ARLINGTON - Deaundre Brown was the star of the game for Arlington Seguin as he returned a punt 38-yards for a touchdown and scored on a 71-yard catch and run for both Seguin scores on the evening. But, it was the never-say-die Midlothian Panthers who came from behind to take the first District 15-4A contest of the season 19-14.
Midlothianís Caleb McEachern tallied 19 carries for 173 yards and a touchdown, while Dillon Fowler added a pair of touchdowns receiving, 22 and 68 yards. Quarterback Bryce Petty completed 22 of 31 tosses for 261 yards and the two touchdowns.
Midlothianís offense was stymied on the first series in the game and forced to punt the ball away. Seguin quickly mounted an attack, driving to the Midlothian 3-yard line where quarterback Darrian Hogg mishandled the exchange from his center. Midlothianís Brad Crabtree captured the loose ball for the turnover.
A three and out had the Panthers punting from the end zone with 3:00 to play in the first quarter. Vince Frawley hit a good punt that Brown caught in full stride at the Midlothian 38 to go all the way for the score. The point after, off the left foot of Emmanuel Nunez, was good as Seguin took the early lead.
Midlothianís offense came to life for a brief moment when Caleb McEachern took a couple of passes and a pair of runs to pick up three consecutive first downs. But, the drive stalled at the Cougar 40 as Frawley was called on to punt once again. The ball rolled out of the end zone for a touchback.
The second quarter saw both teams trade punts, until with 7:16 to play in the half Midlothian began a drive at its15. McEachern ran for 25 yards to the Panther 44 to move the chains. Caleb Russell took a pitch and ran for 12 yards to put the ball in Cougar territory. A pass from Bryce Petty to Russell netted 17 yards to the 27-yard line.
Then with 5:12 remaining Petty found Dillon Fowler across the middle on a screen that traveled the distance of 22 yards for the initial Midlothian score. Frawley added the point after to knot the score at seven all.
That tie lasted exactly 10 seconds. On the first play of the ensuing Seguin possession Brown took a short pass from Hogg and then raced all the way to the end zone. The play covered 71 yards and with the point after the Cougars led 14-7 until the fourth quarter.
Midlothianís first possession of the second half ended at the Seguin 4-yard line on a lost fumble.
The Panther second possession ended with a missed 27 yard field goal attempt. And an interception on a halfback pass ended the third Panther drive.
Seguin managed only two first downs in the third quarter. Then they were forced to punt again to open the fourth period as the Midlothian defense rallied time after time. Using McEachern almost exclusively in the drive, Midlothian drove 79 yards to score. McEachern sprinted the last 25 yards for the score. The extra point kick was blocked as Seguin held on to a one-point lead.
Seguinís offense began to show some life by picking up a couple of first downs, but the drive was killed at the Panther 38 where the ball went over on downs.
Midlothian was flagged for holding on the return and the ball placed at the 10-yard line. The Panthers had 3:26 to go 90 yards for the lead.
McEachern picked up a hard yard to the 11. A bad snap into the end zone was alertly picked up by McEachern.
Thinking very quickly he launched a pass out of bounds to avoid a safety. Facing third-and-9, Petty hit Russell for a 17 yard gain and a very important first down.
A swing pass to McEachern put the ball on the Panther 32. Petty threw the ball down the left sideline for Fowler.
The Seguin corner back tried for the interception, but the ball nestled into the waiting hands of the junior receiver who then outdistanced the safeties to go 68 yards for the go ahead touchdown with 2:25 left to play. The try for two failed when Pettyís pass bounced off the shoulder of his receiver.
Seguin valiantly tried to come back one more time. On third-and-11 Hogg found Justin Reeves all alone on the right side of the field. The pass play covered 48 yards with Brandon Reichenau bringing Reeves to the turf in a game saving tackle.
Only 1:25 remained on the game clock with the Cougars knocking at the Panther door at the 20.
A false start put the ball back to the 25. Hogg went back to pass and was sacked by Kalen Jenkins to set up third-and -18. Hogg dropped back to throw once again but his receivers were covered and he was forced to pull the ball down and run, picking up six yards. The final Cougar play came with 51 ticks left on the clock.
Facing fourth-and-12, Hogg tried once again to go the air. He was tackled at the 29 for a loss of 7 yards to end the Cougar threat.
Midlothian was able to kneel twice to run out the clock.
Midlothian now 4-1 on the season is 1-0 in district play. Arlington Seguin falls to 1-3 on the season and 0-1 in district.