The DeSoto Eagles have been a green-and-gold blur to three playoff opponents so far.
The Eagles (11-2) have raced up and down the field for 156 points. That’s a healthy 52-point per game average going into the Region II final of the Class 5A Division I bracket.
Planted firmly in DeSoto’s path is Round Rock Stony Point (13-0), a team the Eagles know from first-hand experience.
Kickoff is 7 p.m. Saturday at Waco ISD Stadium. The winner advances to the state semifinals to meet the Coppell-Euless Trinity winner.
Stony Point defeated the Eagles, 46-29, in a nondistrict game on Sept. 17 in DeSoto,
holding the Eagles to their season low point total.
Both teams are loaded with skill players, particularly at quarterback.
DeSoto senior quarterback Ryan Polite has moved to fifth in UIL all-time career passing yardage with 10,344 yards. He’s a little over 1,400 yards behind fourth-place G.J. Kinne, who played for Canton and Gilmer from 2003-2006.
Stony Point alternated quarterbacks Gus Barrera and Aaryn Sharp last season and through much of this year until Barrera was sidelined by a season-ending injury.
Sharp (6-3, 230 pounds) has been just that since taking over fulltime four games ago. In the playoffs, the Tigers have averaged 44 points in wins over Austin Westlake, Klein Oak and A&M Consolidated.
With 5-7, 150-pound running back Sam Kelley (1,789 yards, 20 touchdowns) Stony Point probably has the edge on the ground.
Defensively, Stony Point has forced 23 turnovers, including 14 interceptions. Polite threw for 346 yards in the first game against Stony Point but was intercepted three times.
The Tigers are excellent at pressuring the quarterback. They have 32 sacks this season, led by senior defensive end Brandon Jones with 11.
Stony Point, No. 21 nationally in the ESPN RISE Fab 50, is developing into the premier program in Central Texas. The Tigers are in the fourth round of the playoffs for the third straight season.
The game could hinge on DeSoto’s defense, which needs to improve on the 447 yards it allowed Stony Point in the first game. Kelley rushed for 186 yards and two touchdowns that night.
DeSoto, in the playoffs for the 15th straight season, has advanced to the fourth round for the first time since 2006 when Cyrus Gray and company were ousted by eventual state champion Cedar Hill.
Stony Point, which fielded a team for the first time in 2000, is in the playoffs for the fourth straight season.