Midway Firing on All Cylinders


Austin Westlake is the only 6A Division 2 team that has put up more points in the playoffs than the Midway Panthers.

Midway has 153 points through 3 games and is beating their opponents by an average of over 38 points per game. Head Coach, Jeff Hulme, says the offense is working in perfect concert with, the Panther defense.

“I think it just gives everybody a lot of confidence,” he said. “Defense has confidence in our offense, offense has confidence that our defense is going to get the ball back for them, wether it’s a punt or a turnover. Both sides of the ball are feeding off of eachother.”

Midway Quarterback Tanner Mordecai is the maestro of the Midway passing attack but he has help from a receiving corps led by C.J. Williams, says a lot of work has gone into the timing that Mordecai has developed with the receiving corps.

“This summer, the workouts, seven-on-seven,” he said when asked how he and Mordecai have been so productive together. “He knows he can depend on me and I can depend on him, and [we work on it] practice everyday.” 

Even though the scores have looked lopsided in Midway’s three playoff wins, the Panthers have been a little sluggish out of the gate, but once they are able to get rolling, no one has been able to stop them.

“It’s really nice,” Offensive lineman Hakeem White said. “It’s a great feeling. It’s a great feeling.”

Mordecai said this team doesn’t panic when they get down early, because they know they have a plan in place.

“We just have to stick with the gameplan the coaches have earlier in the week,” he said. “We know we’re a good team, and we’ve had a good week of practice and we’ve got to keep pushing forward.”

The Panthers will look to advance past the Regional final for the first time since 2011, on Saturday, when they take on Southlake Carroll at 6:00pm at McLane Stadium

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