WACO- Marcus Murphy scored five touchdowns and rushed for 188 yards to lead the DeSoto Eagles (6-5) to a 40-14 rout of the Temple Wildcats (5-6) in a Class 5A Region II Division II bi-district game at Waco ISD Stadium. Murphy scored on runs of 53, 21, 28 and 2 yards respectively to pace a potent DeSoto ground game which amassed 290 yards. Murphy also scored on a 22 yard blocked punt return in the second quarter.
Early on DeSoto established dominance on the ground behind Murphy as the Eagles going against the wind moved the ball on the ground as Murphy scored on a 53 yard touchdown run to put the Eagles up 6-0. On the next possession, DeSoto would force a Temple three and out and the special teams would step in and make a game changing play. Dominique Bennett would partially block a Temple punt and then Murphy would make a big play as the Temple punt team watched the ball roll on the ground and Murphy made a heads up play picking up the ball and sprinting 22 yards for the score and 12-0 lead as the PAT failed.
Temple would fumble on their next possession as QB Kevin Lock mishandled a snap and the Eagles would score on their next play with Murphy reaching pay dirt from 21 yards out and DHS led 19-0. Temple would finally answer as RB Daniel Carr took advantage of all the attention being paid to Lache Seastrunk and he scored on an 82 yard run to cut the deficit to 19-6 as the wind continued to play tricks with the PAT and the kick was wide right. Temple would force a punt and appear to pick up even more momentum but again Lock would fumble the snap setting the Eagles up with good field position and Murphy would strike again scoring from 28 yards out to give DeSoto a 26-6 halftime advantage.
The second half would prove to be all DeSoto as Temple continued to turn the ball over and the Wildcats never threatened. Early in the fourth quarter Murphy scored touchdown number five on a two yard run to make it 33-6. Sophomore RB Antoine Jimmerson would add insult to injury scoring on a short run for a 40-6 lead. Temple late in the game would make their own special teams play as Patrick Johnson would block the punt and then scoop it up and run the final five yards for the score and a 40-14 final as Jonathan Bane ran in the two point try.
Next week DeSoto will hook up with Dallas Skyline in an area round playoff game at Standridge Stadium in Carrollton, while Temple's season ends in the bi-district round of the playoffs for the second straight season.