The Arlington Colts have had a knack for starting slowly and finishing strong this season.
Not this time.
Arlington scored 28 first quarter points en route to a 52-19 drubbing of North Crowley in a District 4-6A game Friday at UT-Arlington’s Maverick Stadium.
Arlington (8-0 overall, 5-0 District 4-6A), ranked No. 4 in the Star-Telegram Class 6A Power Rankings, clinched a playoff berth with the win. North Crowley (1-7, 0-5) was expected to challenge for a playoff spot, but was eliminated from contention with the loss.
The Colts racked up 606 yards of total offense led by quarterback Jahari Rogers who threw for 360 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 66 yard and another score. Receivers Trey Cleveland (5 catches-197 yards) and Charles Brown (7-116) had big nights for Arlington.
Trailing 14-0, North Crowley had a chance to rally, but two turnovers doomed the Panthers.
Arlington’s Kyree Dailey picked off a pass to kill one drive and Tucker Thompson’s fumble recover for the Colts on North Crowley’s next series gave Arlington the ball back at its own 14 yard line.
After that the Colts scored 21 unanswered points to build a 35-0 lead with 10:40 left in the first half.
Game was over when: A 55-yard punt by North Crowley’s Caleb Leake pinned Arlington at its own one yard line. On the next play Jahari Rogers hit Trey Cleveland for a 99-yard touchdown to give the Colts a 28-0 lead with 35 seconds left in the first quarter.
Play of the game: Trey Cleveland’s 99-yard touchdown reception stole the show. Arlington quarterback Jahari Rogers lofted a pass from five yards deep in his own end zone that Cleveland caught at the 25 and outraced the Panthers secondary the final 75 yards for the score.
Offensive player of the game: Jahari Rogers had a great night going 15-of-24 passing for 360 yards and touchdown passes of 30, 50, 99, and 43 yards. Rogers also rushed 10 times for 66 yards and scored on a 2-yard run. North Crowley’s Caleb Leake also had a nice night in the loss. Leake completed 9-of-18 passes for 156 yards and one score. He added 104 rushing yards on 19 carries and scored on a 33-yard run.
Unsung hero of the game: Tucker Thompson’s fumble recovery was huge for Arlington. The fumble took place after an 18-yard run by Panthers quarterback Caleb Leake at the Colts 14 yard line. Zander Benson broke off a 72-yard run on the next play for Arlington and, following a penalty, B.J. Rogers carried it in from seven yards out to make it 21-0 Arlington with 2:32 left in the first quarter. It could have easily been 14-7 if North Crowley had scored.
What’s next? Both teams continue District 4-6A play with Arlington heading across town on Thursday, Nov. 1 to tangle with Arlington Sam Houston at Wilemon Field at 7 p.m. North Crowley will host Fort Worth Trimble Tech on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m.