Panthers see improvement in spite of Midlothian Heritage loss, 40-14

Though the Quinlan Ford Panthers lost to Midlothian Heritage Jaguars in last weeks game with a score of 40-14, Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Todd Wallace said that improvement was shown in the way the players handled the game.

“I thought overall we were much improved. The first half is probably the best we have played this year (was 7-13) at half. We had about a six minute stretch where they hit a couple of big passes and we had two turnovers and game got away from us. They are an excellent football team (6th in state) and we had trouble with their Division I receiver. Overall though, we moved the

ball well (over 350 total yards) against a very good defense. I thought we were much more physical. So we still have a lot to improve on but I feel like we took a step in the right direction. We do have to eliminate turnovers,” said Wallace.  

Quinlan will host Mabank during their Friday night homecoming game at 7:30 p.m. at Lytal Field. Wallace said that the game against Mabank should be a close one.

“Mabank is a scrappy team that plays extremely hard and they are very similar to us. It should be a close, hard fought game,” said Wallace.

What was also on display after the game against Midlothian Heritage was the character of Quinlan and Midlothian Heritage.

On Quinlan Independent School District’s official Facebook page, several Panther fans and residents voiced their appreciation and support for the Panthers and Midlothian in spite of the game loss, celebrating character together.

QISD parent, Chip McGill shared the following commentary regarding the Panthers and last week’s game as it related to keeping the grounds clean:

“As you know, we’ve been helping with concessions for 15 years now, and surprisingly I haven’t come across this but maybe once or twice before. I would like (our school) to give a shout out to the visitor team last night to express (my/our) appreciation and fellow respect to the other team’s leadership after the game. Coach Lee Wigington asked for trash bags for his team so they could clean up their visitor side before they left and that they couldn’t leave until it was all picked up. I told him personally several times how much we appreciated that respect. You can check with the ground keepers to verify, but it was pretty clean when we left the visitor concession stand. We never get noticed when we do something good and like you, I appreciate respect, so I thought maybe you could send some thankfulness back to them so everyone hears about it, not just from me.”

“We loved the respect of two teams coming together after the game. We hope to see more of this with future games and teams. Sometimes, there’s a lot more to a game than winning. Congrats to MISD on their win,” said Quinlan ISD Director of School Community Relations Tiffony Upchurch.