Duncanville vs. Grand Prairie on Thursday Night With Playoffs on the Line

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On Thursday night the Duncanville Panthers will face off in their final 7-6A regular season game against the Grand Prairie Gophers. On the line is a possible playoff berth. The scenarios surrounding the playoffs and both teams are confusing enough to make your head spin. Suffice it to say, if the Panthers win, they are in the playoffs. The game is at 7 p.m. on Thursday evening at Panther Stadium on the DHS campus.

With DeSoto and Cedar Hill already having secured their playoff spot, all that’s left to decide is Division I or Division II. Out of the playoffs are Irving High, Irving Nimitz, and Irving MacArthur. On the bubble are Duncanville, Grand Prairie, and South Grand Prairie.

Now, this is where it gets tricky.

  • If Duncanville wins, they are in
  • If South Grand Prairie beats DeSoto, or if Duncanville wins, then SGP is in the playoffs
  • If Grand Prairie beats Duncanville and South Grand Prairie beats DeSoto, then Grand Prairie is in
  • If the Gophers beat Duncanville by less than three points, and South Grand Prairie loses, then Grand Prairie is out and South Grand Prairie is in
  • If the Gophers beat the Panthers by exactly three points, and South Grand Prairie loses, then Duncanville is in and Grand Prairie and South Grand Prairie have a coin flip to decide who is in and who is out because they are tied on the points tiebreaker
  • If Grand Prairie beats Duncanville by at least four points and South Grand Prairie loses, then Duncanville and Grand Prairie are in and the Warriors are out

football_2016_dhs_gpConfused yet? I know we were and would like to thank the Dallas Morning News’ Greg Riddle for detailing it.

Divisional seeding is decided by school enrollment, and if Grand Prairie makes the playoffs DeSoto would be in Division I and could run into Allen once again. If South Grand Prairie makes the playoffs, then Desoto becomes the top seed in Division II and could play Cedar Hill in the regional playoffs.

Last week’s defeat of Irving MacArthur was the debut of the Trezon Connley led Panther offense. Connely had a very efficient and clean passing game, going 13-14 for 3 touchdowns and throwing no interceptions. The rushing game also saw several running backs providing a ground game, and Mackendrick Jackson and Tre Siggers leading the receivers.

The Panther defense comes into Thursday’s game as the number two defense in the area, having allowed only 2,233 yards of offense on the season.

Grand Prairie is averaging 29 points per game (ppg) and 322.9 yards per game (ypg), while Duncanville is only allowing an average of 20 ppg and 248.1 ypg. The Panthers are averaging 32.7 ppg and 421.4 ypg, while the Gophers are allowing 30.6 ppg and 336.4 ypg.

Leading the Gophers is Joe Reyes at quarterback with 116 of 122 passing, for 1,597 yards, with 15 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. The leading rusher for Grand Prairie is Jordan McGuire with 589 yards on 143 attempts and 7 touchdowns. Leading the receivers is Shaidron Williams with 53 receptions for 899 yards, and 8 touchdowns.