It has been a long time since the Duncanville Panthers started the season 2-0, and it almost did not happen this year. After a rocky start that saw Arlington Sam Houston take a 10-0 lead after the first quarter, Duncanville got back into the game and scored 24 unanswered points to take a 24-10 lead at the half and to left Arlington on Thursday night with a 38-23 victory.
The Texans scored on a short drive, starting at the Duncanville 33-yard line, when Sam Houston’s Juan Vargas hit a 48-yard field goal after the Texan’s offense managed to move the ball only two yards in three plays.
A Duncanville error gave Arlington Sam Houston their next score when Texan Willie Washington recovered a Duncanville fumble in the end zone. The Vargas PAT gave the Texan’s a 10-0 lead as the first quarter ended.
The second quarter started it was all Duncanville.
Duncanville opened the period with a 5-play drive, culminating is a Jaylin Nelson 2-yard run for a touchdown. The Josh Delgado PAT drew the Panthers to within three points, 7-10, with 10:16 left in the second.
The Panther defense again stopped the Texans after six plays, when a Sam Houston pass fell incomplete on fourth and seven from the Duncanville 39-yard line. Eleven plays later Duncanville took their first lead, 14-10, with 3:49 left in the second on a Nelson 8-yard run and Delgado PAT.
The Texans again were stopped after five plays, forcing a Frankie Salazar 29-yard punt to the Duncanville 41-yard line. Nelson wasted no time increasing the Panther lead. After an offensive penalty, Nelson hit Tre Stiggers for 15-yards, had an incomplete pass, and then found Jakari Brooks for a 54-yard touchdown pass. The Delgado PAT game Duncanville the 21-10 lead with just over a minute left in the half.
On the Texan’s next drive Sam Houston’s QB Jacob Dollar was intercepted deep on their own end of the field and the Panther’s converted a 24-yard field goal to take a 24-10 lead at the half.
At halftime Duncanville had amassed 321 yards of offense, with 170 yards passing and 151 yards rushing, while the Panther defense held Sam Houston to only 50 yards total offense. The Texan’s had 61 yards passing, but lost 11 yards on the ground.
The third quarter opened with the Texan’s scoring on a four play drive when Dollar hit Julian Bassett for the final 13 yards. Vargas hit the PAT and Sam Houston closed the gap to 24-17.
A Duncanville 8-play drive stalled on a Keilon Elder fumble at the Sam Houston 23-yard line. The Texan’s only needed seven plays to score, when Patrick Boulieu rushed for 3 yards to bring the score to 24-23 when the PAT failed.
Duncanville responded quickly, helped out by a Nelson to Mackendrick Jackson 45-yard pass to the Texan’s 8-yard line. From there Alfredo Porter ran the last 8 yards to put Duncanville up 31-23 after the Delgado PAT with 2:37 left in the third.
Duncanville was driving to try and extend their lead, but after six plays the Panthers were down to the Texan’s 39-yard line when Nelson lost the ball and the Texan’s recovered.
The Panther defense was called to close the Texan’s down and held Sam Houston to only six yards on the drive and Vargas’ punt to Duncanville was only 11 yards, giving Duncanville the ball on the Panther 41-yard line. Managing only 15 yards on their drive, Delgado punted the ball for only 11 yards to give the Texans the ball on their own 45 with just under six minutes to play.
On the third play from scrimmage, Dollar hit Islanis Trahan for a 5-yard pass play, but Trahan fumbled the ball and Duncanville recovered on the Panther 40-yard line. Kameron Peterson recovered the ball and returned it 52-yards to the Texan’s 9-yard line. Tre Siggers ran the ball on the next play from scrimmage and found the end zone. The Delgado PAT put the Panthers up 38-23.
The Texans tried to come back again, but a Dollar pass was intercepted at the Duncanville 38-yard line and Duncanville closed out the game four plays later.
Duncanville had a staggering 536 yards of total offense, compared to Sam Houston’s 235 total yards.
Nelson was 15-28 for 270 yards passing and one touchdown pass, and was also responsible for 110 yards rushing on 20 carries, with two touchdowns. Nelson was also the leading rusher for Duncanville with Alfredo Porter having 85 yards on 14 carries. Tre Siggers led all Duncanville receivers with 6 catches for 90 yards.
For Sam Houston, Dollar was 19-33 for 222 yards and 1 touchdown, but he also threw 2 interceptions. Boulieu led the Texan runners with 10 carries for only 13 yards. The Texans only managed 13 total yards rushing on 19 attempts.
Penalties and turnovers once again plagued Duncanville with 11 penalties for 102 yards and the Panthers lost two fumbles.
Up next for Duncanville is an away game on Friday, Sept 9, against Dallas Skyline. The game will be played at 7:30 p.m. at Kincaide Stadium. The stadium is located on South Polk Street off of IH 20.