Homecoming ended in joyous fashion for the Midlothian Panthers on Friday night as the Panthers took down Everman, 33-14, in District 5-5A (II) play at MISD Multipurpose Stadium.
Quarterback Nicholas de los Santos rushed for 93 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Panthers (5-2, 3-2). Running backs Jeremy McCoy and Darren Greeson added a touchdown each.
The Panthers gained 360 total yards, with 326 coming on the ground. De los Santos’ only two completions both went to Trevor Blankenship for 34 yards, each catch resulting in first downs.
The Panthers defense smothered the Bulldogs, limiting them to just 42 yards on 25 carries on the ground. The only success Everman had was through the air as quarterback Juan Davis completed two TD passes, one to Aaziah Flores and one to Devon Broglin.
Shane Reasonover’s 30-yard field goal with 6:01 left in the first quarter capped an 11-play opening drive helped by two Everman penalties that moved the sticks, and Midlothian took an early 3-0 lead.
After holding the Bulldogs to three-and-out, the Panthers went right back to work, and this time found the end zone as de los Santos capped it of with a 21-yard carry on the second play of the second quarter.
Everman (1-5, 1-3) made a game of it afterward as Davis completed a pair of passes for first downs, setting up a 14-yard strike to Flores to trim Midlothian’s lead to 10-7. But after Nathan Humphreys pinned the Bulldogs at their own 4-yard line with a 48-yard punt, Davis was sacked in the end zone for a safety, making it 12-7.
The Panthers came up a yard short of the end zone on the final play of the first half as Laine Martin was stacked up at the 1 as time ran out. But the defense forced a punt to open the third quarter and, after a 15-yard Riley Angel run inside the 10, McCoy took it in from the 7 for a 19-7 Midlothian lead.
Later in the third quarter, the Panthers went on the move again, and de los Santos’ second touchdown keeper of the night bumped the margin to 26-7.
The Bulldogs got on the board again on Davis’ 47-yard pass to Broglin to bring Everman back to within a dozen points, but a 15-yard penalty followed by a 38-yard kick return set Midlothian up for its final tally of the night, Greeson’s 8-yard run at the 5:37 mark of the fourth quarter.
The Panthers have the week off and will return to action with a crucial district game at Burleson High on Oct. 25. The Panthers and Elks are currently tied for third place, with Burleson traveling to Everman on Friday night.