Duncanville Panthers vs. Allen Eagles
Duncanville 44, Allen 35
The most points the Duncanville Panthers had surrendered in the game this season had been 14. On Saturday they surrendered 35 and still managed to find a way to win.
The teams traded scores early. Duncanville took the lead on the first play from scrimmage as Trysten Smith raced 73 yards for a touchdown to give the Panthers a 7-0 lead just 18 seconds into the game. Allen tied the game at 7 when Grant Tisdale completed a 62-yard pass to Theo Weiss just over a minute later.
Duncanville regained the lead 14-7 on a 21-yard touchdown run from Ja’von Fountain with 6:53 remaining in the 1st quarter.
Allen tied the game at 14 at the 10:06 mark of the 2nd quarter on a 12-yard pass from Grant Tisdale to Theo Wease.
Duncanville’s Daveon Walker returned the ensuing kickoff to the Allen 14-yard line and a horse-collar penalty moved the ball to the 7. After a loss on 1 yard, Duncanville regained the lead on an 8-yard run from Ja’Quinden Jackson with 9:09 left in the 2nd quarter.
The momentum was all Duncanville at this point.
Duncanville expanded the lead to 28-14 on a 92-yard run from Jackson at the 4:29 mark of the 2nd quarter and pushed the lead to 35-14 on 32-yard pass from Jackson to Walker with 9 seconds remaining in the half.
The Panthers would need every bit of that lead and more as Allen mounted a furious comeback in the 3rd quarter.
It started on the first drive of the quarter when Allen appeared to be forced to punt. Allen lined up to punt, but Justin Hall raced 60-yards for a touchdown to cut the Duncanville lead to 35-21.
Allen cut the lead to 35-28 on a 36-yard pass from Tisdale to Darrion Sherfield with 6:47 remaining in the 3rd quarter.
Allen tied the game at 35 on a 15-yard run from Celdon Manning with 1:11 remaining in the 3rd quarter.
The game remained tied as the teams traded punts until late in the 4th quarter.
Ja’Quiden Jackson ripped off a 40-yard touchdown run and 4th and 2 with 3:02 remaining in the game to give Duncanville the lead 42-35.
On the ensuing drive, Duncanville’s De’Braylon Carroll sacked Grant Tisdale in the end zone to record a safety and push Duncanville’s lead to 44-35 with 2:16 left in the game.
And that would be the final score as Duncanville advances to Arlington.
North Shore Mustangs vs. Lake Travis Cavaliers
North Shore 51, Lake Travis 10
Tony Blalock reported on this game live from NRG Stadium in Houston Saturday afternoon. Read Tony’s game report here: https://texasredzonereport.com/2018/12/north-shore-dominates-lake-travis-to-advance-to-state-finals/