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North Shore defeats Duncanville for the 3rd time in 4 years for the 6A D1 State Championship

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS— The North Shore Mustangs and the Duncanville Panthers could not be more familiar with each other, despite being about 3 and a half hours from each other. The past two times the programs met in the 6A D1 State Championship, the Mustangs defeated the Panthers. It was no surprise both programs were set to meet each other once again, as both programs are traditionally two of the best teams every year in the state of Texas.

After North Shore fell to Westfield in Week 3 of the high school football season by a touchdown, the Mustangs caught fire and ran with it ever since. They had some tests in this year’s 6A D1 playoffs, but they survived and advanced every week to make it to the state championship once again as many expected they would.

Duncanville opened their season with a loss to California and the country’s best high school football team, Mater Dei. Many wrote the Panthers off after losing 45-3 to the Monarchs, but the Panthers dominated their regular season schedule, and continued to dominate into the playoffs. After defeating a very talented Southlake Carroll team 35-3 last week, revenge immediately entered the Panther’s minds after finding out they have another shot at North Shore. Like their last two meetings, it was a game in which the team that showed up with their A-game would win, and like the last two meetings, North Shore had their A-game.

The first quarter proved that this game would be what many thought it would be, a dog fight. Both teams shared punts until North Shore started to slowly put together a productive drive. Quarterback, Kaleb Bailey, then found his brother, Jhalyn Bailey, for a 3-yard touchdown to give North Shore a 7-0 lead (PAT good). North Shore did a good job controlling Duncanville’s run game, and the first quarter ended with the Mustangs in the lead 7-0.

Duncanville was able to get their running game going to start the second quarter, however. After a pass interference play on North Shore, Duncanville running back and linebacker, Jordan Crook, found room to run for a 1-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7 (PAT good). Both teams’ defenses continued to execute as they had all game, and the first half ended with the game tied at 7.

Duncanville’s defense controlled North Shore’s run game to start the second half. After Jordan Crook, who is signed with Arkansas, came up with a big tackle for a loss, North Shore was forced to settle 40-yard field goal to give them a 10-7 lead.

Duncanville took advantage of keeping the Mustangs out of the end zone. The Panthers went down the field all the way to the North Shore 17-yard line. While the Panther run game had more success on this drive and in the second half overall, the Mustangs still kept them out of the end zone. Duncanville was forced to settle for a 28-yard field goal to tie the game at 10. Both teams traded punts, and the third quarter ended with the game tied at 10.

With the history Duncanville and North Shore have playing each other in the state championship game, it was no surprise the game was up-for-grabs going into the 4th quarter. North Shore cornerback, Jacoby Davis, made a huge play that kept Duncanville from taking the lead with a touchdown, and the Duncanville defense forced another punt after the Mustang run game started to find a rhythm.

However, North Shore found the spark they needed on their next drive. Kaleb Bailey found wide receiver, David Amador, for a 40-yard touchdown, giving the Mustangs a 17-10 lead.

Duncanville’s season was on the line with their next drive. The North Shore defense executed, bringing the Panthers to 3rd down and 10 from their own 35-yard line, and an incomplete pass brought up 4th down. Duncanville went for it, and a pass from quarterback, Solomon James, was intercepted by safety, Jayven Anderson.

After North Shore punted on their next drive, Duncanville got the ball back with 10 seconds left in the game at their own 13-yard line. Duncanville was unable to go down field, and they were forced to turn the ball over on downs. North Shore ran out the clock, and secured another 6A D1 state championship.

North Shore wins their 3rd state championship in the past 4 years with their 17-10 win over Duncanville. The Mustangs end their season with a record of 15-1. Duncanville ends their season with their second loss of the year, and with a record of 13-2.

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