DOMINATION - that is the only word available when you try to describe the events on the field Friday night at MISD Multipurpose Stadium.
Midlothian (1-1) and Dallas Hillcrest (0-2) met in a matchup of Panthers against Panthers, but Hillcrest was simply no match for the Blue Crew.
Last year Hillcrest, behind the running of quarterback Willie Taylor, shredded the Midlothian defense in a 15-3 game chock full of big plays, usually Taylor breaking free.
This year, every time Taylor took in a breath someone in a blue uniform wrapped him up and tossed him to the turf. Fifteen times to be exact and no victory dances in the end zone.
Hillcrest coaches did everything they could to put the ball into the hands of the playmaker including running him at quarterback and lining up in the wide-out and slot receiver positions.
No dice, said the Blue Crew as the Midlothian defense held Hillcrest scoreless for the entire game.
“I am very pleased with our defense for the entire game,” head coach Robby Clark said. “Offensively, I was pleased with the first and fourth quarters. Our effort was phenomenal. When we play four quarters of mistake free hard nose football we can become a good team. We played much better this week. We continue to improve and get better each week.”
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. 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.
Next week Midlothian will travel to Joshua (1-1), losers to Argyle 45-28.