Balanced Bell keeps playoff hopes alive with rout

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Hurst L.D. Bell used a solid defense to beat Irving MacArthur 30-8 on Friday at Irving Schools Stadium and stay in position for the playoff chase.

Bell (6-2, 4-1 in District 6-5A) limited MacArthur (2-6, 1-4) to 110 total yards, including 26 in the first half.

Offensively, Bell took advantage of a balanced attack, totaling 205 yards in the air and 178 on the ground for 383 yards.

Quarterback Colson Romano led the Blue Raiders with two touchdown passes.

Bell took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when Fua Sapoi ran in a 1-yard touchdown with 2:30 left in the quarter. That capped a 12-play drive that featured Romano completing six passes for 69 yards.

Bell had taken possession on a fumble recovery after a sack by Liam De Stefano.

The Blue Raiders made it 14-0 in the second quarter on Romano’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Arosemena.

Bell threatened again late in the second quarter but settled for a short field goal by Taylor Dozier. The kicker added two more field goals, from 24 and 23 yards, in the second half.

MacArthur got on the board with 3:36 left in the game when Jose Soto connected with Damien Victor on a 43-yard touchdown pass.

Bell kept MacArthur from having a play of more than 10 yards until 4:25 left in the game when Dwyne Johnson broke free for a 37-yard run.

The Cardinals were forced to punt five times before halftime.

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