Try as they may, the Tunica Blue Devils just simply could not stop Reed St. Columbia, Bradley Harper and Rowland Brothers. The trio combined for five touchdowns and a pair of field goals for the DeSoto Thunderbirds in a 40-6 rout at Sam Howe Field Friday night.

Try as they may, the Tunica Blue Devils just simply could not stop Reed St. Columbia, Bradley Harper and Rowland Brothers. The trio combined for five touchdowns and a pair of field goals for the DeSoto Thunderbirds in a 40-6 rout at Sam Howe Field Friday night. The T-Birds didn't let a little thing like a heavy rain keep them from racking up the points. St. Columbia scored a pair of touchdowns and Harper scored three times. Two of Harper's TDs came on long gains, one on a run of 77 yards. Harper also hauled in a scoring pass from quarterback Zac Manning. St. Columbia's second TD and the final score of the night for the T-Birds came early in the fourth quarter on a 19-yard scamper down the sidelines. DeSoto was in control of the game before the end of the first half. Brothers nailed a 30-yard field goal just before the intermission to put the Thunderbirds up 23-6. DeSoto score 17 unanswered points in the second half, including a 35-yard field goal by Brothers in the third quarter. Brothers narrowly missed a 45-yard attempt early in the fourth quarter. The Thunderbird kicker also nailed four extra points. Ryan Self had a standout game on defense recovering five Tunica fumbles. Jake Halbert also performed well defensively making several key tackles. DeSoto won its 1A North Conference opener in convincing style. The T-Birds travel to Marianna this Friday night to take on Lee Academy.