DESERT – In a high-scoring affair, the Desert High School football team beat the Lancaster Eagles 63-48 on Friday.
Desert senior running back Jalen Coleman rushed for 289 yards on 27 carries, and also had four touchdowns.
The Scorpions reached the end zone nine times, while the Eagles scored six touchdowns in the game.
Desert started the game by scoring two touchdowns in 34 seconds of game time. With a 13-0 lead early, it seemed as though the Scorpions would run away with the game.
But Lancaster came right back with a six-play drive that culminated with senior running back Miguel Gopar scoring a touchdown on a 2-yard run. The Eagles attempted a two-point conversion, but were unsuccessful.
Desert then found themselves on second down and and 25 after committing a personal foul. But Coleman ran for 23 yards, and a Lancaster penalty gave the Scorpions a first down.
Coleman ran for 40 yards on back-to-back plays, scoring a touchdown and putting his team up 19-6.
Desert quickly built a 27-6 lead after sophomore quarterback Caden Hilton threw a 76-yard touchdown pass to senior Anthony Escobar. Hinton completed then completed the two-point conversion.
But with less then four minutes to go in the first quarter, Lancaster began to close the gap.
It took the Eagles only seven plays to get sophomore fullback Xavier Clay into end zone to cut their deficit to 15. Then after Desert turned the ball over on an intercepted pass, Clay rushed 30 yards for a touchdown.
Clay completed a two-point conversion, and all of a sudden the Eagles were only down 27-20.
The Scorpions fired back at the Eagles when Hinton rushed 14 yards into the end zone. Sophomore kicker Christian Broussard’s extra point gave Desert a 34-20 lead.
On the next possession, however, Clay returned the Desert kickoff for 40 yards, igniting a nine-play drive in which Clay rushed 5 yards for a touchdown. Gopar’s two-point conversion cut Lancaster’s deficit to six in the second quarter.
The second half was more of the same back and forth between the two teams, with Desert eventually overtaking the Eagles.