The DeSoto Bulldogs reached deep inside themselves, and played their best game of the season, dedicating it to a former teammate, who died tragically less than 24 hours before the Bulldogs took the field.
In a home District game, the Bulldogs and Southeast Seminoles both had (3-1) records and were (1-0) in the district. The Bulldogs used a tenacious defense and grueling ground game to beat the Seminoles 28-3.
It was the second straight week the Bulldog defense had not allowed a touchdown, and the third shutout in the last four games for the Bulldogs defense.
The Bulldogs took their opening drive 53 yards on 10 plays with nine of those on the ground. William Maybell went the final 3 yards with 1:41 left in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead.
On the first play of the second period, Dillan Evans stripped the ball carrier and Trayvis Smith recovered the fumble at the southeast 27-yard line. 3 plays later Smith went 16 yards for a touchdown with the extra point making it 14-0.
Southeast had a 37-yard field goal late in the half to narrow the lead to 14-3 at the intermission.
After a scoreless 3rd, the Bulldogs fed Trayvis Smith four straight times on the same play off right tackle. On the fifth play, quarterback Arnold Mele kept the ball himself and went untouched down the left Sidelines 50 yards for a touchdown with 10:04 left in the 4th quarter.
The kick was good and the score was 20-3. Tyler Henninger recovered another Southeast fumble on the Seminole 16-yard line. Using an infrequent pass, Mele hit Trayvis Smith for 22 yards to the 3-yard line. Mele called his own number and went the final 3 yards with 6:09 left in the game.
Mele intercepted a pass late in the game, for his 4th interception in 2 weeks, to seal the game. The Bulldogs travel to Lake Placid next Friday for a non-district game. The game can be heard on WFLN 1480 AM or 104.5 FM.