Unable to capitalize on great field position for most of the first half, Duncanville scored 34 points in the second half to pull away for a 48-0 shutout victory over Arlington Sam Houston on Friday night at Panther Stadium.
The catalyst was sophomore quarterback Ja’Quinden Jackson. After the Panthers were unable to produce any points after starting at the Texans’ 45-yard line and their own 49 on their initial two drives, they turned to Jackson, their backup quarterback. On the team’s ensuing drive, he ran in from seven yards out for a 7-0 Duncanville lead. He later added scoring runs of 47 yards and three yards. He led all rushers with 114 yards on 14 carries to go along with his three touchdowns and also completed six of eight passes for 61 yards.
After marching 77 yards in just one minute to go up 14-0 with 16 seconds remaining in the first half, Duncanville rode the momentum of a 13-yard touchdown pass play from senior quarterback Trazon Connley to senior wideout Jamaal Hamilton into the second half. The Panthers reached the end zone on three of their four drives in the third quarter to go up 34-0 heading into the fourth quarter.
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Key players: In addition to Jackson’s 114 rushing yards and three touchdowns, Duncanville received 77 rushing yards from senior running back Kelion Elder, which included a one-yard scoring run on his final carry of the evening. The Panthers also unleashed a steady passing game with 76 passing yards by Connley and 61 yards by Jackson. Duncanville rushed for 230 yards.
Key stat: Duncanville’s defense sacked Sam Houston senior quarterback Jacob Dollar seven times and generated four turnovers, including a strip sack and fumble that was returned 34 yards for a touchdown by Panthers senior linebacker Gabe Blanton. Sam Houston was held to 84 yards of offense.
Records: Arlington Sam Houston 1-1, Duncanville 2-0