Paschal finds success behind big play of sophomore quarterback

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The hype surrounding Fort Worth Paschal quarterback Dylan Thomas goes back two years. That’s when Paschal coaches first noticed Thomas as a middle-schooler.

“We knew how good he was when we saw him in eighth grade,” Paschal coach Matt Cook said. “Last year, we moved him up to junior varsity as a freshman and he dominated on the JV as well.”

Now Thomas has taken his skills to the varsity level. And it’s paying off for Paschal, which improved to 2-0 after beating Joshua 49-14 last Friday.

Thomas, a sophomore, completed 17-of-23 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 152 yards on 15 carries. That followed his debut against Arlington Heights on Sept. 7 when he threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns, while running for 116 yards and three scores.

“He’s been a huge impact,” Cook said. “If you go back and look, you’ll know he’s made no mistakes and very few negative plays. You put all his talent aside, he’s just a really savvy football player. And he’s fast as all get out.”

On the other end of Thomas’ passes has been senior receiver Darrell James, who has more than 300 yards receiving and five touchdowns through two games.

James was productive his first two seasons on varsity, but he’s heightened his play, Cook said.

“Jarrell waited his time and has gotten better,” Cook adds “He’s definitely our go-to guy.”

The Panthers have already tied their win total from a year ago – and one of those wins last season came via forfeit against Arlington Heights. Paschal lost that game 43-9, but an ineligible player was self-reported a week later, giving the Panthers a 2-0 “win.”

Leaving no doubt against Heights this year and following it up with another win Friday was special, Cook said.

“We were on cloud nine all last week,” he said. “They simmered down there about Wednesday, and they executed Friday against Joshua. That’s been the most encouraging thing for our staff and players, to walk in Saturday and reap the benefits from all your hard work.”

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