Longhorns Rustle 54-50 Win Away From the Panthers

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With a 20-0 lead after the first quarter, the Panther faithful hoped that the Cedar Hill curse was on the way out and the Panthers would remain undefeated. That hoped held strong when Duncanville had a 43-27 lead going into the fourth quarter. However Cedar Hill scored 21 unanswered points to close out the game to steal away the 54-50 victory, and the curse continued. You have to go back to 2011 to find the last time Duncanville defeated Cedar Hill..

Duncanville scored on their first two possession of the game, first on a Jaylin Nelson to Isaiah Upshaw 55-yard pass and then on a Jakari Brooks 2-yard run up the middle. The third score came after a blocked Cedar Hill punt by senior linebacker Gerald Bowie. Nelson took the ball himself into the end zone, the PAT was no good, and with only 2 seconds remaining in the first quarter Duncanville held a 20-0 lead. The missed PAT would come back to haunt Duncanville as in the closing seconds of the game Duncanville was close enough for a chip shot field goal to tie the game and force overtime, but with the four-point deficit they needed the touchdown for the win.

Cedar Hill closed the gap in the second quarter, with an Avery Davis pass to Kyland Richey for a 4-yard touchdown, a Cameron Fleming 11-yard run, and a Charleston Rambo 16-yard pass from Davis. However, the PAT on the Rambo TD was blocked and Duncanville’s Eli Jones returned the ball 92-yards for 2 points. Duncanville also scored on a 1-yard run by Nelson to make give Duncanville the 29-20 lead going into the half.

Duncanville kicked to Cedar Hill go start the second half, and Fleming immediately returned the ball 97-yards for the touchdown and with the PAT Cedar Hill was within two.

Duncanville responded with two touchdowns of their own in third; a Nelson to Odell Smith 25-yard TD and a Nelson to Isaiah Upshaw 29-yard pass from Nelson. Duncanville scored 14 points to close out the third and take a 43-27 lead going into the final quarter.

But Cedar Hill scored 27 points in the fourth, including 21 unanswered point to close out the game. The Longhorns scored first on a Davis to Josh Fleeks 21-yard pass. The Panthers scored next on a Nelson to Tre Siggers 9-yard pass to set the score at a 50-34 Panther lead with 7:55 left in the game.

Cedar Hill then scored on a Davis to Rambo 9-yard pass (PAT failed), another Davis to Rambo pass for 24-yards and a Davis to Fleeks 40-yard TD strike to give Cedar Hill the first lead of the game with 4:02 left in the game

With 3:57 left in the game, Duncanville started their final drive from their own 28-yard line. The Panthers moved the ball down the field, assisted with a Longhorn 15-yard facemask penalty, to the Cedar Hill 14-yard line. However, a 6-yard sack and a failed pass on 4th and 14 from the Longhorn 20 fell incomplete to end the drive. Cedar Hill took a knee on the final play and took the victory.

One of the biggest stat lines to come from this game was a combined 330 yards in penalties. Cedar Hill had 17 penalties for 172 yards, and Duncanville had 14 for 158 yards.

There were 3 turnovers for the game, all Duncanville’s, with 2 lost fumbles and 1 interception.

The Panthers did accumulate 506 total offensive yards to the Longhorn’s 321 yards. Duncanville had 357 yards passing and 149 yards rushing, compared to Cedar Hill having 242 yards passing and only 79 yards rushing.

Nelson accounted for all 357 passing yards for the Panthers, and was 24-36 in passing with 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. Nelson was also the leading rusher with 82 yards on 21 carries and 2 touchdowns. The leading receiver was Siggers with 9 catches for 113 yards.

Davis was 19-29 with 6 touchdowns for the Longhorns and Fleeks was the leading rusher with 1 carry for 32 yards. Fleeks led receivers as well with 6 catches for 93 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Next week Duncanville will be celebrating homecoming and will host Irving Nimitz at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night.

In other 7-6A action, South Grand Prairie downed cross town rival Grand Prairie 24-14, DeSoto beat Irving MacArthur 48-7, and Irving High lost to Irving Nimitz by a score of 34-24.

District 7-6A






DeSoto 5 0 2-0-0 W5
South Grand Prairie 4 1 2-0-0 W3
Duncanville 4 1 2-0-0 L1
Cedar Hill 3 2 1-1-0 W1
Grand Prairie 2 3 1-1-0 L1
Irving Nimitz 2 3 1-1-0 W1
Irving 1 4 0-2-0 L2
Irving MacArthur 0 5 0-2-0 L5