LSU commit shines in fireworks show

UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas -- Dallas Skyline's Michael Davis looked out to the DeSoto secondary and seemed positively upset to see only one defender trying to cover him.

"That's just disrespecting me," Davis said. "I kept thinking, 'somebody better cover me.'"

Davis spent the first half of Skyline's 41-36 shootout win Saturday night over DeSoto proving his point, hooking up with quarterback Javia Hall for 239 receiving yards and four touchdowns in the Class 5A Division I Region II area playoff game at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

When DeSoto's coverage slowed Davis in the second half, he moved over to defense and came up with two crucial interceptions.

Davis, a 6-2, 175-pound senior who has orally committed to LSU, had touchdown receptions of 57, 71, 37 and 74 yards. He was never tackled in the first half.

DeSoto coach Claude Mathis said the defensive scheme on Davis in the second half was no different than in the first; the only difference was execution. Davis was limited to three catches for 24 yards in the second half, but one was for an important first down on Skyline's last possession with a couple of minutes left and his team protecting a five-point lead.

Skyline (12-0) overcame an early 10-0 deficit, then rolled out the big plays to go up 41-22 at intermission.

It was hard to tell if the defense improved in the second half or the two teams were just weary from all the first-half offensive fireworks.

Junior quarterback Ryan Polite passed for 477 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another to rally DeSoto (9-3). Polite's 67-yard scoring pass to Xavier Traylor late in the third period made it a one-score game.

Traylor couldn't make a difficult catch on a 40-yard Polite pass that would have put DeSoto inside the Skyline 20 with five minutes left.

"I think if we could have made that one, we would have won the game," Mathis said.

Instead, two plays later, Davis intercepted Polite for the second time. Skyline was able to run all but the final eight seconds off the clock.

DeSoto hurt itself with five turnovers. Skyline played turnover-free, but not mistake-free. The Raiders were penalized 14 times for 148 yards.

Skyline next faces Cypress Woods (10-2) in the regional semifinal round Nov. 28 at Georgetown, Texas, at a time to be determined.

"I really think this was the state championship game tonight," Mathis said. "I'd be shocked if Skyline doesn't win it all."