DeSoto Thunderbird football fans got a little extra for their money Friday night and it was well worth the price of admission. Trailing 6-0 at the half, the T-Birds in their home opener came roaring back to post a 12-6 overtime win over the Deer Creek Warriors.

DeSoto Thunderbird football fans got a little extra for their money Friday night and it was well worth the price of admission. Trailing 6-0 at the half, the T-Birds in their home opener came roaring back to post a 12-6 overtime win over the Deer Creek Warriors.

Again, defense was the name of the game for DeSoto, holding their opponent to just 6 points after limiting Carroll Academy to a pair of scores on opening night. For the first 23:52 seconds the two squads played a scoreless first half with both teams putting together extended drives that fell short of the goal line.

The contest was almost penalty and turnover free. Cade Killion made a brilliant one-handed interception of a Deer Creek pass less than one minute into the second quarter for one of only two turnovers of the evening.

DeSoto’s opening drive moved from their 33 to the Deer Creek 25 before it stalled and turned it over on downs.

Deer Creek came up with the first big play of the game when the Warrior quarterback hooked up with a running play on a pass that covered 68 yards to the DeSoto 11. The T-Bird defenders rose to the occasion and stopped the Warrior threat at the 9.

In the early going, it appeared as though one big play or turnover might be the difference in the outcome of this contest. The Warriors unleashed a passing game on its first series but the T-Birds never quite got untracked through the air.

Following Killion’s second quarter interception, the T-Birds put together another impressive drive that ate up almost five minutes but was terminated with no results at the Deer Creek 27.

A substantial punt return set up Deer Creek’s final drive of the first half. Utilizing their time outs, the Warriors took advantage of the remaining ticks on the clock. With just eight seconds left, the Warrior quarterback raced 8 yards into the end zone. The extra point attempt failed and Deer Creek led 6-0 at the break.

Deer Creek got the ball first in the second half. Their opening drive stalled and they were forced to punt. DeSoto got good field position at their 47. The T-Birds were still struggling with their passing game but finally Killion connected with Dalton Reyna on a play that covered 28 yards to the Deer Creek 25.

Once inside the red zone, the running got a little tougher. Deer Creek managed to shut the door of opportunity again when a 4th down pass play from the Warrior 8 yard line came up empty.

DeSoto’s defense continued to hold its ground. Following a short punt, DeSoto set up shop again at the Deer Creek 38. At the 7:50 mark of regulation time, Killion raced 19 yards to the Warrior 1.

The Thunderbird runners hit a brick wall on the first two plays from the 1. Hunter Holt was stacked up at the 1. Then, Reyna was thrown for a 5-yard loss back to the six. On third and goal, Killion called his own number and carried the ball in from six yards out to knot the score at 6-6.

The 2-point conversion pass missed its intended mark.

Deer Creek got good field position at their 44 following the kick off. It took a host of DeSoto tacklers to bring the ball carrier down. DeSoto got the ball back following a punt but the Warriors had the last crack in regulation when they picked off an errant T-Bird pass but were pinned at their own 4.

DeSoto won the toss for overtime and chose second possession. The T-Bird defenders put up yet another a brilliant goal line stand stopping Warrior runners twice from the 1-yard line.

On a third down play, DeSoto’s Holt ran the ball in from five yards out to ice the game.

The Thunderbirds, 2-0, play host to the Central Holmes Christian Academy Trojans. The Trojans, 1-1, are coming off a 45-6 victory over Carroll Academy.