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MCKINNEY — Duncanville’s mantra throughout 2019 has been “unfinished business.”
The phrase is a reference to last year’s Class 6A Div. I state championship loss, when Galena Park North Shore escaped with the first-place trophy on a 45-yard Hail Mary as time expired.
The opportunity to “finish” their mission is finally reality. And the Panthers’ 2019 championship opponent is none other than North Shore.
After opening a 35-0 lead in the first 17 minutes, Duncanville beat Rockwall, 56-14, on Saturday in the Class 6A Div. I state semifinal to earn a second consecutive state championship berth.
The Panthers will face North Shore at 3 p.m. next Saturday at AT&T Stadium in a rematch of one of the most iconic state championship finishes in Texas high school football history.
The two powerhouse programs have ranked high in state and national polls throughout the season. Each side also returned top players from last year’s showcase.
The many who’ve spent the offseason and fall looking forward to a potential rematch — including players and coaches from both teams — will get their wish, 364 days later.
“Three seconds last year from [winning] state, it changed our perspective for life,” Duncanville safety Chris Thompson Jr. said. “We know that we know that in everything we do, we have to go hard.”
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