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Black-Tree-3The 6A DI Regional I championship will feature an Allen Eagles team that continues to roll on all cylinders after a huge victory against San Angelo Central and a Duncanville squad fresh off a tightly-contested game against Arlington Bowie. With both teams coming off defining postseason wins, unfortunately one of them will have to go home just shy of an opportunity at the state title game in AT&T Stadium.

The second of four games to be played on Saturday, the Duncanville Panthers (11-2) look to knock off Allen (13-0) in their pursuit of another state title. Duncanville has not gone this far in the playoffs since 2000 and have done it despite having a different starting quarterback than what they initially started the season with.

Junior Trazon Connley filled the void when senior Jaylin Nelson went down during the regular season and has thrown for 346 yards and two touchdowns in the postseason. Running backs Tre Siggers and Kelion Elder look to be viable options out the backfield as they have combined for 1,070 yards and 14 touchdowns and go against an Allen defense that has allowed 282 yards a game on defense.

Despite allowing opposing offenses to yield some yardage, the Allen defense has held opponents to under 18 points a game. Behind that defense, Allen has benefited from an offensive line that has allowed running back Brock Sturges to hit the century-mark in rushing yards in every playoff game so far. Quarterback Mitchell Jonke has continued to elevate his performance throughout the season and has now thrown for 2,134 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Duncanville who plays in the same district as Cedar Hill and DeSoto presents a tough challenge to Allen based off the strength of their schedule, but Allen is considered by many to be the favorite to win the 6A DI title.

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