It wasnít easy, but the Midlothian Panthers survived a tough test from Grand Prairie to get a homecoming victory.
The Panthers got three fourth-quarter touchdowns and held on to get a 43-35 victory against the Gophers.
Midlothian running back Victor Williams ran for 205 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Zach Humphreys threw for 182 yards and two scores, both in the fourth quarter to get the Panthersí first district win.
Humphreys started the gameís scoring with a one-yard run just three minutes into the game. That lead didnít last long as Grand Prairie tied the game just a minute and a half later.
Williams got Midlothian back on top with a seven-yard run at the end of the first quarter.
Cody Samek drilled a 33-yard field goal to give Midlothian a two-possession lead in the second quarter.
Grand Prairie quarterback Jaylen Fails ran for the first of his two scores late in the first half to make it 17-14 Midlothian at the break. Fails finished with 96 rushing and 270 passing yards.
Najee Mustafaa started the third quarter with a four-yard scoring run, but Grand Prairie countered with another rushing touchdown to make it 23-21.
Humphreys then hooked up with Brendan Cornell from 27 yards out just a minute and a half into the second quarter to make it an eight-point game. Midlothianís defense stepped up big to force a quick three-and-out then a bad punt gave Midlothian great field position. On the next play, Williams dashed for an 18-yard score to extend Midlothianís lead to 36-21 with 9:27 left in the game.
A stop on the next drive could have sealed the victory, but Grand Prairie then drove down 87 yards on 10 plays to pull back within eight points with 5:35 to go.
Midlothian scored just three plays later on a 48-yard pass from Humphreys to Nick Quintero with just 4:32 left to play.
Grand Prairie scored on a 79-yard touchdowns to make it a one-possession game once again with three minutes to go.
Midlothian was finally able to run out the clock and seal the victory. The Panthers (3-2, 1-1 in 7-5A) have the week off next week and will be back in action Oct. 10 at Mansfield (2-3, 1-1 in 7-5A).
Red Oak 21, Mansfield Lake Ridge 20
Lake Ridge came so close to getting its first district win in school history.
The Eagles scored on a one-yard run by Jett Duffey with 4:26 left in the game. That score meant Lake Ridge needed just the extra point to tie the game.
The attempt was no good and Red Oak was able to cling to the one-point victory.
Lake Ridge had several chances to blow Red Oak out in this game, but couldnít punch the ball into the end zone. The Eagles were stuffed twice on fourth-and-goal at hte one-yard line earlier in the game.
Red Oak trailed most of this game. Lake Ridge jumped out to a 14-point lead after a pair of touchdown passes. Deonte Williams got Red Oak on the board with a nine-yard pass from Logan Thomposn.
The Hawks got a pair of touchdowns int he fourth thanks to a pass and run by Thompson to get the win.