Duncanville Panther Head Coach Reginald Samples went back into familiar territory on Friday night as he led his charges into Kincaide Stadium to take on his former team, the Skyline Raiders. In just two years both teams have traveled in opposite directions. The Skyline Raiders were without a win in non-district games and only averaged 6.5 points per game. The Panthers were 2-0 and were averaging 37 points per game. Both teams continued their respective directions after Duncanville defeated Skyline 31-14 as the Panthers prepare to enter district 7-6A play on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. against Irving High School at Irving Schools Stadium. Duncanville has a bye week the first week of district play.
The Panther defense held the Raiders to force a punt on their first possession and Duncanville made a statement on their first drive with six straight running plays from the Skyline 46-yard mark down to the 6-yard line. From there Jaylin Nelson completed a pass to Isaiah Upshaw for the touchdown. The Josh Delgado PAT was good and Duncanville held a 7-0 lead with 6:42 left in the first quarter.
The Duncanville defense forced another punt and the Panther offense marched down the field again on a 6-play drive to put Delgado in position for a 36-yard field goal and Duncanville took a 10-0 lead with just over a minute left in the first quarter.
The Panther defense again stood strong and forced another four and out for Skyline, and Duncanville needed just 6 plays to cover 58-yards to find the end zone. Nelson covered the final 6 yards with a run over the right side. The Delgado PAT put the Panthers up 17-0 at the 8:21 mark of the second quarter.
Skyline got on the board on their next drive, covering 82-yards in 12 plays when Terreon Randolph found Tre’Darius Randolph for a 24-yard touchdown strike. The Luis Ramos PAT made the score 17-7 with 4:03 left in the first half.
The first drive for either team in the third quarter ended in punts. Duncanville was the first to capitalize on a 6-play drive that covered 62- yards, when Nelson took the ball in himself on a run over the left side. The Delgado PAT put the Panthers up 24-7.
Skyline answered on their ensuing drive, going 73-yards on 10-plays for a Velton Gardner run to the end zone. The Jaime Contreras PAT was good and Duncanville led 24-14 with 1:02 left in the third quarter.
Duncanville’s next drive stalled on the Skyline 34-yard line when they failed to convert on fourth and seven, and only gained 6-yards on a Nelson to Jakari Brooks pass.
The Panther defense again forced Skyline to punt on another four and out, but Keelon Lipscomb muffed the catch and Skyline recovered on the Duncanville 31-yard mark.
The big Duncanville defense answered the bell once again and forced the Raiders to turn the ball over on downs when Skyline failed to convert a fourth and six from the Duncanville thirty-nine.
The next Duncanville drive stalled when, once again they failed to convert on a fourth down play, this time a fourth a three from the Skyline 19-yard line. However, the Panther defense held the Raiders on fourth and eight from the Skyline twenty when Gabe Blanton sacked Terreon Randolph for a fourteen yard loss and give Duncanville the ball at the Skyline 6-yard line. On the next play Keilon Elder ran the ball into the end zone and with the Delgado PAT, the Panthers held a 31-14 lead with a little over 90 seconds left in the game.
Skyline failed to move the ball two yards in the final drive and Duncanville came out with the 31-14 victory.
Duncanville totaled 326 yards of offense, while the defense only allowed 212 total yards. Duncanville also significantly reduced their mistakes, only losing one fumble and having three penalties for only 30 yards.
The Panther defense was led by Gabe Blanton, MJ Onadele, and Terrance Newman with a sack each. Keyshawn Johnson and Miquan Mayes teamed up on another sack. Gerald Bowie was credited with 5 tackles, while Blanton, Mayes, and Jamarcus Robinson had 4 tackles each.
Offensively the Panthers were led by Jaylin Nelson with 222 total yards, 129 passing and 93 yards rushing. Nelson also had 1 touchdown through the air, and 2 rushing touchdowns. Jakari Brooks and 46-yards rushing, Tre Siggers had 43 yards, and Keilon Elder ended with 11 yards and a touchdown. Mackendrick Jackson was the leading receiver with 56 yards.
Velton Gardner led the Raiders passers with 65 yards, Velton Gardner had 56 yards rushing, and Tre-Darius Randolph was the leading receiver with 55 yards.
Duncanville will next take on Irving High School on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Irving Schools Stadium. The Tigers are 1-2 with losses to Fort Worth Paschal (29-41) and Bishop Lynch (13-52). Irving beat Little Elm on Friday night by a score of 28-27. Little Elm is 5A class school out of district 14-5A.
The 3-0 Panthers currently are in second place in District 7-6A, behind 3-0 DeSoto, and just ahead of 2-1 Cedar Hill and South Grand Prairie.
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