Garland Owls (6-4) vs. Waco Midway Panthers (7-3)
Friday, November 13, 6:00 p.m.
Panther Stadium – Waco, Texas
Midway, the undefeated champions of District 12-6A, opens its 2015 title run against Garland, the fourth-seed from District 11-6A. The Panthers closed their 6-0 district run with a 45-6 rout of Killeen Ellison, while the Owls fell to 11-6A champion Rockwall 44-34.
Since dropping its first three contests, Midway has been virtually unstoppable, scoring 298 points against six district opponents. Garland, on the other hand, experienced an up-and-down season, posting a 4-3 district mark.
The Panthers attack teams via the run and the pass. Quarterback Sam Glaesmann, who played less than two quarters last week, threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns with a 14-for-16 effort against the Eagles.
Wide receiver Joseph Ward snared eight catches for 159 yards and two touchdowns in the Ellison game. Glaesmann, who plans to sign with Rice, finished the regular season with 2,169 passing yards and 20 touchdowns, and Ward totaled 69 receptions for 1,075 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Running back Eric Clayburn, an Abilene Christian commit, paces Midway’s ground game. Last week, Clay ran for 45 yards and two touchdowns in limited action and completed the regular season with 921 yards on 179 carries including 13 touchdowns.
Korey Chatman compliments Clayburn as the designated scorer from the “Wildcat” formation. In 2015, Chatman reached the end zone 10 times and carried the ball 63 times for 574 yards.
Garland moves the ball primarily through the air. Against the Yellowjackets, quarterback Jacoby Williams completed 28-of-53 passes for 426 yards and four touchdowns. In 2015, Williams connected on 183-of-338 attempts for 2,829 yards and 33 touchdowns.
Williams spreads his passes around to Josh Thompson, Melvin Loveless, Michael Lee, and Coree Compton. Last week, Thompson nabbed four for 132 yards and touchdowns, Loveless grabbed six for 98 yards and a score, Lee hauled in eight for 86 yards, and Compton caught three for 19 yards.
This season, Compton leads the Owls in receiving yards with 874 on 48 catches. Loveless follows closely behind with 747 yards on 49 receptions.
Jaylon Haskins paced Garland’s run game against Rockwall, gaining 73 yards on 14 carries including a 16-yard scoring run. But Michael Turman, who rushed for 33 yards on nine totes last week, heads the Owl rushing list for the year with 845 yards on 165 carries including five touchdowns.