Cibolo Steele’s second half rally comes up short as DeSoto wins first state championship

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ARLINGTON – With less than five minutes remaining in the game, the Cibolo Steele Knights converted a third down to extend their drive against the DeSoto Eagles, as they trailed 35-29.

Steele quarterback Xavier Martin would get sacked and stripped on the following play, leading to a DeSoto recovery and ensuing field goal, that clinched their first state championship in school history.

Quarterback Shawn Robinson got on a roll early for DeSoto, finishing the first half with 267 total yards of offense and two touchdowns. The Eagles would build on a 14-0 first quarter lead thanks in part to a pair of 1-yard rushing touchdowns from Kelan Walker.

“We wanted to get [Robinson] going early and often,” DeSoto head coach Peterman said. “We were able to do that to put some points up quickly.”

Steele would eventually get on the scoreboard before halftime with a 23-yard field goal by Matthew O’Brien and a 15-yard run by Martin, but still trailed DeSoto 28-10 to end the first half.

An early third quarter fumble by DeSoto’s Robinson turned into a 45-yard touchdown pass from Martin to CJ Williams to bring Steele within 11 points. After DeSoto’s Laviska Shenault got loose for a 51-yard touchdown run, Martin answered again for Steele. This time connecting with Brenden Brady for a 34-yard touchdown pass.

Martin would score one last time to begin the fourth quarter, but two straight failed 2-point conversions kept Steele down a touchdown to DeSoto.

With the game on the line and five minutes remaining, DeSoto blitzed Martin right up the middle to force a fumble, resulting in a DeSoto field goal to take a 38-29 lead that held as the final score.

Even after going to war against each other for 48 minutes, there’s no bad blood between the two powerhouse programs.

“I consider our staffs friends,” Peterman said. “We knew this would come down to the end of the game and that’s ultimately what happened. We were going to schedule each other earlier in the year, but we knew there was a chance this could happen. But once the new districts came out, it was a no go.”

DeSoto’s ability to overcome adversity will be the highlight of their 16-0 season. The Eagles trailed in three of their previous four playoff games, including overcoming a 42-31 deficit against Klein Collins last week.

SCORING PLAYS
1st quarter
5:34 – TOUCHDOWN DESOTO – #6 Walker 1-yard TD run.
DESOTO: 7, STEELE: 0

2:41 – TOUCHDOWN DESOTO – #3 Robinson 17-yard TD run.
DESOTO: 14, STEELE: 0

2nd quarter
9:58 – FIELD GOAL STEELE – #14 O’Brien 24-yard FG.
DESOTO: 14, STEELE: 3

6:24 – TOUCHDOWN DESOTO – #6 Walker 1-yard TD run.
DESOTO: 21, STEELE: 3

2:18 – TOUCHDOWN STEELE – #1 Martin 15-yard TD run.
DESOTO: 21, STEELE: 10

0:00 – TOUCHDOWN DESOTO – #1 Nixon 28-yard TD catch.
DESOTO: 28, STEELE: 10

3rd quarter
9:10 – TOUCHDOWN STEELE – #1 Martin 45-yard TD pass to #6 CJ Williams.
DESOTO: 28, STEELE: 17

7:47 – TOUCHDOWN DESOTO – #2 Shenault Jr. 51-yard TD run.
DESOTO: 35, STEELE: 17

3:57 – TOUCHDOWN STEELE – #1 Martin 34-yard TD pass to #25 Brady. (2-pt try no good)
DESOTO: 35, STEELE: 23

4th quarter
8:22 – TOUCHDOWN STEELE – #1 Martin 20-yard TD run. (2-pt try no good)
DESOTO: 35, STEELE: 29

2:06 – FIELD GOAL DESOTO – #85 Gonzales 25-yard FG.
DESOTO: 38, STEELE: 29

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