Reading High football coach Andre Doyle called it a breakout performance for senior DeShawn Wilson.
You could say that.
It’s not that Wilson scored five touchdowns in the Red Knights’ 42-22 victory over Lebanon in a non-league road game Friday — that’s impressive enough — it’s how he scored them.
Wilson scored on a 68-yard interception return, a 74-yard pass, a 97-yard kickoff return, a 70-yard punt return and an 85-yard run.
“It was something we knew he was capable of,” Doyle said. “We wanted to just put him in a position to help the team and he definitely showed out.”
Wilson’s pick-six gave the Red Knights (1-1) a 6-0 lead.
Reading went up 12-0 when Ruben Rodriguez caught a 49-yard pass from Daryonel Fontanez, who is playing quarterback in place of the injured Amier Burdine.
After the Cedars (0-2) rallied to tie it, Wilson caught his TD pass to make it 18-12.
Lebanon took its first lead at 20-18 when Alexander Orosco scored on a 7-yard run, then followed with a two-point conversion run.
That’s when Wilson, a slot receiver, really took over.
He returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown to put Reading High up for good at 24-20. His punt return TD made it 30-20 at the half.
His final TD came in the third quarter on the long run after he was motioned into the backfield.
David Philistin completed the scoring with a 14-yard pass from Fontanez.
“We’re very young, but we’re extremely explosive,” Doyle said. “Even with Amier being out we’re just really showing that we can come up with explosive plays. If we’re able to dial in and really focus on some fine-tuning, keep pushing until Amier gets back, the sky will be the limit.”
Wilson had 110 rushing yards on 11 carries, two catches for 82 yards, two punt returns for 70 yards and three kickoff returns for 118 yards, as well as the 68-yard interception return.
“An honor to lay it all on the line for my Red Knight family!!,” Wilson posted on Twitter.
Source: Berkshire mont