BEDFORD — The Hurst L.D. Bell Blue Raiders clinched a District 6-5A playoff spot Friday night at Pennington Field, but needed three third-quarter turnovers to pull away in a 30-0 shutout of Irving Nimitz.
The Blue Raiders (7-2, 5-1 District 6-5A) will meet Colleyville Heritage in a showdown for second place in the regular-season finale next week. Nimitz (3-6, 2-4) falls out of the postseason chase.
Leading just 13-0 at the half, Bell missed one of several opportunities to pad its lead after an interception in the end zone. But the Blue Raiders atoned for the mistake when Chad Williams stepped in front of a pass attempt and raced 32 yards to make it 20-0.
Nimitz, which had missed several chances to get back in the game in the first half — including a 97-yard Jarod Velasquez kickoff return that was called back for a penalty — drove from its own 13 to the Bell 36.
But the Blue Raiders’ Landry Ward picked off a tipped pass and raced 70 yards to set up another Bell score.
On the Vikings’ next play from scrimmage, a fumbled snap was recovered by Bell’s Mohelika Uasike at the Nimitz 22, leading to a Taylor Dozier field goal.
Bell quarterback Colson Romano was as good as advertised, completing 20 of 35 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns. But the Vikings’ Jimmy Clark matched him with a 162-yard performance, including nine passes to Michael Scott for 59 yards.
The big difference, though, was the Blue Raiders’ ability to run. Fua Sapoi and Daniel Dorsett combined for 112 yards on 28 carries.
Bell’s Jonathan Arosemena had eight catches for 77 yards and a touchdown.
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