MIDLOTHIAN - The Midlothian Panthers improved its season record to 1-1 with a 22-0 whitewashing of the Dallas Hillcrest Panthers (0-2).
The win was sweet revenge for Midlothian for the loss that Hillcrest tacked on MHS last season.
Midlothian began the game by driving 90 yards in 14 plays to score. Quarterback Bryce Petty plunged over from the one and Vince Frawley’s kick sailed wide for all the scoring in the first half.
Caleb McEachern rushed six times for 30 yards and had a catch for 10 more in the scoring drive.
Eddie Johnson caught a pass for 20 yards and Dillon Fowler caught a pass for 18 yards.
The rest of the half consisted of both teams struggling to get into the end zone.
The third quarter was much the same as Hillcrest could not get its heralded running game untracked.
The fourth period began with Hillcrest quarterback Willie Taylor running for his life on a pass play. Taylor was pursued form the Hillcrest 24 all the way back into his end zone by Midlothian’s Brad Crabtree. Taylor then threw the ball at the visitor’s seating as he was going down in Crabtree’s embrace.
An immediate flag was thrown and Hillcrest was penalized for intentionally grounding the ball while in the end zone.
A safety and two points were awarded to Midlothian to give the host team an 8-0 lead.
Hillcrest was awarded a free kick and Midlothian got a 29-yard return from Brandon Reichenau to set up the Panther attack at the Hillcrest 47.
Petty found Fowler wide open for a 44 yard gain. A false start penalty set the ball back to the Hillcrest eight.
Petty hit Russell for the touchdown. Frawley added the point after for a 15-0 lead.
Hillcrest mounted a 12-play drive in an effort to climb back into the game.
But, the drive stalled at the Midlothian 41 where MHS took over on downs.
Petty hit Rob Grey with a pass good for four yards.
Russell took a hit after an ill-advised pitch. The play lost three yards back to the MHS 42.
Play of the game
On third and nine Petty faded back for the pass. Russell flared out to the right and took the ball in stride, shaking off a couple of would be tacklers. The tight end then cut up field to shed at least five more tackles before racing all the way to the end zone for a spectacular 58-yard catch and run. Frawley added the point after to end the scoring at 22-0. It was definitely a highlight reel moment.
Next week Midlothian will travel to Joshua (1-1), losers to Argyle 45-28.