CEDAR PARK — New year, far different result.
In 2016, Midway experienced a humbling start to the Jeff Hulme Era, losing to Cedar Park, 43-13. A year later, the Panthers looked far more at ease in pulling out a clutch 35-28 road win over Cedar Park at Gupton Stadium on Friday night.
Cedar Park sliced a 16-point Midway advantage in the fourth quarter, rallying to tie the game with 5:54 left. But the Panthers (1-0) came through in the clutch, responding with a 79-yard touchdown drive, capped off by the third touchdown run of the game by James Fullbright.
Fullbright had a huge night for the Panthers, compiling 236 yards on 22 carries plus the three TDs.
Midway’s defense also stepped up when the Panthers needed it most. The Timberwolves had a chance to drive for the tying score following Fullbright’s final TD. But the Panthers, led by defensive tackle Jaxon Player, stuffed the Wolves on a 4th-and-1 play, giving Midway the ball back with less than two minutes to play.
The Panthers then converted a fourth-down conversion of their own, with senior quarterback Tanner Mordecai stretching out for the first down on a keeper.
“Sometimes you’ve got to go with your gut feeling, and it paid off,” Midway coach Jeff Hulme said in a postgame radio interview on 1660 AM.
Mordecai had a pair of scoring tosses earlier in the game, one to Will Nixon and another to Coby Burch.