Dylan Cruz is the DeSoto Thunderbirds’ triple threat man. Cruz scored  three touchdowns – two on  runs, another on a pass reception and kicked  a field goal in the T-Birds’ 38-14 romp over the Bayou Academy Colts at Sam Howe Field Friday night. It was DeSoto’s first home game since homecoming ceremonies three weeks ago.

 

Dylan Cruz is the DeSoto Thunderbirds’ triple threat man. Cruz scored  three touchdowns – two on  runs, another on a pass reception and kicked  a field goal in the T-Birds’ 38-14 romp over the Bayou Academy Colts at Sam Howe Field Friday night. It was DeSoto’s first home game since homecoming ceremonies three weeks ago.
It took the Thunderbirds almost three quarters to put the Colts away but put them away they did. With the exception of the third quarter, the T-Birds dominated the contest from start to finish. An on-side kick attempt by the Colts to open the game fizzled giving DeSoto excellent field position at their 48. The Thunderbirds promptly put together a 4-play 52-yard drive that took 2:45 to execute. Matt Barnes capped it off with a 13-yard touchdown run. Cruz drilled home the extra point.
A bad Bayou Academy punt gave the T-Birds excellent field position again at the Colt 44. DeSoto drove to the Bayou Academy 4 yard line before settling for a 21-yard Cruz field goal.
Before the dust settled, Vance St. Columbia ended the Colts’ third drive with an interception return for a touchdown giving DeSoto a commanding 17-0 first quarter lead. That interception was the first of four on the night for the T-Birds. St. Columbia left the game later with a leg injury.
An illegal block – the first of 20 yellow flags thrown against the Thunderbirds in the game – nullified a 37-yard scoring pass from quarterback Blake Harper to Paden Phillips. The T-Birds eventually scored on a screen pass from Harper to Cruz, who made several spectacular sideline-to-sideline moves, covering 52 yards.
Bayou Academy cut the lead to 24-8 before the half on a 27-yard pass play and a 2-point conversion.
The Colts dominated the action in the third quarter but failed to generate any points. They took the second half kick off and drove the ball to the DeSoto 11 before turning the ball over on downs. Bayou Academy would not score again until the 4:32 mark of the fourth quarter.
Cruz scored his second touchdown of the night with less than four minutes remaining in the third quarter. His final score came on a 23-yard run with 10:56 to play in the game.
DeSoto, 8-0, travels across the bridge to Tunica Friday night for a showdown with the undefeated Blue Devils, 8-0. The conference title will be on the line.