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DeSoto’s ‘No Fly Zone’ stifles SGP, cinches season-closing win to take No. 2 seed in District 7-6A

BY MARCUS MATTHEWS-MARION | MMARION@TEXASHSFOOTBALL.COM | @REALMARCMARION

DESOTO — In a matchup that carried a facade of possibly swapping No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, more than the playoffs were on the line between DeSoto and South Grand Prairie High Schools on Friday at Eagle Stadium.

The Associated Press No. 10 Eagles entered the game looking to avoid its second consecutive home upset — District 7-6A Champion Duncanville beat them 24-14 on Oct. 27 — in three weeks. The Warriors looked to pick up a win against DeSoto for the first time in more than five years.


South Grand Prairie quarterback Nakia Brown. Gordon Deloach/TexasHSFootball

And despite a 79-yard sprint down the middle of the field by Jachin Like and 1-yarder by junior quarterback Nakia Brown, the most influential group on the field may have been DeSoto’s defense that earned a 17-14 win to bolster it entering round one of the playoffs.

“We noticed he hadn’t completed a pass during the game. That wasn’t anything spectacular to us. It was a no-fly zone,” senior defensive back Byron Hanspard, Jr. said about forcing South Grand Prairie to become one-dimensional. “We came in with the mindset that they don’t get any completions. They don’t get any passing yards. They don’t get any receiving yards. They better do something else.”

Hanspard, Jr., twin senior cornerbacks German and Gemon Green, dominating defensive linemen Viramontes Pippens-Redic, safety Jabbar Muhammad, and DeSoto held Brown to 0 for 12 passing and sacked him twice. Pippens-Redic had one of those takedowns.

It was enough to negate a first-half interception and fumble by DeSoto starting quarterback Courtney Douglas, more than 20 minutes of scoreless football and a handful of fruitless drives and one failed drive that came less than 30 yards from landing the first strike of the game. For Full Story Click This Link http://texashsfootball.com/desotos-no-fly-zone-stifles-sgp-cinches-season-closing-win-take-no-2-seed-district-7-6a/

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