Duncanville Plucks the Cardinals 56-0

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Duncanville – The Duncanville Panthers are in unfamiliar territory at 8-0 for the season coming into Friday night’s game they found themselves one week after an emotional and physical win over DeSoto, in rarefied air as they were recognized in the national top 25 by USA Today and facing a Irving MacArthur team that was out of the playoff picture and would love nothing more than to knock off the big dog. Another factor was that starting QB Trazon Connley was not dressed out to play, but on the sidelines. Late in the DeSoto game, Connley came to the Duncanville bench limping and was limited at the end of that game. But none of that mattered as Panther head coach Reggie Samples had the Panthers ready to play. The Panthers completely dismantled the MacArthur Cardinals 56-0.

It didn’t take long for the Panthers to show why they are the dominant team in 7-6A as they scored three times in the first quarter, Ja’Quinden Jackson started for Connley and found the end zone three times in the first quarter with a 1-yard run, 39-yard run and a 4-yard run. Each time the Josh Delgado PAT was good, and Duncanville led 21-0 after one quarter of play.

Jackson showed in the second quarter that he can score with his arm as well; hitting Bryce Walker on a 63-yard pass, while Keilon Elder added an 8-yard rush for a touchdown and Duncanville was up 35-0 at the half.

Duncanville continued to roll in the second half, with Jackson hitting Karien Howard for a 6-yard touchdown and with the Delgado PAT Duncanville was up 42-0.

Junior Derrick Cooper took over for Jackson early in the third quarter and found Karien Howard on a 37-yard touchdown strike. Delgado was good once again and the Panthers were up 49-0

Jaelyn Walker hit a 1-yard run for a touchdown as the fourth quarter was winding down to put the Panthers up 56-0 with Delgado’s PAT.

Duncanville had 396 yards of total offense, with 190 yards passing and 206 yards rushing. Cooper actually led the passing attack, going 6-8 for 96 yards and one touchdown. Ja’Quinden Jackson was 4-7 for 94 yards and 2 passing touchdowns. Jackson was also the leading rusher with six carries for 77 yards and three rushing touchdowns. Karien Howard had 4 catches for 71 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead Duncanville receivers.

The Duncanville defense held the Cardinal offense to only two first downs and only 22 total yards. MacArthur had 19 yards passing, and only three yards rushing. The Cardinals also lost two fumbles that led to Duncanville scores.

For the Cardinals, Brion Lopez was 8-12 for 19 yards passing, while Cauren Lynch was the leading rusher with 7 carries for 39 yards. The leading receiver was Jose Feliciano with four catches for 12 yards.

Next week Duncanville will finish regular season play at Grand Prairie’s Gopher-Warrior Bowl next Friday at 7:30 p.m. against the Grand Prairie Gophers. The following week the Panthers will begin playoff action with a home game.

The playoff picture for 7-6A got a little clearer on Friday night and Cedar Hill is on the outside looking in for the first time in a long time. Cedar Hill self-reported this past week that an ineligible player played against Grand Prairie last week, forcing the Longhorns to forfeit the game and creating a “must-win” game against South Grand Prairie this week. As Cedar Hill was driving at the close of the game and trying to take the lead with only seconds left, SGP picked off a pass in the end zone and dashed any chances the Longhorns had to see post season action.

7-6A teams moving on into the playoffs after next week’s games will be Duncanville, DeSoto, South Grand Prairie and Grand Prairie.

District 7-6A

  Season District
Team W L T W L T Streak Point Diff
Duncanville 9 0 0 6 0 0 W9 +301
DeSoto 8 1 0 5 1 0 W1 +201
South Grand Prairie 6 3 0 5 1 0 W2 +62
Grand Prairie 5 4 0 4 2 0 W3 -30
Cedar Hill 3 6 0 2 4 0 L2 +4
Irving 3 6 0 2 4 0 L1 -152
Irving MacArthur 1 8 0 0 6 0 L8 -237
Irving Nimitz 1 8 0 0 6 0 L6 -188