The battle for District 7-6A supremacy is on the line tonight as the Duncanville Panthers face off with the Eagles of DeSoto at 7:30 p.m. at Panther Stadium on the Duncanville High School campus.
DeSoto brings their perfect 7-0 record to DHS and Duncanville is waiting to pounce with their season sitting at 6-1, and having not defeated DeSoto since 2008.
Duncanville did come close last year, losing to DeSoto 16-14. However, this is not the same Panther team as 2015.
This year the defense is stronger, faster, and more aggressive. In fact, Duncanville is the top defense in the area, allowing only an average of 229.1 yards per game. The Panthers are the top rushing defense, allowing only an average of 80.1 yards per game, and their passing defense is in the top 15 and only allowing an average of 149 passing yards per game. DeSoto is listed as the #5 team in the area, allowing 274.9 yards per game.
On offense the Panthers give way to the Eagles, as the Eagles are the top defensive team in the area, averaging 531.1 yards per game, while the Panthers come in at #12, averaging 435.4 yards per game.
The other big difference is the offensive combination of Jaylin Nelson at quarterback and Tre Siggers at receiver. Both transferred out of DeSoto and sat out last year, playing junior varsity for Duncanville. Nelson is the #7 QB in the area with 107 completions on 170 passing attempts, for 1,514 yards, 13 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. Nelson is also the leading Panther rusher with 477 yards, averaging 5.24 yards per carry and has 8 touchdowns. Siggers has 48 receptions for 526 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Eagles are led by senior QB Shawn Robinson, with passing yards on 73 of 135 passing and has 15 touchdowns. Like Duncanville, Robinson is also the leading rusher with 461 yards, averaging 9.81 yards per carry and he has 7 touchdowns. The leading receiver for DeSoto is Emmet Perry with 27 catches for 517 yards and 9 touchdowns.