DeSOTO — DeSoto just finished one of the toughest non-district schedules in the state. The Eagles played Arlington Martin in the opener, then the 2nd-ranked team in Oklahoma, Jenks, and finally Trinity.
"It's been one of those years right here, you make sure you pray every single night and you take one game at a time," said head coach Claude Mathis.
"I was actually shocked, the three teams, I never thought we'd get those teams," said Tavares Royal, a wide receiver and tight end. "Scared? I wouldn't say 'scared.' I was up for the challenge."
Mathis said it's as tough a three-game stretch as his program has ever had. DeSoto won each of those games by at least three touchdowns, despite the fact that Mathis says this is his least-talented team in five years.
"Other teams have had a little bit more talent," said Mathis. "But at the same time, I think this team right here plays together as a team better than any team I've had come through DeSoto."
DeSoto has played so well these first few games, it makes you wonder: Wow would they do against a college team? They may be wondering the same thing, because they've begun referring to themselves as "DeSoto U."
"The Miami Hurricanes — how they put out all their players into the league," said linebacker Taylor Young. "We say, we put our players in college."
The 2011 team had more than 20 players sign Division I scholarships. This team will have its fair share, too.
"It actually stands for 'DeSoto University,' but it can also stand for 'unity,'" said Royal. "We're one team. Together we rise and together we'll all fall. We have each other's backs the whole way, 100%." To complete their own comparisons with "The U," DeSoto needs to win a championship. It won't be easy, but neither were these first three games.