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Arlington does its part to set up potential battle of unbeatens next week vs. Lamar

Arlington’s Zander Benson scores on 51 yard run

Arlington's Zander Benson scores on 51 yard run.
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Arlington's Zander Benson scores on 51 yard run.

The Arlington Colts moved to within one victory of the District 4-6A championship Thursday night and set up a showdown with crosstown rival Arlington Lamar next week with a 45-16 win over the Sam Houston Texans at Wilemon Field.

The Colts (9-0 overall for the first time since 1988) improved to 6-0 in district. They will host Lamar (8-0, 5-0), which will host Arlington Bowie (6-2, 4-1) on Friday. A Bowie upset and the district could finish in a three-way tie for first should the Vikings defeat the Colts.

Sam Houston (2-7, 2-4) was eliminated from postseason contention with Thursday’s loss. The Texans’ loss also clinched a playoff berth for Arlington Martin (3-5, 3-2).

The Colts won for the 13th time in the past 14 meetings against the Texans. Arlington leads the all-time series 36-13 with three ties. The Colts also improved to 15-8-1 at Wilemon and have won six of the past seven games there.

Arlington scored first on a 4-yard run from Qaklon Fore just 1:41 into the game. It came after the Texans had punt bounce off one of their own players for a 17-yard loss.

The Colts’ Ledominique Davis then recovered an onside kick, and two plays later, Zander Benson raced 51 yards for a 14-0 lead.

By the end of the opening quarter, the Colts had a 31-0 lead, which included a fumble recovery in the end zone by X’Zavion McDonald on a fumbled snap of a punt by Sam Houston.

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Game was over when: Arlington’s Trey Cleveland caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jahari Rogers to give the Colts a 31-0 lead late with just over three minutes still to play in the opening quarter.

Play of the game: B.J. Rogers’ 64-yard touchdown run with five minutes left in the first half put him over the 100-yard mark on just his sixth carry and gave the Colts a 45-3 lead.

Offensive player of the game: Rogers carried just nine times for 124 yards and the aforementioned touchdown.

Defensive player of the game: Arlington linebacker Z’Zavion McDonald recovered a fumbled punt attempt in the end zone to give the Colts a 24-0 lead with just over five minutes to play in the opening quarter.

Unsung hero of the game: In a yeoman effort, Sam Houston quarterback Brandon Nash was 8 of 13 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. He also caught an 8-yard pass.

What’s next: Arlington hosts Arlington Lamar, Nov. 8, 7 p.m. Sam Houston hosts Fort Worth Trimble Tech, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.

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