L.D. Bell dominates North Crowley in football opener

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There was only one thing that was unanswered on Friday night at Pennington Field.

It was whether the Hurst L.D. Bell offense or defense was more dominant in its season opener against North Crowley.

The Blue Raiders jumped to a 29-0 halftime lead on their way to a 39-0 victory over North Crowley, spoiling the debut of coach Eugene Rogers.

Bell held the Panthers to no first downs and minus-19 yards offense in the first half. Quarterback Colson Romano connected on 10 of 13 passes, and running backs Daniel Dorsett and Fua Sapoi both scored twice.

The Blue Raiders scored on their first five possessions, including one directed by backup quarterback Davis Steelman to start the second quarter.

The only time Bell didn’t score was on its last possession was when it elected to punt on fourth-and-6 from the North Crowley 34.

Of the 15 plays the Panthers ran in the first half, seven went for losses. They rushed 10 times for minus-35 yards, including two fumbles.

Bell moved down to the 6, where it had it first-and-goal on its opening possession, but settled for a 23-yard field goal from Taylor Dozier.

Sapoi scored the next two touchdowns on runs of 3 and 14 yards, to cap drives of 42 and 44 yards. Dorsett added a pair of 2-yard runs in the second quarter to put the finishing touches on drives of 62 and 21 yards.

There wasn’t much offense for either team in the second half as Bell got another 23-yard field goal from Dozier in the third and a 28-yard pass from Romano to Dorsett with 9:56 left in the game.

North Crowley finished with five first downs and 72 yards offense, picking up a good majority late in the fourth quarter. The Panthers fumbled the ball five times and were penalized 11 times for 91 yards.

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