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QB Jimmy Fouse injured as Midlothian falls to Justin Northwest, 21-16
Moore’s key catches help Northwest recover from four early interceptions
MIDLOTHIAN — Emmanuel Moore delivered touchdowns at critical junctures, sending Justin Northwest to a 21-16 victory over Midlothian in the final nondistrict game for both teams Friday night at MISD Multi-Purpose Stadium.
The junior wide receiver put unranked Northwest (3-0) in front with a 49-yard punt return midway through the second quarter, then he supplied the eventual winning score on a 28-yard pass from Jesse Drummer in the game’s final four minutes.
“On that punt return, I just felt it,” said Moore, who finished with eight catches for 131 yards. “We were down, and we needed a big play. The other touchdown, we needed to step on their throat.”
Midlothian (2-1), ranked 18 on SportsDay’s Class 5A area list, played without starting quarterback Jimmy Fouse for the final three quarters. Fouse was on the sideline wearing a walking boot. Midlothian coach Lee Wiginton said he was unsure of the degree of the injury.
“Injuries are part of the game, and we coach guys to be ready,” Wiginton said. “Injuries are never an excuse.”
Sophomore Zach Humphreys replaced Fouse and threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Nick Quintero with 3:15 remaining to pull the Panthers to within five points.
Midlothian got the ball back once more at its 37 with 2:01 remaining, but a string of penalties stalled the drive.
Despite throwing four interceptions in the first half, Drummer came back with some key passes late in the game. He finished with 233 passing yards and two touchdowns.
Sophomore safety Connor Malone intercepted Drummer on the game’s fourth play and returned it 49 yards for a quick 7-0 lead.
E.J. Mohammad came up with two interceptions and linebacker Roman Brown had the other.
The Panthers widened their first-quarter lead to 10-0 on Cody Samek’s 39-yard field goal midway in the first quarter.
Northwest cut the lead to 10-7 on Drummer’s eighth touchdown pass of the season, a 7-yarder to Jordan Muldrow.