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Duncanville dominates all around in 38-20 win over DeSoto, advances to 6A D1 Semifinals

Photo Credit: Dallas Morning News (Stewart F. House)

FRISCO, TEXAS— The Duncanville Panthers and the DeSoto Eagles faced off in the 6A D1 state quarterfinals last year. Duncanville came out with a 56-28 win, so when the Eagles learned they’d have a chance for revenge this season, revenge is all they thought about. Both teams came into the quarterfinals after defeating good teams; Duncanville defeated Spring 42-7, and DeSoto knocked off a good Westfield team 34-17. Duncanville opened the season with a loss to Mater Dei, the number one team in the entire country, 45-3, but they have dominated the competition ever since. In Saturday night’s quarterfinal matchup, nothing changed, and Duncanville continued to show why they are one of the best teams in Texas.

Duncanville got started right away with a great kick return to their own 48-yard line. The Panthers drove right down the field, and running back and linebacker, Jordan Crook, capped off the drive with a 2-yard touchdown (PAT good). DeSoto fired back after being forced to punt on their first possession. Quarterback, Matthew Allen, found wide receiver, Johntay Cook, for a 66-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7 (PAT good).

The Panther’s kick returners continued to help them with another return to the DeSoto 35-yard line. This allowed quarterback, Solomon James, to find running back, Malachi Medlock, for a 10-yard touchdown to give Duncanville a 14-7 lead (PAT good). After DeSoto began to drive down the field on their next possession, the first quarter came to an end with the score 14-7.

DeSoto was brought to 4th down to start the second quarter, but Johntay Cook converted with a first down catch and run to the Duncanville 17-yard line. They couldn’t get in the end zone, however, as Duncanville defensive end, Collin Simmons, forced a 4th down after a swatted pass. The Eagles were forced to attempt a 30-yard field goal, which was no good. The DeSoto defense made up for the missed field goal, as they forced Duncanville to punt on their next drive. Both teams were unable to put together productive drives on offense from there, and Duncanville kicked a 43-yard field goal to end the half with the score 17-7.

The Duncanville offense got rolling to start the second half. After Solomon James found room to run it himself to the DeSoto 23-yard line, Malachi Medlock caught a pass and took it 34 yards to the end zone for a touchdown, making the score 24-7 (PAT good). The Panther defense was dominant as well. After Collin Simmons came up with a sack to push the Eagles back to the 32-yard line, Simmons recovered a fumble by DeSoto and returned it for a touchdown (PAT good).

DeSoto fired back with an answer, as Matthew Allen found wide receiver, Jaylan Bean, for a 40-yard touchdown, making the score 31-14 (PAT good). Malachi Medlock continued to dominate for the Panthers, running for a 75-yard touchdown on their next possession to extend Duncanville’s lead to 38-14. After safety, Kadavion Dotson-Walker, intercepted a pass to give the Panthers the ball at their own 38-yard line, the third quarter ended with the score 38-14.

The Eagles made every effort to shorten Duncanville’s lead in the fourth quarter. Safety, Devyn Bobby, got DeSoto started, as he ripped the ball from Solomon James’s hands, and took it to the Duncanville 39-yard line. This set up quarterback, Darius Bailey, to find Jaylan Bean for a 30-yard touchdown to make the score 38-20 (PAT good). Duncanville didn’t let the Eagles get any further, however, as they worked to drain the clock once they got the ball back. After forcing DeSoto to punt one last time on their last drive, Duncanville secured a 38-20 win, and a trip to the 6A D1 semifinals.

Duncanville improves their record to 12-1, and advances to the 6A D1 state semifinals. The Panthers will take on Southlake Carroll on a date and time to be determined. DeSoto’s season comes to an end, and they finish with an 11-3 record.

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