The North Desoto Griffins piled on the points in a 54-18 victory agsainst the Huntington Raiders at Independence Stadium on Thursday night.
The main attraction for the Griffins was Delmonte Hall and his five-touchdown evening. He rushed for three scores, returned a kickoff for another, and even passed for one touchdown.
“We had a great week of practice and work hard,” North DeSoto head coach Scott Abernathy said. “We keep getting better and better. They were an exceptional team and played really well. We just kept going out there fighting and played well as a team.”
The Griffins came into the night No. 4 in this week’s Class 4A power ranking.
“We were a little shaky at the start. We made a lot of really good defensive plays, several intercerptions and a couple of onside kicks and fumble recoveries,” Abernathy said. “It really gave our offense a short field and they were able to do a really good job well.”
Huntington struggled with seven turnovers and North Desoto capitalized at every opportunity. Although it was a tough night for the Raiders, head coach Marvin Harris looked to the future.
“We have a young team,” he said. “We have some good athletes that we are molding into good football players and we are character building. We’ve been in a lot of games … we are a program on the grow … we see progress in our players.”
North Desoto closed out the first half just as explosive as it started the second quarter to take a 40-12 lead into halftime. The game started out with a bang as Huntington surprised the Griffins on the first play with the a 69-yard run from Tra’Micheal Moton.
North Desoto didn’t let the Raiders celebrate long as Hall returned the kickoff for a 65-yard touchdown. North Desoto’s defense kept the upstart Raiders in check with two interceptions.
North Desoto didn’t waste much time in the second quarter as they grinded the ball down the field, eventually giving Hall a 1-yard touchdown.
The Raiders didn’t allow the Griffins to keep the spotlight long as Larry Moton connected with Tra’Michael Moton for a 43-yard pass to get the Raiders down on the 12. Larry Moton then found Shontraveen Ashley for a touchdown to close the gap to 14-12.
The Griffins offense then ignited as Kyler Radford connected with Maguire Parker for a 47-yard pass to open up the game, 20-12, before Hall ran another in from 2 yards. After another interception and getting the ball in Raider territory, Hall scored from 9 yards out to garner a 33-12 lead.
Off a flea flicker, Hall connected with Maguire Park for a 24-yard pass to close out the half with a 40-12 lead.
North Desoto didn’t let off in the second half as Hall scored two more touchdowns to close out the game for the Griffins. Larry Moton connected with Shontraveen Ashley for the second time late in the fourth quarter to make the final, 54-18.