IRVING -- Hurst L.D. Bell has an impressive look to it. The Blue Raiders are big, athletic and undefeated (5-0, 2-0 in 6-5A).
Friday night, they visited Irving School Stadium and gave the feisty Irving Tigers a long look, up-close and personal. And a thumping.
Mostly the Bell Blue Raiders are balanced. They scored twice throwing, twice running and once on a kickoff return to beat Irving 39-6.
Quarterback Colson Romano was 17 of 23 for 177 yards and two touchdowns. His 37-yard scoring pass to Aaron Dixon broke the game open 1:45 before halftime. His other touchdown pass went to Reid Anderson early in the fourth quarter.
Bell's Bryan James rushed 12 times for 100 yards and also caught a pass for 10. He scored twice. He alternates with Daniel Dorsett, who had 14 carries for 105 yards.
And Ryan Newsome started the game off with a bang, returning the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown.
The Tigers had an impressive drive to counter. All on the ground, they went 70 yards in nine plays. Jacobi Perry's 2-yard run came on the only third down play of the drive. But a poor snap on the conversion left Bell up 7-6.
After that, the Blue Raiders made defensive adjustments and Irving (1-4, 1-1) made only one more first down in the first half. Once Bell got the wind at its back, the Blue Raiders scored on each possession in the second quarter.
James' first touchdown capped a 61-yard, 11-play drive with a 5-yard TD run. Romano's conversion pass to Dixon made it 15-6.
Their next possession took 14 plays to go 58 yards and ended with Nate Kelley's 26-yard field goal.
Romano to Dixon clicked again for a 37-yard score, making it 25-7 at the half.
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