DeSoto defeated Duncanville 49-35 on Saturday in a battle between the top two ranked teams in Texas. The win puts DeSoto in front in the District 11-6A title chase and is their first win over Duncanville since 2016.
Both teams had explosive offenses, with over 900 yards of total offense scored. However, DeSoto’s defense was able to force two key turnovers in the second half, which helped them pull away with the win.
DeSoto jumped out to an early lead, thanks to two scoring plays from junior Daylon Singleton. Singleton took a deep ball the distance for a 76-yard touchdown in the first 15 seconds of the game, then returned a kickoff 98 yards for a second score to put DeSoto up 14-3.
Duncanville was able to pull even, thanks to two long rushing touchdowns from LSU commit Caden Durham. However, DeSoto’s defense was able to tighten up in the second half and force two key turnovers.
DeSoto’s offense was also able to continue to move the ball in the second half, thanks to a balanced running attack. Senior Marvin Duffey carried the bulk of the load with 25 touches for 96 yards and two scores, and Jaylin Jones took 15 carries for 74 yards.
The win is a major upset for DeSoto, as Duncanville had won 47 district games in a row and had not lost a game since the 2021 state championship. It is also a statement of intent from DeSoto, who are now the clear favorites to win the District 11-6A title.