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DeSoto falls to Poplar Bluff in football home opener

The DeSoto Dragons just couldn’t find ways to finish in a 56-6 loss to the Poplar Bluff Mules Friday night.

DeSoto had 4 drives get inside the opposing 10-yard line, but only produced a pair of field goals in the first half.

The Dragons started the night strong, getting a fourth-and-goal stop on defense and a 75-yard run by senior tailback Dominic Punjani on their first play from scrimmage.

But after failing to cash in, Bradley Hunt came on and hit a 25-yard field goal for the game’s first points.

Poplar Bluff responded to the 3-0 deficit quickly.

The Mules got another stop, and junior quarterback Kannon Carr came up with his first touchdown throw of the season.

Carr would come with 2 more touchdown passes before halftime, but the Dragons did put together a solid drive at the end of the first half behind the scrambling of senior quarterback Ethan Reissing.

That set up Hunt to hit another 25-yard field goal heading into the halftime break.

Trailing 25-6, the Dragons started the second half with another one of those productive drives, but they suffered a back-breaking turnover.

From there, Poplar Bluff never looked back.

Carr would throw 2 more TDs, finishing with a touchdown pass on five of his final 6 pass attempts.

But despite the defensive struggles, Dragons head coach Chris Johnson said, even trailing by 3 scores, the pick-six was the deflating moment.

Punjani ran for over 100 yards for the second straight week.

DeSoto falls to 0-2 on the season and will look for their first win of 2020 when they travel to North County next week.

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