MESQUITE, Texas — The season opener for Midlothian and Mesquite Poteet came down to the final play of the game.
With Midlothian leading 14-12 and four seconds showing on the scoreboard clock, Poteet had the ball inches from the Panther goal line.
Onto the field trotted Poteet’s field goal unit. The Pirates lined up for the 18-yard field goal attempt and the whistle blew indicating that Midlothian had called time out to ice Jason Fowler, the Pirate kicker.
Both teams trotted to the sidelines for further instruction, then returned to the field.
Poteet once again lined up for the field goal. Tweet went the whistle. Another time out and attempt to get into Fowler’s head.
The plan backfired for Midlothian as the Pirates came back onto the field and lined up with a full house backfield. At the snap and line surge quarterback Andrew Maddox fell across the goal line for the win.
It was the first start for Maddox at quarterback at the varsity level. Though ineffective as a passer, 6-for-11 and 32 yards with an interception, Maddox was the catalyst for the Pirate running game.
Maddox had touchdown rushes of 79, four and one yards for all the Pirate points. He finished the night with 21 carries for 168 yards.
Midlothian countered with Caleb McEachern, who had 27 carries for 162 yards and a 16 yard touchdown.
It was ugly, but it’s a “W” said one of the Poteet assistant coaches as he left off the field.
The game began with Midlothian going four downs and out. After a 50-yard punt by Midlothian’s Vince Frawley the Pirates began their first series at the Poteet 24.
A false start put the ball back to the 19, where Matt Jacob piled into the line for a gain of two. Maddox called his own number, going up the middle for 79 yards and a score the first varsity carry.
The kick was blocked and Poteet was up 6-0.
Midlothian stormed right back with a 10-play 97-yard drive to go ahead. The big play of the drive came when McEachern broke through for a 43-yard run to the Panther 46. Then quarterback Bryce Petty ran the option right and kept the ball for an 18-yard romp into the end zone. Frawley’s kick was true and Midlothian led 7-6.
Late in the first quarter, Midlothian suffered a bad snap on a punt attempt to turn the ball over three yards from its end zone.
Poteet scored on the first play of its possession as Maddox scampered around the left end to score.
The run for two points failed as the Pirates regained the lead 12-7 as the quarter came to a close.
Midlothian began the second quarter with a sustained drive that ended with a missed field goal.
After the Panther defense held Midlothian returned to the offensive attack at its own 21.
A pass to tight end Caleb Russell netted nine yards. McEachern picked up the first down to set up a 49-yard pass completion from Petty to Dillon Fowler. McEachern then ran the ball in after fighting off several Poteet tackles.
The PAT was good as Midlothian forged a 14-12 lead that held up until Maddox’ last second heroics.
McEachern led all Midlothian rushers with 27 carries for 162 yards. Petty had eight carries for 23 yards. Russell carried once for nine.
Petty was 8-for-16 passing for 112 yards with no interception or touchdowns.
Dillon Fowler was the leading Panther receiver with two catches for 63 yards. Eddie Johnson had a pair of catches for 29 yards. Russell had two grabs for nine yards and Vince Frawley one for eight yards.