When your team is trailing 21-7 after one quarter of play, and when the final gun has gone off they’ve amassed 105 yards in penalties and the opponent has only 35 penalty yards. Anyone would begin to wonder exactly how your team could stay in the game, much less escape with the victory. But, that is exactly what happened when the Duncanville Panthers found themselves in that position against the Arlington Bowie Volunteers. Duncanville fought back and left Mansfield’s Vernon Newsom Stadium with the 32-27 victory.
With just under 5 minutes left in the first quarter, the Volunteers held a 14-0 lead.
Tre Siggers took exactly 25 seconds to cover 50 yards in two plays and brought Duncanville to within 14-7.
But, the Volunteers answered back on a 10-play drive to go up 21-7 as the first quarter came to an end.
Duncanville scored on a 20-yard Josh Delgado field goal in the second quarter and a Siggers 32-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to begin their comeback. As they fourth quarter started, Bowie held onto a 21-17 lead.
Siggers scored again on a 3-yard touchdown scamper to cap a 13-play drive that covered 75-yards to take a lead for the first time 24-21 with 11:03 left in the game.
Bowie responded with a 7-play drive for 75-yards to take a 24-27 lead. ON the subsequent point after attempt, Duncanville blocked the kick and James Johnson returned the ball for a 2-point conversion for Duncanville to put the game at 26-27.
Duncanville’s subsequent drive ended in a punt, but Bowie fumbled the kick and Duncanville recovered. However, Duncanville could not capitalize as a Trezon Connley pass was intercepted and returned to the Duncanville 46-yard line.
Bowie’s second play from scrimmage resulted in a fumble that was recovered by Duncanville at the Volunteer 15-yard line. The Panthers took just two plays to score again on a Siggers’ rush for 14-yards and the touchdown. The Panthers two-point conversion attempt failed and Duncanville held a 32-27 lead with only 4:09 remaining in regulation.
Bowie started their final drive on their own 30-yard line, but a 15-yard Duncanville penalty moved the Volunteers to their own 45-yard mark. The Volunteers moved the ball down the field, but faced a 4th and 10 at the Duncanville 32-yard line. The Panthers defense had struggled at times during the game, but this time they came up big and dropped Bowie’s Donoven Davenport for a 9-yard loss and a turnover on downs.
Duncanville rushed for a first down on two plays and then began running the clock out to secure the 32-27 victory.
For the game, Duncanville gained a total of 297 offensive yards, 105 passing and 192 rushing. The Volunteers had 277 total yards, 218 yards passing and 59 yards rushing on 29 attempts. Duncanville threw one interception, but Bowie lost two fumbles.
Connely was 12-18 in passing for 105 yards and one interception for the Panthers. The leading rusher for Duncanville was Siggers with 138 yards on 16 attempts and 4 touchdowns. Isaiah Upshaw was the leading receiver with 4 catches for 51 yards.
Bowie quarterback Donoven Davenport was 16 of 29 and 218 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. Branden Ellis had 13 carries for 36 yards and a touchdown for Bowie, and Kobe Daniels had 4 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown.
Allen defeated San Angelo Central 34-21 to advance in the regional playoffs.
Duncanville will take on the Allen Eagles (13-0) at 2 p.m. next Saturday at AT&T Stadium.
Joining Duncanville at AT&T Stadium on Saturday will be Cedar Hill and DeSoto as they square off in the 5:30 p.m. game that evening in the Division II playoffs. That puts three district 8-6A teams in the regional finals in Texas 6A football.