The Midlothian Panthersí backs were against the wall Friday night against South Grand Prairie.
They knew they needed to beat the Warriors to even have a shot at reaching the postseason.
The two squads traded touchdowns and the Panthers got on the board first and last to get a big 28-21 victory.
Midlothian got a touchdown in each quarter, including Brendan Cornellís 52-yard pass from Zach Humphreys less than two minutes into the fourth quarter to cap the gameís scoring. Cornell also had an 11-yard score with 22 seconds left in the second quarter.
Heís had back-to-back great games as he tries to will his team to the postseason in his senior year. The receiver also ran the ball four times for 17 yards. Coming into the game, he had four all year.
Cornell has been the go-to guy for Humphreys, who completed just five of 13 passes for 113 yards and two scores.
The other main piece for Midlothian was senior running back Victor Williams. He had 21 rushes for 181 yards and a touchdown. He also had two catches for 19 yards in the game. His score came from 37 yards on with just 19 seconds left in the third quarter.
That started a wild sequence of events as two plays later, SGPís Tony Nicholson broke off a 72-yard scoring run to tie the game at 21 going into the fourth quarter. Just a few plays later, Cornell scored the winning touchdown.
South Grand Prairie tried to mound a tying drive, but an interception gave the ball back to the Panthers.†
Midlothian was able to run out the final four minutes of the clock thanks to a pair of first down runs from Najee Mustafaa, who finished the game with 74 yards and a touchdown. His score came less than five minutes into the game on a five-yard run.
The strong Midlothian defense played well again and forced three turnovers. Midlothian also played smart and committed just four penalties and didnít turn the ball over.
For Midlothian (4-4, 2-3 in 7-5A) to reach the postseason it must win out and have Mansfield Timberview (6-2, 3-2 in 7-5A) beat Duncanville (4-4, 2-3 in 7-5A) on Nov. 7 to force a three-way tie for fourth place.†
The Panthers host Timberview at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Red Oak 21
The Lancaster Tigers got the game-winning touchdown against Red Oak in the final 30 seconds of the game to just about eliminate the Hawks from playoff contention.
Lancasterís Shannon Simpson scored from a yard out with 26 seconds left to put the Tigers up 28-21. Red Oak quarterback Logan Thompsonís Hail Mary attempt fell incomplete and the Hawks suffered their third straight loss and in all three games, the winning score came with 35 seconds or less left on the clock.
Red Oak played a solid game and had just one turnover, it just couldnít stop the Tigersí last possession.†
The Hawks were led by running back D.J. Augustus, who had 31 carries for 124 yards and a touchdown. His score put his team in position to win as he trotted in from 16 yards out with just 2:06 left on the clock to give Red Oak a 21-20 lead.
Senior quarterback Logan Thompson completed 12 of 16 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown. He also ran in a two-yard score in the third quarter. He connected with Travier Jackson on a 58-yard strike early in the second quarter for the Hawksí first score.†
With this loss, Red Oak (3-5, 1-4 in 15-4A) needs to win out and have Arlington Seguin (5-3, 3-2 in 15-4A) and Mansfield Summit (3-5, 3-2 in 15-4A) lose their final two games to force a three-way tie for fourth place.
Lancaster (4-4, 3-2 in 15-4A) has at least clinched a spot in a fourth place tie. One more win and it is in the playoffs.
Bulldog quarterback Ty Mitchell couldnít lead his team to an upset win against the Zebras.
Mitchell ran the ball 13 times for 59 yards and† touchdown. He also completed 20 of 42 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns. He did have one interception.
Jake Anglin was his main target as he had five catches, including all three touchdown and 99 receiving yards.
Rudy Ramos had 14 rushes for 97 yards and a touchdown.
Jason Burgett ran six times for 25 yards and had seven catches for 87 yards.
Tyler Russell had three catches for 42 yards.
Dillon McCord also had four receptions for 82 yards.
Palmer finished with 429 yards of offense, but it couldnít keep up with the Zebras, who racked up 566 yards, 292 on the ground.
Palmer (4-4, 1-3 in 12-2A) must win its final two games to reach the playoffs.†
A win next week against Maypearl (2-6, 1-3 in 12-2A) would set up essentially a playoff game against Whitney (3-5, 2-2 in 12-2A) on Nov. 8 as the winner will make the playoffs and the loserís season would end.