Panthers Wrangle the Raiders 45-7

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Duncanville – So far this season the Duncanville Panthers have developed a habit of hanging 40+ points on their opponents. Week one it was a 42-24 defeat of Plano East. Week two saw a 48-0 drubbing of Arlington Sam Houston. This past Friday the Skyline Raiders rode into town and rode right back out with a resounding 45-7 thrashing.

If you’re keeping track, that is a 104-point differential over their opponents this season. That ranks them with the sixth best point differential in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, behind 5A Dallas Carter (161 points), 6A Sachse (151 points), 5A North Forney (129 points), 5A Little Elm (117 points, and 4A Argyle (106 points).

In Friday night’s game Duncanville racked up 565 yards of total offense, with 400 rushing yards and 165 coming through the air.

Keilon Elder was the leading rusher with 201 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns. JaQuinden Jackson had 88 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown, followed by Trazon Connley with 2 runs for 54 yards and a touchdown. Also scoring a rushing touchdown was Gyasi Smith.

On the passing side, Connley was 8 of 9 for 138 yards and Jackson was 7 of 12 for 27 yards.

Duncanville’s first score came after a 23-yard loss on a Raider fumble recovered by Duncanville at the Raider 12-yard line. On the second play following the fumble recovery Elder scored on an 11-yard rush. Jackson scored on a 60-yard run to close out the scoring in the first quarter. On both touchdowns the PAT was added by Josh Delgado.

Skylilne scored as the second quarter got underway on a Gardner 18-yard run for the only points the Raiders would get all night, to close the game to a 14-7 gap.

Duncanville scored on their next possession on a Connley 60-yard run, with Delgado’s PAT the score was 21-7 in the second. Delgado also connected on a 26-yard field goal to make the game 24-7 just before halftime.

In the second half Elder scored on a 46-yard run, and on a 67-yard run, with Smith scoring on a 43-yard rush to set the final 45-7 score.

Defensively the Panthers held Skyline to 222 total yards of offense with 165 coming through the air and only 57 yards on the ground.

Skyline’s passing game was on point coming into the game against Duncanville. The Raider’s QB Velton Gardner was 33 of 58 for 425 yards coming into the game. The Panther defense held Gardner to 15 of 32 and only 157 yards, Gardner is also the leading rusher for Skyline, having gained 200 yards on 30 carries and scoring 4 touchdowns. Against Duncanville he was also the leading rusher, but only had 37 yards on 14 carries.

The one area that Duncanville will have to address from this game is penalties. The Panthers were flagged 15 times for 145 yards against the Raiders.

Duncanville will now have the week off to prepare for 7-6A district play.

The Panthers will host the Irving Tigers on Thursday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on the Duncanville High School campus, followed by an away game at Cedar Hill a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on Friday October 6.

Irving now sits at 1-2, with a victory of Fort Worth Paschal and losses to Bishop Lynch and Little Elm. Irving is only averaging 19 points per game and giving up 32 points per game, while Duncanville is scoring 45 points per game and only giving up 10.3 points per game.

Cedar Hill is also 102 with losses to Allen and Mansfield, and with a victory this past week over Mesquite Horn. Cedar Hill will face DeSoto on September 29 and could come into the game with Duncanville with one win and three losses.

Team Season District Streak Differential
W L T   W L T
Duncanville 3 0 0 0 0 0 W3 +104
DeSoto 3 0 0 0 0 0 W3 +61
Cedar Hill 1 2 0 0 0 0 W1 -24
Grand Prairie 1 2 0 0 0 0 L2 -29
Irving 1 2 0 0 0 0 L2 -39
Irving MacArthur 1 2 0 0 0 0 L2 -64
Irving Nimitz 1 2 0 0 0 0 W1 -30
South Grand Prairie 1 2 0 0 0 0 L1 -18