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Waco Midway Strives for Unbeaten District Record

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Killeen Ellison (6-3, 2-3) vs. Waco Midway (6-3, 5-0)
Friday, November 6, 7:30 p.m.
Panther Stadium – Waco, Texas

Last Meeting:
2014 – Midway 43 – Ellison 0

Two teams headed the opposite directions close out the 2015 regular season when Midway hosts Ellison this Friday. The Panthers, which started the campaign 0-3, have won six straight and seek their second consecutive undefeated district slate. Midway has not lost a district contest since falling 7-3 to Killeen Shoemaker on October 25, 2013.


“There’s only one district champion, there’s only one gold football and we want to finish this thing out undefeated,” Midway head coach Terry Gambill told the Waco Tribune-Herald. “We talk about it in our offseason and our spring and we don’t take it lightly because we play in a well-balanced district.”

Ellison, on the other hand, began the season at 5-0 but has managed only one win in its last four games. Belton’s 31-21 win over Harker Heights on Thursday night eliminated the Eagles from the playoffs, and closing the 2015 season with a victory remains Ellison’s only incentive against the Panthers.

These kids aren’t quitters – they never have been,” Ellison defensive coordinator Derek Levisay told the Killeen Daily Herald. “They’re going to fight, and they want to prove something against Midway.”

Ironically, both teams faced Belton in their previous contest. Last week, Midway defeated the Tigers 66-48, pulling away with three touchdowns in the first four minutes of the second half. Ellison had its open date last Friday and played Belton the previous week. In that contest, the Eagles led 21-0 at the half but suffered a 28-27 loss.

Against the Tigers, Midway quarterback Sam Glaesmann completed 20-of-35 passes for 345 yards and four touchdowns. For the season, Glaesmann has thrown for 1,922 yards, completing 127-of-206 passes including 17 for touchdowns.

Panther running back Eric Clayburn turned in his best game of the season in the Belton win, rushing for 163 yards on 25 carries and scoring two touchdowns. Clayburn also hauled in a 92-yard touchdown reception and threw a 7-yard scoring pass, finishing the contest with 253 yards of total offense.

Ellison throws the pass 80 percent of the time, and quarterback Carl Robinson III will test Midway’s secondary. In his last game, Robinson tossed three scoring passes, a 21-yarder to X’zavier Green and two to Tavon Gwynn.

The Eagles have been stingy on defense, allowing only 108 points in their five district games. Defensive end LaJarius Anthony and linebacker Jadarrius Hill pace the unit. Anthony has eight sacks in 2015, and Hill leads Ellison in tackles with 210.

“We’re ready for the final regular week of the season, and we’re gong to find out where it takes us,” Eagles head coach Trent Gregory commented to the Daily Herald.

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