PITTSBURG — Pittsburg found themselves in a shootout early versus De Soto, but pulled away from the Wildcats in the second half to coast to a 49-35 win.
Dylan White broke free from the defense on a comeback route towards the left sideline, and turned a 12-yard pass from Ty Roark into a 63-yard touchdown.
De Soto muffled the snap on the next possession and Pittsburg’s Shay Mahnken recovered the ball to return possession to Pittsburg.
Brett Wiemers drew a pass interference call deep in Wildcat territory on the ensuring drive, leading to White grabbing his second touchdown in two drives, this time snatching the ball away from defenders on a jump ball deep in the endzone.
On the next drive, De Soto got a good block on the outside and Tyson Priddy took a pitch on a read-option and rushed for a 23-yard touchdown.
After the Wildcats recovered a Brandis Evans fumble, De Soto called a play-action pass on first down, with Keegan Sturdy finding a seam up the middle for a 30-yard touchdown reception to tie the score at 14-14.
With under two minutes to go in the first quarter, Trenton Austin took a pitch 20-yards for a touchdown to return the lead to the Purple Dragons.
White displayed his versatility late in the first quarter, returning a punt for 67-yards for his third touchdown in the first quarter.
De Soto struck back midway in the second quarter, scoring on a halfback dive in the red zone to cut the lead to 28-21.
Evans sparked Pittsburg on a screen pass on the next drive, bulldozing a Wildcat defender on his way to a 30-yard gain.
Evans punctuated the drive with a 1-yard rushing touchdown to extend the Pittsburg advantage.
Hayden Henderson cut the Pittsburg lead for De Soto with :49 seconds remaining before half, catching a 25-yard touchdown pass, making the score 35-28.
The scoring explosion slowed down some in the third quarter, with the first score coming by way of a 15-yard touchdown reception from Austin.
The Purple Dragons offense traded their quick-hit big plays for prolonged, time-consuming drives to milk the clock in the second half.
Pittsburg’s Dylan Jordan jumped a Sturdy wheel route, a play that the Wildcats have ran with success throughout the night, for a interception at the Pittsburg 2-yard line to stop a threatening Wildcat drive.
Jordan also forced a fumble on a strip-sack on the next De Soto drive and rushed for a 63-yard touchdown in the quarter.
Wildcat Russell Coy rumbled into the endzone from 4-yards out for the final De Soto touchdown with :35 ticks remaining on the clock.