Panthers Whip The Warriors 28-14

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The South Grand Prairie Warriors came into Panther Stadium having won the last four of the last five contests with the Duncanville Panthers, but also knowing that this was not the Panthers of days past. The Warriors played valiantly; becoming the first opponent to hold Duncanville under 40 points. However, the result was the same as it has been all season with the Panthers – a 28-14 victory for Duncanville.

Duncanville’s first drive showed that the SGP defense was the real deal as the Panthers went 10 yards on 5 plays and forced a Josh Delgado punt that only went 17 yards to give the Warriors the ball on the SGP 47-yard line.

The Duncanville defense would next show that they were going to be the dominant team for the night, forcing a four and out with a punt to give Duncanville the ball on the Duncanville 4-yard line. Duncanville put on a nice 8-play drive that moved the ball to the Panther 45-yard line, but had to put and pinned the Warriors at the SGP 3-yard line.

The next drive for the Warriors was full of frustration for the Panthers. After a Nakia Brown pass to Marvin Brown was good for 19-yards, the Panthers thought that they had forced a fumble, recovered by Terrance Newman, to give Duncanville the ball on the Warrior end of the field. But, the officials huddled for more than five minutes and SGP coach Brent Whitson put on an animated and apparently effective argument as the officials ruled an inadvertent whistle had blown and gave the Warriors the ball at the SGP 21-yard line. The Warriors would effectively move the ball down the field and scored on a Jachin Like 7-yard rush. The Hayner Rodriguez PAT was good and the Warriors took the 7-0 lead with 1:04 left in the first quarter.

Duncanville took two plays and less than 60 seconds to tie the game when Trazon  Connley took off on a 57-yard run to the end zone. Josh Delgado’s PAT was good and the game was tied 7-7 with just 13 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

The second quarter was all Duncanville as Connley scored on a 7-yard scramble and with Keilon Elder finding pay dirt with a 2-yard touchdown run and 7-yard touchdown run over the right side.

Duncanville then appeared to take the foot of the gas in the second half, knowing that the Panther defense could keep SGP from finding the end zone…and it worked.

The Warriors managed one more score with 5:47 left in the contest with Keodrick Young caught a 52-yard touchdown pass from Nakia Brown to reach the final 26-14 score.

The Duncanville offense put up 284 total yards, with 57 coming through the air and 227 on the ground. SGP had 245 total yards, with 103 passing and 142 rushing.

Trazon Connley was 5-12 passing for 57 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Keilon Elder was the leading rusher with 120 yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns. Connley also had 81 yardsrushing and two touchdowns. Gyasi Smith caught all five passes from Connley for 57 yards.

For the WarriorsNakia Brown was 6-17 passing for 103 yards and a touchdown. Jachin Like had 13 carries for 50 yards and a touchdown. The leading receiver for SGP was Keodrick Young with two catches for 49 yards.

Both teams played fairly clean football as there were no lost fumbles and no interceptions thrown. SGP had 8 penalties for 54 yards, while Duncanville had 4 penalties for 40 yards.

The win moves Duncanville to 7-0 on the season as they travel next week to DeSoto to take on the 7-0 Eagles. The Panthers will face the Eagles in DeSoto, Irving MacArthur at DHS and then travel to Grand Prairie to take on the Grand Prairie High Gophers to finish out the season as they move on toward the playoffs for the second year in a row.

Currently DeSoto has a +178 point differential on the season and Duncanville has a +235 point differential.  With both Duncanville and DeSoto sitting at 7-0 in district 7-6A, the closest team to them is South Grand Prairie at 4-3, with Cedar Hill and Grand Prairie High at 3-4.

No photos this week from Portraits by Deena and we wish Deena a speedy recovery.

District 7-6A

Team Season District Streak Differential
Duncanville 7 0 0 4 0 0 W7 +235
DeSoto 7 0 0 4 0 0 W7 +178
South Grand Prairie 4 3 0 3 1 0 L1 +23
Cedar Hill 3 4 0 2 2 0 W2 +9
Grand Prairie 3 4 0 2 2 0 W1 -58
Irving 2 5 0 1 3 0 L2 -129
Irving MacArthur 1 6 0 0 4 0 L6 -177
Irving Nimitz 1 6 0 0 4 0 L4 -120