yards of total offense between the two teams.

It was a battle between two quarterbacks for the first half. Horn quarterback Collin Strahan had three touchdown passes of 70 yards or more in the first half that all came on either the first or second play from scrimmage after they started drives.

Strahan went 12-for-20 with 299 yards, but 288 of those yards came on nine completions in the first half. That's right, Horn completed only three passes in the second half.

Penalties played a part in the Jaguars' second-half struggles, as did the fact that big-play receiver Jakeem Grant went down with a leg injury that appeared to affect him in the second half.

Grant finished the game with 184 yards and three touchdowns on five receptions.

"We had too many negative yardage plays in the second half, and penalties killed us," Horn coach Rodney Webb said. "On top of that, we just need to keep improving on defense."

The momentum turned toward No. 4 DeSoto (7-1, 3-0) late in the first half. Horn was forced to punt on its last two drives of the second quarter, and the Eagles capitalized with scores to take the lead before halftime.

A large fight broke out with 10:40 left in the fourth quarter. It took almost 10 minutes to get the players and coaches cleared off the field, making a long game even longer. Four DeSoto players were ejected after the fight.