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 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.
JV White wins 13-12
The action started in the first quarter with the Falcons getting on the board to take the lead 6-0. The Panther defense stopped the two-point conversion attempt.
The Panthers offense got rolling late in the first quarter by driving down the field on a 15-play drive.
That drive included great runs by running backs Zeke Brown, Dayton Callaway and Zach Stagner and quarterback Grant Upchurch. The offensive line owned the line of scrimmage thanks to great blocking by Trent Smith, Parker Rampy, Cameron Kennaley, Matt Harris and Hayden Eskridge.
Midlothian finally scored on a six-yard touchdown pass to Michael McKenrick. That tied the score at six, where it stayed until halftime.
Timber Creek scored first in the third quarter after taking over the ball on the Midlothian nine-yard line after a bad snap on a punt by the Panthers. Once again, the Panther defense stopped the two-point conversion attempt.
The Panthers finally got the spark they needed in the fourth quarter when safety Josh Scott recovered a fumble forced by defensive lineman Jabrelan Esparza.
The fourth quarter saw the Panthers complete passes of 25 yards and 20 yards to Landon Atterbury. Then on fourth and six, Grant Upchurch completed a 23-yard touchdown pass to Carson Konrad. Shae Ray kicked the extra point to make the score 13-12.
Timber Creek threatened to score again until defensive lineman Keenan Jackson tackled the running back for a five-yard loss, which was followed on the next play by a 12-yard sack by Christian Vinyard. The Panther offense sealed the game on third down when Zach Stagner rattled off a 60-yard run.
The JV White team is 2-0.
JV Blue wins 20-2
Midlothian played smash mouth football on both sides of the ball. Timber Creek’s only points came from a bad snap on an extra point that they returned for two points.
Defensively, the Panthers played a solid game and came up with stop after stop. Hector Hernandez came up big with an interception and Tyler Gibson had several big sacks.
Carter Creel fielded every punt, which was huge in the field position battle. There were some big hits by Dalton Samek, Hernandez, and Creel.
The offensive game plan was drastically changed when quarterback Adam Schroeder went down in the first quarter. Connor Henderson stepped in with limited practice time and excecuted the offense very well.
He ran for a touchdown and threw for another to Keion Sutton. Henderson also had three huge tackles on the kickoff team.
Joss Duncan carried the offensive load with tons of huge carries right through the teeth of the defense. He put the offense on his back time and time again and also had a touchdown run in the first quarter.
The offensive line controlled the line of scimmage led by Hunter Pustejovsky and Robert Ivey.
Garrett Wolf added two extra point and excuted kicks all night long.
Freshman Blue wins 38-20
The Falcons scored first, but on the next drive, the Panthers took a 19-play drive to the house.
The Panthers controlled the ball all night and mashed the Falcons all over the field. Other than the first two minutes, the Panthers led the rest of the game.
Drake Wayland showed poise and leadership as he led the Panthers on the field. He was calm and collected as he displayed grit and determination. He rumbled and stumbled into the end zone twice on offense and once on defense.
Blain Fouse also scored twice. Fouse played brilliantly at three different positions.
Marcus Benham and Jake McMahan also added to the scoring. These guys grinded out yards and were able to move the sticks on fourth down twice.
The defense got an interception for a touchdown and caused three fumbles. Defensive end Caleb Hyndman wrecked shop all night on the Falcon ball carriers.
Outside linebacker Jordan Elliot deflected two passes and made six tackles. Overall, the entire defense played fantastic.
Freshman White falls 14-6
The Panthers turned the ball over on the first possession of the half and the Falcons returned the fumble ball 30 yards for an early touchdown.
The Panthers offense responded with an impressive 16-play drive that resulted in a six-yard touchdown run by quarterback Tyler Caldwell.
The offense continued to move the ball, falling short on a final drive to attempt to tie the game in the closing seconds.
The offense was led by Ethan O’Neal, Austin Lawrence, Jud Trent and Russell Barrington up front working on the offensive line.
Also big contributors on offense were James Terry with bruising runs, Andrew Lene with a couple of big receptions, Michael Meeks and Hunter Freeman.
The defense played well, only allowing one touchdown. Ethan O’Neal led the charge up front along with Christian Anglemyer.
Hunter Freeman accounted for numerous tackles behind the line of scrimmage and Bo Frazer and Michael Meeks helped shut down the passing game.
Russell Barrington, Isaiah McCary, Nicholas McRay and Rodney Richmond played extremely well for the Panthers.