Fort Worth Arlington Heights quarterback Deion Hair’Griffin rushed for six touchdowns and 393 yards, and the Yellow Jackets recovered two onside kicks on their way to a 66-48 win Friday over Fort Worth South Hills at Scarborough-Handley Field.
Arlington Heights (8-0 overall, 4-0 District 7-5A) answered every punch thrown by the highest scoring team in the state to secure an outright district lead. The Yellow Jackets’ victory came before an overflow crowd there to watch the most anticipated game between Fort Worth schools in years.
And while South Hills quarterback Tracin Wallace entered the game with 39 total touchdowns, it was Hair’Griffin who had the game of his life.
The junior scored on runs of 2, 73, 9, 1, 42 and 98 yards, as Heights totaled 691 yards of offense.
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“We train like this,” Hair’Griffin said. “ We train to be animals. We train everybody on this team to run and fight.”
The Yellow Jackets led 33-28 at halftime and added to that with two touchdowns in the first six minutes of the third quarter. Kevin Bowie scored from 10 yards before Heights recovered an onside kick. Hair’Griffin then led the Jackets to the South Hills 9. From there, he scrambled left into traffic before reversing his course for a touchdown run.
South Hills (7-1, 3-1) cut the Heights’ lead to 47-42 with 2:17 left in the third quarter after a 61-yard touchdown run from Wallace.
But Hair’Griffin and Heights never slowed. He hit Larry Johnson for a 51-yard pass to the South Hills 3, and then scored on a 1-yard run three plays later.
Wallace finished with five total touchdowns – four rushing and a 60-yard pass to Treylon LaSalle. The sophomore completed 13-of-18 passes for 195 yards.
But the South Hills’ defense was able to stop Heights only twice and never forced a punt. The Scorpions forced and recovered two fumbles.
“This shows who the top [team] is in Fort Worth,” Hair’Griffin said. “It’s not our Super Bowl. It’s not the biggest game of the season. But it’s a great win for our team, because it’s the hardest game we’ve had this year.”