Entering the final week of the regular season Midland High had one main goal, beat crosstown rival Lee by more than 9 to qualify for the playoffs. As it turned out with Abilene High’s win over Odessa High a win with no point differential would be all they’d need in 3-6A action.
Jackson Anuszkiewicz threw for 210 yards and three touchdowns, rallying the Bulldogs (4-6, 2-3) from an early 3-0 deficit on a 22-0 run, and the Bulldogs walked away with a trip to Arlington to visit Arlington Martin.
Midland High seemed to have everything going against them. Their leading player was out, they had lost by a larger margin to common opponents, and some people were calling for Craig Yenzer’s job. What did the Bulldogs do? Put together their best game of the season.
After passing for more than 40 yards on the first series, Sema’J Davis found the Rebels (4-6, 2-3) in a rut and unable to move down the field. For the remainder of the game he found himself only able to equal the first series total. Making things worse was Lee’s focus on running the ball. The running ticked the clock away faster than Lee would have liked, and before the Rebels realized it they they were losing the time of possession battle by a decent margin.
Midland High won’t have much time to celebrate the win. With Arlington Martin (8-2, 7-0) looming, Midland High knows they’ll need to find a way to boost their run protection or they’ll find themselves in the same straits Lee found themselves in this week.
MIDLAND HIGH 28, MIDLAND LEE 9
Lee 3 0 0 6 — 9
MHS 6 9 7 6 — 28
Lee – Luis Aranda 21 FG, 10:04
MHS – Ricky Hubert 10 run (kick failed), 6:04
MHS – Juleion Bowers 12 pass from Jackson Anuszkiewicz (run failed), 6:02
MHS – Will Powell 35 FG, 1:48
MHS – Jalen Childress 6 pass from Anuszkiewicz (Powell kick), 4:22
Lee – Ethan Spray 25 pass from Nicco Sorianello (run failed), 10:26
MHS – Bowers 52 pass from Anuszkiewicz (kick failed), 5:38
First Downs 8 19
Rushes-yards 22-88 35-168
Passing yards 146 210
Comp.-Att.-Int. 9-23-1 16-29-1
Punts-avg 5-38.4 3-29.3
Fumbles-lost 4-2 1-1
Penalties-yards 4-42 6-55
Rushing: Lee- Tony Jones 6-35, Nicco Sorianello 6-27, Ashton Akbar 6-21, Sema’J Davis 6-7; MHS- Ricky Hubert 21-123, Jackson Anuszkiewicz 9-31, Caleb Gonzales 5-14.
Passing: Lee- Sema’J Davis 5-13-1—80, Nicco Sorianello 4-10-0—66; MHS- Jackson Anuszkiewicz 16-29-1—210.
Receiving: Lee- Jordan Trimble 1-45, Ethan Spray 1-25, Taye Britt 1-22, Wesley Hall 2-19, Payton Tranum 1-9, Ashton Akbar 2-1; MHS- Juleion Bowers 7-92, Sam Bertelson 3-50, Greyson Brockington 1-36, Jalen Childress 2-17, Brooks Betcher 2-11.
Interceptions: Lee- Garrett Chalker 1-0; MHS- Kobie McCallister 1-16.