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Teammates celebrate around senior kicker Clyde Melick after his game-winning 40-yard field goal Friday against Waco Midway. (Kirk Holt/KBEC Sports)

Last-second field goal, over 400 rushing yards lead Waxahachie to third-consecutive win

By Travis M. Smith | KBEC Sports

WAXAHACHIE — Over 400 rushing yards and one heck of a second-half comeback by the Waxahachie Indians led to a 40-yard Clyde Melick game-winning field as the clock expired Friday night.

The kick came with three seconds to play and after an impressive seven-play drive with one minute and change to play. There wasn’t ever a doubt of the ball splitting the uprights after it left Melick’s foot, ultimately lifting the Indians to a 31-28 victory against visiting (1-7, 1-4) Waco Midway.

The win is the third-consecutive for the Indians in District 11-6A — a streak last reached to open the 2016 District 10-5A slate. Waxahachie, under then-head coach Jon Kitna, went on to lose each of its next four games and miss the postseason. That season began with six wins before the Tribe finished with a 6-4 record. 

Of course, missing the postseason won’t be an issue for this year’s team, as the (4-4, 3-2) Indians clinched their first-ever 6A playoff berth last Friday with a win against Mansfield. 

As for this week, Waxahachie relied heavily on the ground game and incredible success with the zone-read. 

Senior quarterback BJ Hawkins rushed 22 times for a game-high 208 yards and three touchdowns. Fellow backfield companion Shawn Cherry rushed 18 times for 191. 

Waxahachie ultimately outgained Midway 435 total yards to 417, with a season-best 411 of those yards coming on the ground (9.1 YPC)

The Indians also forced a season-high five turnovers. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Indians got the scoring started when transitioned-quarterback BJ Hawkins found Joseph Lankford for a 9-yard touchdown early in the second quarter. The two-point conversion attempt failed with the Indians on top, 6-0, with 10:13 to play in the first half. 

The Tribe defense then recorded the first of its three interceptions on the ensuing Midway drive. Preston Hodge, who is as shutdown a cornerback as there is in 7-6A, picked off the Garrett Childers (6-16, 153yds, TD, 3 INTs) pass in the end zone and returned it to the Indians’ 16-yard line.

Hawkins led the offense on an eight-play, 84-yard drive that ended with the senior rushing in from 1-yard out. Melick drilled the extra point for the 13-0 Waxahachie lead with 6:03 showing on the second-quarter clock.

Childers closed the first half with an 83-yard touchdown run and an 82-touchdown pass to Zach Stewart (4-135).

The Panther offense went on to score a pair of rushing touchdowns in the third (Childers, 1-yard) and fourth (Dominique Hill, 9-yards) quarters to build a 28-13 lead with 11:42 to play in the ballgame.

Hawkins opened the ensuing Waxahachie drive with a 22-yard run and capped it three plays later with a 29-yard touchdown scamper to cut the Panther lead to 28-20.

The Waxahachie defense followed by bowing its neck to force a Midway punt from the Indians’ 41-yard line with 6:35 to play in the fourth quarter. 

Cherry opened the drive with an 88-yard run to the Midway 6-yard line. Hawkins then scored his second rushing touchdown of the second-half two plays later. He added the two-point conversion run and tied the game at 28-all with 5:19 left in the fourth quarter.

With an opportunity to steal a win, the Panther offense pieced together a 13-play, 58-yard drive that moved the ball inside the Indians’ red zone with one-minute-and-change to play. That 13th play, however, resulted in Waxahachie linebacker Jh’Marques Head intercepting Childers’ pass.

Seven consecutive runs — highlighted by a 14- and 23-yard gain by Hawkins — moved the Indian offense to the Panthers’ 21-yard line with three seconds showing on the clock. 

Melick then took center stage and drilled the game-winner from 40-yards out to seal the 31-28 come-from-behind win on senior night.

UP NEXT

Waxahachie is slated to return to action Friday at home against (1-6, 0-5) Waco High. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m., though the Lions have forfeited each of their past two games due to positive COVID-19 tests. 

PHOTO GALLERY

All photos by Kirk Holt/KBEC Sports

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Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith

tsmith@kbec.com

About Travis M. Smith

Travis M. Smith serves as the digital sports director for KBEC Sports. He is the former managing editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light, Midlothian Mirror and Glen Rose Reporter.

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