Suffice to say, Fort Worth Paschal needed a good experience on the football field, and all was good for the Panthers, their sophomore quarterback and the homecoming partygoers Saturday afternoon at Farrington Field.
Dylan Thomas was the catalyst in the Panthers’ 54-28 District 3-5A victory over Weatherford, rushing for four touchdowns and passing for two more in Paschal’s first district victory in four years.
Thomas rushed 19 times for 185 yards and had 145 passing on 12 of 25 attempts.
Darrell James caught eight passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns, while Marcus Padron hauled in seven balls for 69.
“This was huge for us,” Paschal coach Matt Cook said. “We needed to win this one. We feel like we need to win the next three to even have a shot” at the playoffs.
The Panthers (1-3 district, 4-3 overall) will likely have to win each of their next three, starting with Arlington on Friday to reach the postseason. Games with North Crowley and Arlington Lamar follow.
Thomas logged scoring runs of 3, 2, 32 and 40 yards.
Paschal’s defense had struggled in losses to Arlington Sam Houston, Arlington Bowie and Arlington Martin. It held steady through three quarters against the Kangaroos (0-4, 0-7), though the unit did surrender 14 points late.
Paschal opened the game by scoring 35 consecutive points, starting with Christian Vasquez’s 27-yard field goal on the opening drive.
The Panthers increased their lead to 30 when Austin Permann returned an interception 45 yards. Kelly Darrough also scored on a 63-yard punt return.
Jeuqwan Brownlee ran for 65 yards and two TDs, and had a 55-yard TD reception from Bryce Burks.
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