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Football Friday: A rivalry is born in Midlothian, Red Oak rolls and playoffs loom

By Travis M. Smith | KBEC Sports

As the season winds down, the playoff picture across the Ellis County football landscape has begun to clear. A new in-county rivalry also played its first game and ended in thrilling fashion — at least for one section of big cat supporters.

Stats, quotes and links to photo galleries will be added throughout the weekend. Tune in to “The Press Box” on KBEC 1390AM/99.1FM at 6 p.m. Monday for additional insight and interviews with local coaches and players.


(3-4, 1-3) Mansfield Legacy 21, (5-2, 2-2) WAXAHACHIE 31 — FINAL

Waxahachie set the stage for a runaway District 11-6A victory by building a 24-0 halftime lead. The Indian defense and special teams were stellar in the opening half.

The offense sputtered in the second, finding the end zone just once on a touchdown pass from junior quarterback Roman McKinney Jr. to senior Keith Abney Jr.

Senior quarterback Roderick Hartsfield was named the 2022 Waxahachie High Homecoming King during halftime.


Last Time Out: Waxahachie dropped games two and three of the district schedule to No. 11 DeSoto (42-24) and No. 3 Duncanville (24-7). The Indians thumped Cedar Hill, 51-21, to open District 7-6A action. 

Up Next: Waxahachie will travel to (6-1, 3-1) Mansfield for a district showdown with tremendous playoff implications. Kickoff from Vernon Newsom Stadium in Mansfield is at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. 


(7-0, 3-0) MIDLOTHIAN — BYE

The Midlothian Panthers enjoyed a well-earned bye week.

Last Time Out: Midlothian defeated Granbury, 56-7, to enter the bye week a perfect 7-0 on the season and 3-0 in district play. The undefeated start is the best in program history for the Panthers. 

Midlothian previously shut out Waco (66-0) and Cleburne (57-0) after starting the district slate with a 32-27 win against Killeen Showmaker — with two of those three victories coming on the road. The Panthers have also defeated Killeen (43-20). 

Up Next: Midlothian closes out the regular season with home games against Lake Belton (10/21) and Red Oak (11/4) and a road tilt versus Killeen Ellison (10/28). All three games are slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff. 

(0-7, 0-5) Cleburne 3, (6-1, 4-1) RED OAK 49 — FINAL  

Last Time Out: The Hawks fell to Lake Belton, 48-47, in overtime to open district play. They’ve since rolled off wins against Killeen Ellison (28-21), Killeen Shoemaker (38-35) and Waco (69-7). 

Up Next: Red Oak closes out the regular season at home against Cleburne (10/14) and Granbury (10/28) and on the road against Killeen (10/20) and Midlothian (11/4). 

(2-5, 2-2) Ennis 35, (6-1, 4-0) No. 6 MIDLOTHIAN HERITAGE 38 — FINAL

Last Time Out: Midlothian Heritage hasn’t just adapted to the 5A jump — the Jaguars have dominated. Heritage has picked up district wins against Burleson (33-6), Joshua (41-0) and Mansfield Summit (44-20). 

Up Next: The Jaguars now face Corsicana (road, 10/21), Arlington Seguin (home, 10/28) and Everman (11/4). The latter should determine the district championship. Heritage is in its first season in Class 5A. 

(2-5, 2-2) ENNIS 35, (6-1, 4-0) No. 6 Midlothian Heritage 38 — FINAL

Last Time Out: Ennis routed Corsicana, 45-7, in the Battle of Chambers Creek to open district play. The Lions then fell to (6-1, 3-0) Everman, 35-33, on Sept. 23. 

Up Next


(2-5, 0-2) LIFE WAXAHACHIE 20, (8-0, 2-0) Stephenville 63 — FINAL

Life Waxahachie dropped its fourth consecutive game on Friday, falling to defending 4A state champion Stephenville, 63-20. 

The Yellow Jackets led 42-14 at the half, scoring thrice in each of the first two quarters. 

Last Time Out: The Mustangs mustered just one score in a 50-7 loss against Waco La Vega. Running back Kordell Berry was the lone bright spot for Life Waxahachie, rushing 28 times for 69 yards. 

Berry (5-10, 195) has rushed 159 times for 1,239 yards and 13 touchdowns thus far through his junior campaign. He scored five touchdowns in both Mustang wins this season (Ferris on Sept. 9 and Willis Point on Sept. 16). 

