(DESOTO) The DeSoto football Dragons held off a furious 2nd half rally by Windsor to top the Owls 29-20 at home Friday night on AM 1400 KJFF.

The Dragons made a defensive stand on Windsor’s first drive of the game and then it was Briar Fischer and brother Levi getting down to business for the first touchdown of the game.

At 7-0 still in the 1st, Dominic Punjani ran the ball in from 4 yards out to bump up the lead to 13-0.

On the ensuing drive, Windsor quarterback Derek Williams was injured on a first-down run and had to be replaced by Kaelen Gmerek. The Dragons used the injury to their advantage later in the first half, going into the break with a 19-0 lead after another Briar Fischer touchdown.

The Owls got Williams back for the 2nd half and that’s when the furious rally began. It started with a 5-yard touchdown run by Williams. After a DeSoto turnover-on-downs, Williams stepped up again.

DeSoto re-extended the lead to 26-13 after a 2-yard run by Jacob Kerbler. Then Derek Williams hooked up with Conner Begeman for an entertaining 6.

With about 3 minutes left in the game, DeSoto’s Bradley Hunt kicked an 18-yard field goal to stretch the lead to 9. On the final drive of the night for the Owls, Derek Williams tossed his 2nd interception as Ethan Reissing picked it off for the game-clincher.

DeSoto head coach Chris Johnson talked about Hunt handling the pressure of kicking the field goal that gave the Dragons a 9-point lead towards the end of the game.

DeSoto improves to 1-2 with the win and will face North County next Friday at home on the MyMoInfoSports stream. Windsor falls to 2-1 with the loss and will have to wait until Week 5 to play again as the Owls welcome in the Hillsboro Hawks for their first home game of the season.

Desoto HC Chris Johnson Post

Windsor HC Alex DeMatteis Post

Player of the Game Briar Fischer Post

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