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Midlothian football counting down to kickoff; continuing support of longtime assistant coach

KBEC Sports report

The Midlothian Panthers hosted the annual Blue-White spring football game ahead of a busy summer break that included a trip to the championship bracket of the Texas 7-0n-7 state tournament in College Station.

KBEC Sports was on-hand to capture the spring game, which included a new-look spread offense.

The Panthers returned to campus and began fall camp Monday, Aug. 8. Midlothian has a scrimmage scheduled for Aug. 18 against Mansfield, while the home and regular-season opener will be Friday, Aug. 25 against Arlington Seguin. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Midlothian ISD Multipurpose Stadium. The Panthers will also celebrate their seniors prior to the contest

Coach Clif White Medical Fund

Coach Clif White, a longtime teacher and coach at Midlothian High School, has recently been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Urachal cancer. The cancer is at Stage 4 and his doctors believe it has possibly spread to his lymph nodes.

The cancer, which forms in roughly 1-in-1-million individuals, will not stop White, 36, from coaching the Panthers this season. He serves as the head coach of the Panther freshman football team, varsity football assistant and varsity softball assistant.

White has begun his fight with the help and guidance of the medical heroes at MD Anderson in Houston. White is, however, already the hero of his two kids, Maverick and Riggins Jo, soulmate to his wife, Megan, and a mentor to hundreds of student-athletes. He continues with radiation while also continuing to answer the bell for the student-athletes within Midlothian High.

“Coach White is a perfect example of all that is great about working or attending Midlothian High,” reads his GoFundMe page, which was organized by fellow coach Justin Hastings and has raised $37,832 to date. “He’s hard-working, passionate, enthusiastic and loyal. You would be hard pressed to find anyone on our campus who is more supportive or encouraging to those around them than he. And, if you know Clif, it usually comes in the form of a gif, meme or movie quote.”

The fundraiser adds, “Now it is our turn to show coach White all the love, support and encouragement that he has shown all of us at one time or another. Tough times don’t last; tough people do!”

Donations to the White family will be accepted at the gate during the Panthers’ upcoming scrimmage against Mansfield at Midlothian ISD Multipurpose Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 18. You can also donate through the GoFundMe link below.

Need tickets?

New ticket sales for the 2022 Varsity football season began Aug. 1, with each seat running $50 for the all five home games. Tickets can be purchased at misd.gs/tickets.

A season Parking Pass is also available for $50.00. Additionally, reserved seating will be available for sale during game week for $12.00 per seat.

PHOTO GALLERY

All photos by Fred Phipps/KBEC Sports

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Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith

tsmith@kbec.com

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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