For the second time in three seasons the Grand Prairie Gophers scheduled the Panthers for their homecoming game. We’re pretty confident that won’t happen again. This game ended like the last one did, with Duncanville rolling on to another victory.
Duncanville’s first drive of the night was indicative of how the evening would go. A steady dose of senior quarterback Deandre Grimes and junior running back Jaquan Cole would be what the Gopher defense would see for most of the night.
Aaron Piper returned the kickoff to the Duncanville 32 and Grimes immediately ripped off an eight-yard run, followed by a Cole 2 yard run up the middle for a first down. Grimes then went to the right side on a sweep for five. With the ball on the Gopher 48, Grimes hooked up with senior Malcolm McKenney for a 48-yard touchdown pass. Hector Sifuentes’ PAT out of the Devante Smith hold was good and the Panther’s led 7-0.
The Gopher offense started their first possession from their own 28, and Duncanville held them to three and out. The Panther defense was led by Jalin Johnson, Trey Edwards, and Torey Williams as all three had tackles on the possession.
Aaron Piper muffed the Gopher punt and Ivan King recovered for Grand Prairie at the Panther 38. From there it took Gopher quarterback Brandon Fichter seven plays to find the end zone. Fichter combined one keeper over the right with three passes to Devante Lacy and an eleven yard pass to Desmond Mason to get the ball down to the one yard line. On first and goal Lacy tried to carry the ball in, but was stuffed by defensive lineman Ghafona Iduwe. On second and goal Fichter scored with a run up the middle. A bad snap on the PAT kept the score at 7-6.
Duncanville started their next drive on 22 and on the first play Grimes ran for 13 yards, but Duncanville was forced to punt the ball four plays later. Art Zapata’s punt went off the side of his foot for only 12 yards, and the Gophers had great field position at the 50 yard line.
The Panther defense held strong again and the Gophers were only able to gain 2 yards on the drive and Fichter quick kicked the ball to Cordray Love at the Panther 21 and Love gained 8 yards on the return.
Duncanville went on a twelve play drive that finished out the first quarter and the first two minutes of the second. The first play of the second quarter was a 57 yard touchdown run by Cole that was called back on a holding penalty. But on third and five from the Panther 38, Grimes hit Terry Cooper for a 40-yard pass on the right side. Two plays later a personal foul on Grand Prairie moved the ball down to the six yard line and Grimes hit Jeff Thomas on a fade route to the right corner for a touchdown. Sifuentes’ kick was good and Duncanville led 14-6.
Grand Prairie responded with their own ten play drive that took almost 3 minutes off the clock. A Fichter pas to Ardarius Singleton took the Gophers deep into Panther territory. The Panther defense was hit by a personal foul for a horse collar tackle on Gopher running back Austun Watts. On first and goal from the five yard line Fichter took the ball up the middle, but a great tackle by Jordan Tolliver stopped him at the two. A false start penalty moved the Gopher’s back to the seven, but Fichter took the ball up the middle again and the Panther defense was unable to stop him from scoring. Grand Prairie failed on their two point conversion attempt when Fichter fumbled the ball and Duncanville held onto a 14-12 lead.
The kick of Alex Rostro went out of bounds and Duncanville took over on their own 30, but five plays later was forced to punt.
With 4:51 remaining in the half Grand Prairie took over on their 25, but the Duncanville defense allowed only 3 yards in three plays to force the punt. On the Rostro punt the Panther special teams made their first impact on the game. Cordray Love got his hand on the ball and partially blocked the punt, and the ball went out of bounds after only six yards.
Duncanville only needed four plays to score again. Cole had runs of 17 and 8 yards to take the ball down to the 9 yard line. From there Grimes took the ball in on his own with a run over the left side. The Sifuentes’ kick was good for a 21-12 lead with 1:48 remaining in the half.
The Panther defense again held the Gophers to four and out. Duncanville’s Piper received the punt on his own 30 and returned the ball 35 yards. On the second play of the drive Grimes attempted a pass over the middle, but was intercepted by Jesus Alardin of Grand Prairie. The Gophers took over on their own 27 yard line and took the knee to end the half.
