FLOWER MOUND — Arlington ran three rushing plays to open its season Friday night and then punted.
The Colts went on a stampede after that as quarterback Michael Gray opened the throttle, completing 14 passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns while running for another 141 yards in a 35-14 nondistrict win over Flower Mound Marcus.
It was Gray’s coming-out party, considering he hadn’t played the position since his sophomore year.
“It was fun,” Gray said. “I really wanted to see what I could do and I still have a lot to work on with my reads, but we built a lot of confidence tonight.”
While the high-octane play made the first two quarters entertaining, a first-half injury to Marcus quarterback Cole Erwin put a damper on the second half.
The Marauders (1-1) opened the second half with a 16-play, 8-minute drive. After throwing 19 passes in the first half, Marcus ran 15 straight running plays to open the third quarter. A missed field goal ended the drive and Marcus’s momentum.
But the damage Gray had done earlier proved the difference.
Both teams traded scores throughout the first half, but it was Gray’s 57-yard touchdown late in the second quarter that gave the Colts (1-0) a lead for good.
The run capped a quick five-play, 83-yard drive to give Arlington a 21-14 lead.
After Marcus missed the field goal in the opening drive of the second half, both teams’ offenses seemed to slow down.
Arlington didn’t have a first down until the fourth quarter, but Gray was able to tack on a third touchdown pass when he found Isaiah Baker on a 12-yard slant.
That play iced the game, and Marcus just never got anything going in the second half.
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