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).
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.