The Rockwall-Heath Hawks (9-2) are set to face off against the Duncanville Panthers (9-1) in a thrilling second-round matchup of the 2023 UIL 6A D1 Texas State Football Championships on Friday, November 17th, 2023, at 7 pm ET at McKinney ISD Stadium in McKinney, TX.
What it is: Texas High School Football
Matchup: Rockwall-Heath Hawks vs. Duncanville Panthers
Time: Friday Nov 17, 2023, 7pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 UIL 6A D1 Texas State Football Championships
Round: Second Round
Locations: Neutral site- McKinney ISD Stadium, TX
Live Stream: Watch here
Both teams have demonstrated their dominance throughout the season, with the Hawks maintaining a remarkable 9-2 record and the Panthers entering the playoffs with an impressive 9-1 record. The Hawks boast a balanced offense, averaging 30.5 points per game, led by running back Malachi Tuesno, who averages 106.0 rushing yards per game, and quarterback Caleb Hoover, who averages 162.0 passing yards per game. On the other hand, the Panthers showcase a high-powered offense, averaging 48.7 points per game, spearheaded by running back Caden Durham, who averages 95.2 rushing yards per game, and quarterback Keelon Russell, who averages 211.5 passing yards per game.
Despite their contrasting offensive styles, the two teams have never faced each other in the past, adding an extra layer of intrigue to this highly anticipated showdown.
The key to this game will be which team can establish control early on and dictate the tempo of the game. The Hawks’ balanced attack could prove challenging for the Panthers’ defense, while the Panthers’ explosive offense could potentially disrupt the Hawks’ defensive rhythm.
I predict that the Duncanville Panthers will emerge victorious in this closely contested matchup, with a score of 38-35. The Panthers’ offensive firepower is likely to give them an edge, but the Hawks’ resilience and home-field advantage could make this a close game.
The game will be broadcast live on the NFHS Network. You can also watch the game on-demand on the NFHS Network app or website.
Don’t forget to cheer on your favorite team and show your school spirit!
Go Hawks! Go Panthers!