Mansfield, TX - As Duncanville coach Reginald Samples addressed his players after Saturday's regional semifinal, he started his speech by saying, "I told you, if you just believe in yourself, that's all you've got to do."
Duncanville never stopped believing, even after falling behind by 14 points - the first deficit the Panthers had faced in more than a month.
Senior running back Tre Siggers rushed for four touchdowns, including a game-winning 14-yard run with 4:09 remaining, as Duncanville rallied to beat Arlington Bowie 32-27 at Vernon Newsom Stadium. Duncanville (11-2), which was playing in the third round of the playoffs for the first time since 2000, advanced to play Allen (13-0) in the Class 6A Division I Region I final at 2 p.m. Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
What are the Panthers' thoughts on facing Allen, which has won 70 of its last 71 games.
"Just get ready. They're another team. They put on their pants like us," Siggers said.
Facing an unbeaten Allen team deep in the playoffs won't be a new experience for Samples. He was the coach at Skyline in 2014 when his team lost 52-34 to Allen in a state semifinal that was a matchup of 14-0 teams.
"We're looking forward to it," Samples said.
Bowie (10-3) had been the team full of comebacks, having trailed in seven of its 10 victories. Five times, Bowie had faced a deficit in the fourth quarter before rallying to win.
But Saturday, it was Duncanville's turn to rally after it trailed 21-7 after one quarter and 21-10 at halftime. After running for 504 yards in last week's 52-7 win over Hebron, Duncanville was held to 84 yards rushing on 16 carries in the first half.
What did Duncanville coaches say at halftime?
"Just keep pushing, and don't give up," Siggers said.
Siggers, who also plays full-time on defense, led his team back by scoring on a 32-yard run in the third quarter and then on a 3-yard run with 11:03 remaining in the game to give Duncanville a 24-21 lead. He finished with 138 yards on 16 carries, gaining 76 yards on 10 carries in the second half.
"He's the heart and soul of this team," Samples said. "He plays both ways, doesn't get off the field. I can't say enough about him ... great player."
Bowie quarterback Donoven Davenport, who threw two touchdown passes to Kobe Daniels in the first half, scored on a 7-yard run to put Bowie back ahead with 9:07 left. But the extra point was blocked, and Duncanville's James Johnson ran it back for two points to make Bowie's lead just 27-26.
Bowie's Ty DeArman intercepted a pass at his team's 19-yard line with 5:58 left, but the Volunteers fumbled the ball away two plays later. Duncanville's Treshone Devones recovered the fumble at the Bowie 15, and Siggers scored the game-winner two plays later.
"It's not just for us," Duncanville junior quarterback Trazon Connley said. "It's for the city of Duncanville and everyone who came out to support us."
Duncanville lost star quarterback Jaylin Nelson to a broken femur in a loss to DeSoto on Oct. 21. The Panthers didn't trail in their next four games leading up to Saturday, outscoring their opponents 139-34 in the process.
Connley and senior Jalan Mclin shared time at quarterback Saturday. Connley completed 12 of 18 passes for 105 yards, and Mclin ran for 41 yards on six carries.
Source: Dallas Mornng News