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Midlothian off to surprising 4-0 start after knocking off Duncanville
Fausett accounts for all three touchdowns; Duncanville falls to 1-3
MIDLOTHIAN — For a school that hasn’t enjoyed a winning season since 2004, a 4-0 start is pretty heady territory for Midlothian.
The latest Midlothian victory came at the expense of Duncanville, 22-9, in the District 7-5A opener for both teams before an approving home crowd Friday night at Midlothian ISD Multi-Purpose Stadium.
Quarterback Bryce Fausett accounted for all three touchdowns, rushing for two and throwing for one, to lead Midlothian (4-0, 1-0 in 7-5A).
“A game like this is why we work so hard in the weight room in the off-season,” said the 5-10, 195-pound senior who completed 12-of-15 throws for 143 yards. “We’ve started slow in other games, but we knew we couldn’t do that tonight.”
Said Midlothian coach Lee Wiginton: “Bryce is like all of our kids, the game means a lot to him and he plays hard. I'm just so proud of our kids.''
Fausett bounced off tacklers on a 6-yard touchdown run to complete a 52-yard drive to open the third quarter. It turned out to be the only score of the second half. Fausett’s last duty of the night was a quick-kick that pinned Duncanville (1-3, 0-1) at its 7.
Despite possessing the ball for the final 7:17, Duncanville was unable to make it a one-score game. Quarterback Aaron Piper was sacked twice on the final possession.
Fausett had a lot to do with Midlothian’s 15-9 halftime lead, carrying on a 3-yard scoring run and spearing Brendan Cornell on a 14-yard touchdown throw. Fausett added a conversion run after the first touchdown.
Piper escaped on a 32-yard option run in the second quarter for Duncanville’s lone touchdown. The drive was kept alive by a successful fake-punt pass from Deandre Smith to Akeenan Harrison.
Duncanville sophomore kicker Sam Jimenez added a 45-yard field goal with 12 seconds remaining in the first half.
Junior running back William Jackson led Duncanville with 92 yards on 16 carries.