(DE SOTO, Mo.) – A defensive struggle on the gridiron ended with the De Soto Dragons earning a 7-3 win over the Potosi Trojans Friday night on J-98. The Dragons had an early possession in the red zone, but Potosi’s defense took the ball away at the last moment.

Potosi then took the football 97 yards on 23 plays. At the De Soto two-yard line, the Trojans had a chance to punch it in, but the Dragons stood tall.

Shortly afterward, the Dragons fumbled again, giving the Trojans good field position for a scoring chance.

That field goal accounted for the only points of the half as Potosi took a 3-0 lead to the locker room.

Both teams exchanged possessions for the third quarter, then midway through the fourth, De Soto finally capitalized on a long offensive drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass.

An extra point made it 7-3 Dragons. Potosi had one final chance to drive down the field for a game-winning score, but De Soto’s Clayton Snudden made his second big defensive play to seal the win.

Dragons head coach Chris Johnson said this win showed how much his team has grown over the course of the season.

Trojans head coach Ed Haar said mental mistakes led to their undoing.

The Dragons finished the regular season at 5-4 and will visit Festus in the district tournament next week. The Trojans move to 4-5 overall and will start the playoffs against either Dexter or Perryville.