MIDLOTHIAN — Lancaster High School, the No. 6 5A school in Texas, proved as much during a 41-12 win against Midlothian High School on Friday at M.I.S.D. Multi-purpose Stadium, racking up 467 total yards.
The loss left the (1-9 overall, 0-7 in district) Panthers winless in the school's first year in District 10-5A after dropping down from the 6A classification in April. It also marked the team's eighth consecutive loss and 15th in two years.
Midlothian finished 4-6 overall and 2-4 in District 8-6A last season.
Junior quarterback Trevor Hatton, who threw for 227 yards and three touchdowns, led Lancaster (9-1, 7-0) completed 4-of-4 passes and threw an 11-yard strike to Cartrell Thomas on a 78-yard opening drive. Hatton completed 11 of 12 passes in the first half.
Midlothian answered the Tiger score with a nine-play, 43-yard drive that featured eight runs by four different players but ended in a fourth-and-20 and a turnover on downs. Lancaster scored on its next two possessions, first, a one-yard touchdown by Devante Lacy and then, a Hatton 13-yard touchdown pass to Jayce Medlock.
The Panthers forced a Lacy first down fumble, but got only as far as the Tiger 14-yard line after closing their second drive of the game in a turnover on downs.
While Lancaster extended the lead to 28 points after Hatton's 59-yard touchdown pass to Dequavas Sneed, Panther quarterback Will Oliver led Midlothian to the Tiger 3-yard-line. With 11 seconds left in the half, attempted a dive into the end zone, but was ruled short inside the 1-yard-line as time expired.
Despite the Panther defense forcing Lancaster into ints first failed drive of the game, Midlothian's first two drives resulted in a put and a Zakerie Estridge fumble.
Midlothian's first score of the game after it's defense forced the second turnover of the game — a Jordan Hollis 3-yard loss-turned-forced fumble. Following the Tiger miscue, it took only four plays and 27 yards — including back-to-back-to-back rushes by Oliver — for the Panthers to punch in their first score of the game via a 5-yard run by junior Landry Songer.
The Panthers again stopped Lancaster on the next drive and drove 49 yards in nine plays to the Lancaster 30-yard line, but were trumped by Tyler Caldwell's interception.
Hollis pushed the score to 35-6 after his 70-yard touchdown run.
Midlothian scored its second and final touchdown of the game on a Oliver 8-yard run and Lancaster's Jaiden Dockery put the Tigers up 42-12 with a 9-yard touchdown run.
Oliver led Midlothian with 161 yards rushing and a touchdown and Zakerie Estridge gained 107 yards on 10 carries while Hollis totaled 117 yards rushing and scored on a 70-yard touchdown run.
The Panthers gained 425 total yards (387 rush, 38 pass) and logged 6.5 yards per rush — which was 42 and .8 yards, respectively, shy of Lancaster's mark — but had seven penalties for 59 yards and three turnovers (2 INT, 1 FUMB).