In the end, Euless Trinity left DeSoto too much time.
The Eagles scored with 6 seconds left to regain the lead and put away Trinity 48-41 on Monday in the Class 5A Division I state quarterfinals at Waco ISD Stadium.
DeSoto (14-0) will play top-ranked Allen this week in the semifinals.
Tyler Natee had a 13-yard touchdown run to give Trinity (11-3) a 41-40 lead with 2:31 left in the game. But Desmon White and the explosive DeSoto offense came charging back.
White completed 3 of 4 passes on the final drive, including a 15-yarder to Jamal Johnson to the 7-yard line. White then scrambled 5 yards, setting up the winning touchdown run from Larry Nixon.
“I thought we scored too early,” Trinity coach Steve Lineweaver said. “But what are you going to say, ‘Don’t score too soon?’”
Trinity trailed 28-14 at the half, but the Trojans came out with momentum in the third quarter, scoring on consecutive possessions. Christian Hammack hit Deion Guignard for a 47-yard touchdown pass then, on the next drive, connected with Inoke Langi for a 6-yard score.
“I thought we gave it everything we had,” Lineweaver said. “We just gave it everything we had.”
DeSoto had beaten Trinity 61-35 in the second week of the season, but on Monday, in a game delayed by last week’s ice storm, the Trojans’ defense made more plays.
Trinity forced four turnovers — two interceptions from Vill Carter and two fumbles, one of which was forced by Carter. And the Trojans forced a DeSoto fumble on the kickoff before the Eagles’ game-winning drive, but the ball was recovered by the Eagles. DeSoto punted only once Monday.
“We just needed one more turnover,” Lineweaver said. “It was hard to stop them otherwise.”
Isaac Ellsworth led Trinity with 313 yards rushing on 18 carries, including an 87-yard touchdown run to put the Trojans on the board in the first quarter.
Ja’Ron Wilson had 135 rushing yards and a touchdown for Trinity.
White, who has committed to TCU, completed 11 of 15 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. He added 185 yards on the ground.