It didn’t take long for the Midlothian Panthers to take control in their home debut.
Midlothian scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and cruised to a 54-7 victory against Keller Timber Creek.
The Panthers capped their first drive in front of their home crowd with a 52-yard pass from Jimmy Fouse to Victor Williams. That came on a critical third and seven.
On that same drive, Midlothian was facing a fourth and six on its own 20-yard line and elected to try a fake punt. The snap went directly to Zach Humphreys who ran past a stunned Timber Creek defense for a 25-yard gain.
The Panther defense forced a three-and-out and a 17-yard punt gave Midlothian the ball at its own 44-yard line. Nine plays later, Tristan Oliphant punched the ball into the end zone from one-yard out to make it 14-0.
Midlothian’s defense came up huge and got a safety on the board its next time on the field. A penalty on the kick off return stuck the Falcons in bad field position. They had a third and eight form their own 14 when a shotgun snap sailed over the quarterback’s head and he recovered it in the end zone to give Midlothian a safety and a 16-0 lead.
A great return on the free kick gave Midlothian the ball at the Timber Creek 31-yard line. Five plays later, Oliphant bowled into the end zone from 10 yards out to make it 23-0 in the first quarter.
The Falcons scored on a long run early in the second quarter to cut Midlothian’s lead to 23-7.
But it wouldn’t last long as Humphreys made a pair of big plays to get back in the end zone. He hauled in a 30-yard pass from Fouse then ran for a 19-yard touchdown on a fourth down play to make it a 30-7.
A missed field goal by Timber Creek set up another big Panther play. Williams broke free for a 61-yard touchdown inside the final two minutes of the half.
After a scoreless third quarter, Cody Samek drilled a 32-yard field goal to extend Midlothian’s lead to 40-7.
Another short Timber Creek punt gave the Panthers great field position. Oliphant ran 23 yards to set up a two-yard run for Nick Larson.
Midlothian capped the game’s scoring on a blocked punt as Quindell Daniels returned it 40 yards for a touchdown.
The Panthers racked up 496 yards of offense, 314 on the ground. Timber Creek had just 181 yards of offense, 20 on the ground. The Falcons ran the ball 20 times and averaged one yard per carry.
The Panthers (2-0) will host Justin Northwest (1-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Midlothian won last year’s match up 21-9.
Ennis 21, Lewisville 13
The Lions survived a late rally to get their second victory of the season.
Ennis got on the board midway through the first quarter on a five-yard run by Nicholas Gabriel. Terence Williams ran in the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.
Lewisville connected on a 40-yard field goal to start the second quarter to make it an 8-5 game.
Gabriel hauled in an 18-yard pass from Devin Smith on the Lions’ ensuing drive to make it a two-possession game.
The Lions’ defense stepped up and got the ball back for Smith. It took just one big play for Ennis to get back in the end zone as Smith connected with Gabriel for an 80-yard touchdown pass to cap Ennis’ scoring.
Lewisville hit a 40-yard field goal in the third quarter and scored a touchdown late in teh fourth quarter to make it a close game late.
The Lions recovered the onside kick to seal the victory.
Smith completed 11 of 13 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. The Ennis secondary limited Lewisville to just 86 passing yards.
Ennis (2-0) hosts North Forney (1-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Red Oak 49,
After a seesaw first half, the Hawks blew out the Tigers in the second half.
Red Oak led by just a touchdown in the first half, but the defense shut out the Tigers in teh second half to lead to the victory.
The teams alternated the game’s first seven scores. Corsicana got in the red zone first, but it fumbled and Red Oak recovered on its own1 18-yard line.
Red Oak got on the board on a six-yard run by D.J. Augustus. Corsicana’s DeVontay Bell followed that with a five-yard run. The Tigers’ two-point conversion failed to give Red Oak a 7-6 lead.
A long run by Tyler Scott set up an eight-yard touchdown run by Thompson. Corsicana responded with a long kickoff return to get deep into Red Oak territory. Donovan Fields rushed for 15 yards and he ran for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 14.
Thompson connected with Shedrick Collins for 45 yards to make it 21-14.
Corsicana responded with a 13-play, 76-yard drive to tie the game at 21 thanks to an eight-yard run by Bell.
But after that it was all Hawks. Thompson ran in from two yards out with just 14 seconds left to give Red Oak the lead at halftime.
A 42-yard run by Tyler Scott set up a 21-yard touchdown pass from Thomposn to Jackson to make it a two-touchdown game.
Flatt punched in a one-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter to put the game away. He ran in another one-yard touchdown with just 52 seconds left in the game to seal the victory.
Red Oak ran for 373 yards on 50 rushes and punted just one time in the victory. The Tigers threw for 77 yards and completed just 28 percent of their passes.
Red Oak (2-0) will visit Crowley (2-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Corsicana (0-2) will try to get its first victory of the season at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Forney (1-1).