Much-improved FW Paschal torches FW Arlington Heights

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The storied rivalry between Fort Worth schools Arlington Heights and Paschal recommenced on Saturday at the familiar setting of Farrington Field.

And when the iScrolls are unfurled 100 years hence it will reveal that in the year 2013 it was the purple people who ruled this day, doing so by displaying a form of football in their season opener alien for anyone familiar with Panthers football.

The Panthers — behind big games from their senior wide receiver and sophomore quarterback, not to mention their defense — celebrated with their classmates the way one should after defeating their arch-nemesis for the first time in six years, 42-7.

In Texas, that’s better than ruling the world.

Darrell James hauled in 15 receptions for 201 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Dylon Thomas accounted for five touchdowns, including three rushing scores, for a Paschal team that appeared to be as good as anyone can recall.

“We’ve put in so much work this summer and for this to actually to come true …” said James, who had TD catches of 22 and 20 yards in the first half, the latter from senior Gibson Duwe. “Hard work does pay off. I can’t describe how this feels.”

Thomas had touchdown runs of 10, 15 and 4 in the second half for Paschal, which had 492 yards of total offense.

Thomas was 14-for-20 passing for 240 yards in his debut as the starter, which began with a 25-yard pass to James on the Panthers’ first play from scrimmage.

The Panthers’ defense, meanwhile, gave up 323 yards but stood firm in the face of good drives by Heights (0-2).

Paschal fell on three Yellow Jackets fumbles and intercepted two passes, including one by Mac Peart near the end of the first half that stomped out a Heights drive.

“When is the last time you saw Paschal High School hold someone to seven points?” said coach Matt Cook, who for the first time in his tenure has no one playing both offense and defense. “To me, our defense was the real winner.”

Tyler Kelly was responsible for the Yellow Jackets’ only touchdown, a 10-yard pass reception from sophomore Deion Hair’Griffin.

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