MIDLOTHIAN — The ball-control offense of the Panthers did not fare well Friday night against the high-flying offense of the Lake Ridge Eagles.
Midlothian scored once in the first quarter to cut the deficit to 14 points before watching the Eagle offense rack up 550 total yards offense. Lake Ridge convincingly defeated its host, 52-7.
“They are a good football team and they have a lot of talent," said Midlothian head football coach Doug Wendel. "I think they are poised to make a deep run in the playoffs. Lake Ridge made the plays tonight that mattered. We did some good things, but we couldn’t overcome our penalties or turnovers. You have to give them credit for causing those.”
Midlothian turned the football over three times — all fumbles — while still rushing for 273 yards on 52 carries.
Landry Songer led the ground attack for the Panthers with 140 yards on 21 carries, while Tate Corbin netted 38 yards on 14 carries, JT Cavender finished with 32 yards on four carries, Nolan Samek ran five times for 26 yards and Brant McLemore picked up 22 yards on his three totes.
Corbin accounted for the Lone Panther touchdown, a 2-yard run with 3:47 to play in the first quarter after the Eagles jumped out to a 21-0 lead.
Lake Ridge quarterback Chandler Rogers completed 15-of-16 passes for 236 yards and four touchdowns. The junior also ran six times for 49 yards.
Deven Langston was the leading Eagle receiver with 4 catches for 52 yards and two touchdowns on a night when 10 different Lake Ridge receivers recorded a grab. Dewone Jackson led the Eagle rushing attack with 107 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.
“We need to see who we have available health-wise and we have to cleanup our execution offensively. The scoreboard doesn’t but we took some steps to improve defensively tonight, we just turned the ball over and gave the defense a short field," Wendel said. "We did some things to improve on defense. If we continue to do that and execute on offense then we should have a good ball game next week against Summit."
Midlothian is not 2-5 on the season and 1-3 in District 10-5A. Lake Ridge improved to 6-1 and remained a perfect 4-0 in district play with the win. The Panthers will travel to RL Anderson Stadium to take on Mansfield Summit Friday at 7:30 p.m.