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Passing outburst lifts Coppell over Duncanville

ARLINGTON, Texas – Coppell's offense has been perceived as one-dimensional at times this year.

It certainly was against Duncanville on Saturday.

Coppell's passing game, not its running game, carried the Cowboys to a 35-10 win over Duncanville at Cowboys Stadium in the Class 5A Division I area round.

Coppell (12-0) plays Midland at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland.

"We felt real good about our passing game stuff," said Coppell head coach Joe McBride of Duncanville's defense. "They were running a lot of pressure-man stuff. We didn't want to beat our head against a wall with Cam [McDaniel] We have other players, too."

Coppell quarterback Joe Minden went 17-for-25 for 270 yards and four touchdowns while McBride gave McDaniel and the running game a breather. Minden's favorite target Tyler Landis caught eight balls for 151 yards and two touchdowns.

Most of Coppell's offense came in the first half. Minden threw for 219 in the opening two quarters alone while Coppell had just 5 rushing yards at halftime, an astonishing number for a team that averages 210 per game. Coppell led 28-10 at halftime.

After the break, Coppell turned to McDaniel, who scored on a 1-yard run on Coppell's first drive and finished with 89 yards on 22 carries.

Duncanville opened the game strong, going 80 yards on its first drive before Chris Simpson scored on a 5-yard run to put the Panthers up 7-0.

"I don't know if we were jittery but we had a bunch penalties on that first drive," McBride said. "We were busting our communications. We had to sharpen up some things."

Minden and the Cowboys answered with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Echerd. After a Duncanville field goal, Coppell scored 21 unanswered to close the half with Landis catching two touchdowns and McDaniel receiving another.

Charles Williams replaced Duncanville quarterback Divan Ealy after halftime. Ealy had ice on his shoulder on the sideline.