Up Next: Life Waxahachie will use the upcoming bye week to regroup before closing the district schedule at home against China Spring (10/28) and on the road against Alvarado (11/4). Both games kick off at 7:30 p.m.

(2-5, 2-0) FERRIS 42, (4-2, 1-1) Hillsboro 35 — FINAL

Ferris took a huge step toward a District 4-2A Division II playoff berth Friday with a 42-35 nailbiting road win against Hillsboro.

The Yellow Jackets join (5-2, 2-0) Glen Rose as the only unbeaten teams in the six-team district.  

Last Time Out: Ferris opened district play with a 52-49 home victory against Godley. The Yellow Jackets had to stave off a furious fourth-quarter comeback. Quarterback Nathan Greek completed 15-of-his-28 passes for 263 yards and 3 touchdowns and added a pair of rushing scores. Darrick Willis rushed 23 times for 159 yards and 2 touchdowns. 

Up Next: The Yellow Jackets return home to host (1-6, 1-1) Benbrook at 7 p.m. Friday. 


(2-5, 2-3) MAYPEARL 0, (6-1, 5-0) West 89 — FINAL

West scored eight times in the first quarter — five defensive scores, one on special teams and two on offense — to put the District 7-3A Division I game away early.

Last Time Out: Maypearl picked up its second district win against Dallas Inspired Vision, 55-12, this past Friday. The Panthers defeated Dallas A Plus Academy, 55-18, for their first district win on Sept. 9.

Up Next: Maypearl returns to action at home Friday against Whitney. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

(4-3, 1-2) Mildred 20, (7-0, 3-0) PALMER 35 — FINAL 

Palmer built a 28-0 lead by the end of the third quarter for a comfortable 35-20 District 7-3A Division II road victory.

The Bulldogs held the Eagles to 116 passing yards and 251 rushing yards on 46 carries (5.5 YPC). 

Last Time Out: Palmer has outscored its opposition 231 to 96 to continue its unbeaten start to the season. The Bulldogs have won every game by two possessions or more (closest – non-district Westwood 21-12). 

Up Next: The Bulldogs close out the district season with home games against Rice (Oct. 21) and Trinity Leadership Academy (Oct. 28). Both games kickoff at 7:30 p.m.



(4-4, 3-1) ITALY 14, (5-2, 3-1) Axtel 21 — FINAL

Italy suffered its first loss in District 7-2A Division I on Friday, falling 21-14 to host Axtell.

(7-1, 4-0) Cayuga and Axtell currently sit ahead of the Gladiators in the district standings.

Italy does, on paper, still project to claim the three-seed in the district standings.

Last Time Out: Italy opened district play with wins against Cross Roads (42-6), Rio Vista (29-22) and Itasca (15-14). 

Up Next: Italy will look to lock into a playoff spot over the final two weeks with a home game against Cayuga (10/21) and a road tilt versus Kerens (10/28). Both kick-off at 7 p.m.


(5-3, 1-1) Covington 62, (4-3, 0-1) AVALON 34 — FINAL

The Avalon Eagles fell at home to Covington, 62-34, on Friday.

The Owls outpaced the Eagles 38-22 in the second and third quarters. They then scored twice more in the fourth to secure the road win. 

Last Time Out: Avalon blasted non-district opponent Campbell, 50-0, this past Friday. The mercy-rule victory came at home and behind three total touchdowns each by Josh Novak and Erick Padron. 

Up Next: The Eagles will “travel” to Milford for an in-county rivalry at 7 p.m. Friday. A potential playoff berth will be on the line. 

(3-3, 1-1) MILFORD 68, (4-4, 2-0) Blum 76 — FINAL 

Last Time Out: Milford won two consecutive against Gorman (62-28) and Three Way (56-0) heading into Friday’s district game. 

Up Next: The Bulldogs will host in-county rival Avalon at 7 p.m. Friday. A potential playoff berth will be on the line. 


Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith


About Travis M. Smith

Travis M. Smith is the owner and content director of Ellis County Sports and has over a decade of award-winning sports coverage. He most recently served as the digital sports director for KBEC 1390AM/99.1FM. He is the former managing editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light, Midlothian Mirror and Glen Rose Reporter.

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