Both (2-3, 1-1) Midlothian and (3-2, 1-1) Waxahachie enter the District 10-5A showdown Friday night at Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium coming off of a bye week and critical district wins. Friday night is homecoming night for the Indians. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. with the 2017 WHS Homecoming King and Queen to be crowned at halftime.
ON THE AIR
For those who cannot make Friday night's game, KBEC 1390 carries all Waxahachie football games. Waxahachie ISD Athletics Hall of Famers Ken Roberts and Mike Turner have the call on KBEC 1390 AM or by downloading the TuneIn app and searching for "KBEC 1390."
ABOUT THE PANTHERS
The Panthers enter the ballgame with a stable of running options. There might be none more critical to their success between the tackles than Landry Songer. The senior returned from an injury to help lead a come-from-behind win in overtime last week over Mansfield Timberview with 112 yards on 28 carries and three touchdowns.
Austen Thomas leads all Panther ball carries on the season with 498 yards on 80 carries (6.2 YPC) and is one of five Midlothian runners with three rushing touchdowns. He joins Songer, Marco Peters (95-455), Nolan Samek (40-377) and Tate Corbin (22-60) with three rushing scores on the year.
Corbin and Thomas are the team's leading passers, combining to go 17-of-43 through the air for 276 yards and three touchdowns. The tandem has also thrown three interceptions.
ABOUT THE INDIANS
Senior quarterback Bryse Salik has served as the catalyst for the Indian offense this season. The signal-caller has completed 73 percent of his passes (101-of-137) for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has also thrown five interceptions.
Former Panther Jerreth Sterns leads the Indian rushing attack with 266 yards on 46 carries (5.8 YPC). Sterns, who recently committed to play football at Army, trails Salik in rushing touchdowns, 4-3. Sterns also has 22 catches for 268 yards and two touchdowns.
Tevin Wofford leads Waxahachie with 22 catches for 347 yards, but it was Keshawn Anderson who stole the show in Red Oak the last time out for the Indians. Anderson finished with six catches for 158 yards and three touchdowns — his first three of the season.
Eleven different Indians have caught passes this season, with five in double digits — Jeffery Alexander (12-139), Kevin Green (12-103), Wofford (22-347), Sterns (22-268) and Anderson (10-231).
INSIDE THE SERIES
According to MaxPreps.com, Waxahachie leads the series 7-4 since 2004. The Indians have won the last two meetings after Midlothian took three in a row from 2012-14. Two of those Panther wins came at Lumpkins Stadium.
Waxahachie enters the game averaging 40.2 points per game to the 32.6 of the Panthers. The Indian defense also leads in the points allowed per game category, 30.0 PPG to 38.0.
The Waxahachie defense enters having allowed 393.8 yards per game and offense accumulating 448.6. Midlothian has allowed 431.8 YPG and gained 427.8 YPG.
Waxahachie will face Mansfield Legacy next Friday, Oct. 20 at Vernon Newsom Stadium in Mansfield. Midlothian hosts Mansfield Lake Ridge at Midlothian ISD Multipurpose Stadium. Both games are scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.