Paschal Panthers (3-6, 0-6) vs Arlington High Colts (4-5, 3-3)
Thursday November 5 – 7:00pm
Arlington UTA Stadium – Arlington, Texas
2014 – Paschal-26 Arlington High-56
In a season that had all the makings of a playoff run, the Panthers saw that slip away once starting QB Dylan Thomas was hit with a season-ending injury. The Panthers have failed to win a game since the injury and are currently on a six game losing streak. The Colts come into this game looking to get their overall record to .500 and end the season with a winning district record.
Filling in for the injured Thomas is Cooper Bates, who has completed 51% of his passes for 647 yards, 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. RB Edwin Allen has been a stud all year for the Panthers as he is just 60 yards shy of the 1,000 yard mark on the year with 9 touchdowns. Leading the way for the receivers is Cainan Dorsey, who is averaging 15.2 yard per catch and he has 364 yards receiving with 3 touchdowns on the year. Kaylon Geiger has also been another contributor and has a combined 401 yards receiving and rushing and a total of 4 touchdowns on the year.
This group doesn’t have much to play for on Thursday night, but I don’t expect them to roll over and not play hard. Despite the outcome of how their season has gone so far, this team still fights every game and plays with a lot of heart. I expect the same come Thursday night.
The Colts are led by QB Caelan Day, who has 1926 yards passing, 17 touchdowns and 7 interceptions on the year. RB’s Alan Braxton and Kenland McCray have solidified the backfield all year and are looking to have the same success against the Panthers. Braxton has 1020 yards rushing, 17 touchdowns and is averaging 6.58 yards per carry. McCray has 644 yards rushing, 7 touchdowns and is averaging 10.22 yards per carry, he also has 127 yards receiving on the year.
The Panthers defense is giving up 44 points per game, while the offense is putting up an average of 17.5 points per game since the Thomas injury. The Colts defense is giving up 36 points per game, while the offense is putting up an average of 39 points per game. Neither defense has been great, but they have had their moments throughout the year.
I would expect this one to be close in the first half, but then the Colts will pull away in the second half to secure the win.
Cerda-Fied Prediction: Arlington-34 Paschal-20.