After a strong start last week, the Panthers couldn’t make enough adjustments to knock off Justin Northwest.
The Texans handed the Panthers their first loss of the year 21-16.
Midlothian jumped out to a two-possession lead after an interception return for a touchdown by Connor Malone and then a 39-yard field goal by Cody Samek with six minutes left in the first quarter.
But after that, the Panthers were shut out for the next three and a half quarters. Midlothian’s defense has been strong all year and still played well in the loss and allowed just 300 yards of offense and intercepted four passes.
Northwest’s quarterback, Jesse Drummer, had been perfect on the year, but Midlothian found the answer for him. Along with Malone’s pick six, EJ Muhammad had two interceptions and Roman Brown had one.
Quindell Daniels led the defense with 14 tackles. Mason Walker had eight and Brown had seven to help anchor the defense.
Even though the defense was strong, Northwest scored twice on a pair of touchdown passes from Drummer. The Texans also got a big break on a 49-yard punt return for a score.
Midlothian tried to mount a comeback. Zach Humphreys threw his first varsity touchdown pass when he hit Nick Quintero for a 17-yard score with 3:15 left in the game.
The defense stood firm once again and got a punt, but the offense couldn’t get the game-winning touchdown.
Now the defense has another strong passing attack to prepare for with Duncanville, which brings a high-flying offense.
Duncanville is averaging 50 points per game in its first three games. It’s attack is led by quarterback Jeremiah Drake. The senior has 81 completions on 122 attempts for 937 yards. He’s also thrown 11 touchdowns versus three interceptions.
Midlothian (2-1) will visit Duncanville (2-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the first 7-5A game of the year for both teams.
JV Blue wins 26-0
The Panthers had a great night both offensively and defensively. The Panther offense drove the entire field time and time again while the defense held strong and shut Northwest out.
Defensively, the Panthers were all over the Texans. Tyler Gibson, Kalon Dudley and Garrett Hopgood controlled the line allowing four Panther linebackers to swarm to the ball.
Northwest only had a couple explosive plays and drove the ball into the red zone only once in which the defense created a four and out. Great effort all around and physical football sealed the shut out.
The offense excuted very well all night. Adam Schroeder controlled the offense going 16 for 18 passing for 222 yards. He threw two touchdown passes and ran for another.
Joss Duncan had another huge game running the ball between the tackles. Duncan moved the chains all night long behind a great performance from the offense line.
The entire line, led by Chis Castro and Sonny Kemp, dominated the line of scrimmage. Ladarius Hicks also ran for a big touchdown and had a couple of key receptions as well. Keion Sutton had a monster game with 10 catches for big yards and scored two more touchdowns for the Panthers. Connor Henderson also had several receptions on the night.
JV White ties 13-13
The game started with a good return by Brock McLemore to the 40-yard line, but play halted for 30 minutes after linebacker Major McBeth injured his leg on the opening kickoff. Play resumed and the Panthers drive stalled out. The defense took over and made big plays and forced a punt on fourth and 20. The Panthers took over on their own 27-yard line, but on second down, fumbled the ball, which was run back for a Texan touchdown with two minutes left in the first quarter to make the score 7-0. The score remained the same until Zeke Brown caught a 27-yard touchdown from Grant Upchurch with 53 seconds left in the half. Shae Ray punched the extra point through to tie the game at 7-7.
In the second half, the Panther defense dominated and forced punt after punt. The Midlothian offensive unit successfully moved the ball, but struggled to find the end zone until Grant Upchurch found Karson Conrad open down the field for a 64-yard score. The kick was no good and the game ended in a tie.
Freshman Blue wins 22-0
The Panthers dominated the game on both sides of the ball.
Some offensive standouts were Blain Fouse, who caught a touchdown pass and ran for one too. Jordan Elliot scored on a 25-yard touchdown run as he broke multiple tackles. The entire offensive line was fabulous and rolled over the defensive line on every play.
The Panther defense had a stunning performace by shutting out the Texans’ offense. The starting defensive line Sammy Carreon, Quenden Darby and Cameron Hyndman held off the Texans ground attack.
In coverage, Lee Aston made a perfectly timed break to intercept a pass. Marcus Benham broke up several passes across the middle of the field. Jack Ellis played tough at middle linebacker with aggressive tackles.
Freshman White falls 14-6
The Panther offense was led by James Terry, who ran the ball tough between the tackles and scored the Panthers’ only touchdown.
The offensive line was led by Christian Anglemyer and Conner Bristow.
David Huerta, Zach Provence and Nicholas McRay played well on the edges with good blocking throughout the contest. Leading the charge on defense up front was once again Ethan O’Neal and Cody Frazer.
Freshman Black wins 16-0
The offensive line stepped up to the challenge presented to them by the coaches, as the group of Hayden Zufelt, Vincent Brigance, Braden Burney, Gus Wewer and Michael Tartt punished the Texan defensive line for the duration of the evening.
A very strong running back core brought life to the Panther offense as Patrick Mills, Martin Mendoza and Kaleb Phipps all had big games.
Mills was a workhorse as he racked up more than 100 yards and two touchdowns carrying the ball. Martin Mendoza and Kaleb Phipps carried the ball effectively for more than 50 yards each.
The Panther defense was led by Hunter Ramsey at outside linebacker and defensive linemen Braden Burney and Jacob Merrick.