The Midlothian Panthers defense could not find enough first-half stops against undefeated No. 6 Frisco Reed in a 5A area championship loss Friday afternoon at The Ford Center at The Star.
The Lions roared to a 31-14 halftime lead in Frisco and then cruised home in the second half of the 52-29 victory.
Reedy (12-0) advances to face Burleson Centennial in the 5A DII Region II quarterfinals. The Spartans defeated Corsicana, 28-20, on Friday.
Frisco Reedy opened the area championship against Midlothian with a pair of first-quarter touchdowns — a 3-yard Michael Ferrara run and 23-yard pass from quarterback Josh Foskey to Bennett Mecom. Foskey then connected a second time with Mecom, this time from 33 yards out, for a 21-0 Reedy lead with 11:06 to play in the first half.
Midlothian finally found paydirt four minutes and change later when Laine Martin (8-25) capped an 11-play, 69-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.
Reedy added a 38-yard field goal on its ensuing drive and Midlothian struck again when Nolan Samek scampered 70 yards to the house on the Panthers first play from scrimmage.
The touchdown, which was the first of two for Samek, pulled the Panthers within two scores, 24-14, with 2:31 to play in the first half. It also gave Midlothian a little momentum before the break.
Unfortunately, the Lions stole old lady Mo right back when Foskey hit Mecom (6-128) in stride for a third first-half passing touchdown with 42 ticks remaining on the clock. The Will Harbour extra-point kick split the uprights and put Reedy up big, 31-14.
Samek added his second touchdown run with 4:20 to play in the third quarter and Austen Thomas capped his season and the Panthers scoring with an 8-yard touchdown run with 7:12 to play in the fourth quarter.
Foskey added two more passing touchdowns in the second half — 13 yards to Nolan Matthews and 33 yards to Ryan Middleton — to finish 18-of-26 through the air for 304 yards and five touchdowns.
Midlothian quarterback Tate Corbin completed 5-of-his-11 passes for 106 yards and one interception, while he also added 14 carries for 23 yards.
Samek led the Panthers on the ground with five rushes for a game-high 90 yards.
Thomas added seven totes for 40 yards and Martin ran eight times for 25 yards.
Reedy outgained Midlothian 490 total yards to 298.
The Panthers, who defeated Red Oak in the bi-district championship last week, were in their first area championship since 1998. They also finished the season 9-3, marking the most single-season wins since at least 1991.