Duncanville’s opportunity to defeat DeSoto, and a possible playoff run for the Panthers, went down with senior quarterback Jaylin Nelson at the 5:46 mark of the first quarter. The Panthers fell to the Eagles 41-17.
Nelson took off around the left side, was taken down by a DeSoto defender, and the training staff was immediately called to treat Nelson for a leg injury. The only question was exactly how severe as Nelson was immediately placed on a gurney and transported to the hospital. Reports on Saturday indicate that Nelson suffered a season-ending broken femur which will require up to six months to recover.
Stepping in for Nelson was junior Trezon Connley. Connley ended the night going 12-23 passing for 131 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. The Panther coaching staff will need to adjust their offensive scheme to fit Connley as they move forward in their last two district games and a possible move into the playoffs.
DeSoto scored touchdowns on three of their eight first half possessions, while Duncanville only managed a touchdown and a field goal on their nine possessions, to give the Eagles a 21-10 lead at the half.
In the second half the Panthers’ offense could never get on track, only scoring one more touchdown. While the Eagles scored three more touchdowns for the 41-17 victory.
Tre Siggers was the leading rusher with 2 carries for 65 yards, but the bright spot for the Panther ground game was junior Keilon Elder as Elder rushed for 56 yards on 10 carries. Siggers was also the leading receiver with 7 catches for 84 yards.
Defensively Duncanville was led by senior defensive tackle Javion Adams with 10 tackles. Senior linebacker Miquan Mayes got a sack, and junior defensive back James Johnson recorded an interception.
DeSoto quarterback Shawn Robinson finished 16-29 passing with 265 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Robinson also added 2 rushing touchdowns. The leading rusher for the Eagles was Richie Washington with 87 yards on 17 carries and 1 touchdown. While K.D. Nixon led the Eagle receivers with 9 catches for166 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Duncanville has two games to go in district play and currently sits in fourth place in district 7-6A with a one game lead on Grand Prairie in district play. Duncanville takes on Irving MacArthur at Irving Schools Stadium this Friday at 7:30 p.m. and then hosts Grand Prairie at 7 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 3 to close out district play. The Gophers of Grand Prairie play 2-6 Irving Tigers at home on Friday, before coming to Duncanville.
The Panthers need to go into these final two games with a “must win” attitude and game plan.
If Duncanville wins this week over MacArthur, and Grand Prairie loses to Irving, the Panthers clinch a playoff birth. If Duncanville loses, and Grand Prairie wins, the Panthers would have to beat the Gophers to advance into the playoffs. If both Duncanville and Grand Prairie win this week, the Panthers would have to down the Gophers to go into this year’s playoffs.
Plan on traveling to Irving Schools Stadium on Friday to cheer on the Panthers at 7:30 p.m. as they take on Irving MacArthur.
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