MIDLOTHIAN — Despite outrushing (3-1, 1-0) Broncos in four quarters and controlling time of possession, the (1-3, 0-1) Panthers' start to district didn't end as planned.
The Midlothian High School loss to Mansfeld Legacy High School on Friday at M.I.S.D. Multipurpose Stadium not only handed the school its second consecutive loss, but it also dropped them to 0-1 and eighth place in District 10-5A.
Despite earning a one-point through two quarters, Mansfield Legacy's halftime adjustments forced the Panthers gave ground in the second half. As the two teams traded punches in the third quarter — first with 12-yard touchdown pass from Mansfield Legacy's Kendall Catalon to Maliki Clay and then with 21-yard bullrush by Midlothian's Chris Gomez — the victor seemed like it would be whichever competitor fell first.
Panther senior running back Landry Songer (27 rush, 146 yds, 5.41 YPC, 2 TDs) was the bell cow of the first half, accumulating 108 yards of his total on 17 carries. He rushed only 10 times for 38 yards in the second half.
Junior quarterback Jarreth Sterns finished the game 3-for-5 passing for 37 yards and one interception, but rushed well. He ran the ball 16 times for 96 yards and scored one touchdown.
As a team, Midlothian rushed for 328 yards and gained 365 total yards.
The Broncos' second-half points helped Mansfield Legacy outscore Midlothian 27-8. Senior running back Kameron Session's 90-yard right-cross sprint to the end zone with 9:20 left in the game and Grant Johnson's one-yard straight jab into the end zone helped stagger than fell the Panthers in the waning moments of the second half.
During the final two quarters, the momentum swung toward Mansfield Legacy — which had 432 total yards of offense and 237 in the second half — with the Broncos taking advantage of every Panther mistake and scoring 21 unanswered points.
Midlothian will face Mansfield Timberview High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday at R.L. Anderson Stadium. The Wolves allowed only 16.2 points and 218 yards per game this season during games against Everman, Frisco Lone Star, Highland Park and Red Oak High Schools.