High School Football

Midlothian rushes for over 320 yards and four touchdowns in close win over Burleson

Burleson Elks players take the field against Joshua at Burleson ISD Stadium in October.
Burleson Elks players take the field against Joshua at Burleson ISD Stadium in October. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Midlothian turned to its running game Friday night as the Panthers defeated Burleson, 34-23, in a District 5-5A game at MISD Multi-Purpose Stadium.

The Panthers (6-2, 4-2) moved one step closer to a playoff berth thanks to their triple-option attack. Midlothian’s running game accounted for 324 yards and four scores on 53 carries. The Panthers have two games left in district play.

Burleson (5-4, 3-4) has lost four consecutive district games. The Elks have one game remaining in two weeks at home against Cleburne.

The Elks made things interesting scoring back-to-back touchdowns in the second half to close to within 28-23 with nine minutes to play.

Game was over when: With 1:44 to play, Midlothian fullback Laine Martin put the Panthers up 34-23 with a three-yard scoring run. The Panthers drive covered 79 yards on 16 plays, all runs. Midlothian converted four third downs during the match.

Play of the game: Facing a second-and-17 late in the second quarter, Midlothian quarterback Tate Corbin hit Nathan Humphreys for a 50-yard score. The touchdown answered the Elks first touchdown of the game and put Midlothian up 21-7 with 2:10 to play before halftime.

Offensive player of the game: Midlothian slotback Austen Thomas was the Panthers leading rusher with 10 carries for 91 yards. He scored Midlothian first touchdown on a 14-yard run. Five of Thomas’ carries were good for 10 plus yards.

Defensive player of the game: Burleson’s Ben Quirino recovered a fumble with 6:45 to play in the second quarter. The Elks took advantage of the miscue to score their first touchdown of the game seven plays later on a three-yard run by Caleb Lewis.

Unsung hero of the game: After a timeout, Midlothian’s defense stuffed Burleson quarterback Jacob Amador’s two-point conversion run with nine minutes to play. A successful conversion would have put Burleson within three points of the Panthers.

What’s next? Burleson has the week off. Midlothian plays at Cleburne at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2

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