CEDAR HILL ó The Midlothian Panthersí defense held firm as long as it could, but it couldnít hold Cedar Hill off long enough.
Midlothian allowed just 13 points in the first half, but the Longhorns exploded in the second half to roll to a 40-14 win.
The Panthers fought hard in the first half, holding the Longhorns to just 116 yards, but turnovers proved to be the difference in the game.
Midlothian fumbled once inside its own 10-yard line and threw an interception inside the Cedar Hill 10 in the first half for big momentum swings.
Those were the Panthersí best chances to keep themselves in the game before the flood gates opened for Cedar Hill in the second half.
The Longhorns scored three times on their first seven plays of the second half to pull away. Cedar Hill added another touchdown in the first minutes of the fourth quarter to go up 40-0.
After being stiffled for most of the first half, Cedar Hillís offense got going in the second half thanks to steady play by junior quarterback Justin McMillan through the air and senior running back Larry Hill on the ground.
McMillan completed 10 of 14 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown and Hill ran nine times for 50 yards and a score.
Midlothian finally got on the board in the fourth quarter with the team down 40-0.
Junior defensive back E. J. Muhammad caused Cedar Hill to fumble on a fourth down play and Midlothian recovered it on the 41-yard line. Najee Mustafaa was able to then break away on a 20-yard carry to put the Panthers on the Cedar Hill 21-yard line.
Sophomore quarterback Zach Humphreys connected with senior wide receiver Brendan Cornell for a 21-yard touchdown pass with 8:26 left in the game.
The defense got back-to-back stops and the Panthers were able to score their final touchdown of the season with 40 seconds left.
Humphreys led a 10-play, 73-yard drive on Midlothianís final possession of the year.
Mustafaa ran six times for 38 yards, including an eight-yard run to find the end zone. Humphreys completed three of four passes for 24 yards on the drive.
Humphreys finished the day by completing 13 of 25 passes for 159 yards. A dozen of those catches and 156 of those yards went to Cornell.
Mustafaa led the ground game with 17 carries for 92 yards. Senior running back Victor Williams also had seven carries for 41 yards rushing.
This was the final game in blue and white for 31 Panther seniors. These players did a fantastic job as they helped lead Midlothian to the playoffs last year and provided great leadership for a strong batch of young players.
Midlothian will return several key pieces of a strong defense, including: Mason Walker, Mason Quinn, Muhammad, Connor Malone and Wesley Smith.
The defense will miss seniors Roman Brown, Quindell Daniels and Tyriq Mustaffa, who were three of the teamís leading tacklers.
A couple of key returning offensive players are going to be: Mustaffa, Nick Quinterro, Humphreys and Keion Sutton.
Cornellís absence in the offense will be felt as well as the excellent protection provided by Brandon North, Dylan Sweeney, Connor Baxter and Lawton Anderson on the offensive line.
The returning players learned a lot through the Panthersí (4-6, 2-5 in 7-5A) campaign in 2013 and will be back motivated and ready to peform even better in 2014.