Arlington – Duncanville kept is close through the first half with the game tied 14-14 after two quarters of play. The second half was all Allen as the Eagles closed the game out to advance with a 42-23 defeat of the Panthers.
Duncanville could never find an answer for the Allen rushing tandem of Kirby Bennett and Brock Sturges as the duo combined for 266 yards and four touchdowns.
Tre Siggers scored for Duncanville first on a 4-yard run in the first quarter, followed by a Mackendrick Jackson 34-yard pass from Trezon Connley in the second quarter to tally all of Duncanville’s first half points.
Bennett accounted for both of the Eagles’ first half scores, including a 78-yard run from scrimmage in the first quarter.
Duncanville’s second half points came off of a Josh Delgado 41-yard field goal and another Jackson touchdown catch, this time on an 8-yard pass from Connley. The Panthers went for the two-point conversion on Jackson’s touchdown, but Connley was sacked during the attempt.
Allen scored on a Josh Cornell to Mitchell Jonke pass to Josh Cornell, a Sturgess 41-yard rush, a Sturgess 42-yard rush, and a Jonke run for the final score.
Duncanville amassed 396 offensive yards, including 172 yards rushing and 224 yards passing. Connley was 17-28 passing for 2 touchdowns and only one interception. The interception came in the closing minutes of the game as Duncanville was starting to get desperate to move the ball and score.
Siggers was the leading rusher with 101 rushing yards and one touchdown, followed by Keilon Elder with 9 rushes for 42 yards. Jackson led all receivers with 5 catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
Duncanville defensively was led by senior linebacker Miquan Mayes with 10 tackles and junior defensive end Marcus Mosely with a sack.
For Allen, Jonke was 9 of 16 for 87 yards and a touchdown. While Kirby Bennett finished with 136 yards and two touchdowns, and Brock Sturges had 130 yards on 13 carries and 2 touchdowns. The leading receiver for the Eagles was Josh Cornell with 2 catches for 43 yards and one touchdown.
Allen will now take on The Woodlands in the state semi-finals next weekend, while Lake Travis and Atascocita will play in the other semi-final game. The state finals will be held December 23 at Ford Center at the Star in Frisco.