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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • T-Birds pound toothless Cougars into submission, 53-0

  • Four of the first five times the DeSoto Thunderbirds touched the football Friday night they scored a touchdown. The Lee Academy Cougars provided almost no opposition as the T-Birds rolled to an easy 53-0 victory here.
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  • Four of the first five times the DeSoto Thunderbirds touched the football Friday night they scored a touchdown. The Lee Academy Cougars provided almost no opposition as the T-Birds rolled to an easy 53-0 victory here. Griffin Christine set up the Thunderbirds' first score when he fell on a Cougar fumble at the 4-yard line. On DeSoto's first play from scrimmage, Bradley Harper pounded the ball into the end zone and at the 10:41 mark of the opening quarter DeSoto was up 7-0. On the second play of the T-Birds' second possession, Reed St. Columbia raced 25 yards for the score. DeSoto's third touch of the night resulted in a 24-yard touchdown run by Harper. That score came with 3:52 to play in the opening quarter. DeSoto's fourth and final TD during the first 12 minutes of play came on a 40-yard run by Christine. The Thunderbirds added two additional scores in the second quarter. Harper picked off an errant Cougar pass and returned it 38 yards for six more points. That score came just nine seconds into the second quarter. Leading 33-0, coach Bill Beck sent in his second unit for most of the rest of the contest. That didn't slow the rolling Thunderbirds down much. Jake Halbert's 8-yard scoring run with 8:40 to play before the half officially kicked in the Mercy Rule. DeSoto led 40-0 at the half. The entire first 24 minutes of action took place on Lee Academy's side of the midfield stripe. The Cougars and T-Birds played through a scoreless third quarter. DeSoto put the exclamation point on the win with a pair of touchdowns in the final quarter. Tyler Warfield scored on a 14-yard run with nine minutes to play. Less than five minutes later, the T-Birds scored their final TD of the night on a 20-yard interception return by St. Columbia. DeSoto, 6-0, 2-0, will face the Kirk Academy Raiders, 1-4, 0-2, at Sam Howe Field Friday night.

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