High School Football

Arlington stays undefeated with shutout of Fort Worth Paschal

Arlington High players gear up for Thursday’s game against Fort Worth Paschal at Clark Stadium.
Arlington High players gear up for Thursday’s game against Fort Worth Paschal at Clark Stadium. Special to the Star-Telegram

Arlington continued its stampede through the 2018 season. The Colts stayed undefeated overall and in District 4-6A with a 35-0 victory against Fort Worth Paschal on Thursday night at Clark Stadium.

Arlington (5-0, 2-0 District 4-6A) scored on its first play from scrimmage on a 35-yard pass play from quarterback Jahari Rogers to wideout Qaklon Fore to help build a 21-0 lead at the half.

Daniel Ramon recovered an Arlington fumble for Paschal (1-4, 0-2) and the Panthers drove 55 yards in 13 plays only to lose the ball on downs at the Colts 31-yard line with 10:28 left in the half. That’s as close as Paschal would get to scoring on the night.

The Arlington defense held Paschal to 112 rushing yards on 45 carries and allowed 131 for the game.

The Colts answered with two, late second-quarter TDs. Jahari Rogers found a wide open Trey Cleveland for a 69 yard score and B.J. Rogers darted in from two yards out with 32 seconds left in the half.

Game was over when: Arlington defensive back Tucker Thompson picked off a Paschal pass at the Arlington 37. Ten plays later the Colts scored on a 7-yard pass from Jahari Rogers to Fore with 24 seconds left in the third quarter.

Play of the game: Jahari Rogers found Trey Cleveland wide open over the middle for a 69-yard TD to give the Colts a 14-0 lead with 4:49 left in the second quarter. Cleveland caught the ball at the Paschal 35 and shook off a defender at the 20 before reaching the end zone.

Offensive player of the game: Arlington quarterback Jahari Rogers was 13-of-16 passing for 219 yards and four touchdowns. The junior also rushed for 59 yards on seven carries for the Colts.

Defensive player of the game: Arlington linebacker X’Zavion McDonald blocked a punt and had numerous tackles as the Colts defense stymied the Panthers. Paschal averaged 2.49 yards per carry, rushing 45 times for 112 yards.

Unsung hero of the game: Paschal quarterback Elliott Titus and running back William Booker were gamers for the Panthers. The duo made up much of the offense for Paschal. Titus rushed 17 times for 55 yards and Booker toted it 23 times for 50 yards.

What’s next? Arlington will host Arlington Bowie at Maverick Stadium in District 4-6A play. Paschal will be the visitor versus Fort Worth Trimble Tech at Farrington Field. Both games will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12.

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