Arlington tops FW Paschal to boost playoff hopes

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The Arlington Colts’ playoff aspirations got a big lift at the expense of Fort Worth Paschal on Friday at UT-Arlington’s Maverick Stadium.

Running back Raymond Sheard scored four touchdowns and quarterback Michael Gray accounted for three more as the Colts scored on their first nine possessions of a 55-26 victory in a key District 3-5A contest.

With the victory and Arlington Sam Houston’s loss, the Colts (3-2, 4-4 overall) slid into sole possession of fourth place in the race for the district’s final playoff spot.

The Colts own the head-to-head tiebreaker with Sam.

Paschal (1-4, 4-4) was eliminated from playoff contention.

Sheard, who rushed for 170 yards on 20 carries, had touchdown runs of 1, 30, 39 and 12.

Gray rushed for two touchdowns and 182 yards and threw for 138 and a touchdown for the Colts.

Arlington met little to no resistance in amassing 636 total yards.

Sheard’s 39-yard run capped a five-play drive covering 99 yards that put Arlington up 45-10 midway through the third quarter.

Brendan Conn kicked field goals of 41 and 27 yards.

Paschal found success early moving the ball, but could only manage Darrell James’ 6-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Thomas and a 30-yard field goal from Christian Vasquez before the end of the half.

But Paschal couldn’t get a stop when it desperately needed one.

The Colts converted five fourth-down conversions in the first half, including two for touchdowns.

On Arlington’s first drive, Gray hit Bronderick Bell for a 36-yard touchdown on fourth-and-15.

Later in the half, Gray ran 12 yards on fourth-and-7 for the Colts’ third score.

Thomas led Paschal with 352 total yards. James hauled in 11 passes for 151 yards.

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