When quarterback Austen Thomas crossed the goal line for the first Midlothian Panther touchdown of the season, there was no way he could have known he'd already secured the first win, too.
But he had — thanks to the self-anointed Blue Storm defense. Midlothian limited Carrollton Creekview to 116 total yards of offense and forced four turnovers during a 50-0 win Friday night at Midlothian ISD Multipurpose Stadium.
The Thomas touchdown came from 13 yards out with 8:15 to play in the first quarter. It was promptly followed by a two-yard Ethan Hill score to cap a 5-play, 16-yard drive that began after a Creekview fumble at its 25-yard line.
Hill finished as the Panthers leading rusher with 55 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns. His second touchdown run on the night came with 7:55 to play in the first half and put the Panthers on top 40-0.
Between the two Hill scores were three other Midlothian touchdowns — a 2-yard run by Laine Martin (8-25), 11-yard pass from Thomas to Caleb Mosier, and a 4-yard scoop-and-score of a Creekview fumble by JT Cavendar.
With the game well in hand, the Panthers turned down the aggression on both sides of the football in the second half.
Nolan Samek split the uprights for this first field goal of the season (25 yards) with 11:04 to play in the fourth quarter and Isaac Houston capped the Panthers night with a 3-yard run with just a little under three minutes to play.
Midlothian outgained Creekview 319 to 116 on the evening, which included eight different ball carriers rushing for 46 times for 253 yards.
Hill led the group of 55 yards on eight carries, while Jeremy McCoy (7-47), Nicholas De Los Santos (6-38), Thomas (10-34), Samek (3-32), Martin (8-25), Houston (3-14) and Dane Greeson (1-8) rounded out the attack.
Thomas completed 3-of-his-5 passes for 58 yards and De Los Santos added one completion on two attempts for 8 yards. Thomas did throw one interception.
The Panthers also picked up 20 first downs to the Broncos nine.
Carrollton Creekview returns to action at 7 p.m. Friday on the road against Frisco Liberty, while Midlothian travels to Killeen Shoemaker for a 7:30 p.m. start Friday.