WACO, Tex.- The No. 4 Waco Midway Panthers (9-0,5-0) (TexasHSFootball.com Power Rankings) will look to cap off their fourth undefeated regular season in the last eight years when they host Killeen Ellison (5-4,3-2) on Thursday night at Panther Stadium.
Midway has clinched at least a share of the District 8-6A title and will host the Grand Prairie Gophers in the bi-district round of the playoffs. Ellison has clinched a playoff spot and currently sit in third place of District 8-6A and will face either Duncanville or DeSoto in the Class 6A Division 1 bracket.
The Ellison defense will have their hands full with Midway quarterback Tanner Mordecai. The Panthers drubbed Shoemaker last week 63-21 and Mordecai only played two and a half quarters, but was 16/31 for 280 yards and 7 touchdowns. The Eagles defense is allowing 24 points per game, but the Panthers offense is averaging 43.7 points per game.
The Panthers potent offense also features running back James Fullbright, who has rushed for 1,096 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season. The Panthers receiving corps are lead by Clayton Williams, DeMarcus Degrate, and D’ante Thomas. These three have combined for 1,776 receiving yards and 23 of the Panthers 31 receiving touchdowns.
The Ellison offense will need to find a way to put more points of the board than usual. The Eagles are currently averaging 19.3 points per game and they haven’t faced a defense as talented as the Panthers.
Senior quarterback Tavon Gwynn is the Eagles key playmaker, Gwynn has passed for 880 yards, rushed for 469 yards and 6 touchdowns and added 294 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns this season. Ellison is very balanced in their offensive attack throwing for 1,616 yards and using a stable of ball carriers to rush for 1,665 yards. Breezion Spiller is just a sophomore, but this young star has passed for 688 yards and 8 touchdowns, rushed for 184 yards and 3 touchdowns and has 112 receiving yards for 2 touchdowns.
The last time these two teams faced Midway came away victorious 55-42. The Panthers are going to score and score big, and if Ellison can’t find a way to break some big plays and slow down Mordecai, the Eagles will have a long night.
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