Deion Hair’Griffin threw three touchdown passes to Larry Johnson as Fort Worth Arlington Heights turned an early deficit into a 63-3 victory over Fort Worth North Side on Saturday at Farrington Field in a District 7-5A match.
On their first offensive play, the Yellow Jackets (7-0, 3-0 District 7-5A) fumbled, and the Steers drove to set up a 25-yard field goal from Omar Rivera midway through the opening quarter.
Arlington Heights then scored 63 straight points and never look back, keeping pace for a district showdown with Fort Worth South Hills on Friday.
“They kept a strong focus. We have enough weapons on offense where one guy, week in and week out, is not going to be the guy,” coach Phil Young said. “We have backs and tight ends and receivers, and today was Larry’s day.”
After the Yellow Jackets got down early, Hair’Griffin took a quarterback keeper 51 yards for a score with 5:28 left in the first quarter.
“We did good today,” Hair’Griffin said. “We played hard, played Yellow Jacket football and it was a good win going into next week.”
The Yellow Jackets scored a safety and Kendall Washington returned an interception for a 34-yard touchdown two minutes apart to take a 22-3 lead.
Johnson, who finished with four catches and 143 yards, scored his first touchdown from 41 yards out with five minutes left in the first quarter. He scored another 41-yard touchdown late in the second quarter that gave the Yellow Jackets a 36-3 halftime lead.
Hair’Griffin found Johnson one final time, a 51-yard touchdown, on their second drive of the third quarter.
Hair’Griffin threw for 217 yards and ran for 62.
Arlington Heights rushed for 274 yards while holding the Steers (3-5, 0-4) to 81 yards of total offense.