Tuesday night the 8th grade Warriors were in action for their home opener in search of their first win of the season.
Both teams suffered tough losses to Cedar Hill Coleman in the season opener last week.
The Green team reined victorious 12-8 after a late goal-line stand. The White team suffered their second straight loss as turnovers were again the factor.
The White team offense has been its own worst enemy this season.
DeSoto blanked the Warriors 22-0 converting on two of Waxahachie’s six mishaps.
The Warrior defense stood strong early, forcing an Eagle turnover on their opening possession. Dylan Allred captured the loose ball and Waxahachie had the early momentum.
The Warriors handed the ball back to DeSoto on the next play.
Waxahachie’s first four possessions were halted do to turnovers. The Warriors saw big defensive plays from Rene Zavalla and Caleb Bates to stop DeSoto’s offensive momentum.
The Eagle defense was quick to regain possession after recovering a fumble on the Warriors fifth play from scrimmage. The DeSoto offense was able to convert on the turnover with a 71-yard touchdown pass to open up the scoring. The Eagles converted on the point after attempt to take a 8-0 lead with 1:48 left in the first half.
The next two Waxahachie possessions were ended with a fumble and interception that DeSoto returned for 73 yards with no time remaining in the first half to take a 16-0 lead.
The second half started with both team exchanging turnovers. After the Indians fumbled the kickoff return, Emon Blakemore picked off an Eagle pass to give Waxahachie the ball back.
The Warrior offense was forced backwards on their next possession giving DeSoto great field possession at the Waxahachie 2-yard line.
Three plays later the Eagles pushed in for six to take a 22-0 lead.
The Warriors had one more shot late in the fourth after a big stop from Brandon Skipper and a fumble recovery by Manny Martinez, but another turnover spoiled any progress.
The Warriors got on the board first.
On the opening play of the second quarter, Waxahachie faced a fourth-and-six situation. Not only did they convert but came up with the big play. Halfback Devin Chandler found a wide open Dominic Dismuke for a 21-yard touchdown strike.
John Kennedy’s kick failed and the Warriors held a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Dismuke made his presence felt on the defensive side as well, stuffing the Eagles after a fake punt attempt.
Waxahachie began its next drive with a 30-yard pass from Brooks Teeter to Michael Veail.
The DeSoto defense held strong denying the Warriors a two-score lead. The Eagles then mounted a 77-yard scoring drive that was capped off by a 2-yard run just before halftime.
DeSoto converted on the point after attempt to take an 8-6 halftime lead. Both teams battled back and fourth in the third quarter with neither team able to reach the end zone.
Devin Walker gave the Warriors the momentum in the fourth after returning an Eagle punt to the Desoto 8-yard line.
Four plays later Chandler blasted in from 5-yards out to give Waxahachie a 12-8 lead.
The Eagles were looking to answer, but Christian Brewer and Chandler came up with a stop to force a third-and-long for DeSoto.
The Eagles then found success going to the air on back to back plays to move down to the Waxahachie 10-yard line.
On first-and-goal DeSoto racked up 9-yards on the ground pushing the Warriors back on their heels.
On second-and-goal from the 1, Chandler and Hayden Howell shut down the middle to make it third-and-goal from the 2. It was an all out blitz that denied the Eagles offense to force the biggest play of the game. On fourth-and-goal from the 5 everyone was on their feet with only 20 seconds left.
The Eagle quarterback called his own number but Howell and Preston Moreno had his number as well and the Warriors came away with a goal line stand and a 12-8 win.