Grand Prairie took the ball to start the second half and promptly drove the length of the field in 9 plays and three and half minutes of the clock. A 15-yard pass from Fichter to Montavian Foster, a 20 yard pass to Singleton, and a 14 yard pass to Lacy gained a bulk of the yards. A six-yard slant pass from Fichter to Lacy put the Gophers on the board and with Rostro’s kick, the lead was cut to 21-18.
This time Duncanville was held to four and out and Zapata’s punt was taken by Lacy and returned 38 yards to the Panther 33 yard line. Nine plays later, Grand Prairie was only able to move the ball 24 yards and they had to settle for 36 yard Rostro field goal to tie the game 21-21 with 3:14 remaining in the third.
Cole took the kickoff for the Panthers and promptly returned the to the Gopher 42 yard line and two plays later Grimes connected with Jeff Thomas for a 39 yard touchdown. Sifuentes’ kick was wide right and Duncanville took a 27-21 lead.
Grand Prairie started their next drive from their own 39 and three runs later they were facing fourth and one at their own 48. Tackles by Love, Jalin Thomas, and a big tackle by Iduwe on third and one stifled the Gopher offense. The Gopher coaches decided to go for it on fourth down and an incomplete pass turned the ball over on downs to the Panthers.
Duncanville game the Gophers a steady dose of Jaquan Cole on the next four downs, wrapping up with a 25-yard run for a touchdown by Cole. Duncanville went for a two point conversion and a Grimes to Terry Cooper pass to the right was successful. Duncanville had 35-21 lead with 11:17 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Grand Prairie started their drive on their own 27 after an offside penalty on the Panther kickoff team. With tackles by McKinney, Iduwe, and big hits by Keenan Blair and Trey Edwards, the Gophers were facing fourth and fourteen from their own 32. The Panther special teams came up big again and Iduwe blocked the Rostro punt and Duncanville took over on their own 43. This drive featured sophomore William Jackson carrying the ball seven times, with the final run a 21 yard run for a touchdown. Sifuente’s kick was good and the Panthers lead was stretched to 42-21.
The Gophers then went on their longest drive of the night, a seventeen-play drive that went for 77 yards. The touchdown came on an eleven yard pass from Fichter to Lacy. The special teams came up big again on the PAT and blocked the try. Duncanville recovered the ball and ran it back, but a personal foul nullified the score and the Panthers held a 42-27 lead.
With thirty-eight seconds remaining in the game, Grand Prairie recovered their onside kick at their own 49. Two plays later the clock ran out on the Gophers.
In other 5-5A action Mansfield held off Mansfield Timberview by a score of 29-27, South Grand Prairie walked over Midlothian 45-24, and Mansfield Legacy lost to Cedar Hill 42-24.
Next Friday Duncanville hosts Midlothian at Panther Stadium at 7:30 PM.
|DUN||TD||9:45||Malcolm McKenney 48-yard pass from Deandre Grimes (Hector Sifuentes kick)|
|GP||TD||5:26||Brandon Fichter 1-yard run (run failed)|
|DUN||TD||9:48||Jeff Thomas 6-yard pass from Deandre Grimes (Hector Sifuentes kick)|
|GP||TD||6:50||Brandon Fichter 8-yard run (run failed)|
|DUN||TD||1:48||Deandre Grimes 9-yard run (Hector Sifuentes kick)|
|GP||TD||8:31||Devante Lacy 20-yard pass from Brandon Fichter (kick failed)|
|DUN||TD||2:20||Jeff Thomas 40-yard pass from Deandre Grimes (kick failed)|
|GP||FG||Alex Rostro 36-yard field goal|
|DUN||TD||11:17||Jaquan Cole 25-yard run (Jaquan Cole from Deandre Grimes)|
|DUN||TD||5:25||William Jackson 13-yard run (Hector Sifuentes kick)|
|GP||TD||Devante Lacy 12-yard pass from Brandon Fichter (kick failed)|
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GRAND PRAIRIE RUSHING
GRAND PRAIRIE RECEIVING
|South Grand Prairie||2||2||1||0|