ARLINGTON — After making a big defensive stop, Arlington High drove 74 yards in six plays early in the fourth quarter Friday to finally put away Keller Timber Creek 28-16 in the late 5A Division II bi-district game at Cowboys Stadium.
Arlington (9-2) will advance to meet the winner of a Saturday game between Abilene Cooper and El Paso Americas in the area round.
Down 21-16, Timber Creek (4-7) drove deep in Colts territory, but came up just inches short on a fourth-and-15 pass from Taylor Jones to Chris Hernandez that would have kept a drive alive at the Colts 20.
Arlington then turned around and handed the ball to workhorse running back Brandon Washington for three straight gains of five yards or more. Then, Colts quarterback Connor Huffman found Isaiah Baker alone down the middle with a 30-yard pass to the Falcons 29. Another pass to Jason Davis moved the ball to the 12 where Washington scampered in up the middle.
Washington finished the game with 152 yards on 21 carries and punched it in twice for the Colts.
After Arlington had built a 21-10 halftime lead, Timber Creek cut into the lead with a 28-yard pass from Taylor Jones to Cedric Dale to complete a 53-yard drive with 1:22 to go in the third quarter. The extra point attempt, however, was blocked, leaving the lead at five (21-16).
The Colts scored on a Connor Huffman 4-yard run on their opening possession of the game, but Timber Creek answered with a 13-play, 76-yard drive to tie the score with a 3-yard run from Cedric Dale. Arlington then stretched out the lead to 21-10 at half with a pair of second-quarter scoring drives that included another TD run from Huffman and a 29-yard run from Washington.
The Falcons seemed poised to take hold of the momentum in the third quarter, holding Arlington to just 20 yards of offense during that 12-minute span. But even after getting the ball back on a second-half interception and a fumble, Timber Creek had to turn it back over on downs three straight possessions.
Dale led Timber Creek with 142 yards of total offense and a pair of touchdowns.
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