ENROLLMENT: 3,036 (6)
2015 RECORD: 6-6 6A Div. I Area Finalist
THE COACH: Todd Peterman
THE PLAYERS: Laviska Shenault, Jr. (Sr., WR), Kadarrian Nixon (Sr., WR), Edward Ingram (Sr., OL), Xavier Newman (Sr., OL), Hyrin White (Sr., OL), Isaiah Stewart (Sr., DB), Wesley Green (Sr., DL), Kolby Watts (Sr., LB), Kemonte Yow (Sr., DL), Kelan Walker (Jr., RB), Mike Singleton (Jr., DB), Kameron Counter (Sr., DL), Channing Hawkins (Sr., DL), Ritchie Washington (Sr., RB), Jammone Williams (Sr., RB), Byron Hanspard, Jr. (Jr., WR), German Green (Jr., DB), Gemon Green (Jr., DB)
THE WORD: It wasn’t the smoothest ride for the Eagles and Coach Peterman in year one, but late in the year DeSoto got it together and once again came within an eyelash of beating Allen, but for the fourth straight year the Eagles fell just short. Six starters return on both sides of the ball and a tough off-season gives the green and gold confidence they will make a return to the elite in the area and state. The offense will be led by one of the area’s top groups of front as the Eagles feature three players with FBS offers in Ingram, Newman and White. DeSoto has an explosive group of receivers with Shenault, Nixon and Hanspard highlighting that group, the running back corps are deep as well as the Eagles up-tempo attack will rotate three backs in to keep them fresh. Shenault and Nixon are high level FBS recruits and Hanspard has potential as well, he’s the son of legendary DeSoto RB and Texas Tech great Byron Hanspard, Sr. The big question is at QB as DHS must replace Tristan Wallace who signed with Oregon. The Eagles defense at times showed signs of being an elite group but at other times struggled, they aren’t loaded with the elite FBS talent that the offense is but they are still a very good unit. Stewart will lead the secondary, he holds an offer from Colorado. Green, Watts and Yow will lead the front seven, all three could develop into recruiting prospects as well, Coach Peterman likes the depth his team has up front, so expect the Eagles to rotate players in liberally. Twins German and Germon Green are rangy DB’s who cover a lot of ground they could emerge as big time playmakers in the secondary as well. “We think we have a shot to be really good, the off-season has been tough but our kids have responded well. If we can take care of the football and score touchdowns in the red zone I think we’ll win a lot of games,” said Coach Peterman.