Duncanville Takes on Winless Irving MacArthur Friday Night

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Friday night’s 7-6A matchup has playoff implications for several teams, including Duncanville.

The Panthers take on the Irving MacArthur Cardinals at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening at the Irving Schools Stadium.

football_2016_dhs_macBoth DeSoto and Cedar Hill have clinched playoff berths, leaving two spots for South Grand Prairie, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, and even Irving. With even the possibility of a three-way tie for fourth between Duncanville, Grand Prairie, and Irving that would require a coin flip due to a head-to-head and points tiebreakers’ being all knotted up.

There could also be a three-way tie between South Grand Prairie, Duncanville, and Grand Prairie that would lead to SGP missing the playoffs due to the tiebreakers.

SGP can clinch this weekend with a win over Cedar Hill, or a Grand Prairie loss to Irving.

Both Irving Nimitz and Irving MacArthur have been eliminated from any playoff spot.

Irving Nimitz will be taking on DeSoto Friday night in DeSoto.

Duncanville does control their own destiny and could clinch Friday night with a win over Mac, and a Grand Prairie High loss. Grand Prairie plays Irving Friday night at the Gopher-Warrior Bowl. A win by Grand Prairie would lead to the final district game next Thursday night when the Panthers are at home take on the Gophers to determine the last playoff spot.

Duncanville will need to make offensive adjustments due to the loss of starting QB Jaylin Nelson. Nelson went down with a broken femur against DeSoto last Friday night that required surgery to repair.

In the loss to the Eagles, Trezon Connley was 12 of 23 passing with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Nelson was typically the Panther’s leading rusher as well, but Tre Siggers and Keilon Elder led Duncanville rushers with 121 combined rushing yards. Connley chipped 49 rushing yards as well on the night. Siggers was also the leading receiver with 7 catches for 84 yards.

With Nelson out, the Panthers defense will have to control the ball and keep the Cardinal offense in check.

MacArthur is 0-8 on the season and has averaged only 13.5 points and 237.6 offensive yards per game, while allowing 44.2 points and 459.8 yards per contest.

Junior quarterback Brion Lopez, who is 75-142 in passing attempts, for 816 yards, 5 touchdowns and 9 interceptions, leads the Cardinals. Mac’s leading rusher is Jeddrick Webster, with 108 rushing attempts for 546 yards and 4 touchdowns. The leading receiver for the Cardinals is Montrail Walker with 8 catches for 99 yards and 1 touchdown.