Written by Tommy Cummings
Duncanville stops two-point try to hold off Midlothian, 19-17
DUNCANVILLE — The Duncanville defense bent late in the fourth quarter, but stopped a Midlothian two-point conversion attempt to preserve a 19-17 District 7-5A victory Friday night at Panther Stadium.
In a second half loaded with fizzled drives and punts, Midlothian drove 40 yards in four plays, capped by Zac Humphreys’ 28-yard scoring pass to Alex Cazares with 41 seconds left.
On the conversion, Humphreys lobbed a pass over the middle to tight end Jacob Montes, but a trio of Duncanville defenders swatted the ball away.
“We talked about the tight end, but we thought they were going to do something different,” Duncanville coach Jeff Dicus said. “Thank God we had him jammed at the line of scrimmage.”
Midlothian coach Lee Wiginton said the play was defended well.
Duncanville, No. 16 in the SportsDayHS 5A area rankings, improved to 3-1. No. 18 Midlothian dropped to 2-2.
Midlothian’s touchdown was the only score of the second half, which saw the two teams combine for seven punts.
The first half was a succession of long drives, two by each team. Humphreys led Midlothian on an 86-yard drive that started the scoring on Cody Samek’s 19-yard field goal.
Duncanville quarterback Jeremiah Drake responded with a 91-yard march. He completed five passes on the drive, hitting Xavier Brown for 10 yards on fourth down and Brown again from 8 yards to give Duncanville the lead.Minutes later, Drake directed an 85-yard touchdown drive.
On Midlothian’s ensuing possession, Humphreys dropped the ball while running to his left, and linebacker Za’Carrius Green scooped it up and scored from 26 yards out. Drake was dropped for a loss on the conversion run.
Humphreys redeemed himself on Midlothian’s next possession, twice coming through on fourth-down.
On fourth-and-8 from the Duncanville 29, Victor Williams rushed for a touchdown. Humphreys’ conversion pass closed the margin to 19-11.
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