Birdville romps to 6-4A shutout over FW North Side

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Already with two district losses, Birdville needed a win Saturday to stay in the race for one of the 6-4A playoff berths.

Running back Xavier Turner and quarterback Will Hayward made sure of it as the Hawks built a big lead by halftime and coasted to a 70-0 victory against Fort Worth North Side at Farrington Field.

Birdville (4-2, 2-2) scored on its first seven possessions and led 49-0 at the half, while the Hawks’ defense smothered the Steers (0-6, 0-4), allowing 141 total yards.

Turner opened the scoring, capping a 10-play, 58-yard drive by darting up the middle from 4 yards out.

“We’re not going to underestimate anyone,” said Turner, who ran 10 times for 118 yards and four TDs. “We just had to come out and set the tempo with the first drive. We had the tempo and just went with it.”

Turner’s day ended midway through the third quarter, but the senior broke the game open by scoring on three consecutive carries in a five-play span.

After a North Side punt, Turner raced off tackle for a 70-yard touchdown, then an interception by Hawks defensive back Connor Gamble was returned 44 yards to the North Side 6.

Turner carried it in on the next play for a 35-0 lead with 9:35 left in the half.

Birdville running back Isaiah Duarte set up Turner’s final TD, a 1-yard run, on the next series with a 46-yard pass reception and a 10-yard run.

Hayward threw for 303 yards on 12 completions and had three touchdown passes and added a 3-yard scoring run.

“The main thing that we wanted to do was to come out and get off to a good start,” Birdville coach Jim Skinner said. “Execute individually, and if you do that then it carries over to the team concept.”

North Side was led by running back Shawn Aviles, who had 103 yards on 24 carries.

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