Thu. Feb 22nd, 2024

It’s a Texas District 11-6A, Area II headliner this Friday as No. 3 Duncanville travels to tackle No. 12 DeSoto.

The Panthers are 7-0 on the 12 months and persevering with a powerful streak from final season’s 15-0 staff that completed No. 5 within the USA TODAY Excessive Faculty Sports activities Tremendous 25. 

Led by junior four-star QB Keelon Russell and LSU commits Caden Durham within the backfield—who ran for 309 yards and 5 touchdowns within the 2022 recreation—and 5-star Dakorien Moore out broad, the offense has been among the best in 2023, averaging simply over 50 factors per recreation.

And that sort of output is greater than sufficient for a protection with 4 shutouts this season and a massively gifted group full of school prospects, together with 5-star standouts Colin Simmons and Kevin Ford Jr.

However don’t overlook DeSoto, which is has progressed mightily from the staff that took the sector within the 41-17 loss final 12 months.

The Eagles’ offense options the identical sort of dynamic unfold that has run by way of a tricky Texas HS soccer schedule, additionally lighting up the scoreboard to the tune of fifty factors per recreation.

Sam Houston State commit D.J. Bailey has been a gentle chief at quarterback, with Marvin Duffey and freshman Kingstin McAdams filling in properly for 4-star working again Deondrae Riden, who has battled accidents. It’s a younger group of playmakers out broad, led by 4-star SMU commit Daylon Singleton (class of 2025), and again within the trenches—what is perhaps probably the most vital elements for DeSoto—is a powerful offensive line with 6-foot-7 Byron Washington and 6-foot-4 Ronnell McLain on the forefront.

From the opposite facet of the ball—very like Duncanville—the protection can create nightmares for the opposition, and has solely allowed a mean of 13 factors per recreation.

Will it’s sufficient to flip the script on 2022’s consequence underneath the Friday Evening Lights?

Highschool soccer followers across the nation who want to watch the Tremendous 25 matchup can reside stream the sport on the NFHS Community.

(USA TODAY Community)

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