Midlothian and Justin Northwest head into tonight’s game going in opposite directions as each team tries to establish its identity in week two.
Northwest is coming off a 59-0 loss last week to Allen while the Panthers are coming off a 23-12 win against Saginaw.
In zero week action, Northwest defeated Creekview 46-27 while Midlothian fell to Grapevine 23-14.
Both teams are led offensively by their quarterback as Midlothian’s Bryce Murphy leads the team in four stat categories while Draze Lawliss leads Northwest in passing and total yards.
Murphy showed strong improvements after the zero week loss for Midlothian and was one of the major reasons the team topped Saginaw in its home opener.
He leads the Panthers in rushing yards a game with 96, passing yards a game (98), total yards a game (194) and points per game (6).
In the win against Saginaw, Murphy rushed for 101 yards and threw a 23-yard touchdown pass while facing a heavy Rough Rider rush.
Defensively, Bryce Fausett is leading Midlothian with an average of nine tackles per game while Tyler Morgan leads Northwest with 10.
A state-qualifier in 7-on-7 passing league play, Midlothian has yet to air it out this season. Midlothian is averaging 318 yards per game this season with 222 coming via the rushing attack.
Northwest has a balanced offense through the first two games while averaging 335 yards but its defense is allowing 23 points per game.
Midlothian is a one-point favorite in the game and would be favored by more if the game was played in Midlothian. The 7:30 p.m. kickoff is the home opener for Northwest.
Last season, Midlothian topped Northwest 18-6 in Midlothian. All the points were scored in the first half of action.
Northwest passed for 178 yards in the loss, but both teams will have a new quarterback for this year’s match.
One of the Panthers who had success in last season’s match-up is running back Justin Seeton.
He rushed for 101 yards in the meeting.
Seeton rushed for 50 yards in the first half of last week’s game before leaving with an injury. Midlothian head coach Lee Wiginton said he expects Seeton to be back for this week’s game.