It’s not how he expected to end his illustrious high school football career, but it did end Saturday night for Oregon 5 Star recruit DeSoto running back Dontre Wilson as his DeSoto Eagles fell one game short of the Texas 5A Division 1 championship with a 51-36 loss to area rival Allen High School.
Hampered by a sore left ankle that he injured in last Saturday’s regional final against Southlake Carroll, Wilson was less than 100% against Allen Saturday night and it definitely showed on the field.
In his final, and arguably his most important game in a DeSoto uniform, Wilson rushed for an uncharacteristic 39 yards on 15 carries. Through the air, Wilson caught 7 balls for 59 yards.
On the evening, Wilson scored twice. His first, a 21 yard screen play that showed why Chip Kelly and Duck running back coach Gary Campbell covet Wilson’s skills when carrying the football.
On the pass play with 5:36 remaining in the second quarter, Wilson grabbed the short pass at the line of scrimmage and broke several tackles and juked Allen’s safety to find the end zone to give DeSoto its first touchdown of the game and a 21-7 deficit.
Then, with 1:49 to play in the second quarter, Wilson took an inside handoff up the middle and scored on a 1 yard run that pulled DeSoto within 7 at 21-14.
From there, the wheels came off for DeSoto and for the championship dreams of Wilson. “I really wanted this for my team” said Wilson after the game.
“We worked hard all year, and for me to get hurt at this point in the season,…I just feel I let my teammates down.”
DeSoto head coach Claude Mathis said after the game that he wouldn’t have allowed Wilson to play if this were a regular season game. “No,..he wouldn’t have played” said Mathis when asked if this game were earlier in the season.
“Dontre’s a warrior and he wanted to play because he’s a senior,…and he wanted to get us to the championship game. Oregon’s getting one heck of a running back,…and a warrior.”
Oregon Duck Football News will post video ( post game ) interviews with Dontre Wilson and DeSoto head coach Claude Mathis later.