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No. 6 Midlothian rolls in area football championship, faces state-power Aledo in round 3

Midlothian quarterback Chad Ragle accounted for six total touchdowns to power the Panthers into round three of the Texas high school football playoffs.

After entering halftime clinging to a 20-14 advantage, 5A No. 6 Midlothian outscored Amarillo 36-14 in the second half for the easy 56-28 win at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls. 

Ragle completed 9-of-his-10 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns — both junior Bryant Wesco (6-166). The quarterback also rushed 20 times for a game-high 182 yards and four more touchdowns.

Deago Benson (9-125) and fullback Michael Garber (14-68) also added rushing touchdowns in the win. 

The victory gave the Panthers their first 12-0 start in program history.

Midlothian finished unbeaten in the regular season for the first time since 1984. The 10-0 mark in the regular season was the first in program history. 

Amarillo advanced to the 5A Division I area round by defeating Parkland 38-20. The Sandies finished third in district play and had a +20 point differential prior to Friday’s loss (Midlothian is now +323).

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Midlothian and (10-2) Aledo flipped for home-or-home on Saturday in a gas station parking lot in Fort Worth. Head coach Doug Wendel won the toss, affording the Panthers a second playoff home game. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. Friday at Midlothian ISD Multipurpose Stadium. 

The Bearcats have won 10 consecutive games after starting the season 0-2 for the first time in…forever.


All photos by Kirk Holt/KBEC Sports during Midlothian’s 39-37 home win against Lake Belton on Oct. 21.

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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