BURLESON — Needing a win to snap a three-game losing streak, Burleson came within a yard of tying its game with Midlothian on Friday night in a 32-30 loss to the Panthers.
With 5:26 to play and the Elks trailing 32-30, Burleson attempted a two-point conversion following a 27-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Blake Myers.
On the two-point play, Myers tried to scramble for the conversion after dropping back to pass but was stuffed a yard shy of the end zone.
The Elks didn’t see the ball again as Midlothian used its running game to run out the clock for a 32-30 victory at Burleson ISD Stadium.
Burleson (5-4, 3-4) will need help in the final two weeks of the season to have a chance to make the playoffs. The first step for the Elks is a win at Cleburne in both teams district finale Nov. 8. Burleson opened the season with five consecutive wins and has dropped its last four games — just like 2018.
Midlothian (6-2, 4-2) took a 32-17 lead with 10:27 to play on a two-yard run by Ethan Hill, which was set up by a Riley Angel interception.
Angel, who holds on extra points, came up with a big play on the point-after kick when he scooped up a bad snap, scrambled and found Hill open for a two-point conversion.
Hill had a big night for the Panthers, carrying 26 times for 143 yards. Midlothian, which attempted two passes, rushed for 256 yards on 62 attempts.
Down 15 points, Myers rallied the Elks with touchdown runs of 25 and 27 yards. The senior finished with the game with 14 carries for 188 yards. He also threw for 120 yards including a 33-yard touchdown pass to Jaxon Winburn.
After the Elks closed to within 32-30, Midlothian closed out the win by chewing the final 5:26 off the clock with nine running plays, including converting a pair of fourth-and-one opportunities with quarterback sneaks by Nicholas De Los Santos.