Panthers Fall to Mansfield 41-14

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In what should have been a harbinger for bad things to come, Duncanville proved to be snake bit from the opening kickoff as the Panthers fell 41-14 to Mansfield this past Friday night.

The Tigers’ scouts did their job and hoped to capitalize on Duncanville’s special team miscues by pooch kicking the opening kickoff. Duncanville took the kickoff and ran almost untouched into the end zone for an apparent touchdown. However, a holding penalty brought the ball back to the Duncanville 23-yard line.

The Panther offense did drive the ball all the way to the Tiger 6-yard line and tried to rush the ball for pay dirt, but I failed field goal attempt on fourth and goal from the 3-yard line left nothing to show for their effort.

Mansfield responded by driving the length of the field, but the Panther defense held and facing fourth and nineteen from the Duncanville 23-yard line the Tigers chose to go for it and Mansfield’s QB Dameron Smith’s pass attempt fell incomplete, giving Duncanville the ball.

On Duncanville’s next possession, the Tiger defense picked off a Mike Myers pass attempt and returned the ball to the Duncanville 15-yard line. Three plays later the Tigers scored the first TD on the night on a Smith to Kylon Middlebrooks 2-yard touchdown pass. The PAT was good and Mansfield took a 7-0 lead with 2:55 left in the first quarter.

Duncanville returned the kickoff to the 50-yard line and three plays later Myers hit Damario Green for a 19-yard pass and the successful Eric Carrasco PAT tied the game up with 1:42 left in the first.

Mansfield needed less than a minute to respond, with Smith hitting Saiid Abedo for a 51-yard touchdown to push the score to a 14-7 for the Tigers.

On Duncanville’s next drive ended when Duncanville, facing a fourth and eleven from the Mansfield 34-yard line, wasn’t able to get the ball past the line of scrimmage. Mansfield took one play to go 66-yards for a touchdown on a Kennedy Brooks run. The PAT was no good and the Tigers led 20-7.

Mansfield scored again with two minutes remaining in the half on a 3-yard Kylon Middlebrooks rush and the Tigers took a 27-7 lead.

Duncanville did respond before the half closed out with a 4-play 77-yard drive. Myers hit Odell Smith on a 38-yard strike for a touchdown. The Carrasco PAT was good and the Panthers closed the gap to 27-14. However, that would end the scoring for Duncanville for the night.

Mansfield would go on to score on a 2-yard Abedo rush as the third quarter closed, and the Tigers would score again on a Smith to Abedo 17-yard pass with 11:53 left in the game to push the sore to 34-14.

Brooks would score for Mansfield with 5:54 left in the contest to give Mansfield the final 41-14 victory.

On the night Duncanville was 0-5 on fourth down conversion attempts, including Myers being sacked on a couple of the attempts. The Panthers also turned the ball over three times, one fumble and two interceptions.

Duncanville did rack up 387 yards of total offense, 129 on the ground on 23 attempts and 258 yards in the air. Myers was 25-34 with two touchdowns, to go along with the two interceptions. Myers also led Duncanville rushers with 70 yards on nine attempts. Demario Green led Panther receivers with 81-yards on seven catches.

For Mansfield, Smith was 7-14 in passing with 147 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Brooks led Tigers rushers with 266 yards on 31 attempts and Abedo had four catches for 94-yards to lead Mansfield receivers.

Next on the horizon is a home game this Friday night against the South Grand Prairie Warriors. SGP comes into the game with a 4-1-season record and a 56-42 victory over Midlothian last Friday night.

In other district 8 6-A action last Friday, Grand Prairie lost to DeSoto 60-3.

South Grand Prairie leads the district with their 4-1 record, followed by Mansfield at 3-2, DeSoto at 2-3, Duncanville at 2-3, Grand Prairie at 2-3, and Midlothian at 2-3. Because of an opening week bye, Cedar Hill actually sits in fourth place in the district with a 4-0 record, but no district games so far.

Along with the Duncanville vs. SGP game this Friday, Cedar Hill travels to Midlothian and Mansfield is at Grand Prairie.