With an off-season that saw his job in jeopardy, DeSoto (Texas) head coach Todd Peterman is looking forward to helping his Eagles defending their first-ever state championship. The Eagles are ranked No. 6 in the High School Football America Preseason Top 100 after a perfect 16-0 season that saw DeSoto capture the Class 6A Division II title.
Peterman’s contract status was under review by the school board, but in early May, the board decided to renew his contract, two weeks after deferring action on his renewal.
“To be honest, it (contract situation) never comes up,” said Peterman on the High School Football America Radio Show. “It’s something we put behind us and don’t even discuss it.”
The strength of this year’s DeSoto team heading into fall camp is its defense, especially in the secondary. Twin cornerbacks Gemon and German Green, who are 3-star college prospects, have given their verbal commitments to Michigan. The Green brothers are joined in the secondary by Arkansas-recruit Bryan Hanspard.
On offense, Peterman replaces quarterback Shawn Robinson, who is now at TCU, with Courtney Douglas. Kelan Walker, who is a Houston-commit, should shoulder the ground game early. Walker was second on the team in rushing last year behind Robinson. Walker gained 836 yards and scored 16 touchdowns.
You can listen to my entire interview with Coach Peterman below.