With starting Duncanville quarterback Jaylin Nelson lost for the season, the biggest question going into Friday night’s game against Irving MacArthur was if Duncanville head coach Reginald Samples and his staff could instill the confidence into the team and junior backup quarterback Trezon Connley to carry the team forward and into the playoffs. That question was answered in a 33-0 shutout of the Cardinals and a statement by Connley.
Connley put his stamp on the game with just under five minutes remaining in the first quarter, hitting Tre Siggers with a nice touch pass in the right corner of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown pass.
Connley would go on to rack up 174 passing yards on 13-14 passing and 3 touchdowns, while throwing no interceptions, to lead the Panthers to the win. Backup QB Jalan Mclin was 1-3 with very nice 34-yard completion to senior WR Mackendrick Jackson for his only completion on the night. McLin was also the leading rusher for the Panthers with 41-yards for the game on 15 carries. Jackson was the leading receiver for the game with 3 catches for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns.
One of the big stories of the night came off the foot of junior kicker Josh Delgado. Delgado lined up in the fourth quarter and booted a 52-yard field goal that would have been good from 57-yards, if not a little longer. The video below is from Delgado’s personal Twitter feed and is not property of MyDuncanville.com.
“DELGADO IS GOOD” 52 yards away🏈🙌💪 pic.twitter.com/6qAkRIJqgY
— Joshua Delgado (@joshuadelgado99) October 29, 2016
The national record for the longest high school field goal in a game is held by Austin Rehkow of Central Valley HS in Spokane, Washington. In 2012 Rehkow booted a 67-yard field goal to send a game into overtime. Dave Campbell’s Texas Football credits three different players with 62-yard field goals, with the latest being David Leaverton in 1995 for Midland High. The Delgado field goal gave Duncanville their final margin of victory, 33-0. This is believed to be the longest kick in Duncanville football history. The second longest found was a 46-yard kick in 2012.
The other big story was the play of the Duncanville defense. Having played outstanding defense all season long, the Panthers would need the defense to come up a little stiffer against the Cardinals. The defense did just that by holding the Cardinals to only 5 first downs, and 113 yards of total offense. MacArthur QB Brion Lopez was pressured all night, including a first quarter safety, as he only tallied 90 yards passing on 10-17 passing, with 1 interception. The bigger story was only allowing the Cardinal running game 23 rushing yards.
Leading the way for the Panthers was senior linebacker Miquan Mayes and junior linebacker Keyshawn Johnson with 6 tackles each. Coming in with 5 tackles each was junior defensive end Marcus Mosely and junior defensive tackle Terrance Newman. Junior defensive end Blake Thomas was credited with a sack and senior defensive back Pierre Thompson with an interception.
In other 7-6A action, Grand Prairie beat Irving 34-16, DeSoto downed Irving Nimitz, and Cedar Hill topped South Grand Prairie 28-21.
Duncanville plays Grand Prairie next Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Panther Stadium on the Duncanville High School Campus.
Also playing that night is DeSoto and South Grand Prairie in Grand Prairie’s Gopher-Warrior Bowl. While Cedar Hill plays Irving High on Thursday night at Irving School Stadium. Irving Nimitz takes on Irving MacArthur on Friday night at Irving School Stadium.
Duncanville still needs to defeat Grand Prairie to secure their playoff berth. Should SGP defeat DeSoto, the Warriors would move to 5-2 in district, and ahead of the Panthers. Should Duncanville drop the game to the Gophers, they would fall to 4-3 with Grand Prairie with the Gophers holding the head-to-head tiebreaker. Should SGP lose to DeSoto, they would drop to 4-3 in district play and Duncanville holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Warriors.
DeSoto and Cedar Hill have already secured their playoff spot, and Irving High, Irving Nimitz, and Irving MacArthur are out of the playoff picture.
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