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Duncanville's big plays lead it over Garland
GARLAND -- Garland had a six-point lead in the fourth quarter. And the Owls had momentum, having scored on their first two possessions of the second half.
But they couldn’t match Duncanville’s big plays.
The Panthers turned things around for a 25-17 victory with clutch running from Jaquan Cole, a late fumble recovery, and third-down completions from quarterback Deandre Grimes.
"Our guys did a good job of hanging in there and making the plays when we needed them,’’ Duncanville coach Jeff Dicus said. "This is what we needed. Hopefully this is something we can hang our hat on.’’
The Owls were victimized by mistakes. But worse, they couldn’t contain Cole. He ran for 253 yards and two touchdowns.
Trailing by six with 5:44 left in the third quarter, Duncanville methodically came back. The Panthers regained the lead on William Jackson’s five-yard run with 2:30 left in the third.
Cole added a 10-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Duncanville came up with two big plays on defense. They held the Owls at their four-yard line, defending two of Seth Russell’s fade passes to Malcolm Miller.
Mistakes hurt both teams.
The Owls’ first possession resulted in a safety when the snap sailed over punter Gabriel Ortega’s head.
Duncanville followed with a 75-yard drive. Grimes’ passes of 38 yards to Terry Cooper and 18 yards to Aaron Piper set up Jaquan Cole’s one-yard run. Although the point-after kick was blocked, the Panthers led, 8-0.
Garland responded with an 86-yard drive capped by Seth Russell’s two-yard pass to Moses Reyes.
The Owls trailed, 11-7, at halftime but quickly stole momentum as Kendre Bridges took the opening kickoff to the 42 and then took Russell’s pass for a 58-yard touchdown.
Duncanville forced a Miller fumble at Garland’s 18, and then Cole had runs of eight and 10 yards for the touchdown.