Five takeaways from Duncanville's big TXHSFB win vs. Cedar Hill
- Written by GABE BROOKS GABE BROOKS
- Created: 14 November 2020 14 November 2020
Duncanville, TX - In a highly anticipated matchup of Texas high school football Class 6A powers, Duncanville topped Cedar Hill 21-14 in a physical, tightly played game from start to finish. Here is a rundown of post-game reactions based on what we saw in Friday's game.
OMARI ABOR WAS EVERYWHERE ALL NIGHT
The Duncanville 2022 four-star edge defender is a top 20 player in the country on the Top247 rankings: 19th overall, No. 2 strong-side defensive ends, and No. 4 overall in Texas. He showed why Friday, starting with a chase-down sack of athletic Tennessee 2021 four-star quarterback pledge Kaidon Salter on the first possession of the night.
That set the tone for the night. Abor got two more hurries in the first quarter and was flying around the field for the duration. He add a few more hurries in the second half and showed athleticism that would translate to a weak-side spot despite already being in the 6-foot-4, 240-pound neighborhood.
Abor exploded off the line of scrimmage when from a standing edge spot and with a hand on the ground. It didn't matter; Cedar Hill could not block him and he chased and chased and chased all night, punctuating his performance with a second sack on the final possession as Duncanville protected a 28-14 lead.
It's safe to say that Abor looked like the best player on the field in this particular game. Abor has gotten two dozen offers already, including Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, and numerous others. OU has gotten the first and only 247Sports Crystal Ball forecast to date.
DUNCANVILLE IS MASSIVE AND FEATURES ELITE LINE TALENT
Duncanville has to be one of the most impressive off-the-bus teams in the country. The Panthers feature several FBS-offered defensive linemen and three high-major targets on the offensive line: 2021 four-star Savion Byrd, 2022 four-star Jaylen Early, and 2022 three-star Cameron Williams. Byrd played left guard Friday night, while Early and Williams played right guard and right tackle, respectively.
Byrd was billed at 6-foot-5, 320 pounds by the broadcast. While he is certainly larger than his prior listing of 6-5, 265, I'm not sure he's quite 320, though he easily looks larger than last season. Byrd released a top five after the game of Auburn, LSU, Oklahoma, SMU, and Texas, in alphabetical order. The Crystal Ball is split between the Sooners and SMU at this point in the process.
Duncanville won the battle in the trenches on both sides of the ball and that played a major role in the Panthers notching the close victory. In addition to Abor's consistent pressure, Duncanville 2022 three-star defensive tackle Quincy Wright flashed a couple of times. Senior three-star defensive lineman Tyler Quinn, a Colorado State commit, recovered a key fumble at his own 1-yard line to stop a Cedar Hill drive that would have tied the game in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
In previous wins, Salter terrorized Aledo and DeSoto with his running ability, whether by design or via scramble. That was not the case Friday as Duncanville's defensive line dictated the action. Backing up that front was Duncanville's crew of athletic pursuit players, such as Alabama 2021 four-star linebacker commit Kendrick Blackshire, SMU 2021 three-star safety/linebacker pledge Jadarius Thursby, and 2022 three-star linebacker/athlete Jordan Crook.
Duncanville regularly spied Salter, and the Panthers' front-line players allowed them to do so with minimal offensive traffic. Blackshire and Crook combined for tackle of Salter in the final minute that left Salter wincing from an apparent lower-limb tweak. Salter left the game for the final few plays, but did so on his own power.
TENNESSEE COMMIT KAIDON SALTER PLAYED BETTER THAN THE STATS SUGGEST
We have seen the Tennessee-bound quarterback standout assemble a couple of particularly stellar performances in wins against DeSoto and Aledo, two other name programs in TXHSFB. But Duncanville presented a tougher challenge, and the 6-foot-1 1/2, 185-pound Salter faced relentless pressure from start to finish.
Salter's Friday stat line is a bit misleading. He completed 13 of 30 passes for 133 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions, while rushing 13 times for seven yards and one TD (stats per the Dallas Morning News). Salter started the game with his quick, consistently accurate short passing game and got a pretty good rhythm early despite the pressure. However, three of his first-quarter throws were dropped, including a would-be touchdown on an impressive deep throw while rolling left and throwing across his body to the back-left corner of the end zone.
Salter's touchdown run represented one of the most improbable one-yard scoring jaunts you will find. Under heavy pressure, Salter evaded an initial, split two more, and slipped out of the grasp of the fourth as he trotted into the end zone.
Cedar Hill tied the game 14-14 five minutes into the second quarter when Salter hit senior wideout Jayden Moore on a 32-yard strike on yet another highlight-worthy off-schedule play. The throw was a bit dangerous, but Salter, rolling right and throwing off balance, threw it up for Moore, who won the ball in the end zone between two defenders.
Salter made a handful of these on-the-run throws for the big plays that Cedar Hill managed against Duncanville's stout defense. Cedar Hill was poised to tie the game early in the fourth when Salter juked a defender on a designed run, sprinting inside the 10 before being stripped at the 3-yard line, resulting in the aforementioned fumble recovery for Wright at the 1-yard line. That preserved a 21-14 Duncanville lead and Cedar Hill did not get another chance as good as that one.
There is always an element of risk-taking in Salter's game because he's such a good playmaker and a confident leader for his team. Friday's game saw more risk-taking than usual, and Salter managed to get out of it without any interceptions. The stock report is still up on Salter, even after this loss. He is ranked No. 77 overall in the 2021 class, per the Top247 rankings.
BAYLOR COMMIT RODERICK DANIELS REMAINS DUNCANVILLE'S BIG-PLAY THREAT
Daniels established himself as one of the better natural playmakers in TXHSFB as a junior in 2019, when he led Duncanville in receiving and provided home run-hitting running ability as well. That big-play punch showed very early Friday, when Daniels took a short, right-to-left drag route over the middle of the field 43 yards for a highlight-reel catch-and-run touchdown.
The 5-foot-9, 160-pound Daniels gained more than 1,300 yards from scrimmage and scored 13 offensive TD's as a junior. He can play in the slot, on the outside, and in the backfield as needed. He's also a dangerous return game option. The 247Sports rankings consider Daniels a high three-star with a grade of 88, which puts him in the top 75 overall in the Lone Star State's senior class.
MALACHI MEDLOCK BREAKOUT GAME
The big-bodied 2022 running back provided punishing, tone-setting running ability from start to finish. He carried the ball 21 times for 181 yards and two touchdowns, punctuating the Duncanville victory with a 52-yard TD run in the final minutes.
In the 6-foot-1, 215- to 220-pound range, Medlock owns outstanding size for a running back. He's not a true home run hitter from a top-end speed standpoint, but when he gets downhill immediately, he's a bona fide hole-puncher with the size and strength to carry a heavy workload as a between-the-tackles bell cow.
Cedar Hill got a solid game from its starting running back, too: 2021 three-star Kevin Young. A back who thrives on initial explosion, Young ran hard and finished several runs above his weight to gain 122 yards on 15 carries. ULM recently got the first 247Sports Crystal Ball forecast for Young.
Source: 247 Sports