Panthers Get First District Win Over Grand Prairie Gophers

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Duncanville finally took down Grand Prairie High School 48-17, stretching the game over two days due to weather delay on Friday night that caused the game to restart on Saturday at noon.

With 7:27 remaining in the first half, officials called a severe weather delay with the game tied 14-14.

When play resumed on Saturday the Panthers outscored the Gophers 34-3 to take the victory and their first district win of the season.

On Friday night Duncanville took the lead on their first possession off of a 5-play drive that was capped by a Reggie Qualls 6-yard run. The PAT was good and Duncanville held a 7-0 lead with ten minutes left in the opening period.

The Gophers responded, and quickly, when Joe Reyes connected with Peyton Westmoreland for a 72-yard touchdown pass on the Gopher’s first offensive play of the game.

As the first quarter was winding down, the Panthers called Qualls’ number again from the 2-yard line to cap a 7-play drive with another touchdown. The PAT with just over three minutes remaining gave Duncanville the 14-7 lead.

Gophers found the end zone on their next possession on a 12-play drive that covered 76 yards when Reyes hit Bacari Meddleton on a 26-yard touchdown pass.

Eight plays later, four for each team, the officials called a stoppage of the game that wouldn’t start again until noon the following day.

On Saturday Grand Prairie would start the game on the Duncanville 46-yard line, but Duncanville would take advantage of a 10-yard penalty against Grand Prairie and the Panther defense would force a punt from the Gopher 48-yard line.

Jaron Bryant took the punt at the DHS 11-yard line and would scamper 89-yards for the touchdown, the PAT gave Duncanville a 21-14 lead.

Duncanville would score again just over four minutes later, on a Mike Myers to Mackendrick Jackson 30-yard touchdown pass to go up 28-14.

With no time left on the clock, Grand Prairie’s Juan Correa would nail a 32-yard field goal to bring the score to 28-17. But, that would be the last time the Gophers would score in the contest.

The Panthers would go on to score three more times in the second half; on a Myers to Nate Mederios 4-yard pass, a LaKeith Jones 52-yard run, and a Trevon McWilliams 6-yard run.

The Panthers would roll up 355 yards of total offense, 280 yards rushing and 75 yards passing. The Gophers garnered 368 yards of total offense with 233 yards passing and 135 yards rushing.

Duncanville was hit with six penalties for 55-yards, while the Gophers had ten penalties for 62-yards. Grand Prairie turned the ball over twice, with one fumble and one interception, while Duncanville did not turn the ball over this game.

Mike Myers was 8-11 for 75 yards and two touchdowns for the Panthers. Duncanville’s top receiver was Mackendrick Johnson with three catches for 47-yards and the Panther leading rusher was Jakari Brooks with 78-yards on eleven carries.

For Grand Prairie, Joe Reyes was 18-38 for 228 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Peyton Westmoreland had four catches for 93-yards and Abraham Newsome ran the ball 13 times for 57-yards.

Duncanville moves to 3-6 on the season, while Grand Prairie falls to 2-8.

Topping off district 8-6A is Mansfield with a 5-0 district record after knocking off 2nd place 4-1 Cedar Hill last week 46-43. In third place is South Grand Prairie at 3-2, DeSoto in fourth also at 3-2, Midlothian in 5th at 2-3, followed by Duncanville and Grand Prairie.

This week Duncanville will host DeSoto in a Thursday night game at Panther Stadium, with a 7 p.m. start time.

In other 8-6A action South Grand Prairie will travel to Cedar Hill on Thursday, and Mansfield will host Midlothian on Friday night.