Both the Panthers and the Garland Owls entered tonight’s game after suffering losses last week. Duncanville lost to Colleyville Heritage at the Cotton Bowl and the Garland Owls fell to Denton Guyer.
Garland won the toss and elected to defer to the second half. After Garland’s kicker Josh Lambert booted the ball out of the end zone, The Panthers started their drive on the twenty and drove the ball down the field, with the help of a 27 yard run over the left side by Jaquan Cole. The Panther drive stalled on the 21 and with 4th and 4 Panther coach Jeff Dicus decided to attempt to convert, but D’Andre Grimes’ run over the left side came up a yard short and Garland took over on downs.
The Panther defense held the Owls to four and out and Lambert came into punt, but the deep snap sailed over his head and Lambert was forced to kick the ball out of the end zone for a safety. With 6:38 remaining in the first quarter, Duncanville led 2-0.
The ensuing kickoff was returned to the Panther 35, but the first of twelve penalties on the night was called on the return team for holding and the ball was moved back to the 25. The Panthers began driving the ball again, with Grimes going 3 for 6 in passing on this drive, including 38-yard and 18-yard passes to Terry Cooper, with the last pass taking the ball down to the 1-yard line. After a false start penalty moved the ball back to the six, Cole carried the ball over the right side for a touchdown. Sifuentes’ PAT was wide so Duncanville took an 8-0 lead with 2:58 remaining in the first.
Garland took over on offense on their own 14-yard line. E’Lon Green, a 5’8”, 225lb, Jr., running back carried the ball a total of 36 yards on the drive and Owl quarterback Seth Russell went 5-5 with the final pass to Ja’taveon Green down the left side for 3 yard touchdown. Lambert’s kick was good and the Owls closed to 8-7 with 8:40 remaining in the second quarter.
This time Duncanville went four plays and out with the final play from their own 31 with 4th down and 12, when Duncanville attempted a fake punt and a pass over the left side. Zapata’s pass was incomplete and Garland took over with great field position.
Garland was only able to move the ball 7 yards as the Panther defense stiffened and when the Owls failed to convert a 4th and 2 on their own 24, Duncanville took over on downs. Duncanville gave the Owls a steady diet of the running game with Grimes and Cole accounting for most of the yardage. On 3rd and 18 Grimes passed to Jeff Thomas and 40 yards later, he was brought down at the 11-yard line. Duncanville failed to move the ball inside the 10-yard line, and Sifuentes came in for the 20-yard field goal and converted. With only 48 seconds remaining in the half, Duncanville led 11-7.
Gafona Iduwe’s kickoff was returned by Garland’s Kendre Bridges all the way out to the 50-yard line, but Garland was only able to move the ball 15 yards before the end of the first half. Duncanville leads 11-7.
Garland took the second half opening kickoff to their own 40, but only needed three plays to score from there with Russell completing a 58-yard pass to Bridges for a touchdown. Lambert converted the PAT and Garland now led 11-14.
Lambert kicks the ball out of the end zone again and Duncanville drove the ball down to the Owl 33, but when Cole took the ball over the left side he had the ball stripped. Garland took over on the Duncanville 37, but was forced to attempt a field goal from the 24, which Lambert converted. Therefore, with 5:44 remaining in the third, Garland led 11-17.
The Duncanville offense was ready for the task and started their drive on their 20-yard line. A steady mix of run and pass, including a 28 yard run by Cole, kept the drive moving. Grimes took the ball himself down to one where William Jackson ran over the left side for a 5-yard touchdown. Sifuentes kick was good and Duncanville took the lead again 18-17.
On the kickoff Bridges caught the ball at the 15, but the ball was stripped and Art Zapata came up with the loose ball for Duncanville. Duncanville was unable to move the ball and punted the ball away to Garland and downing the ball on the 13-yard-line.
On their own 26 Garland attempted a long pass from Russell, but cornerback Gary Lewis intercepted the ball and returned it to the Duncanville 44-yard line.
Starting the fourth quarter on their own 44, the Duncanville drive was thwarted by three penalties and the Panthers were forced to punt the ball away and downed the ball at the Garland 14.
Dawson attempted to get Garland back on track with a pass to tight end Dawson Hadnot, but Hadnot coughed up the ball at their 18 and it was recovered by Cornelius Henderson for the Panthers.
Duncanville only needed two plays, both runs by Cole, to put the ball in the end zone. Sifuentes’ kick was wide once again, but Garland was called for offside and on the second PAT Sifuentes split the uprights to make the score 25-17 with 8:03 remaining in the game.
Garland’s Andrew Johnson brought the kickoff out to their 49, and Russell moved the ball down to the 4-yard line, but was unable to punch it in and turned the ball over to Duncanville.
A Grimes to Jeff Thomas 26-yard pass completion kept the drive alive and a 43-yard run by Cole took the Panthers down to the 7-yard line where Duncanville was able to take the knee and secure the win.
Next week Duncanville takes on North Crowley at Panther Stadium. Crowley comes in 0-2 after suffering two losses, one to Nimitz and the other to Berkner.